My fist clenched, my heart was racing, and I was genuinely excited when Lamborghini launched the Huracan EVO RWD in India. There were two reasons. The first was that due of the nature of my job, I might get to drive this raging bull that has been poked and second was the sheer joy that Lamborghini has gone out and made a supercar that inclines more towards driver involvement than driver aid. It is a supercar that does not have nerdy hybrid tech to save you fuel or an all-wheel drive system that helps you keep it on the road. It is a statement that says, a supercar requires more skills to drive than your average hatchback.
It is a statement that restores my faith in Lamborghini; a brand which I thought was past it’s bonkers thinking by making SUVs and giving the people what they want. Thankfully, I was wrong. The RWD is a proper mad Lambo.
One quick look will not reveal the differences from the standard model. Actually, I can never have a quick look at this one. It is often a long gaze that puts me in a trance followed by the realization of probably never being able to afford it. But, once I’m past that and squint a bit, the changes up front reveal themselves. A redesigned front bumper with modifications to the air intake and a new front splitter are what separate the RWD from the standard version. At the rear too, once I touched my ear to the ground, I could see a redesigned diffuser. I would have to be a staunch Huracan connoisseur to be able to identify the RWD from the 4WD. But that’s not a bad thing. It still looks just as striking as it did at its launch back in 2014.
The interior in the Huracan, or any Lamborghini for that matter, is exceptionally intriguing. Once I relieved the cramp that I pulled while getting inside, everything felt special and exciting. You get the steering wheel with the ANIMA drive modes, the fully-digital instrument cluster that looks like it belongs in ‘Need for Speed’ and the iconic engine-start button that is hiding away under the missile-launcher switch guard. Then there are the buttons and switches that thankfully aren’t lifted off the Audi or VW parts bin and fit well with the whole aggressive theme. Even the 8.4-inch touchscreen has graphics out of a sci-fi game, and it is all put together very well.
But the main reason why one would pay Rs 3.22crore (ex-showroom, India) is the way it drives. So I flipped that missile launcher and fired up the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine only to sit there in amusement. The fact that this is one of the last naturally aspirated performance engines made me want to savour every bit of it.
But this RWD is all about driving pleasure. Expecting to be terrified by the amount of power on offer, the ease at which the Huracan drives, comes as a surprise. Nothing is intimidating about it. Yes at the back of the mind, I was aware and cautious of the fact that I had over 600bhp spinning the rear-wheels, but it never felt threatening. Even when I did step on the accelerator to make a short gap, its not like the back end acted like a drunk getting out of a bar. That said, if you do feel brave you can go from 0-100kph in just 3.3 secs. And that will be intimidating. But overall there is plenty of grip on offer, and even in its most playful ‘Corsa’ mode, it feels controlled.
A big part of this is the updated P-TCS, which is the Huracan’s traction control system that is calibrated specifically for the RWD. It allows for just the right amount of slippage depending upon what drive mode you select. So if you choose ‘Strada’, you get a lot more grip, ‘Sport’ allows for a bit more fun and ‘Corsa’ is where you can look like Ken Block without having to call for a flat-bed. It is just manages the torque and power so effortlessly that you never know its there. You think you’ve suddenly attained phenomenal driving skills, but you need to thank the P-TCS for it all.
And that’s what makes the RWD so much fun and so much more appealing. It’s the ability to slide and drift around but doing it with conviction and without the risk of losing control. On one of those supercar drives, where the other members of the club are carefully going around a corner in their Ferrari or Aston Martin, you can go around the same corner grinning and kicking the tail out, even if it is for a split second. On that winding road with fast bends, you will feel a lot more involved thanks to the more responsive steering that is feelsome and connected to the front wheels that aren’t pulling themselves. Then there is the 33kg weight advantage that might not seem like a lot, but it is evident when you encounter a fast chicane. It all comes together to make for an exciting drive. And backing it all up is the chorus of that glorious V10 singing at full pitch. All that combined, makes driving the Huracan RWD an experience. It is nothing like the driving you do every day.
However when all is said and done, in India, you will mostly see these things on instagram. Piercing through a herd of supercar paparazzi in first gear and then braking hard to not rear-end a rickshaw. It will be seen at supercar parades parked on a lawn cleaner than the floor of your house and in five-star hotels looking shinier than their most expensive chandelier. However, to the ones that can afford it, I say, buy the Huracan EVO RWD. Buy it if you want a supercar with an authentic driving experience. Buy it if you want to have whole-hearted fun on those once-in-a-blue-moon supercar drives. And finally, buy it so that when the streets are full of dull and dreary EVs buzzing away and all hope of seeing a loud, low slung supercar is lost, you can be the savior that turns up with all ten cylinders howling and sliding, and bring a smile on the dejected faces of us car fanatics.