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The evolutionary trend of super cars has witnessed a shift to greater comfort, refinement , daily usability and modern amenities. Emotion, unfortunately, has been the collateral damage to the grind of technological progress. Modern super cars are faster, more objectively capable yet the cars have replaced individual model personalities with a push towards conformity. For many car enthusiasts, this movement has been embraced with enthusiasm, while with others, not so much. The genesis and raison d'etre of high end sports cars was to create vehicles that ooze driver involvement and arouse the senses. Getting behind the wheel and starting the power plant would create a rush of excitement that signalled the commencement of a memorable journey.

This preamble is especially relevent in discussing the EVO RWD. Lamborghini has created a distinctive marque as a purveyor of uniquely and unmistakeable aesthetically stunning or at the very least, singularly provocative designs with driving dynamics to match. However, the latest V10 models- especially the 580 and the 610 have epitomized the modern trend discussed above which while attracting new adherents to the brand, have been proved disconcerting to devotees. In the quest to create greater technical capabilities and creature comforts, the magic has in the process been diluted. When I was seeking to replace my Balboni a few years ago with the Huracan, my first encounter with the 610 was a dramatic disappointment. While the car was undeniably superior on every objective metric, it noticeably was bereft of driver involvement. It was excessively compliant, and refined. I then experienced the 580 with passive suspension and was pleasantly surprised to the extent at how much it elevated the personal connection to the car. I subsequently purchased it and ultimately traded it for the Performante which represented the synthesis of objective superiority with thrilling driver dynamics.

Over this weekend I was offered an opportunity by the most accomodating, knowledgable, and customer service dedicated dealer- Grand Touring Uptown, to experience the EVO RWD. Within a few moments of the drive, I was stunned at the dramatic difference of this car to the EVO AWD model. While the AWD was extremely capable , fast, with precise handling and grip, it is in essence a tamer Performante. The RWD is a completely different animal. Think of it as the younger sibling of the Performante. Not nearly as accomplished and matured but with a huge personality, boisterous and the life of the party. The RWD is all about thrills, and excitement. Driving it with gusto is invigorating, exhilirating and adrenaline inducing. There is the absence of adaptive dampers, LDS and the brakes are steel. Yet, the suspension, which is firm, provides tactile feedback to allow the driver to experience exactly what the road surface offers. The braking is linear, smoothly modulating to the driver's command. The steering, at higher speeds is direct and uncannily weighted so that it is neither heavy nor too light. Point the car in the intended direction and it will obey like a military trained German Shepherd. And then there is the sound! It has gravitas, plays at high SPLs with a baritone authority. It is an aural symphony with a melifuous sound unmatched by any other current car. To fully appreciate this quality, revs need to be kept at 4-5K. For those who wish to calm the beast, earlier shifting will accomplish the task. Downshifting results in a fireworks display of pops. As for sound volume. Imagine a potentiometer that controls sound pressure levels with demarkations from 0-10 ( being the loudest). The 720S would be a 3. The Ferrari 488 a 6. The EVO RWD is an 11.

The RWD is alive, raw, yet still civilzed if you wish it to be. Driving in STRATA in auto mode will turn this tiger into a domestic pussy cat. Appropriate when driving in heavy traffic or when warming the engine. Otherwise, you should be sentenced to jail if this car is not driven in Sport or Race- manual. Technically, the RWD is not as capable of the AWD. Upon launch, the rear wheels will spin and the rear end will become skittish and squirrelly. It will also, at times, slightly stutter upon take off but will recover quickly. Grip at high speeds and during hard corning will have a slight tendency to slide. But the overwhelming glory of this car is the fun factor. It is so extremely engaging and compelling, that it takes the driving experience to an exalted level.

For those who own a 580 or a 610, drop everything and rush over to your Lamborhini dealer and arrange a trade for the EVO RWD. Get ready for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand at attention and goose bumps to trickle down your spine as you gasp for breath and an ear to ear grin appears on your face.
 

