Lamborghini has made a really good car to drive, but still lacks the best from Ferrari
What is it?
This is a rear-wheel drive model, priced at £ 34,000 less than the regular ‘all-wheel-drive’ Evo. At £164,000, the RWD is priced closer to the £149,000 McLaren 570S than Ferrari’s £203,500 F8 Tributo and therefore looks good value, although there are some eye-watering options. The transparent engine cover alone costs £4860, while composite brake discs will set you back £5412 and a DAB radio an indefensible £648. All in, the Verde Selvans example seen here totals £223,000.
This new car is reduced by 33kg from curb weight and 29bhp from the 5.2-liter V10 engine, directly implanted, titanium valves and all, from the gut of Huracán Performanceante. In addition to the front drivetrain, the Evo’s standard four-wheel drive system and high-torque torque electronics are what you lose.
It’s a nominal decrease in power, and one designed to usher more suggestible customers towards the more expensive four-wheel-drive Huracán. For the rest of us, the RWD’s 602bhp, 413lb ft and 0-62mph time of 3.3sec are more than enough to be getting on with.
What’s it like?
The RWD is also the finer driver’s car. When combined, the sound and the performance are as giddily pulverising as ever, and even without four-wheel drive, there’s never any issue with straight-line traction, at least on dry roads.
Its lungs are so big that you’ll leave almost everything else until the needle reaches 4,000 rpm, and from then on, things only get wilder.
The large and powerful gearbox and dual-clutch gearbox are highlights. As a method of reloading the engine for another surge to the 8500rpm redline, this takes some beating. The damper is softened usefully, this box goes about its work gently, based on the engine torque.
The short wheelbase makes the car extremely light and fast at low speeds. With the roads in the town, you absolutely can easily integrate.
This new car flows more sweetly at sensible speeds and feels less frenetic. Without rear wheels that swivel, the steering rack can feel lazy mid-corner, but without the corruption of driveshafts, its initial travel is cleaner and lighter, and less unsprung mass means the front axle also rides bumps in the road more fluently.
Compared to conventional Evo, the car is really delicate when you get the rear bumper is too light with a level of sophistication.
Equally, there’s so much grip that for outright oversteer, you need to provoke the car and use some weight transfer; and if the RWD has a vice, it’s that the tail can snatch wide sharply and requires concentration to catch. The F8 Tributo is more playful and forgiving in this sense and, just maybe, a little less authentic.
Should I buy one?
The noise is quite loud and the car is quite heavy. The price is more expensive than regular Lamborghinis and the additional polish in handling and handling adds to a special thing.
- Price £164,400 On sale Now
- Engine V10, 5204cc, petrol
- Power 602bhp at 8000rpm
- Torque 413lb ft at 6500rpm
- Gearbox 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
- Kerb weight 1389kg (dry)
- Top speed 202mph 0-62mph 3.3sec
- Fuel economy 20.5mpg
- CO2 330g/km