You just have to read the first five letters of the headline and already people will be gripped. This is the effect a Lamborghini has on people. I know because I got to drive both the Huracán Evo and the Urus this week. “Don’t hate the player” as I alway say.
Or you can, I don’t care, because either way, I got to experience these two beasts over a stretch of 450 km. We made our way along some of the Western Cape’s most beautiful and iconic roads all the way to Gaansbaai via Franschhoek pass and through Caledon and Stanford.
Here comes the Huracán
I started in the Evo and what a way to start a Monday morning. The sound as you push the Start button will send shivers down your spine and goosebumps across your whole body. It might have a very different effect on your neighbours if you had to start this up every morning, though. But the Lamborghini effect makes you not give a damn.
The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine is everything you would hope it to be. With 470 kW and 600 Nm of torque in a car that weighs 1 422 kg, you will get to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. I tested this. Let’s just say, I almost had to change my pants. Holy Shit! I shrieked like the high-pitch girl I try not to be. There is a kickback that made even my driving partner shriek.
As you can probably already tell, this is not going to be a particularly technical review. You already know what goes on under the bonnet of a Lamborghini. Plus, I don’t want to have all the trolls nitpicking every single technical detail I write about and telling me I have no business writing about such things.
What I will tell you though is that the Huracán Evo features new Lamborghini rear-wheel steering and a torque vectoring system working on the four wheels, while at the heart of the car is Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI). Basically, what this all does is work together and predict your every move so that even the crappest driver will feel like they are the next Senna. This LDVI responds in almost real-time making it the most responsive Lamborghini you have ever driven. And believe me, it is noticeable off the bat.
It can be dangerously fun! You may just find yourself pushing past your limits and so one needs to be a little bit humble when driving this car. Not that I can ever see any Lambo owner putting ego ahead of safety, but we can hope.
I would like to tell you about the interior of the Evo, but my mind was so focussed on the driving and the experience I didn’t even look around me. So here is a picture for you:
U, U, U, U, Urus
I realise that only South Africans will catch this heading. Remember the Oros tv ad? Ag nevermind.
The Urus is my kind of car. I know it is not the Evo, but you already know how much I put practicality above performance. With the Urus, I get to have the best of both worlds.
I also don’t have to pop my ears as much as I did when in the Evo. Goodness, that car is loud. And yes, I know, I know, it is meant to be. But again, for every day usability, this would do my head in. Or my ears in. So back to Urus.
Under the bonnet I still get to enjoy maximum performance coming from a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 478 kW and 850 Nm of torque. And despite being 2 200 kg, it will take me to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. It is such an epic experience putting your foot flat down on the accelerator and before you’ve even blinked for a second time, you are at a speed you are legally not supposed to be doing. Not that I did any illegal speed driving in either Lamborghini, obviously. 😉
The Urus features active torque vectoring via a rear differential, enabling that crazy power to be instantly distributed to each individual wheel for enhanced traction, depending on the driving mode, driving style and the road grip.
And just how comfortable is it? Well, I slept for most of the time my driving partner was behind the wheel. I just kept nodding off. The poor guy (or lucky, depending on how you look at it), was left with his own company for a good hour and a half. I imagine he was quite happy to enjoy the roar of the engine over the pitch of my voice, though.
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As I said, this isn’t a technical review, if you want more on that, you will find it on Lamborghini’s website. This is more about the brag appeal. It is to showcase my bragging rights as a motoring journalist. It is not often I get to do that. Ok, that is a lie, I often get to brag about my job, but this was certainly a day for the books. And one I hope to do again soon.
Huracán Evo: R5 500 000
Urus: R3 495 000