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That touch screen is a deal breaker for me, otherwise great write up.
The touch screen is definitely a major flaw. Not only is it cumbersome to use, it is slow to react, distracts from driving and perpetually is covered in finger prints. Give me knobs and buttons anytime.
 

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Great write up but the one thing that wasn't mentioned was you not only get this incredibly stimulating car with the EVO RWD, but you get for $60,000 leas than the AWD! It does sound crazy and too good to be true, but it is.
 
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Absolutely a steal at the price. If the AWD and RWD were the same price, I would still choose the latter. It is truly an amazing car and the likes of which will never be duplicated in the future, given the prevailing direction in which super cars are headed. For context as to how special this car is, I took delivery of my F8 last week.
 

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The F8 is my all time favorite Ferrari. If I was to ever leave Lamborghini that would be my car. Great value for a powerhouse of a car, and by far the best looking to date. Would you mind posting some pics of your F8?
 

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That touch screen is a deal breaker for me, otherwise great write up.
I feel exactly the same way!

The touch screen is definitely a major flaw. Not only is it cumbersome to use, it is slow to react, distracts from driving and perpetually is covered in finger prints. Give me knobs and buttons anytime.
I have never test driven the EVO but that screen looks odd. Though, the Huracan computers seem to be consistent, that is, disappointingly slow.
 

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Wow! A steal at that price is an understatement. Isn't it around 700 hp? I guess Ferrari has to compete with the under 300K Huracans and they did a heck of a job. Congrats!
 

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If I wasn't such a fanatic at having EVERYTHING my way, I would have grabbed a HP in a heartbeat, just couldn't find one with all the right combination of options and color.
So I will just have to settle for an EVO RWD and I am hoping Alexa resolves the touch screen problems. I will do a write up once I get mine, but by then I am sure we will have lots of reviews.
 

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Excellent write up, Coincident. I echo what others have said: give me the knobs and buttons, especially the beautiful ones in the Huracan. I like the looks of the center touchscreen, but only on a Klingon Bird of Prey. As for AWD vs RWD, not for a second have I regretted getting the latter. For me, it's taming the beast, vs. riding a tamed beast! And lastly, I love the front fascia of the EVO RWD; in my opinion, it is the best of all H models (so far). If I were in the market for a replacement, the EVO RWD would be a no-brainer. Hopefully Lamborghini is listening to its customer base and will go back to the buttons and switches by the time I'm ready to order mine.
 

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So F8 or EVO RWD? Look forward to a direct comparison. Sound, handling, looks, tech, price.

That Ipad on the center console would drive me nuts, hope Russ is right about Alexa. My 580-2 with sports exhaust windows up is so loud I can't carry a phone conversation and wonder how responsive voice commands in the Evo are.
 

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So F8 or EVO RWD? Look forward to a direct comparison. Sound, handling, looks, tech, price.

That Ipad on the center console would drive me nuts, hope Russ is right about Alexa. My 580-2 with sports exhaust windows up is so loud I can't carry a phone conversation and wonder how responsive voice commands in the Evo are.
That last part made me think Alexa's response to everything you say is going to be "What?" or "I didn't get that"
Alexa open the garage door, "What" ALEXA OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR!, "The temperature in Singapore is 72 degrees" lol
 

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So F8 or EVO RWD? Look forward to a direct comparison. Sound, handling, looks, tech, price.

That Ipad on the center console would drive me nuts, hope Russ is right about Alexa. My 580-2 with sports exhaust windows up is so loud I can't carry a phone conversation and wonder how responsive voice commands in the Evo are.
Will do next week after more driving time with the F8.
 

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Alexa open the garage door, "What" ALEXA OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR!, "The temperature in Singapore is 72 degrees" lol
Well @DXM31, after all, any self respecting person should know the temperature in Singapore.
 

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That last part made me think Alexa's response to everything you say is going to be "What?" or "I didn't get that"
Alexa open the garage door, "What" ALEXA OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR!, "The temperature in Singapore is 72 degrees" lol
Lol! I guess I will plan for the worse and hope for the best.
 
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