Remember when naturally aspirated engines ruled the streets and the circuits? Your power was directly proportional to your foot; it was a linear and controllable experience. If your car did more than 400 horsepower (294 kilowatts) with a naturally aspirated mill, then you were in for a visceral treat, especially if you were running at least a six-cylinder under the hood. Plus points if the car was totally rear-wheel drive and equipped with three pedals and a stick. It seems Lamborghini wants a similar throwback of sorts, and it ticks all the boxes for an authentic driver's car. Sans the manual, though, but we'll take it anyway. Say hello to the Lamborghini Huracán Evo Rear-Wheel Drive.
Gallery: Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD
Aimed at new Lamborghini buyers or those looking for less digital filler, the new Huracán Evo Rear-Wheel Drive isn't a slouch; it's still got the potent 5.2-liter naturally aspirated Lamborghini V10 that makes 610 hp (455 kW) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-meters) of torque. This time, though, power travels to the rear wheels only, and when combined with some nifty dynamic steering, is meant to be a pure driving experience both in performance and exhaust note.
According to Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, "The Huracán EVO rear-wheel drive puts the car in the driver’s hands: the driving experience is delivered by the hardware. This car reminds the driver of Lamborghini’s pure engineering origins: the driver is at the center of the Huracán EVO RWD’s performance, with unfiltered feedback and an emotive and more engaging driving experience controlled by the pilot."
A new traction control system was developed and calibrated specifically for the rear-wheel drive Huracán EVO, and allows a lot of sideways, tire-burning goodness thanks to delivery of torque in advance, avoiding a harsh torque cut or decoupling like a normal traction control system. This means better traction when exiting a corner at full send. Weighing just 3,062 pounds (1,388 kilograms), the Huracán EVO RWD has a top speed of 203 miles per hour (326 kilometers per hour) and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 kmh) in 3.3 seconds.
While the differences may be hard to spot at first, the RWD Huracán EVO sports a new front splitter and fins in the front intakes, as well as a new rear diffuser. As with any Lamborghini, there are a multitude of options to choose from to further make the supercar your own. Expect the Huracán EVO RWD to be released in the Spring of 2020, with a suggested retail price of $208,571 in the U.S. (suggested retail price taxes/GST excluded).