Lamborghini starts off the new year with the announcement of the Huracan EVO Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD), a model it has developed for purists. Despite blistering performance numbers, Lamborghini says the Huracan EVO RWD is not focused on straight-line speeds or lap records: it proclaims its designation as an instinctive driver’s car.
“The Huracan EVO rear-wheel drive puts the car in the driver’s hands: the driving experience is delivered by the hardware,” said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “This car reminds the driver of Lamborghini’s pure engineering origins: the driver is at the centre of the Huracán EVO RWD’s performance, with unfiltered feedback and an emotive and more engaging driving experience controlled by the driver.”
He explained that the supercar’s performance relies on the harmony between man and machine.: “Driving skills and the Huracan EVO’s RWD mechanics deliver perfectly balanced dynamics, physical feedback and a pure performance. The Huracán EVO RWD enhances the V10 Huracán line-up with a model appealing to brand newcomers as well as those seeking sublime driving fun,” said Domenicali.
The Huracan EVO RWD delivers 610 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and 560 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. Weighing just 1,389 kgs, this output enables a claimed top speed of 325 km/h with 100 km/h reached just 3.3 seconds after take-off.
The V10 engine delivers more than just power to the rear-wheel drive set-up: the sound of the naturally aspirated powerplant combines with the specially tuned traction control system to deliver the most emotive, fun-to-drive experience in both dry and wet conditions, and even snow.
New Performance Traction Control System
The new Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS) is calibrated specifically for rear-wheel drive, delivering torque even during the phase where the car is realigning following drifting or side-slipping. Whereas a ‘normal’ traction control system delivers a sharp decoupling, waiting for a car to become completely stable before delivering torque again, the P-TCS car delivers torque in advance, avoiding a harsh torque cut and assuring better traction when exiting a corner.
The P-TCS intervention is calibrated according to the Huracan EVO RWD’s driving modes, selected via the steering wheel’s ANIMA button (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management: ‘soul’ in Italian). In STRADA, the P-TCS minimizes rear wheel slippage to ensure stability and safety in all conditions: with a more proactive strategy P-TCS manages torque delivery on low-adhesion surfaces.
In SPORT mode, the P-TCS maximizes the fun-to-drive experience: the rear wheels can slide and skate during acceleration, for easy drifting fun without compromising safety. The system recognizes conditions where the angle of oversteer increases rapidly and limits torque delivery to the rear wheels, allowing the driver to perfectly control and stabilize the car.
In CORSA, the P-TCS is calibrated to achieve the rear-wheel slip that optimizes the car’s traction and agility when exiting a corner, allowing the driver to maximize performance. The P-TCS improves smoothness of intervention by 30% compared to the previous Huracán RWD model; improves corner-exit traction by 20% and enhances oversteer by 30%.
The hybrid chassis integrates lightweight aluminium and carbonfibre with an aluminium and thermoplastic resin body. The Huracan EVO RWD sits on double wishbone suspension with overlapped quadrilaterals and passive shock absorbers and has front/rear weight distribution of 40:60.
The electro-mechanical, servo-assisted Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) is tuned specifically for this car, ensuring maximum feedback. The7-speed dual clutch gearbox is said to give the fastest gear changes, with launch control for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The 19-inch Kari rims with specially-developed Pirelli P Zero tyres are fitted with ventilated and cross-drilled steel brakes. As an option 20-inch rims and carbo-ceramic brakes are available.
The Huracán EVO RWD continues the V10 Lamborghini’s design language with new front and rear features, clearly differentiating it from its 4WD stablemate. The RWD version is characterized by a sculpted, purposeful persona, complemented by a new front splitter and vertical fins within the larger, framed front air intakes. The rear bumper in high gloss black incorporates a new diffuser unique to the Huracán EVO RWD.
Inside, the cockpit features an HMI 8.4-inch touchscreen in the centre console of the car, controlling all aspects of the car’s functions as well as managing full connectivity such as telephone calls, internet access, and including Apple CarPlay.
Both inside and out, Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program provides many options for colour and trim personalization. In order to emphasize the shape of the car, the new colour known as Giallo Belenus (yellow) has been developed together with a dedicated leather and Alcantara colour for the interior trim, matching the new exterior paint.
The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini during this quarter and for those who are buying it in the UK, the price is 137,000 Pounds, equivalent to around RM735,580.