When Lamborghini unleashed the Gallardo LP550-2 in 2009, they did not expect it to be so well-received. So well, in fact, that the brand kept it in their line-up until the Gallardo was replaced by the Huracan in 2014.
Knowing how much a rear-wheel-drive model would appeal to keener drivers, Lamborghini launched the Huracan LP580-2 in 2016.
That model’s successor today is the Huracan EVO RWD.
The Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD now has 602hp (610PS), which is a lot more than its predecessor, but 28hp less than the all-wheel-drive Huracan EVO.
With more power and better traction, the Huracan EVO goes from rest to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds, whereas the Huracan EVO RWD does it in 3.3 seconds.
But compared to the Huracan LP610-4, the Huracan EVO RWD is just a tenth of a second slower. Not too shabby then.
A BELLOWING V10
Powering the Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD is a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10. Apart from its symphonic soundtrack, it also delivers a snappy and linear throttle response that is largely missing in the turbocharged era.
With this much power on tap, I really appreciate being able to mete out the power so precisely that it’s easy to tackle town traffic.
This linearity ties in nicely with the steering accuracy and positive chassis behaviour.
It must be said though, that while the Gallardo LP550-2 has more steering feel, the electric power steering in the Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD feels sharp, connected and well-weighted.
This complements the Huracan EVO RWD’s well-honed chassis, which is a level up from the Gallardo LP550-2’s. In Strada mode (the default setting), the damping feels firm. However, this is the softest setting offered by the MagneRide suspension.
RIDING THE BULL
The Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD’s Sport mode is far more entertaining, for the engine and gearbox get into action instantaneously.
Drive a little more aggressively and you will find the gearbox downshifting with a blip as you slow down for a corner, keeping the engine on the boil for optimal control as you enter, before accelerating out.
Sport mode also opens a valve in the exhaust that turns the volume up to eleven.
You will forgive the stiff suspension when the going is this entertaining. That’s because Sport mode also loosens up the stability control more than Corsa (Track) mode, allowing a controlled amount of oversteer.
This will make you slower around a track. But who cares when you can urge the tail to do your bidding?
However, while Sport mode allows some oversteer, it does not allow continuous drifting. For that, you will have to deactivate stability control completely.
In the Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD, Corsa mode is meant to help the driver achieve the quickest lap times. So, the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) sets all the stability levels as close to neutral as possible. No oversteer here.
Corsa mode also sets the gearbox to manual. Loud, stiff and no automatic shifts make this setting only useful for the racetrack.
The naturally aspirated V10 is likely to be retired soon. There will be some limited-edition models with this engine, but the Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD will probably be the most attainable.
The great thing about the Huracan EVO RWD is that under the right circumstances, you can have more fun here than behind the wheel of the all-wheel-drive Huracan.
For enthusiasts, that means a greater sense of achievement and satisfaction. And that is why this supercar has its followers.
Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD 5.2 (A)
ENGINE 5204cc, 40-valves, V10
MAX POWER 602hp (610PS) at 8000rpm
MAX TORQUE 560Nm at 6500rpm
POWER TO WEIGHT 433.4hp per tonne
GEARBOX 7-speed dual-clutch with manual select
0-100KM/H 3.3 seconds
TOP SPEED 325km/h
CONSUMPTION 13.9km/litre (combined)
PRICE EXCL. COE From $798,000
AGENT EuroSports Auto