Skip advert
Advertisement

New Lamborghini Huracan Evo 2019 review

We drive the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo in the UK to see if the added theatre makes it the best Huracan ever

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Find your Lamborghini Huracan
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Hassle-free way to a brand new car
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

Lamborghini has transformed its smallest supercar by fitting extra tech and the screaming V10 from a Huracan Performante. The Evo is perhaps not as clinical, well rounded or ultimately rewarding as a McLaren 570S, but it’s sharper, more accessible and even more exciting than before. It’s impossible to avoid the Lambo’s sheer sense of theatre, too.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Earlier this year, Lamborghini gave us our first taste of its extensively overhauled Huracan Evo around the challenging Bahrain International Circuit. Within a few corners it was clear that the changes extended further than the usual superficial tweaks to the car’s infotainment and exterior styling.

This evolutionary, hence the name, take on Lambo’s McLaren-fighting supercar takes its engine from the revered Huracan Performante, adding a host of extra tech to make this a Lamborghini to finally challenge the segment elite.

Best supercars on sale right now

In addition to that new engine, the Huracan Evo also gets Titanium intake valves and a ‘refined’ lightweight exhaust system. Yet the sound this car makes is anything but refined; it’s raucous, deafening, addictive, and absolutely anti-social. Just as a Lamborghini should be.

As ever, that engine dominates the driving experience. It howls into life with a crescendo of revs, settling into an aggressive burble before everything comes to temperature. There are three drive modes, and while they aren’t configurable, each gives the car a distinct personality.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Strada, or ‘street’ to you and I, is the Huracan’s quietest and most comfortable setting. Here, the Lamborghini’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission will shuffle smoothly through its gears and sit happily in top cog at 40mph. It feels reluctant to shift down below sixth without proper encouragement, but you can always take control via the tactile metal paddles nestled behind the squared-off steering wheel.

Advertisement - Article continues below

And that’s exactly what the new Huracan Evo encourages you to do. It’s as visceral as ever, and in Sport or Corsa it’s engaging and incredibly exciting to drive. Acceleration is best described as savage, and you’ll never tire of extending the Evo right up to its 8,500rpm red line. It isn’t as clinical or well-rounded as a McLaren 600LT (or even a 570S, for that matter), but you can’t argue with the Lambo’s sense of occasion.

Another area where it can’t match the McLaren is ride comfort. The damping is sophisticated enough; the Evo is far from being an uncomfortable car – it just can’t match the 570S’s wizardry over bumpy British B-roads.

You’d be hard-pushed to suggest the Lambo was any less agile, however. The Evo’s four-wheel steering and torque vectoring – in conjunction with the all-new Lamborghini Dynamic Vehicle Integration (LDVI) system – allows the car to pivot on its own axis, darting towards apexes and feeling incredibly light on its feet. The steering isn’t all that weighty, but it’s accurate and progressive enough to instil serious levels of confidence.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

LDVI works seamlessly, constantly adjusting the car’s myriad chassis settings and taking just 20 milliseconds to process the data it receives. Lamborghini claims it then sets the car up to anticipate the driver’s next move – for ‘perfect’ driving dynamics. While it’s hard to assess whether it can accurately foresee your next input, it certainly feels like a more complete supercar than before.

Elsewhere, every Huracan Evo gets a brand-new 8.4-inch portrait-style infotainment system, which works in conjunction with the Audi-style digital dials. While it’s leagues ahead of McLaren’s laggy and lethargic set-up, it isn’t without fault. The menu layouts aren’t all that logical, and the fact there’s no dial or button – either on the centre console or steering wheel – to change the volume, is frustrating to say the least. Apple CarPlay comes as standard and the graphics are crisp.

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ review

Visibility leaves a little to be desired, too. Of course, this is a six-figure supercar that isn’t really designed to be used every day. Yet plenty of these cars are. An Audi R8, for example, is instantly easier to live with, with superior over-the-shoulder visibility and better interior ergonomics.

Further to the Lambo’s compromised ergonomics, we struggled to get comfortable in the seats of our test car. While they are infinitely adjustable, they lack lower lumbar support, which can make longer stints at the wheel somewhat tiring.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Deputy editor

Richard has been part of the team for over a decade. During this time he has covered a huge amount of news and reviews for Auto Express, as well as being the face of Carbuyer and DrivingElectric on Youtube. In his current role as deputy editor, he is now responsible for keeping our content flowing and managing our team of talented writers.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Mercedes says ‘no thank you’ to EQ: EV brand to be axed
Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 - EQS badge
News

Mercedes says ‘no thank you’ to EQ: EV brand to be axed

Mercedes will roll back EQ branding for its electric cars as the first generation of EV models reaches the end of its lifecycle.
15 May 2024
Ooh la la: new DS flagship to get inspiration from world’s coolest car
DS flagship - exclusive image
News

Ooh la la: new DS flagship to get inspiration from world’s coolest car

The iconic Citroen DS was voted the world’s coolest car by our readers and now DS is aiming for the same success with its new premium flagship
15 May 2024
Ultra-exclusive Morgan Midsummer speedster is a hot ticket for the hot weather
Morgan Midsummer - front
News

Ultra-exclusive Morgan Midsummer speedster is a hot ticket for the hot weather

Morgan has teamed up with Pininfarina to create the Midsummer, just 50 examples of which will be built – and they’re all sold
16 May 2024