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Driven: Lamborghini Huracan Evo

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The Evo

The Evo, as its name suggests is an updated version of the original Huracan, which surprisingly has been around for quite some time now, and was in need of an updated to make its competitive with the upcoming Ferrari F8 and McLaren�s 720S. The Evo, according to Lamborghini, provides a similar level of performance to the outgoing Performante model, while incorporating a degree of daily usability.

From a visual perspective, the Huracan provides all of the theatrics expected from the Italian brand, with a low-slung supercar stance, now complimented by a reshaped front splitter. The side profile is complimented my large 20-inch alloy wheels

That engine

The best word to describe the Huracan Evo is visceral. The naturally aspirated V10 displaces 5.2-litres and is now fitted with titanium intake valves and a lighter exhaust system. The result is 570 kW and 600 N.m of torque, allowing for a zero to 100 km/h sprint of 2.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 325 km/h.

The performance is accompanied by a spine-tingling engine note and an instantaneous throttle response that we�ve come to expect from a naturally aspirated engine. In an era of turbocharging and downsizing which has seen many rivals shift towards turbo-V8s, the V10 in the Huracan is glorious homage to atmospheric power, and something that every car enthusiast should experience..

What�s LDVI?

The Evo benefits from a new Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) system which is a CPU designed to combine the efforts of the four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, torque vectoring and traction control system to predict the upcoming driving environment. This means that the car adapts to prevailing conditions, meaning that when you�re attacking a circuit of mountain pass, it allows for maximum attack, while cruising on the freeway the car settles down and provides a reasonably comfortable ride.

The result?

The LDVI technology along with a sub-1 500kg kerb weight and advanced magnetic dampers provide the Evo with a decent ride quality, making this a car this is usable on the road. While not exactly supple, this could be used as daily transport, if you�re rich enough, that is.

Improved connectivity

The Evo benefits from the latest Lamborghini connectivity system in the form of an 8.4-inch colour touchscreen housed within the centre console. The system provides good functionality, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make life on board easier, although, we�ll admit, we didn�t test out the sound system, not with a V10 providing a symphony behind us.

The operation of the indicators and lights via the steering wheel takes some getting used to, however, this frees-up space for the beautifully shaped gear shift paddles and a minimalistic view for the driver as they approach the task of taming the Evo.

Verdict

The Evo is exactly what its name suggests; an evolution of the Huracan, providing an increasingly rare driving experience from a brand that still knows how to engineer excitement  into its products.

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