Before the age of electronics overkill set in, piano keys would rely on the fine human touch and weight of the fingers to control the volume of each key. Accents were thereby created, giving each piece of music its dynamism and unique characteristics.
And then the world went digital and we had digital grand pianos with buttons that hardly offered you the opportunity for rigour and controlled attack. The same happened with cars. The naturally-aspirated supercars soon became a legend, rather than superior, driver-centric joy machines.
And then rolled in the formidable 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) variant and it made everything better.
But before we get to the part where we temporarily forget the realm of all-wheel drives that Lamborghini has set us in, let’s look at how the Evo RWD looks. It’s an absolute beast to chance upon, especially on Indian roads that aren’t overly acclimatised with the raging bull, yet, curiously.
Let alone running your fingers along its carefully crafted pillars, seeing the Evo RWD pass by is enough to cast a Medusa-like spell on you. It raises your eyebrows, leaves your jaw dropped to its lowest dipping point as the car swiftly disappears in the horizon, with you in its perpetual spell. We saw this first-hand as we drove from the Lamborghini showroom to Kala Ghoda (Mumbai’s art district) where motorists did not mask their enamoured glances and some enthusiasts even followed us for a couple of kilometres just to see this beast in action.
So, here’s what I believe makes it such a sight to behold. There is surely some Countach DNA in the Evo RWD. If you’ve seen the predecessor, you would need to look closer to pick evident design upgrades. The splitter on the front-bottom has been redesigned with air curtains added.
The rear-end has an evident air vent and exhaust tips that seem to be raised a bit. The alloy wheels with a honey-comb like design are a piece of art in themselves.
The interiors are where Lamborghini truly writes its entire piano symphony. It’s snug and sporty as you would expect, but the generously apportioned leather, Alcantara and carbon fibre employed in the car, makes it simply beautiful.
And then there’s the tech. The Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) system is intelligent beyond what you may have come to expect in driving assistance systems thus far. It manages to intuitively create an incredibly synergised connection between the driver and the car. It makes you believe that the car is studying all your moves and then guides you to make the most of it. Everything, from the responsiveness of the steering to the stiffness of the suspension adjusts as the system predicts what you’d do next.
The infotainment system is controlled on an 8.4-inch touchscreen that is nestled on the centre console. This caters perfectly well to the increasingly young audience base that Lamborghini caters to.
It has a telemetry system that uses footage captured over two cameras to create a simulated track environment that is visualised on the screen. It’s the perfect out-of-body experience, but for a car. The system monitors the drive and the driving behaviour and creates a review for the driver, where they can assess their laps. You can dive into the geekiest fantasies of your petrolhead by analysing features that are privy only to professional racing teams.
The Evo RWD adds multi-gesture control to the digital experience. Now, you can adjust the volume by swiping up with two fingers or use three to tap the screen if you want to mute the music.
It’s like having your smartphone control your car. You can enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, or download Lamborghini’s proprietary app to access exclusive content.
While the Evo RWD impresses with what it has to offer on the outside and the interiors, the real magic lies in the secret behind that visceral sound. The raging 4.0-litre V10 engine conjures 610bhp with 413lb ft of torque. Imagine a bulk of this sent to the rear wheels alone! You get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to make things come alive. It can go from 0-100 kmph in 3.3 seconds, which was demonstrated by my specimen between signals. It was like I teleported from one to the other. Everything in between was a delirious blur of mirth and sheer power.
You get three driving modes: Strada, Sport, and Corsa. It’s among the ‘most Lamborghini’ cars I have ever taken for a spin, from design to aesthetic to driving experience. And that reflects on the way it makes you behave, especially with this added LDVI brain that it now sports. It is comfortable and obedient, and as I mentioned before, extremely intuitive.
It’s what sets the tone for a busy-limb drive down an unpredictable suburban street. The car isn’t rigged with multiple cameras that babysit you through your drive. Instead, it studies your instinctive behaviour and optimises its accessibility for you to make the most of it. The drive is generally linear and doesn’t feel like a rush of excessive, unmanageable power.
You are seductively entrenched in its glide and its supporting nature makes the entire driving experience amazing.
Like a classic grand piano, the Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD offers you the opportunity of being in complete control, without completely washing its hands off. It’s the kind of car you would love to take on a spin every now and then because it’s what wishes are made of. It’s a classic grand that knows the notes in your mind before they are manifested by your eager fingers. What Lamborghini delivers here, is nothing short of an automotive masterpiece.
Engine: 5204cc, V10 naturally aspirated
Power: 602hp 413 lb-ft of torque
0-100 kmph: 3.3 seconds
Transmission: 7 Speed Dual clutch automatic RWD
Top speed: 325kmph
Price: Rs 3.8 crore