Last week's launch of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo was an eye-opening experience, not least for the fact that it can match the super lightweight Performante in a straight drag race. The car is fast...
“This is because the torque control we have in the Evo is practically able to guarantee that there’s no spin, and due to the active control we are able to discharge a lot more torque to the front," he explained.
"This means the Evo has higher acceleration and the balance between the front and rear acceleration is better than the Performante."
“In the Performante there is a big wing that provides a lot of downforce at high speeds, but from 0-100km/h the car’s active aerodynamics is not so effective," he went on.
"The Evo benefits hugely from our new rear-wheel steering and Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) and actually gets off the line faster," Reggiani mused, before adding: "if we added these systems to the Performante, it would be much faster."
Of course, you don’t have to be Einstein to read between the lines and assume Lamborghini will almost certainly build a more capable super sports car combining elements of the Huracan Evo and Performante. It’s not going to be called the Superleggera, though. That badge is finished, said Reggiani.
It’s also doubtful the next edition of the Huracan will be any more powerful than the current V10. For a naturally-aspirated engine it’s already wound right up, making 470kW and 600Nm of torque.
“The short-term issue will be not how we can increase the power, but how to maintain the power when you consider all the new emissions regulations arriving. I mean, there’s APF (anti-particulate filter) designed to trap the ultra-fine particulates, which reduces the power further through reduced back pressure," he said, talking about upcoming emissions rules.
“Euro 7 emissions regulations are also on their way and this means sticking the metre inside the combustion chamber for a potential reduction of power.
"In the future we will develop hybrid powertrains to compensate, but that adds more weight, meaning we wouldn’t need so much power from the combustion engine and could look at alternatives," he said.
"The first Lamborghini model where we will apply a hybrid system to will be an Aventador with its naturally aspirated V12, but that also implies more weight (250kg) via battery, electric motor, etc, which is something we’ll have to compensate with."
Emissions chit-chat aside, it was interesting to hear Reggiani explain the importance of fitting the latest Huracan with an up-to-date infotainment system, despite the fact that they bill these cars as the ultimate expression of performance and handling.
“If you have the means to purchase a super sports car these days, nobody would accept not having an app-powered interface [like Apple CarPlay] for phone, messages and maps, which is why the Evo is equipped with our latest system that has this kind of flexibility," he said.
“We have gone with an 8.4-inch screen because we don’t want a television like some brands are using, but our HMI is easy to use even for first timers. The system also uses an embedded SIM which means we can communicate in terms of upload and downloads which is important to our younger clientele."