I had never before been invited as a motoring journalist to drive a Lamborghini, so I was delighted to be invited to fly down to Abu Dhabi for a weekend last month to experience the new 2020 Huracan Evo on road and racetrack.
Until very recently, Lamborghini has been fairly quiet in the Gulf region. But now they seem to be waking up. The company has had a very successful decade worldwide, today producing 800% more vehicles than just ten years ago (from 1,302 to 8,000+ and growing).
This is the second generation Huracan, and it has major improvements – all-wheel steering, seven times more downforce at front. It’s full of all the latest technology with an advanced computer system (with a long Italian name I can’t pronounce) that puts you in charge and makes you a far better driver.
It looks fantastic – far more dramatic than its sister, the Audi R8 on which it’s based. There’s no need to look at the badge to know that this is a Lamborghini. It’s very low, so you need to practice getting in and out so as not to look like a geek. The colors this car comes in are as dramatic as the performance, and the 20-inch alloys and carbon-ceramic brakes do the job as well as look perfect.
The afternoon was spent driving the roads of Abu Dhabi and the car handled perfectly fine. But what with me not knowing the roads of Abu Dhabi that well, and aware that the UAE is full of speed cameras but not knowing where they are located, I took things pretty easily. But later, in the evening, I was able to do ‘hot laps’ on the Yas Marina F1 Circuit and it was a different story.
This car really came into its own when I took it out on the race track. It handled brilliantly and the sound of the engine is as awesome as any supercar I’ve ever driven.
The steering is super fast, and the grip when cornering is incredible. This car is mid-engine and feels very stiff and secure when pushed. The naturally aspirated V10 engine provides up to 640 horsepower.
There are 3 driving modes – Strada, Sport, and Corsa. On the streets, I drove 90% of the time in Strada, which is the tamest mode. But on the circuit, I drove 100% in Corsa mode (‘Violent’ mode).
If you must, there are all sorts of incredibly expensive extras you can choose from. If you don’t like the standard paint you can opt for special colors at a cost of around $18,000 extra. If you want a special carbon skin interior it will cost you an extra $8,000. But one essential extra I would recommend is the lift button which raises the car, useful for normal road driving where we face potholes and speed humps – cost $4,000.
Sitting inside this car I felt comfortably cocooned. The interior looks and feels great. There’s an 8.4-inch screen and a red alloy guard key that must be lifted to press the start button. It serves no real purpose other than it feels nice to switch it up and it looks great.
There’s no heads up display on the windscreen which was disappointing, particularly on a car like this where you would most likely particularly need it, and not surprisingly due to the extreme design, rear visibility is terrible, though the large side mirrors compensate for this to some extent.
This was the first Lamborghini I have ever driven, and I was impressed. The company says that this is the model designed for daily use, though I suspect most buyers will likely have other cars as daily rides and that this will be their fun car.