Auto123 updates test drive the 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder.
Last year, I was finally able to get behind the wheel of my first Lamborghini vehicle, a test that duly ended up on Auto123. But, the Urus for all its good qualities and its madness, did not speak to me.
I am well aware that the Urus has doubled the sales of the Sant'Agata brand and that it is of paramount importance to the bonzes of the Volkswagen group, but for me, a "Lambo" must be riveted to the ground , to disturb the whole neighborhood when it starts and to attract the eyes of all passers-by in its path.
And that's exactly what this 2020 Huracán EVO Spyder was able to accomplish during these three days marked by thunderstorms and unusual humidity.
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I'll admit it, I don't like all the attention this Sideris Blue color car gives, an option of $ 18,900 by the way. I greatly prefer the "sleepers", those cars that are discreet on the outside and perform well on the inside. A Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder, on the other hand, seeks to provoke, something I saw on the road as some motorists wanted to go head-to-head in the instant of a drag race. Sorry ladies and gentlemen, that kind of exercise has no place on the road anymore; it is better to find a closed circuit to see what wood she heats this beautiful Italian.
Unfortunately, I didn't call on one of the rare closed circuits in the greater Montreal area to discover the attributes of the brand's most affordable sports car. And that’s the biggest weakness of an exotic of this caliber: there is no place in the country to properly test the 640 horsepower cavalry of the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine. Okay, that's right, highway acceleration is quickly shot down with such a thing, but it comes with the risk of having his driver's license suspended, something I'm not going to do anytime soon.
A V10 that sings loudly… and very loudly!
Lamborghini may well be interested in alternative energies – especially with this hybrid prototype Asterion LPI910-4 unveiled in 2014 (!) -, the fact remains that the manufacturer is still floundering in large engines. Bolted in the middle position, the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 is a block that has been known for several years now, the Lamborghini Gallardo which also used it. Except that for this EVO livery, the Lamborghini Huracán gains 30 horsepower (for a total of 640 hp), courtesy of these intake valves made of titanium in particular. The performance is up to par, Lamborghini talking about a 0-100 km / h shot in 3.1 seconds (2.9 s for the hardtop version).
But what matters with such a flashy car is the musicality of its 10-cylinder V-shaped mechanics and, at this level, the brand's engineers still have such a keen ear. Already at start-up, when the volcano wakes up, Huracán screams loudly, but luckily the decibels drop back down quite quickly if the car is placed in Strada mode. For city walks or even not to disturb your neighbors, this "quiet" mode is perfect. But, a Lamborghini begs to sing, something the Sport mode resolves very quickly. As soon as the latter is engaged, the exhaust system no longer seems clogged and lets out all the wild aspect of the V10.
And then there is this Corsa mode (read a little louder at the decibel level and sharper for the other parameters) which should in principle be reserved for closed circuits, but which can easily be contained on the road, on condition of do not overdo it, because the latter makes the car much more playful. Let's just say that the rear end wants to pass in front in the bends approached at high speed. Corsa mode also forces the driver to change the gears of the dual-clutch gearbox himself, which is not the case with the other two, which offer automatic modes.
Unsurprisingly, the two sportier modes also come with adjustments to the steering (more precise) and suspension (firmer). It would be interesting for Lamborghini to work on a more malleable mode for the next generations of the car, a mode that would allow driving with a comfortable suspension, but with a more vocal exhaust system for example. At the moment, the Huracán EVO Spyder does not allow it!
Beyond the envious glances and the Italian symphony that comes out through the two huge pipes at the back, the little "Lambo" is a formidable grip factory. All-wheel drive has a lot to do with it here, as does the width of performance tires elsewhere. But there is more, like this device called LDVI (for Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) which keeps an eye on the angle of the steering, the braking, the acceleration, in addition to adapting to the driving style of its pilot. .
In other words, for all the craziness of the Huracán EVO Spyder, the car is as easy to drive as a mainstream performance sedan. I had the same feeling of invincibility behind the wheel of the McLaren 720S last year. With the magic of electronics, nowadays even a 640 horsepower beast can be used in everyday life.
I must mention that the suspension is relatively comfortable, despite our Quebec roads. Of course, in Corsa mode on a bumpy road as possible, the car hops like a girl playing hopscotch.
The final word
Can a Lamborghini Huracán EVO – Spyder or not – be driven twelve months a year? The question is obviously worth asking, especially with such an efficient all-wheel drive. By the way, I have tried an Audi R8 in the middle of January in the past, so why not the Italian cousin?
The catch is that the car's front fascia is just inches from the pavement and with the number of potholes in the country, this annoying detail should definitely be considered. Fortunately, the function that allows the car to be lifted for difficult curb chains or speed bumps makes things a little easier, as long as you don't use the wrong button, the dashboard of the car which is well off at this level.
And then there is the issue of premature wear, especially with the calcium spread on our roads in winter. The presence of the Urus in the brand's lineup might not be such a bad thing after all. In the end, I must say that this brief three-day test gave me a taste of what an authentic Lamborghini must be like: a car with a provocative design that attracts attention, with a mechanic that loves to revolutionize and transform. its driver as a super hero… at least almost!
The "did you see me" side
The sound of the V10
We like less
The number of buttons on the dashboard
The limited number of driving modes
Limited visibility in blind spots
The main competition
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