Not content with a screaming naturally-aspirated V10 engine, Lamborghini has added a ‘Fluo Capsule’ option to it’s brilliant Huracan. Chances are you’re not driving a Lamborghini if you’re a shrinking violet – but a collection of retina-searing exterior colours makes sure of it. Trent Nikolic buckles into Lamborghini’s most useable supercar.

What we love
  • V10 engine is an NA high watermark
  • Exterior styling remains a highlight
  • Razor sharp but well-behaved on any road

What we don’t
  • Stratospheric options pricing
  • No Smartphone mirroring
  • More cabin storage space would be handy

Introduction

The Lamborghini Huracan needs no introduction. Lauded by driver trainers and racecar drivers around the world as the best track car Lamborghini has ever released, the naturally aspirated V10 engine and sensational driving dynamics make for an intoxicating driving machine on any road.

Competitors are few, and none really matter at this level. If you want a Porsche 911, you’re buying a Porsche 911. Similarly if you want a Ferrari, you’re buying a Ferrari. And ultimately, if a Huracan floats your boat, you’re heading straight to a Lamborghini dealership to place your order.

Pricing starts from $498,665 before on-road costs, and with a selection of personalisation options, our retina-burning Verde Shock (Shock Green) costs $571,475 before on-road costs. If you’re pricing it based on exclusivity and individualisation though, it’s a veritable steal.

Combatants at this end of the market include the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Ferrari F8 Tributo and sibling Audi R8 to name a few. Crucially, the Huracan looks and feels different enough to its Audi sibling to justify your purchase decision one way or another. Both feel like very special cars, just different.

There’s no doubt that this level of performance and visual drama is out of reach for most average Australians, but it’s important that manufacturers deliver cars that allow us to revel, drool, admire and rejoice in their engineering and technical prowess. Pushing the envelope – of both design and performance – is indelibly imprinted in Lamborghini’s DNA after all.

We’ll get to the drivetrain in a minute, but it’s safe to assume you’re not extracting the outer edges of the Huracan’s performance on any road other than a racetrack. It’s party trick though, is how ridiculously useable it is day-to-day. In street mode, it’s as easy to drive as any small hatch, which is a big switch for supercars.

Porsche started it with the 911, Audi came to the party with the R8, and now both Lamborghini and Ferrari have delivered performance weaponry that is genuinely easy to drive. No matter how often you head to track days, most of us spend way more time on the road. The nose lift for example, is a brilliant addition, that takes the worry out of driveways and speed humps.

Exterior changes for 2021, include the addition of the stunning Fluo Capsule collection of exterior colours. Bright and bolt, they are a matte finish (almost satin really), with matching interior colour and trim options available as well. There’s Verde Shock as tested here, Arancio Livrea, Celeste Fedra, Arancio Dac and Giallo Clarus, combined with a matte black roof, front bumper and side skirts.

The level to which you can customise a Lamborghini is almost limitless, and special orders through the ‘Ad Personam’ programme mean you can have your Huracan just about any way you like it. There’s no argument the green exterior we tested, with centre lock wheels and beautiful exterior detail touches, garner attention everywhere you go – and almost lead to daily traffic incidents with other drivers doing silly things just to get a look at it.

Key details
2021 Lamborghini Huracan Evo
Price (MSRP) $498,665 plus on-road costs
Colour of test car Verde Shock
Options $72,810
Price as tested $571,475 plus on-road costs
Rivals Porsche 911 Turbo S | Ferrari F8 Tributo | Audi R8 Performance

Inside

It seems counterintuitive to measure a car like the Huracan on its interior ‘practicality’ but such is the everyday tractability nature of the claim, we find ourselves doing it more regularly. Lamborghinis used to be a weekend affair – brought out only when the weather was right, when you had enough time to let everything warm up properly, and when you were in the mood to wrestle a formidable and brutal supercar on your favourite section of road.

Not anymore. There’s a cupholder, space for your phone and wallet in the door pocket, and aside from being low, the Huracan is easy to get in and out of. The doors open wide and the sill isn’t so broad that you have to climb into and out of it. There’s 100L of front boot space, and you can fit bags in there to satisfy a two-up road trip. Once you’re seated, the manually adjustable seats in our tester, are excellent.

Visibility is pretty good, too, with a decent rear-view camera to make parking safe and as easy as possible.

The cabin feels premium and it feels special. In this model, the start button switch is surrounded by a colour-coded gate, rather than the usual red. There’s detail trim to match the exterior colour, and our tester has lashings of raw forged carbon trim – we’ll tick that option box for sure.

I think – and it’s just a personal thing – that a car as visually dramatic as the Huracan is outside, should match that sense of drama inside the cabin and the good news is the Huracan does exactly that.


2021 Lamborghini Huracan Evo
Seats Two
Boot volume 100L
Length 4520mm
Width 1933mm
Height 1165mm
Wheelbase 2620mm

Infotainment and Connectivity

While we expect a lot of every car when it comes to tech, it’s also fair to say that anything delivering this much visual theatre doesn’t immediately get you thinking about how comprehensive the infotainment system is. Just as well…

Smartphone mirroring is optional – and it’s an expensive option at that. That should tell you much about what you need to know in regard to how much focus Lamborghini has put on infotainment for the Huracan Evo. Bluetooth does work well, though, so that’s something. The portrait orientation 8.4-inch infotainment screen also works well.

