The Huracan EVO is set-up in a rear-wheel drive configuration with an open-top for serious sensory overload. It is not only pantomime scale through the roof but is also laden with considerable technology to perform as good as a coupe.
Lamborghini believes in the philosophy of creating a character rather than just a machine and with the new Huracan EVO rear-wheel-drive Spyder it has written another success story on sports cars. Remember how the Gallardo Balboni was another rear-wheel-drive special at the retirement of Lamborghini’s greatest driver Valentino Balboni? This Huracan will hold that same affection in the sea of all-wheel-drive competitors. Putting 610 hp at just the rear wheels is not a matter of extracting performance, but also celebrating the fact that rear-wheel-drive sports cars are the ultimate definition of fun. Then, there is the added flavour of it being a soft-top convertible so that occupants may hear the glorious V10 engine sing with all its might. Yes, Lamborghini has touched the hearts of millions of purists, who would rather drive stylishly power sliding round a corner than extracting the best lap times.
AUGMENTED REALITY LAUNCH
Instead of a regular physical launch with some fanfare, Lamborghini has carried out an augmented reality virtual launch of the new Huracan EVO RWD Spyder. This is due to the fact that the current global crisis has enforced social distancing, which meant a regular launch is not sensible. But on the other hand, the AR tech meant you could have the car unveiled in your drawing room or on your dining table. This is a more personalised approach and also means the product can be seen in a more detailed manner by a larger audience.
The new Huracan EVO RWD Spyder is only showcased on the Apple platform but it should be expanded to other platforms as well since Lamborghini fans and owners also use other technologies. The ‘see in AR’ mode on the website lets users scale and place the new Huracan EVO RWD Spyder in their driveway, or wherever they fancy. This AR launch technique will soon likely be followed by other brands to showcase their products directly to specific demographics.
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
As mentioned earlier, purists will appreciate the naturally aspirated 5.4 l 90-degree V10 engine layout in the Huracan. No turbocharging, just immediate throttle response yielding 610 hp at a high 8,000 rpm ceiling. It develops 560 Nm of peak torque delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which offers variable responses through the ANIMA system. Due to the rear-wheel architecture, it accelerates from naught to 100 km/h in 3.5 s, which is much slower against the all-wheel drive version that manages that in sub-three seconds. However, the top speed figure is about the same at 324 km/h, despite it being a soft-top convertible. The RWD Spyder picks up pace as zero to 200 km/h is achieved in 9.6 s, which is just half a second slower than its all-wheel drive brethren. The exhaust system has two catalysts with lambda regulation to comply with Euro 6 norms.
SUSPENSION & HANDLING
The Huracan EVO RWD Spyder has a hybrid chassis that combines a mix of aluminium and carbon fibre to increase rigidity of the shell. It sits on aluminium double-wishbone suspension, which can be ordered with optional ‘MagneRide’ electromagnetic damper control. It controls dampers magnetically by changing the viscosity of the smart fluid inside. It can make split second adjustments on the fly to give the driver varying responses as per the need. Since it has a lot of power to control at the rear wheels, the Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS) is tuned to provide support to the driver through drive modes.
The Strada mode minimises wheel slippage and increases safety in all conditions, while the Sport mode can allow restricted slippage of wheels while monitoring steering angle and torque delivery. The Corsa mode has been designed for highest performance and agility and will be handy for track day enthusiasts. For the power slide aficionados, it has a 40 % front and 60 % rear weight distribution, and the electronic stability programme can be deactivated. It will still take a lot of talent, and bravery, to spin those 305 section Pirelli O Zero tyres at the rear. Braking is taken care of by massive 365 mm front steel disc brakes, which are ventilated and cross-drilled for maximum cooling.
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Making it a convertible instantly increases the pantomime quotient of the Huracan EVO RWD Spyder. The high-quality soft-top roof can be electrically folded up in 17 s, while driving up to speeds of 50 km/h. Lamborghini has smartly placed two removable lateral windshields to reduce lateral aerodynamic noise inside the cabin. All infotainment and navigation systems are available on an 8.4-inch touchscreen on the centre console. The angle and placement of the display are much in line with the low seating dynamics of the Huracan. It has connectivity for your phone to access calls, internet and Apple CarPlay functions. As with all Lamborghinis, the customisation choices are endless through the Ad Personam programme. It allows limitless colour and trim combinations for customers to personalise their Huracan EVO RWD Spyder.
In a world where turbocharging has become a respite for manufacturers to escape from emission choke holds and all-wheel drive hardware has infiltrated even the most purist manufacturers (sneering at BMW), it is a breath of fresh air to see Lamborghini still hold the torch. Imagine sitting in this convertible super low sports car with a V10 bellowing at 8,000 rpm inches close to your ear!
Make no mistake, it is just a showboat either as its PTCS and ANIMA systems will make it an extremely agile sports car on track days as well. The car is now available in Europe, USA, China and Japan. The global supply chain crisis continues to cause havoc on businesses, but should return to track gradually. Since the Huracan EVO RWD Spyder is a more niche product, customers will have to be dedicated rear-wheel drive aficionados to order one. It is slower than the all-wheel drive equivalents, but Lamborghini deserves a round of appreciation.
TEXT: Abhijeet Singh