Evaluate: The Lamborghini EVO RWD 2020 is essentially the most enjoyable with the bottom amount of cash at a beginning worth of $ 208,000


Lamborghini 2020 EVO RWD

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In the age of Zoom Meetings, Grub Hub Orders, Netflix Movies, and Amazon Shopping, we all long for a little less virtual life and more real fun.

That is why the Lamborghini EVO RWD 2020 arrived just right.

"EVO" stands for "Evolution" as it is the latest version of Lamborghini's hugely popular V-10 Huracan. The "RWD" officially stands for "rear-wheel drive", as Lamborghini has withdrawn the power from the Huracan EVO with all-wheel drive in order to distribute all the power to the rear. It could also mean "rewind" as the true performance of the RWD returns to a time when driving was fun, emotional and full of surprises.

Its secret is a combination of old-school rear power and advanced redesign to create a supercar that is less engineered. The well-known precise Dynamic Power System, the intelligent suspension systems and the Performance Traction Control System from Lambo are still there. But they are more relaxed.

With all the muscles in the back, Italy's raging bull lets go to slide, drift, spin, and do all the other joyful things supercars used to do before digital driver assistants and robots took control. In this case, two is greater than four.

The Lamborghini 2020 EVO RWD.

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Sant & # 39; Agata engineers have also tweaked EVO's nose and vents to increase downforce. The engine noise is not muffled by the Supersport exhaust, which gives way more voice to its original growls, roars and screams. The carbon fiber sport seats are more closely connected to the superstructure so you really feel part of the car and the experience.

The price is retro too. With a base price of $ 208,000, it's $ 53,000 less than the EVO. That makes it the cheapest Lambo you can buy. Remove front wheel drive also lowers costs. The 5.2-liter V-10 workhorse has been reduced from the EVO's 630 hp to 602 hp. So it can only do 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds, compared to 2.5 seconds for the all-wheel drive. But it's also lighter and what the EVO RWD loses in the route statistics more than makes up for the everyday excitement.

Not that Lambos need excitement. I mean check it out. Over the past two decades, under the strict parental supervision of Audi and Volkswagen, Lamborghini has grown from a capricious, capricious street art maker to a reliable maker of world-class sports cars and SUVs. Sales have more than doubled in the past two years, largely thanks to the groundbreaking Urus SUV.

The Lamborghini 2020 EVO RWD.

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However, any improvements could have come at the expense of part of Lambo's soul. I once asked an avid Lambo collector what he loved most about his 1984 Countach, known as "the best, most terrible car in the world". His answer: "The crazy design. And the fact that when you get in you never know whether you will come back alive." Lambos were bred wild in the best and worst ways.

Maybe Lamborghini will rewind its own history with the EVO RWD. Perhaps the Italian suits have realized that today's rich – who feel more isolated, removed, and shielded from the real world more than ever – crave a real connection. "This was a car that started with inquiries from our buyers, especially in the US," said Giovanni Perosino, Lamborghini's commercial director.

Whatever the reasons, the EVO RWD brings back just the right amount of the past in a futuristic package. When I picked up my test driver from a Lambo dealer, the sales manager was able to walk me through the car's features and screens in less than 10 minutes. His New York translation of the car's three driving settings – Strada, Sport and Corsa – should be in every EVO RWD instruction manual: "Basically you have" boring "," fun "and" 39 " ; don't even go there. & # 39; ""

The Lamborghini 2020 EVO RWD.

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I was starting to get bored and when I came across the winding mountain roads of the Shawangunks, I switched to "fun". You can throw the car hard and fast into a corner and shoot out with just the right amount of grip and playfulness. The brakes give you instant confidence. Accelerating from a standing start or even 60 mph is heart pounding, but never in front of itself.

Compared to the Playstations-on-Wheels that apply to some of today's supercars, the EVO RWD lets you feel and hear everything instantly. There is no turbo lag as it is naturally sucked in. With the 19-inch Pirelli Pzero tires and the revised suspension, you can capture and feel every road edge and contour. The visibility is surprisingly good for a Lambo. The 8.4-inch haptic screen on the dash made changing from air conditioning to navigation and media even easier than on my Audi Q5.

Without a trace, I couldn't test the car's drift and tire burn capabilities. But that's the nice thing – you don't have to go into "Don't even go there" mode. "Fun" is a lot. In Strada, which cools the engine and softens the suspension, you can even drive around your neighborhood repeatedly without creating noise complaints.

The Lamborghini 2020 EVO RWD.

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There are victims. The special sports seats are so tight and stiff that after an hour or two they will feel fused with your sciatic nerve. The front trunk or "frunk" is so small that it doesn't even fit in a tennis bag (which means I have to give up tennis or my dream of owning a Lambo). And couldn't they have left a volume button for a car that borrows so skilfully from the past?

You can charge the EVO RWD with numerous add-ons. The model I tested cost over $ 285,000 with a "pearl effect giallo" paint job, a lift system, and a Sensonum sound system. But you don't need it. With the EVO RWD, less is really more.


Steven Gregory