Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder review: Top-down adrenaline machine

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder review: A machine sculpted to perfection, the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder is a sensational car in every sense. It is fast, it's beautiful, and it is just special

lamborghini huracan evo spyder

When football fans from around the world descended into Qatar for the FIFA World cup in December, I took a trip to the tiny Arab nation for something even more exciting than seeing Neymar or Messi score goals. I was there to get behind the wheel of the sizzling Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder. 

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Introduced in 2014, the Huracan succeeded the Gallardo as the Huracan LP 610-4. Five years later, the car underwent a mid-cycle refresh with even more aggressive styling, and a new naming scheme, the old alphanumeric aspect of its name was replaced with something simpler and catchy, ‘EVO’. 

Irrespective of the name, petrolheads, or should I say rich petrolheads across the world, could not get enough of the Huracan. Since its launch, it has sold more than 20,000 units worldwide, becoming the best-selling Lamborghini model of all time, surpassing even the Urus. 

The starting point of my ride was the Lamborghini lounge in Doha, a floating pop-up built especially for the FIFA World Cup on Pearl, Doha. The invite-only lounge offered stunning views of the Marina. It gave potential customers, friends of the brands, and enthusiasts a chance to get to know more about the brand and its offerings, from SUVs to special edition watches to even speedboats. 

Take a quick glance at the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder and you know its a machine sculpted to perfection. Sitting on an aluminium and carbon fibre chassis, its body is made from aluminium and a new-age material called thermoplastic resin which apparently softens to become a liquid when heated and hardens when cooled. The larger air-intakes and a new front bumper give the car an even lower and more assertive personality. Not to mention, this makes the car even more aerodynamic. Painted in alien green, or as Lamborghini calls it Verde Mantis with jet-black brake calipers and contrast stitching, my test car looked diabolical. 

Judging a Lamborghini convertible in terms of practicality would be futile. Having said that the cabin is well appointed, very much driver-focused, and, you guessed it, squeezy. It takes a while to get used to, especially for a 6.1’ tall occupant like me, but once you find the sweet spot, the cabin is comfortable. In terms of storage, there is just a tiny compartment with enough space for a wallet or two, and no, there are no cup holders. Lamborghinis are all about driving. So behind the steering wheel, you will find the biggest paddle shifters that you would have ever seen, roughly the size of your palm. The wiper controls and turn indicator switches are instead on the steering wheel. Even the window switches are on the dashboard, and they are impossible to find unless told. At the centre of the dash is an 8.4” high-resolution touchscreen that lets you access navigation, connectivity, and other car functions. 

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Being a Lamborghini, even the simple task of starting a car has some drama associated with it. The start button is mounted square in the centre stack, and sporting a red, protective flip-up cover. I reckon our missile silos would have something similar to launch Agnis and Prithvis at targets. I press the button and the 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated V10 engine resting behind my shoulder comes to life. Its 610 race-bred horses let out a roar so loud that it instantly pierces the silence of the entire neighbourhood. What better way to listen to the melodious V10 than to let the roof down. With a flick of a switch the soft top folds away and packs itself in a mere 17 seconds. 

I start my drive in Comfort mode, or as Lamborghini calls it ‘Strada’ mode. It's ideal for city driving as the steering is lighter, the throttle responses are toned down, and the suspension is less stiff. As the FIFA world cup was going on, the traffic was much higher than usual, but to my surprise, I found it rather easy to drive the Huracan in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Though Qatar has fantastic roads, there were still some bumps, but yet the ride was comfortable. Wading through the traffic, it was fun to see the emotions that an open-top roaring Lamborghini stokes in others. Bystanders would just pause what they are doing, people in the cars or on the roads would immediately whip out their mobile phones to capture this Italian masterpiece, and fellow drivers would give you a thumbs up with big smiles on their faces. 

On the highway, it was time to get the raging bull experience. I put the car in ‘Sports’ mode, and in an instant, the car dropped two gears, the exhaust note, which was already visceral, became even louder and the steering and suspension became stiffer. The masterpiece V10 delivers a pace so relentless that even with the accelerator slightly pressed, I reach triple digits speeds with the speedometer jumping in multiples of ten. Being a naturally aspirated engine there is no sudden kick like you feel from turbos, no lag from idle, just pure and unadulterated power. Along with some brilliant engineering, there is also a lot of smart technology at play that makes driving this beast so easy and safe. There are a host of sensors that continuously feed data to the car’s central brain or the LDVI system (Lamborghini Dynamic Vehicle Integration), which constantly monitors the steering, braking, acceleration, gear shifts and anticipates the driver's intentions and gives precise inputs to the car’s dynamic driving system. In a nutshell, this makes you a much better driver than you actually are.  

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The Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder is a sensational car in every sense. It is fast, its beautiful, and it is just special. 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine: 5.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol V10

Power: 470kW @ 8000rpm

Torque: 600Nm @ 6500rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic / Rear wheel drive

0 to 100 kmph: 3.1 seconds 

Top speed: 325 kmph

Price: Rs3.54 crore

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