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6 February 2024

1000 Miles in a Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Review

Is embarking on a 1000-mile journey in a Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder a rational decision? Perhaps not, but after the first 500 miles, you begin to understand how this machine behaves, and you seamlessly become one with it. A harmonious fusion of man and machine occurs, resulting in a driving experience that approaches perfection.

That’s precisely what happened during my incredible journey across the southern, western, and northern regions of England, with friends and family along for the ride. It was a trip of a lifetime in a Lamborghini, and while Italy might seem like the ultimate destination, the UK offers its own share of breathtaking routes and experiences.

The Huracán EVO’s specifications read like poetry. A naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine with a commanding 640 hp, capable of propelling you from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds. It’s the ultimate evolution of Lamborghini’s V10, originally developed for the Huracán Performante. The 7-speed dual-clutch (Lamborghini Doppia Frizione) gearbox effortlessly guides you to a top speed of 325 km/h and back to a standstill with the aid of carbon ceramic brakes. Surprisingly, the fuel economy isn’t as dreadful as you might expect, ranging from 16 to 18 mpg.

However, it’s worth noting that 640 hp is packed into a car weighing only 1.5 tonnes. Ouch.

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder is the quintessential poster car, an object of extraordinary beauty. From the side, it resembles both a spaceship and a weapon aimed resolutely at the road ahead. Its design is sleek and forward-focused, with the roof barely a foot above the wheels. Crafted by the wind, it boasts a drag coefficient of 3.9 Cd, striking a balance between speed and downforce – precisely what you want in a car of this calibre.

The car’s lines are so sharp that you get a paper cut just by looking at them. Front vents split the airflow, directing it towards deflectors that enhance downforce and aerodynamic efficiency. Rear side air intakes further amplify this effect, while the integrated rear spoiler enhances stability during acceleration and deceleration.

Even the wing mirrors seem like they could double as swords to slice through the wind and opposing traffic as you pass by. The entire Huracán EVO exudes a sense of being transported from the future. It’s a vehicle that looks like it should take flight, except for those massive forged 20″ matte black wheels that firmly anchor it to the ground, leaving barely an inch of rubber between you and the road.

I’ve yet to mention the bonnet. It barely exists. The windscreen just drops to the floor. This design generates incredible downforce while remaining practically invisible as you drive, offering a clear view of the road ahead. It’s akin to playing a video game, where your only focus is the path in front of you. This car’s aesthetics are so breathtaking that it’s understandable if one spends more time admiring it than driving it. It’s the Mona Lisa of the automotive world, a sculptural masterpiece of unparalleled beauty and creative design.

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO pays homage to various eras of Lamborghini history, with elements reminiscent of the Countach and the Murciélago. Everywhere I stopped, people couldn’t help but be amazed by its sheer wow factor. It’s the last of the V10 Lamborghini’s, making it all the more special.

As for the interior, “bijou” is the apt word to describe it. You’ll need to be 5’11” or shorter and comfortable with an upright driving position. I prefer a more laid-back seating arrangement, and I found my knees uncomfortably close to my chest. However, you adapt to it. The seats themselves are comfortable, but a few extra inches of legroom would be a welcome addition.

Once you step inside, you’re greeted with a pristine, immaculate interior that exudes perfect craftsmanship. Sharp metallic accents and edges adorn every corner. The seats, dashboard, and doors feature black leather with blue highlights and contrast stitching. While I would have loved the exterior colour to match that striking blue, the grey hue was equally impressive, shifting from a cold steel tone in the morning to a warm orange glow at sunset.

Starting the car is an experience in itself – lift a protective manette to access the starter button and pull a chunky lever for reverse. The controls are reminiscent of a Thunderbirds machine and exude excitement even when the car is stationary. Once started, a simple tap on the right paddle takes you to first gear, and you’re ready to hit the accelerator. The parking brake is automatic. The EVO is brutal, futuristic minimalism, and utterly thrilling.

Above the 8.4-inch vertical touchscreen, you’ll find seven prominent levers that control various functions, including the windows, ESC, and hazard lights. The infotainment user experience is generally user-friendly, although I did find that my left elbow could partially obstruct it. Fortunately, the driver’s console provides essential information such as the speed limit, navigation instructions, and driving modes.

Everything else you need is conveniently placed on the steering wheel, including the red ANIMA Mode button at the bottom. However, the placement of this button can be a distraction as it’s so tempting to play with it. Strada mode is perfect for normal road cruising, while Sport mode takes the engine, steering, suspension, and sound response to a whole new stratospheric level. As for Corsa mode, I’d recommend saving it for the racetrack.

And yes, the Lamborghini engine sound is pure orchestral shriek, a 5.2-litre symphony that roars like a jet engine and crackles like a lion as the revs drop.

if you want to get over anything bigger than a Twix, you’ll need the Lifting system with Magneto-Rheologic. The front end of the car is mere inches off the ground, making speed bumps your arch-nemesis. However, it can be a fun challenge. Approach the bump, lift the front, glide over it, drop back down, and accelerate off in Sport mode.

The ultra-slim tyres and finely tuned suspension system transmit the nuances of the road’s texture. At lower speeds, every bump is distinctly perceptible, but as you pick up speed, the ride becomes reassuringly firm and confident while maintaining a gentle composure.

The electronic all-wheel-drive system is flawless, working in perfect harmony with the fully independent double wishbone suspension and all-wheel steering, turning the car into a ballet dancer on wheels. With the engine positioned at the rear, the front end is light, and the EVO responds to your every command with almost magical responsiveness, precisely like a finely crafted sword with a weighty pommel.

The combination of the active front steering system (Lamborghini Dynamic Steering) and the rear system (Lamborghini All-wheel Steering) combined with the lightweight, sloped bonnet allows the EVO to pivot on a dime while maintaining a vice-like grip on the road. I can’t think of any other car that steers with the same level of precision.

The Huracán features a dual-clutch transmission that anticipates the next gear, ensuring smooth automatic gear changes. When you opt for manual mode, the gear changes are rapid, and you can hold each gear to savour the ear-splitting engine roar as the revs climb.

The Lamborghini EVO appears almost clairvoyant in its ability to anticipate your every move, erasing any perceptible delay between your intent and its response. Its remarkable combination of raw power, agility, impeccable poise, and unwavering control transforms the Lamborghini EVO into a seamless extension of your very thoughts and desires. 

There’s even a Launch control feature (thrust mode in Corsa and race start in Sport) that turns this Lamborghini into a drag race champion. For those who love drifting, Lamborghini also offers a rear-wheel-drive version.

Safety is a priority, with side, head, and thorax airbags, as well as dual-stage front airbags. However, the front trunk (frunk) can only accommodate a small airline bag, so pack light.

Why choose a convertible? There’s nothing quite like driving a marvel of engineering with the open sky above you. The fabric roof complements the metallic body, adding texture and contrast that accentuates the futuristic design even further.

Despite the apparent impracticality of embarking on a touring journey in a Lamborghini, it was an absolute blast. Each day felt like a thrilling adventure, filled with excitement and exhilaration. Centuries of evolution have brought the Huracán EVO to this level of extraordinary engineering, resulting in unmatched poise and control. No other car matches the EVO’s agility. I toured with a banker, a doctor, and a game designer, and two out of three declared it their favourite car of all time. The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder is a masterpiece of automotive engineering and design that transcends time and expectations.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder price starts at £222.990 with VAT. 

Our model with extras came to £273,342 with VAT.

https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/models/huracan/…

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