Well, pretty much.
Here is the updated version of the rather successful Lamborghini Huracan, the V10-powered mid-engine that the Sant’Agata automaker is not at all shy about calling a ‘super sports car’. Called the EVO, this refresh brings quite a long list of notable changes, so much so that referring to it as the entry-level model feels like an insult.
This newer Huracan, first of all, has taken a fair bit from the Performante that set the record for fastest production car around the Nurburgring last year. Nearly all corners have seen some kind of restyle, and the results are stunning, adeptly merging in new design cues without undoing the original’s identity.
That said, these visual alterations are most evident when viewed from the rear, where the EVO practically mirror the Performante’s new exhaust configuration and more expansive diffuser element. Its 20-inch Aesir wheels, too, are styled to look like those fitted to the Performante.
Taken altogether, Lamborghini really has made the Huracan an even more desirable car than it was before, and by a substantial margin, if only based on aesthetics, personal though they are. However, they’ve teamed it with a plenty of mechanical upgrades as well.
The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 now produces an outrageous 470kW at 8,000rpm and 600Nm at 6,500rpm thanks to upgrades, again, lifted from the Huracan Performante. Namely, these gains are attributable to new engine mapping and a titanium intake valves. Its lightweight exhaust system also give it a more robust soundtrack, so they say.
With this amount of firepower, dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive, the Huracan EVO is able to dispatch 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds. With the throttle pinned, 200km/h is dealt with in 9 seconds flat as it goes on to its top speed of 325km/h.
Going even further, the also features a new dynamics suite called Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) that combines rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring. Teamed with the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) system which is basically a very fancy processing unit that alters the car’s adaptive behaviour based on lateral, longitudinal, and vertical acceleration readings, as well as pitch, roll, and yaw.
From there, the processing unit decides how to express the driver’s input through the active steering system, distribution of torque through the all-wheel drive system, engine response, and the aforementioned rear-wheel steer depending on which drive mode is selection: Strada, Sport, or Corsa.
Aerodynamically, its reshaped front bumper helps the front splitter with integrated rear wing improves front end grip while a underbody and rear diffuser combo is claimed to be five times more effective at producing downforce that the car that precedes it. It’s basically more of a Performante than the standard Huracan should have any right to be. What a riot.