Renowned US automotive publication MotorTrend has named the Lamborghini Huracán EVO as the 2020 Best Driver’s Car after the organization’s team of editors and reviewers, along with race car driver Randy Pobst, completed a series of driving tests on all models included for evaluation.
“A MotorTrend Best Driver’s Car winner doesn’t just make a talented amateur feel like a hero. It has to impress and inspire every driver, from a rookie to a pro. And in this aspect, there was no question: the Lamborghini Huracán EVO is the 2020 Best Driver’s Car. It all boils down to one thing: driver confidence,” MotorTrend said in an article posted on its website.
Another version of the Huracán, the Huracán Performante, clinched Best Driver’s Car honors in 2018.
For the 2020 edition, MotorTrend said it had to reduce the number of models and judges involved in the testing due to pandemic-related constraints, while also stressing the cars which the publication did not include would not have ended up as contenders anyway. The judges narrowed the field down to seven contenders, all of which driven around Raceway Laguna Seca in California by the MotorTrend team. The team members’ evaluations were then confirmed by Pobst, who also took the cars through their paces on the track.
Regarding the Huracán EVO, Pobst said this in the MotorTrend article: “Tremendous cornering grip, quick turn-in, real quick steering response, but absolutely planted in the back. And as I got more and more confident and aggressive, I could get a little bit of rotation, but I had to ask for it, which I like. I want to be the one making it rotate. I don’t want a car to do it on its own. And that’s where the Lamborghini was.”
The Huracán EVO, as an amplified Lamborghini Huracán, is equipped with an uprated 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V10 engine that produces 640 hp at 8,000 rpm and 600 Nm at 6,500 rpm. This engine, which emits a more emotional sound as supplied by titanium intake valves and a new lightweight exhaust system, allows the all-wheel-drive Huracán EVO to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 9.0 seconds. Top speed is over 325 km/h.
The Huracán EVO features rear-wheel steering, torque vectoring and the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata that controls the car’s dynamic systems and set-up to anticipate the next move and needs of the driver. The enhanced Lamborghini Dynamic Steering system ensures agility at low speed, as well as stability during high-speed cornering and under braking. Three driving modes—Strada, Sport, Corsa—can be selected via the Anima controller.
In Strada, the Huracán EVO is set up for driving enjoyment. In Sport it becomes extremely exciting. In Corsa the supercar turns sharp, reactive and exhilarating, perfectly suited to the most extreme driving environments—such as racetracks.
The Huracán EVO’s design emphasizes the supercar’s aerodynamics and enhanced driving dynamics. A new front bumper gets a splitter with integrated wing, as well as enlarged air intakes. At the rear is a new sports exhaust system placed high up in the bumper, and a slotted spoiler that improves air flow. New wheels and air intakes define the flanks. Even the supercar’s underbody was reshaped to maximize aerodynamics, now able to generate more than five times the downforce of the first Huracán version.
Clearly, all this helps in making the Huracán EVO the Best Driver’s Car.