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2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule (car review)

Life. It’s too short to be driving something boring or ordinary, so we’re not. Instead, we’re behind the wheel of the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule. The ultimate stand out from the crowd car, in the pinnacle of look at me colours.

You won’t need to scream at the top of your lungs who you are or that you’ve arrived. People will simply know. They won’t know why they know. They just will. This limited edition car, and its potential owner, are simply loaded with personality.

Fluo Capsule – five in your face, bright, bold colour options, all of them matte, and all of them bearing striking resemblance to highlighters (you know, those textas you use to mark up documents).

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There’s Giallo Clarus (Yellow), Celeste Fedra (Blue), Arancio Livrea (Light Orange), Arancio Dac (Dark Orange) and Verde Shock (Lime). The last of these is the colour of our test vehicle, and in the flesh, in the beaming Sydney sun, it looks truly magnificent.

That automotive glory is not simply from the stand out colour either, it’s the combination of that extreme look, paired with matte black. The latter can be found on the front splitter, side skits, roof, and rear diffuser.

2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule
2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule (Courtney Lorking)

If anything, it makes the Fluo Capsule main colour stand out even more, if that’s even possible. It highlights the sharp lines and smooth surfaces. And the colourful goodness continues inside too, but not in the way you expect.

When we hit unlock on the key and opened the door, we expected to see bright lime everywhere, but it’s quite the opposite.

Black is the order of the day, with small touches, such as the stitching on the seats, and the cover over the start button reflecting the exterior colour choice.  A mix of Alcantara and forged composite materials deliver classy style and a nod to the brand’s racing heritage.

Climbing inside is easier than you think for a car that sits so low, too, and while it might look claustrophobic from the outside, it feels like you’re on a first-class international flight once you’re seated.

Adjustability of the seats and steering wheel would make even the tallest person feel at home behind the wheel. Passenger seat leg room is more than adequate as well.

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Inside the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule

The centre console hosts an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia unit for your telemetry and infotainment. When the unit is off, you’ll find the Lamborghini logo has been etched into the glass. It’s a nice touch, but probably the only good thing about the system.

The unit itself proved hard to use, and is quite clunky to operate. Using the inbuilt GPS proved to be painful and while we were able to connect our phones via Bluetooth, we were unable to get Apple CarPlay to function. Adjusting audio volume is a pain in the proverbial.

On the road though is where the Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule stands out. You might assume that trying to shuffle around the busy CBD would be like trying to drive a Formula One car down Pitt Street Mall, but it’s quite the opposite.

The high performance Lamborghini is legitimately easy to drive. Gone are the days of having to rev match and heel and toe while trying to grind through a dog box transmission just to pop up the road for a bite to eat.

It’s now as simple as jumping in the driver’s seat, flicking the start/stop cover up and hitting the button, click into gear via the flappy paddles and you’re off and going, all you have to do from here is brake, accelerate and turn.

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Inside the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule (Courtney Lorking)

Vision is great, with large side mirrors showing excellent visibility to make swapping lanes easy. When you’re in reverse, the reversing camera pops up a somewhat grainy view on the infotainment system.

That aside, in normal driving modes, general road noise is low, the exhaust is noticeable and yet isn’t invasive, and the gearbox shifts effortlessly through all its seven gears for what is quite a comfortable drive.

Even after long stints on the road we had no complaints; there’s no bone jarring suspension, it handles like it’s on rails, and the entire on-road experience is almost soft and luxurious. All of this is how you will experience Strada (street) mode.

It’s almost sedate, with its fully automatic transmission. Uniquely, there’s no wiper or indicator stalks – these controls are on the steering wheel. It only takes a little time to get used to, and enhances the driving experience ten-fold.

But back to the driving experience. Strada is not the only driving mode on offer. There’s Sport, which in a nutshell prods the 5.2-litre V10 to life, opening the exhaust up, and stiffening and firming the suspension.

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Inside the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule

Put your foot down here and you’ve unleashed all 470kW of power and 600Nm of torque. Lamborghini’s dynamic vehicle integration (LDVI) setup takes over to coordinate the all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, torque vectoring and advanced traction control.

In this configuration, it will want to send more power to the rear wheels to make it that little bit tail happy when coming out of corners. It’s grin inducing for sure, but you also don’t feel like you’re completely out of control.

Enter Corsa (Race) mode and not only have you awoken the beast, but it’s angry! The dash changes to a race specific layout, suspension is firmed even more and its ready for some serious lap records at your favourite racetrack.

Pushing through windy mountain roads in Sport and Corsa modes lets you see the differences first hand too. Sport is a wild and fun ride, but Corsa is a whole other level of performance – designed to give you the most grip possible, at speed.

It will make you feel like you’re at the wheel of a slot car locked into a track as you fly through the corners, all while flipping though the gears, as it automatically rev matches the engine, delivering pops and bangs like a New Year’s fireworks show, out the exhaust.

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2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule

It’s sublime, and at the flick of a switch, you can send the beast to sleep, as you return to Strada mode for a relaxing drive home. It’s a real Jekyll and Hyde, or should that be Beauty and the Beast, driving experience.

There’s no doubt that in this car, the Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule, that Lamborghini has created a machine that let’s you have your cake and eat it too. It’s sleek and sexy enough that it will have people stopping to look, and it’s easy to drive. The perfect combination.

The 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule is priced at $498,665 in its standard form. Our test vehicle came with $72,810 worth of options, including carbon ceramic brakes, a transparent engine hood, a forged composites package and sports seats.

Loaded with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty, it will set you back $571,475 plus on-road costs. Some, including us, would argue that’s a small price to pay for something truly unique – in a car that just happens to be capable of 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds.

Our test vehicle was provided by Lamborghini of Sydney on behalf of Automobili Lamborghini. To find out more about the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule, contact your local Lamborghini dealer. 

2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule
2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule

Video created by Courtney Lorking. Pictures courtesy of J_Hui Design / Photography unless otherwise stated.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
10
Exterior styling
10
Interior look and feel
9
Technology and connectivity
7
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - powerful; handles extremely well; ceramic brakes; street appeal; epic exhaust sound; matte colour options.
Cons - clunky infotainment system; some buttons feel cheap; reverse camera quality; flappy paddles don't follow steering wheel.
Cody Mckay
Cody Mckay
If it has wheels and an engine, Cody has most likely driven it. A mechanic by trade (he owns Radical Mechanical) and a race driver in Aussie Racing Cars, Cody brings his life time of experiences in the motor trade to the Exhaust Notes Australia team.

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2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule (car review)<strong>Pros -</strong> powerful; handles extremely well; ceramic brakes; street appeal; epic exhaust sound; matte colour options.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> clunky infotainment system; some buttons feel cheap; reverse camera quality; flappy paddles don't follow steering wheel.