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I was recently in Las Vegas and I rented a Lamborghini Huracan Evo from Royalty Exotics for several hours. Went on a long canyon drive around Lake Mead and thought I’d post my thoughts about the car.

This is my first time driving a huracan. The performance, acceleration, and exhaust note were all superb as I’d expected so I’m not going to focus on that. Instead I’m going to talk about what I thought were the biggest disappointments I had relative to my expectations after reading many reviews on the Huracan in all its various trims.


1. Steering feel. Leaving the parking lot I was shocked at how vague and overboosted the steering felt in strada mode. To put things in perspective I own a 2017 Lotus Evora 400. I consider the steering of that car, along with the Mclaren 600LT, which I’ve tracked, to be the best I’ve ever driven. These cars use hydraulic steering which sadly is becoming a relic these days. I also own a 2018 Porsche Panamera 4s(without Power Steering Plus) and a 2019 Corvette Grand Sport and the electric steering racks in these cars, while not quite up to par with their hydraulic peers, are still very good imo. The steering in the Evo, even in corsa mode, felt a step down from the corvette(in track mode). Sport mode was worse than corsa, and strada felt like I was driving a truck. I’m going to attribute this to the dynamic steering which now comes standard on the Evo, and that’s disappointing given how the reviews I’ve read all say the dynamic steering has been much improved over past iterations. Now I need to find a Performante with the standard steering to drive and compare.

2. Strada throttle input. During the highway portion of my drive I found strada most comfortable given the suspension and reduced engine drone. Yet I found that when driving at highway speeds in automatic mode, the car would not downshift to accelerate unless I had the pedal at full throttle. Even at 90% pedal pressure the car would stay in 7th gear. Only I went full throttle did you get the violent downshift to 3rd and full power. So you can either have 15% engine power or 100% in strada but with no granularity in between. I know you can shift manually yourself but it was annoying nonetheless.

3. The new touchscreen is a straight up safety hazard. The NHTSA needs to have a rule limiting how far a display screen can be from the windshield. The Evo would be in violation of this rule. When looking at the touchscreen, its so far down that you have minimal peripheral vision of the road. I would sneak glances at it during the drive to see where I was on the GPS, but I felt I would drive off the road if I tried to actually interact with it and start pushing buttons.

If I sound overly negative, its because I had such high expectations going in and was potentially considering buying an Evo. It has the best exhaust note of any car I've driven, is the best looking car on the market imo, and it was an extremely enjoyable three hours. Comfort and visibility were just fine, which had been a concern of mine going into the drive. Its the lukewarm steering feel that’s a dealbreaker for me.
 

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Agree 100% on point number 3. That's the deal breaker for me.
 

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The issue with the touch screen is it was an afterthought and it doesn't work with the current designer of the H interior If it was mounted higher like the Aventador screen it would be ok but basically the screen is so low that you have to look down every time you need to change something.

It's also beyond me why Lambo never included audio controls on the steering wheel like the Aventador. It would make life so much easier if you had controls on the back of the steering wheel.
 

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The issue with the touch screen is it was an afterthought and it doesn't work with the current designer of the H interior If it was mounted higher like the Aventador screen it would be ok but basically the screen is so low that you have to look down every time you need to change something.

It's also beyond me why Lambo never included audio controls on the steering wheel like the Aventador. It would make life so much easier if you had controls on the back of the steering wheel.
There are volume controls on the steering wheel. They're right there! They are big, column mounted, and easy to hit, labeled "-" and "+". You hit the left one to increase volume and the right one to decrease volume. :p

Oh you mean like stereo? Pssh, what's that...
 

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Its the lukewarm steering feel that’s a dealbreaker for me.
I think it's unfair to comparing the street version of the Huracan to the track version of the 570S. It's simply not apples to apples.

I totally agree with you that the 600LT steering feel is great, it's absolutely top shelf. But it's also a track focused car... It's meant to be a razo sharp tool you experience in short bursts on perfect roads. The EVO is meant to be a street cruiser you could daily and on occasion drive on the track.

The Lotus Evora 400 is very similar to the 600LT in that it's far more on the track side of things, than on the street side. So I think you as a person are looking for a track car as your toy, not a cruiser. The EVO is almost a GT.
 

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You can switch it so screen can display next to speedo in the cluster.
 

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Lamborghini steering is an acquired taste. Especially in the Huracan. I've found that sport mode is the preferred mode while shifting manually. The suspension is compliant enough where you're not bouncing around in the car over bumps.

When steering this car. Before you go into a corner you have to break hard ride into the corner and accelerate out. It isn't like Porsche where you can ride in and the car will go round. There's a different mind set one has to carry when driving a Huracan. I'm afraid a four hour rental isn't going to allow you to unlock the car fully. I didn't feel comfortable in the car until I took my first long distance road trip.
 

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You can switch it so screen can display next to speedo in the cluster.
Are you sure about this? I thought they dumped this feature with the EVO, at least when it comes to displaying the street map, which is no longer possible as far as I know (I haven't tried an EVO yet).
You only get the small arrow navigation in the EVO, no? :confused:
 

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If you like strada mode in highway to reduce engine drone & you like Panamera....EVO is just so not for you. I literally drooled all over the corsa mode in highway just to blast that awesome engine & exhaust note. EVO is all around great supercar. No disrespect to Panamera or Corvette, that cars aren't in the same class as EVO.
 

