The middle-aged man tentatively approaches me, a smile carved on his friendly, wrinkled face. “Nice car,” he says, nodding towards the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD nestled under the shade beside me.
I had stopped at Changi Coast Walk for a breather after stretching the supercar’s legs along the long and winding eight-lane Tanah Merah Coast Road. I smiled back at him and agreed with his sentiment. “Can I look inside?” he asks. I motioned for him to go ahead and he carefully stuck his head into the car, whistling while admiring the interior.
His reaction is common. I’ve test driven many supercars along Singapore’s roads and have received many compliments and admiring glances from car enthusiasts. The bolder ones, like the gentleman I was conversing with, would approach and ask to look or hear a few stationary revs on the accelerator.
But let’s be honest. During these Covidian times, it’s impossible for you to take your supercar up north to eat tarmac and let it fully express its personality. And Singapore is perhaps one of the worst places to drive a supercar. Traffic lights and snarling jams conspire to keep your behemoth cruising instead of crushing, which is why lately, I’ve also judged supercars based on their driveability at low revs.
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In this regard, it is surprisingly comfortable, thanks to a nifty 7-speed dual clutch transmission that anticipates and prepares the 5.2-litre V10 engine accordingly so that you don’t get the usual jerkiness associated with previous Lamborghinis at low speeds.
It’s still blindingly fast, though. The car completes the century sprint at 3.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 325kph. Speed demons will also love the rear-wheel drive, especially if they’ve mastered the oversteer. A rear-wheel-drive car usually means that the front end is tight, but the back is looser. The engineers have shared that its new Performance Traction Control System, or P-TCS, improves corner exit traction by 20 per cent and enhanced oversteer by 30 per cent. I didn’t have an onboard computer to let me compare numbers, but it certainly feels like it. Switch off traction control and easily launch the car into a corner to get those beautiful smoke emitted from the rear wheels as you drift.
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Looks-wise, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD is all sharp angles and menacing lines, typical of the carmaker’s sculpted offerings. Lamborghini also offers the Ad Personam programme so that you can personalise the colour and trim of the interior and exterior to your liking.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD is one of the more affordable supercars around, with one going for just over $800,000 before COE. For that price, you get a robust and fun supercar that is more than capable of holding its own on the track, and yet, still comfortable enough to cruise along highways and city streets. The complimentary glances are, of course, complementary.