Model: Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD Spyder
Engine: 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-10
Power: 602 hp
Torque: 413 ft lbs
Transfer: Seven-stage LDF double coupling
Wheelbase: 103.15 inches
Dynasties are divisive. Whether in politics or sports, continued success usually produces equal goals of admiration and criticism. (New England Patriots, anyone?) The Robb report This year’s car competition seems to have a competitor to that role with Automobili Lamborghini. The difference, however, is that the majority of critics tend to be converted when they climb into the driver̵
In recent years, models from the Sant’Agata Bolognese car manufacturer have been a fixture at the top of our lists, placed there by judges who did not even expect to like the car, let alone lavish praise on it. The last disturber: Lamborghinis Huracán Evo RWD Spyder, 2021 Robb report Sports car of the year.
It’s no secret that for some decades Lamborghinis were regarded by many as supercars for the unwanted – as loud, flashy and temperamental as the owners. But this reputation has been greatly rehabilitated since the Volkswagen Group took control and brought the brand under Audi’s umbrella, eventually creating cars that offer not only exclamation point performance, but a civilian, even refined driving experience in the real world.
The Lamborghini shift came in 2014 with the introduction of the Huracán coupe, followed by more notable variants that include Performante, with its innovative active aerodynamics, and all-wheel drive (AWD) Evo – for “Evolution” – equipped with a game-changing superprocessor that seems to Know what you want to do a split second before you do.
Referred to as Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), the original AWD Evos leading technology continuously analyzes the driver’s input against the vehicle’s orientation, preparing the other systems – including torque vectors, traction control and suspension – in anticipation of the next move. The result is a car that allows the driver to get closer to the border without crossing it. Sometimes, however, experienced drivers will extend the tire, and this is where the new rear-wheel drive (RWD) Evo Spyder comes in.
The decision to offer an RWD version was simple, according to Alessandro Farmeschi, CEO of Lamborghini America. “We wanted to return to the purest driving experience,” he said during a technical briefing on the car back in October, calling it an “unfiltered behind-the-wheel experience.”
This is not to say that all the assistants are not there if you need them – there is just more room to cut loose. While the RWD configuration eliminates certain features such as torque vectors, a new Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS) gives greater freedom to kick the rear end loose and get the drive going.
In Sport (one of three modes, along with Strada and Corsa), the P-TCS rear wheels slide when monitoring oversteer and adjust torque accordingly, strengthening unregulated oversteer by 30 percent compared to RWD predecessors. It also provides torque while the car is out of service or out of a turn, to ensure better traction.
The impact of the P-TCS system was recently experienced firsthand at the Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California. Coming out of turn four in sport mode, the rear end broke loose unexpectedly. Based on my steering inputs, there was enough torque to carry me through rapid correction before my heart knew it was going to accelerate. Fast forward to Central California Wine Country Roads under Car of the Year; I switched between Strada and Corsa and felt that the car tracked the corkscrew between vineyards without a hint of wanting to get outside the lines. It’s just ready to play when you are.
With an aluminum and carbon fiber chassis covered by an aluminum body and thermoplastic resin, the 3,062-pound (dry weight) convertible also provides confidence through a series of aerodynamic improvements. Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, mentioned during his briefing that the team “started working from the front bumper through the floor of the car to the rear diffuser to create the perfect Venturi effect”, explaining that the revised airflow control gives the car less air resistance and 73 percent more downforce at the rear than AWD siblings. Everything comes in handy given the 610 hp roadster, with a naturally aspirated V-10 paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, covers zero to 62 km / h in 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 201 km / h.
Similar to how this year’s luxury car, the sumptuous Rolls-Royce Ghost, delivers unexpected power and performance, this Lambo begins with how comfortable the cockpit is. Sure, it lacks carpet of lambswool and paldao ornaments with wooden pores, but it is spoiled by its ergonomic design, Human-Machine Interface (HMI) infotainment system and impressive wind protection when outdoors.
When the Huracán line finally comes to an end, who knows which car manufacturer and model will be known next in our annual evaluation? For now, the Evo RWD Spyder is the closest combination of race car and daily driver we have experienced, and the latest example of why Raging Bull continues its rule.