EVOLUZIONE: Lamborghini’s Design and Engineering Wizardry on the 2020 Huracán

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens


Launched at Geneva in March 2014, Lamborghini’s stunning new Huracán stole the show with its wild and aggressive body design, cutting-edge engineering and stunning performance credentials. Representing the future direction of its maker and profoundly influencing the engineering of its Audi R8 corporate sibling, the new Lamborghini’s name translates from Spanish as “Hurricane” and follows longstanding company tradition, honoring a famous fighting bull whose courage and fierceness in his last bullfight remains the stuff of legends some 140 years later.

Initially designated the LP610-4 in recognition of its longitudinal, rear-mounted 5.2-liter V10 powerplant delivering 610 factory-rated horsepower and four-wheel drivetrain, the Huracán was soon offered in several progressively wilder variations. Among them were the stiffer, lighter, and more-powerful LP640-4 Huracán Performante, several dedicated competition models for FIA GT2 and GT3 competition, and the wild Super Trofeo, tailor-made for the one-make Blancpain-sponsored racing series of the same name. By 2016, a Huracán posted a new – and controversial – lap record on the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit, where its electrifying performance was enhanced by Lamborghini’s new suite of active aerodynamic features.

Following a mid-cycle refresh in 2019, Lamborghini unleashed the Huracán LP640-4 EVO (Evoluzione), incorporating several key features of the Huracán Performante, including its uprated V10 powerplant, factory-rated 631 horsepower at a screaming 8,000 engine revolutions with an upgraded lightweight exhaust system and new titanium intake valves. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission delivers lightning-fast gear changes. Aggressive styling cues applied to the EVO included a new front bumper with integrated aero blades for improved downforce at speed and rear styling influenced by the Huracán Performante, including the latter model’s rear diffuser, exhaust outlets and radiators. A new “ducktail” rear spoiler added vastly higher downforce, maximizing performance. Speaking of performance, the Huracán EVO is simply outrageous, with 0-60 mph acceleration in just 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) acceleration in 9 seconds and a 202-mph terminal velocity. Anchor-like braking includes 100-0 km/h (62-0 mph) stopping power in just 104 feet (32 meters).

As stunning as its performance credentials, the Huracán Evo is a technical tour de force with uncanny handling response thanks to Lamborghini’s rear-wheel steering and 4-wheel torque vectoring systems. Fully integrating all vehicle dynamics, the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) system effectively anticipates the Huracán EVO’s next move and driver needs. Real-time monitoring of the vehicle is accomplished with the Lamborghini Plattaforma Inerziale (LPI), utilizing a comprehensive array of accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors located at the Huracán EVO’s center of gravity. Enhanced to Version 2.0 programming, the LPI system provides real-time monitoring of lateral, longitudinal and vertical acceleration, plus the roll, pitch and yaw rates more commonly associated with latest supersonic military aircraft. Revised magnetorheological suspension uses electromagnetic current to adjust the suspension in accordance with the driving mode selected.

New advanced traction control, enhanced all-wheel drive and torque vectoring allow maximum traction to be directed to a single wheel as required. Enhanced Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) provides higher responsiveness to driver inputs and, in concert with the rear-wheel steering system, delivers amazing agility at lower speeds and maximum stability in high-speed corners and under severe braking. The EVO’s driver-selectable ANIMA controller provides STRADA, SPORT or CORSA drive modes.

While engineered and built for almost unreal all-around performance, the Huracán EVO also features all the amenities and electronics expected of a modern supercar, including a stunning infotainment system controlled by an 8.4-inch touchscreen that also serves as the interface for the EVO’s LDVI vehicle-dynamic system and predicts the optimal driving modes using “feed forward logic.” Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations are included. A multimedia system incorporates connected navigation and entertainment, including web radio and a video player, with an intuitive voice-command interface.

Advancing supercar engineering and performance technologies to unprecedented heights while delivering uncanny usability, this 2020 Lamborghini LP640-4 EVO is a featured consignment being offered with No Reserve at the inaugural Barrett-Jackson New Orleans Auction, scheduled for September 28-30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Stunning in its factory Verde Mantis Green paint finish, armored from the elements by the addition of full paint protection film and ceramic coating, this Huracán EVO features a forged carbon-fiber rear spoiler, side skirts, air inlets, mirror covers and front splitter. The suspension was lowered with Novitec coilover shock absorbers and the black Signature Performance lightweight forged wheels are appropriately contrasted by green-finished brake calipers. The interior is black with Verde Green trim and amenities include air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows and electric door locks.

Offered with 17,000 actual miles, this 2020 Lamborghini Huracán LP640-4 EVO is simply an outstanding example of Lamborghini’s design and engineering wizardry – ready to be enjoyed with an appropriate dose of gusto on your favorite stretch of winding road. Register to bid today for your chance to take this incredible supercar home.

This 2020 Lamborghini Huracán LP640-4 EVO is simply an outstanding example of Lamborghini’s design and engineering wizardry – ready to be enjoyed with an appropriate dose of gusto on your favorite stretch of winding road.