Two Bulls in one day
The opportunity to drive a pair of vehicles from the famed Sant'Agata-based automaker Lamborghini isn’t something that comes around too often. So when the opportunity came around recently we grabbed it with open arms and headed to the Western Cape for a rendezvous with a couple of Bulls.
The Urus is the brand’s first full-scale SUV and its first turbocharged production car. A brand such as Lamborghini is fighting a constant battle by virtue of its desire to market and brand its exclusivity while growing volumes and market share. It’s a good position to be in, however, there’s a fine line between remaining a boutique brand and being just another premium automaker, which is why the introduction of the Urus is to ingenious.
SUVs are the car of choice for many these days, so if you’re rich and like Lamborghinis, why not have the SUV version? The Urus provides the brand cache but with added practicality. The brand has quite literally doubled its volume as a result of this car, heading past its 8 000 unit global target in 2019, which still makes its rather exclusive, considering that it takes Toyota just two months to sell 8 000 Hilux models in South Africa alone.
In addition to wearing a Lamborghini badge, the designers have managed the tough act of making the Urus looking like a Lamborghini SUV at their first attempt. Onlookers gawk and there are cell phone snapping picture each and every time you look around while on board.
The Urus is potentially the world’s fastest production SUV, with 478 kW and 850 N.m of torque from a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine powering all four wheels. Performance is absolutely insane, with 100 km/h coming up in 3.6 seconds and a claimed top speed of 305 km/h. It also surprises in the handling department, with handling characteristics more akin to a super-fast saloon car. What surprised most at launch was the fact that Urus feels so keen on being a lofty sports car, with direct steering, incredible brakes, supple suspension and potent acceleration.
The Volkswagen Group underpinnings are difficult to escape and are most certainly evident throughout the cabin with the various switchgear, infotainment screens and certain interior parts most certainly being shared with the Audi Q8 and various other Volkswagen Group MLBevo platform cars.
The Urus is the sort of vehicle that will broaden the appeal of the Lamborghini brand, while providing existing owners with an incredibly fast, capable and well-made performance SUV.
The Evo, as its name suggests is an updated version of the original Huracan, which surprisingly has been around for quite some time now, and was in need of an updated to make its competitive with the upcoming Ferrari F8 and McLaren’s 720S. The Evo, according to Lamborghini, provides a similar level of performance to the outgoing Performante model, while incorporating a degree of daily usability.
From a visual perspective, the Huracan provides all of the theatrics expected from the Italian brand, with a low-slung supercar stance, now complimented by a reshaped front splitter. The side profile is complimented my large 20-inch alloy wheels
The best word to describe the Huracan Evo is visceral. The naturally aspirated V10 displaces 5.2-litres and is now fitted with titanium intake valves and a lighter exhaust system. The result is 570 kW and 600 N.m of torque, allowing for a zero to 100 km/h sprint of 2.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 325 km/h.
The performance is accompanied by a spine-tingling engine note and an instantaneous throttle response that we’ve come to expect from a naturally aspirated engine. In an era of turbocharging and downsizing which has seen many rivals shift towards turbo-V8s, the V10 in the Huracan is glorious homage to atmospheric power, and something that every car enthusiast should experience..
The Evo benefits from a new Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) system which is a CPU designed to combine the efforts of the four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, torque vectoring and traction control system to predict the upcoming driving environment. This means that the car adapts to prevailing conditions, meaning that when you’re attacking a circuit of mountain pass, it allows for maximum attack, while cruising on the freeway the car settles down and provides a reasonably comfortable ride.
The LDVI technology along with a sub-1 500kg kerb weight and advanced magnetic dampers provide the Evo with a decent ride quality, making this a car this is usable on the road. While not exactly supple, this could be used as daily transport, if you’re rich enough, that is.
The Evo benefits from the latest Lamborghini connectivity system in the form of an 8.4-inch colour touchscreen housed within the centre console. The system provides good functionality, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make life on board easier, although, we’ll admit, we didn’t test out the sound system, not with a V10 providing a symphony behind us.
The operation of the indicators and lights via the steering wheel takes some getting used to, however, this frees-up space for the beautifully shaped gear shift paddles and a minimalistic view for the driver as they approach the task of taming the Evo.
The Evo is exactly what its name suggests; an evolution of the Huracan, providing an increasingly rare driving experience from a brand that still knows how to engineer excitement into its products.
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