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2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Coupe and Spyder First Drive: Fun Redefined

Had this been a typical Lamborghini press drive, I'd be writing this 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD review after blasting around a far-flung racetrack, road test editor Chris Walton wrote in our Huracn Evo RWD First Drive a few months ago . Instead, thanks to 2020, he spent his time piloting the new entry-level Lamborghini alone around some of Southern Californias finest driving roads. Not long after his drive, however, Lamborghini offered us the chance to drive the new Huracn Evo RWD at The Fastest Road in the West, on Willow Springs International Raceways famous Big Willow circuit. As an added bonus, I also had a brief opportunity to sample the new 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Spyder on the roads surrounding the racetrack. Heres a quick review of how the new Lamborghini Huracns stack up. --> What Is the 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD? Before we delve too deeply into the how, a quick reminder on the what: The new 202 0 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD coupe and Spyder are the latest entry-level sports cars from the famed Italian performance marque. Replacing the Huracn LP 580-2 , this Huracn Evo lution sports updated exterior styling with improved aerodynamics, a revised interior featuring fighter jetinspired seats, a new infotainment system, and powertrain updates including titanium intake valves and a new performance exhaust system. In comparison to the relatively new all-wheel-drive Huracn Evo , the Huracn Evo RWD loses the front driveshaft and sees its mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10 detuned from 630 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque to 602 hp and 413-lb ft. Like the all-wheel-drive model, the Huracn Evo RWD puts its power to the ground via a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. One of the most significant changes Lamborghini made to the 2020 Huracn Evo RWD is in its performance traction-control system, or PCS, tuning. Its three drive modes have three distinct personalities. The normal Strada, or street, setting is a conservative program that makes the Huracn as docile as an Audi A5 dicing through traffic. Sport mode stiffens up the optional MagneRide magnetic shocks, firms up the steering and throttle response, quickens the transmissions shifts, and relaxes the traction controls intervention to allow what Lamborghini calls constant throttle drifts. Corsa, or race, mode is a track-focused program that stiffens the suspension further, quickens shifts yet again (though they must be completed manually via massive carbon-fiber paddles), and sets throttle and steering response to help the Huracn get around the track as quickly as possible. 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD: Racetrack Performance The latest entry-level Huracns racetrack manners depend upon which driving mode you choose. During Lamborghinis socially distanced track session, I chased an instructor around Big Willow, first in Sport, and then in Corsa. The difference between the two modes is night and day. Rather than the buttoned-down but knife-edge feel you get in something like a Porsche 911 in its own Sport mode, the same mode in the Huracn Evo RWD at first feels loose. The Lamborghinis steering is firm and direct, and the throttle response is instantaneousbut its easy to catch an inescapable feeling that the rear end wants to step out on you. In reality, though, the Huracn defaults to safe understeer unless you provoke it intentionally with heavy throttle. Corsa mode, in comparison, turns the 2020 Huracn Evo RWD into a proper track car. The suspension stiffens noticeably, the steering somehow becomes even more direct and accurate, and the car feels impressively composed. It comes across as a true drivers car that lets you focus on the racetrack in front of you instead of worrying about what the car is or isnt doing. Some supercar shoppers might be inclined to get an AWD Huracn Evo purely for the added safety and peace of mind of having four driven wheels (not to mention the extra power and quicker acceleration), but the electronic tuning in the 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD works so seamlessly in the background, you dont ever feel like its saving your ass. Its transparent and, again, lets you focus on your line, which is exactly what you want from a good drivers car . And on the street, theres so much grip available at any speed resembling even remote sanity, you essentially have to entirely turn off the traction and stability controls before the car becomes a maniacal oversteer machine. In other words, if the thought of a rear-drive Huracn inspires feelings of intimidation, it should not. What About the 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Spyder? The roadster version of the Huracn Evo RWD is in a lot of ways simply a Huracn Evo RWD coupe with a power-folding cloth top that works at speeds of up to 31 mph. Out on the desert roads surrounding Willow Springsincluding sections of our Car of the Year drive loop the Huracn Evo RWD Spyder is a ridiculously competent supercar. On stretches of highway and interstate in Strada mode, the cabin quiets down, steering gets light, and the suspension capably absorbs the various potholes, bumps, and railroad crossings on the route. Its almost, weirdly, boring enough to lull you into a sense of complacency as you find yourself stuck behind a Scion xB doing 5 below the limit. Then, though, you remember the 602-hp V-10 behind you. Switch into Sport mode and blast past the toaster box; the Huracn Spyder is just as good as its hardtop stablemate. Unlike what I found on the track, Sport mode in the 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Spyder was well suited to the canyons of our familiar COTY loop. The Lambo was planted, quick, and agile, and its transmission was always in the right gear at the right time, even in automatic mode. Even better, the Huracn doesnt punish you for wringing it out properlyits suspension tuning strikes a great balance between firm and compliant, ensuring you can always put the power down at a moments notice. How Much Is a 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD? These are expensive cars, but you knew that already. The 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD coupe starts at $214,366, undercutting the Lamborghini Urus SUV and making the Huracn Evo RWD the cheapest way to put a new Lambo in your driveway. The new Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Spyder is of course a bit more; prices for the roadster start at $235,223. Yes, the Huracn Evo RWD is a somewhat decontented Huracn, but more important is the fact its one of the best-driving cars Lamborghini has ever put on the road. 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Pros: A cheaper, lighter version of our 2020 MotorTrend Best Drivers Car Drives as good as it looks There are painfully few V-10s left in the world; this is one of them 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Cons: Expensive, yet Some people will know its the cheap Lamborghini We had to give it back 2020 Lamborgini Huracn Evo (RWD) BASE PRICE $214,866 LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 5.2L/602-hp/413-lb-ft DOHC 40-valve V-10 TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT 3,300 lb (MT est) WHEELBASE 103.2 in L x W x H 177.9 x 76.1 x 45.9 in 0-60 MPH 3.3 sec (mfr est) EPA FUEL ECON 13/18/15 mpg ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 259/187 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.13 lb/mile ON SALE Currently The post 2020 Lamborghini Huracn Evo RWD Coupe and Spyder First Drive: Fun Redefined appeared first on MotorTrend .

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