Haters will say it's just an Audi R8 in an Italian suit. But from behind the wheel, the Lamborghini Huracán feels exotic in a way its German cousin simply can't match. Sant'Agata's "entry-level" supercar delivers thrilling performance to back up its angular looks, winning accolades among MotorTrend's speed-obsessed staff. The Huracán is available with a fixed or folding roof, RWD or AWD, and dozens of eye-catching colors. In any spec, it's powered by a rev-happy mid-mounted V-10.
In 2018, the Huracán Performante won our Best Driver's Car competition, setting the bar high for the Evo. Does it deliver? Like nothing else.
This machine is dialed in to perfection. Each system and control feels totally harmonious—not only with each other, but the driver, too. The Evo connects with its pilot in a way that feels almost telepathic. On the road or racetrack, it provides indelible sensations of confidence and control.
Other sports cars can return quicker lap times but not nearly as much emotion. An exotic exterior and divine V-10 are just parts of what make the Evo nonstop exciting. Even though it lacks the Performante's crazy active aerodynamics, it secured our award again—the Lamborghini Huracán Evo is the deserving winner of Best Driver's Car 2020.
The Huracan is bestowed with a 5.2-liter V-10 connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It revs to above 8,000 rpm, producing an incredible wail all the way to redline. Depending on the model, the Huracán's engine produces as much as 630 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. In case you're worried about trivial matters like fuel economy, the EPA rates the Huracan at 13/18 mpg city/highway.
It's hard to believe, but the Huracán is getting old—the covers came off way back in 2013. Lamborghini had to evolve the car to keep it at the top of its game, and the result was the Huracán Evo. Stylistically, it's unmistakably a Huracán, with a few changes giving it a somehow even more aggressive look and significantly improved downforce. Its 630 hp V-10 is plucked from the Huracán Performante. Technology improved with the addition of an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen. More revolutionary is the Evo's array of clever driver aids, which make the car an absolute blast whether carving around a racetrack or executing massive drifts.
Lamborghinis have long been equipped with standard AWD. However, that's changing. The Huracán Evo is also offered in a RWD-only drivetrain configuration. It has the same 5.2-liter V-10 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as the Evo AWD, but output drops to 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Nor is it as quick to 60 mph, launching in an estimated 3.0 seconds instead of 2.5. Upsides? Weight is reduced by about 100 pounds, and freeing the front tires from pulling duty lets feedback be better transmitted through the steering wheel. That makes driving the Evo RWD even more engaging and visceral. It's about $50,000 less expensive than the Evo AWD, too, but even if money is no object, the RWD model might be the better driver's car. It can be had without a roof, too.
For some drivers the Huracán Performante simply wasn't enough. That's why Lamborghini introduced the Huracán STO. This "Super Trofeo Omologato" model integrates numerous developments from the Huracán GT3 racing program to deliver a hardcore, track-focused experience. Its 5.2-liter V-10 cranks out 630 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, matching the Huracán Evo—however, the STO is RWD only. Unsubtle aerodynamics provide massive downforce, while magnesium wheels and swathes of carbon fiber keep weight to a minimum. Huge carbon brakes and zillions of man-hours' worth of drive mode programming help keep the STO under control. The Huracán Performante and Evo are hard to improve on, but the STO aims to take things to an even more extreme level.
The biggest bull of them all—the mighty Aventador—should be quicker than the Huracán. Right? Not so fast. Even in SVJ specification with its V-12 tuned to produce 760 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, the Aventador can't shake the Huracán Evo on a dragstrip. When the lights turn green, both cars launch to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. To 100 mph the SVJ is barely ahead, hitting that mark in 5.6 seconds instead of the Evo's 5.9. By the quarter mile the margin remains slim, with the Aventador crossing the line in 10.3 seconds at 136.4 mph and the Evo in 10.5 seconds at 132.7 mph. Under braking the Huracán has a tiny advantage, slamming from 60 mph to a standstill in 93 feet—1 foot better than the SVJ. Point is, both of these cars are ridiculously high performance.