As you’d expect at this level, there’s a dizzying array of customisation and control that you have over most elements of the car, and many of those controls can be accessed via the touchscreen. There’s a bit to learn in terms of menus and organisation, but once you get your head around it, there’s nothing too daunting about it. I know it sounds like a cliche, but more often than not, with an exhaust note of this quality, the last thing I’m thinking about when I’m behind the wheel is tunes.


Safety & Technology

While supercars of this nature rarely get the ANCAP safety treatment and rating in Australia, there’s safety engineered into them in the sense of electronics and driveline trickery, if only to keep them stable at stratospheric speed. More utilitarian cars, trucks and SUVs feature vastly more comprehensive suites of active and passive safety technology though. Suffice to say, you’re not buying a car like this based on whether it has blind spot monitoring or lane-keep assist.


2021 Lamborghini Huracan Evo
ANCAP rating Untested
Safety report N/A

Value for Money

This is always a tough argument to prosecute at this end of the market. What exactly is value for money and does it matter anyway? Almost certainly not to the buyers of these cars, who covet performance, design and exclusivity. Huracan gets a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, and service packages are available for the first five years.

Those packages start just under $7500 for the first three years, and range up to just under $16,000 for the first five years. Ferrari owners love the fact that servicing is included in the purchase price of their exotics and it’s something Lamborghini could certainly look at to add to the appeal of the Huracan.

Against a claim of 14.1L/100km, we used an indicated 17.6L/100km on test, but saw that live figure drop into single digits on the freeway. It’s hardly thirsty then, for the performance on offer.

Key Details
2021 Lamborghini Huracan Evo
Warranty Three years / unlimited km
Service intervals 12 months / 10,000km
Fuel cons. (claimed) 14.1L/100km
Fuel cons. (on test) 17.6L/100km
Fuel type 98 octane petrol
Fuel tank size 80L

Driving

As ever, the refined brutality of the V10 engine is the first and most responsive sensation you’re going to experience. It sounds aggressive at start-up, settles quickly into a smooth idle, and is surprisingly muted in street mode.

You can actually roll around town quietly with the exhaust in its most understated mode, only the loud paintwork alerting other motorists to your presence. Switch into either Race or Track though, and that all changes. Shotgun rasps fire through the high-mounted exhaust pipes, and the relentless power delivery of the V10 masterpiece provides an addictive soundtrack. It loves revs too, surely the last of a golden age.

We’ve said it repeatedly, but this engine, this driveline is exceptional. Naturally aspirated engines have a building and thunderous way of delivering their power and torque through the mid range and this is one of the very best. There’s no sudden kick like you feel with turbos, no lag from idle, just smooth, unrelenting pace.

Peak power of 470kW is explored at the outer edges of the rev band – 8000rpm to be exact – and what a soundtrack. The street is not the place to explore it, but acceleration is savage and sharp. The 600Nm torque peak thumps you in the chest at the 6500rpm mark, where the Huracan is seemingly just getting into its zone and asking you to push on.

A brilliant engine is nothing if not mated to an equally capable transmission, and the seven-speed dual clutch is also a masterpiece. Able to handle the prodigious power and torque with durability, it can handle rapid fire, redline shifts with the same ease that it quietly drives around town. Modern engineering is perhaps best experienced here, in the way the transmission gets to work.

Engine builders have been extracting bulk power out of engines for years, but finding a gearbox up to the task, while also dealing with the mundane wasn’t always a reality. The Huracan does it extremely well.

The ride is also noteworthy, in that it’s comfortable and capable on our rubbish road network, while also delivering razor sharp precision at speed. The way this modern brigade – including Porsche, Ferrari and Audi – deal with poor surfaces is genuinely impressive.

All-wheel drive and rear wheel steering play their part of course, both assisting in making the city commute as easy as a rapid track experience. We didn’t drive this car on track of course, but the way that it can be cruised around town ensures it’s always enjoyable behind the wheel.

The performance numbers are hard to comprehend on paper – but it feels every bit as fast as the claim when you’re the pilot. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h only 9.0sec. Braking from 100km/h to 0km/h is done in 31.9m. Oh, and the top speed of course – a mere 325km/h. More numbers you’ll need a track to test, but indicative of the performance ability of this car.

Key details
2021 Lamborghini Huracan Evo
Engine 5.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol V10
Power 470kW @ 8000rpm
Torque 600Nm @ 6500rpm
Drive type All-wheel drive
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power to weight ratio 330.5kW/t
Weight (tare) 1422kg
Turning circle 11.5m

Conclusion

The ‘entry-level’ super sports car argument is a tough one. With money no object, you’d probably still buy an Aventador, even though everywhere outside a racetrack, the Huracan Evo is effectively ‘better’. What does better mean at this level though? And more to the point, who cares? The Huracan is such a finely honed, and precisely executed engineering masterpiece, that you’re never going to feel like you’re missing out on any level.

Lamborghini has always been a choice for those not emboldened by adhering to the mainstream. We know the Lamborghini versus Ferrari argument will rage on long after we’re gone, but one irrefutable fact remains. Lamborghini is edgier.

Not just in a styling sense either. Every Lamborghini road car is imbued with a sense of living on the edge. Exactly as it should be.

The bigger argument is whether the Huracan Evo – in an all-round sense – is the best car Lamborghini has ever built. It’s a tough point to argue given how accomplished the Aventador is now, too.

Regardless, the Huracan Evo is a sensational car in every sense. It’s fast, it’s beautiful, and it’s special. The fact it’s so easy to drive is an unexpected bargain.

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