THERE is truly nothing like being behind the wheel of a supercar, let alone the 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder RWD, named after a Spanish fighting bull and at the same time, the Spanish rendition of the English word ‘hurricane‘.
If this isn’t enough to intimidate you, then read on and find out exactly why this car is a rampaging bull through the streets of Pamplona during the Sanfermines nine-day festival.
Lamborghini of Sydney were very gracious to lend us their specially optioned Bianco Monocerus coloured Huracán EVO Spyder in the RWD (rear wheel drive) format and what a sight it is to behold.
As previously mentioned, there is nothing like it. Hyper-aggressive body styling from the front, all the way to the rear. Not a dime wasted on the research and development behind the engineering and manufacturing of it.
With that said, it is the true essence of every sense of the word ‘supercar’. The EVO is the refreshed and facelifted version of the LP580-2 Huracán, which in turn is the next entry-level generation of the Lamborghini Gallardo which ceased production in 2014.
The door handles extend out from a flush and aerodynamically designed position when the car is unlocked. The doors are quite long so one must be cautious when parking alongside other vehicles or in tight spaces too.
Lamborghini abandoned their signature scissor-doors for the Huracán. Jump inside though, and the interior is surprisingly spacious and comfortable, the sports bucket seats holding you securely in the cockpit.
That interior radiates luxury and at the same time ensures you’re aware that this car is not to be taken lightly. An array of switches along the centre console above the neat infotainment unit makes it feel even more like a cockpit.
Firing up the car brings with it a split second of fear followed by a growing exhilaration as the V10 roars to life.
Although the car is quite low to the ground and you’re under the illusion that your bottom is a mere few inches away from the asphalt, the car is strangely higher than it seems.
With the assistance of the lifting system, driveways and speed bumps can be easily avoided without causing any damage to the car too.
Whether you opt to buy the RWD or the conventional AWD spec of the Huracán, you’ll get a 5.2-litre V10 which has been taken from the Performante spec, mated to a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
It’s a gearbox which is much smoother and more refined than the clunky and emotionless gearbox in the Gallardo. You’ll also get 449kW at the rear wheels and 560Nm of torque powering a 1.5-tonne monster.
The first time you ever put your foot down in the Huracán, you’ll find that due to its naturally aspirated nature, it is very, very, responsive. The second time you put your foot down, you’ll find that acceleration is not the V10’s primary purpose.
In fact, that’s not even its secondary purpose. Its primary purpose is to convert the Earth’s resources into one of the most guttural and astonishing noises you’ll ever hear from a road car.
Its secondary purpose is to fuse your spinal column to the seat as its tertiary purpose becomes clear, accelerating and rocketing you from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, just two tenths of a second slower than the AWD version.
What’s great about Lamborghini is the cars they create generally throw all the niceties out the door and leave you with a raw supercar ready to slap you in the face around a racetrack.
But you don’t want to be purchasing one of these anyway unless you’re ready to book in a couple of track days because on our roads, all this power and fury is wasted on speed limits and a stop light every few hundred metres.
The steering is responsive and direct, much like the throttle response. There’s minimal body roll around corners and one of few cars which we can say is firmly planted throughout the entire corner.
This is thanks to the magneto-rheological suspension which utilises magnets to make adjustments to the suspension on the fly as the car rolls over bumps and moves into turns.
However, you’ll find yourself lacking the confidence to put your foot all the way down to the floor knowing its rear wheel driven.
The Spyder clearly wasn’t designed for wet weather, as aesthetically, it looks 200 per cent better and more aggressive with its canopy hidden away.
It takes all of 17 seconds to hide the roof away under some of the rear panels near the engine and it can be raised or lowered up to a moving speed of 50km/h. What’s surprising about the Huracán EVO Spyder though, is how approachable it is.
You can quite simply get in, turn the car on, and drive it in its standard ‘Strada‘ mode; Italian for ‘Street‘. It’s still a bit louder than your average Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Golf but it is perfectly practical and tame if you allow yourself to drive it in that manner.
The ‘Sport‘ mode opens up the exhaust and changes the transmission mapping, making the car altogether more furious and angry, while the ‘Corsa‘ mode takes it that a step further by turning off all the assists, basically an ‘at your own risk‘ warning.
The cabin is spacious and open, especially when the roof is tucked away, it doesn’t feel the least bit cramped once you’re seated. Perhaps you’d have some struggles if you were taller than 180cm but we had no issues fitting in comfortably.
Even after a good few hours of being seated, you forget all the woes of everyday life and just bask in the excellence that Lamborghini have put together, it really is quite comfortable.
It comes with some of the essential bits and bobs you’d expect in every other car fashioned after the mid 2000s too, including satellite navigation and a completely digital instrument cluster.
It also comes with something that some of the older Lamborghini’s have been waiting for, a reverse camera with parking assist. Although the rear camera does activate on your instrument cluster, it’s not much more inconvenient than having it on your centre console.
The Huracán however doesn’t come with some driving aids, such as lane keep assist, due to its performance focused nature. It does come with Apple CarPlay but unfortunately, Android users miss out as there is no Android Auto capability.
You won’t need in-car audio anyway though, as that V10 is all you’ll want to listen to. Pricing starts at a tad over $422,000 excluding on-roads and all the taxes so you’ll only be considering owning one of these if you’ve won the lottery.
Lamborghini offer a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty but supercars are infamous for having ridiculous running costs.
And while it might be a stretch over its Audi R8 sibling, which shares the same engine and a plethora of features, it’s definitely more raw and in your face.
But if you do happen to find yourself wondering what to do on a nice sunny day and you just so happen to have a Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder RWD sitting quietly in your garage waiting to be unleashed, there’s only one thing to do.
Put the roof down and find your nearest mountain or twisty road so you can wake up that naturally aspirated beast and stretch its legs as those 10 cylinders sing.
Our 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder RWD was supplied by Lamborghini of Sydney. To find out more, contact your local Lamborghini dealer. Pictures and video courtesy of J_Hui Design/Photography.