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Are you sure about this? I thought they dumped this feature with the EVO, at least when it comes to displaying the street map, which is no longer possible as far as I know (I haven't tried an EVO yet).
You only get the small arrow navigation in the EVO, no? :confused:
I actually am not sure about this, perhaps a bit presumptuous of me. Can anyone chime in that has one?
 

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If you like strada mode in highway to reduce engine drone & you like Panamera....EVO is just so not for you. I literally drooled all over the corsa mode in highway just to blast that awesome engine & exhaust note. EVO is all around great supercar. No disrespect to Panamera or Corvette, that cars aren't in the same class as EVO.
Yes, my thoughts exactly.
 

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I actually am not sure about this, perhaps a bit presumptuous of me. Can anyone chime in that has one?
Yes, it's correct that you get the small arrow navigation on the dash in the EVO, not the map.

I have to say that I agree with the OP on the screen placement. I would also add that the feature for changing the volume without looking (two fingers swiped up/down) simply doesn't work when using Apple Carplay (which I use all the time)... it's really frustrating. I have to press a button to get to the volume-change screen every time, then adjust manually. Why they didn't include a separate volume control knob I have no idea :confused:

As for the steering though, I'm really happy with the variable-ratio. It's not something that you can get to know in a few hours but, after daily driving my Evo for months now, I love it! Depending on the speed and driving inputs, I know exactly how the car is going to react and can dial it in the way that I want to... it just takes time and practice to get to know how the car interprets your actions. After that, it's entirely predictable and the steering feels very responsive.

My 2 cents :wave:
 

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Thanks for clarification. :tup:

For me personally it's a setback when there is no map behind the steering wheel, which is the best location for a street map in my opinion.
But I also don't like touch screens in a car and regret the current trend. I'm a fan of knobs which I can use without looking at them, but that's just me. :rolleyes:
 

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Thanks for clarification. :tup:

For me personally it's a setback when there is no map behind the steering wheel, which is the best location for a street map in my opinion.
But I also don't like touch screens in a car and regret the current trend. I'm a fan of knobs which I can use without looking at them, but that's just me. :rolleyes:
It's most definitely not just you. It's a lot of people including myself and other forum members. Touch screens are not an ideal replacement for physical buttons in a car. Like re-inviting the wheel with something less safe. Especially in the EVO as people have pointed out, the location is a bit too low and takes the eyes off of the street when driving.

Also, nice analogue buttons resist aging/time better and look less out of date in a few years. The primary gauge cluster is all digital and inevitably it will look old in several more years, but other than that, the interior should look decently relevant/fresh/cool in time.

I predict there will be a point in time where all screens/gauge clusters are digital and enthusiasts will pine for a nice "old fashioned" analogue gauge cluster with "real gauge needles!!!" and "real metal" lol
 

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Thanks for clarification. :tup:

For me personally it's a setback when there is no map behind the steering wheel, which is the best location for a street map in my opinion.
But I also don't like touch screens in a car and regret the current trend. I'm a fan of knobs which I can use without looking at them, but that's just me. :rolleyes:
Feel the same way. Can't stand touchscreens. Fingerprint magnet irritates me which is why I'm always using wet screen wipes on my ipad and iphone X. Sh-t I even have a stylus for the ipad when I'm watching movies.

I don't feel comfortable taking my eyes off the road. With physical knobs, I memorize how to use them and it becomes second nature.

It's a bummer many are following the Tesla trend of the giant Ipad. While the virtual screen on my Huracan is nice and modern, I like the old school analog gauge cluster on my Mini Countryman even though it's a 2019 model year.
 

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You have no complaints with the performance of the EVO but your description of your driving experience centres on the car in strada and in automatic mode. To fully realize what the EVO is capable of, you must drive it in sport or corsa and using the paddles. The car is thusly transformed. Did you drive the EVO on a track or isolated winding roads at high speeds and tight cornering? Was your canyon drive in strata/automatic? You mention the parking lot and highway. If so, then you have little concept of the driving dynamics inherent to the car.

I tested the EVO on a rigorous basis in diverse driving environments and your description of the steering does not mirror mine. While the steering is not as direct, tight providing as much feedback as the Performante or the 600LT, both of which are more track focused, your comparison to a truck, is a massive exaggeration.

While the EVO is essentially a tamped down version of the Performante, meant for greater comfort as a road car, it does represent a significant overall improvement compared to the 610-4 in every parameter of performance.
 

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It's most definitely not just you. It's a lot of people including myself and other forum members. Touch screens are not an ideal replacement for physical buttons in a car. Like re-inviting the wheel with something less safe. Especially in the EVO as people have pointed out, the location is a bit too low and takes the eyes off of the street when driving.
I find it incredible that while the Government and Police in the UK have made a huge (and completely justified....) fuss about people using mobile phones while they drive, the same authorities don't seem to have cottoned on to the dangers of low-mounted touchscreens in cars and how using them is at least as distracting as using a mobile.
 

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In Ontario, Canada, holding or using your cell phone while driving is a $1000 fine and 3 day license suspension.
 
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