No matter how affordable and badass the mid-engine Corvette is, it’s still nowhere near as desirable or visceral as the 2021 Lamborghini Huracán. Although Lambo’s six-figure price tag makes it basically unobtainable to the vast majority of drivers, we can still drool over its dramatic design and drop our jaws when we learn about its impressive performance credentials. The latter is courtesy of its mid-mounted 602-hp naturally aspirated V-10, which makes truly inspiring sounds and helps both the coupe and convertible (a.k.a. Spyder) version feel like they are launched out of a cannon. Despite its designation as an exotic sports car and the ability to obliterate lap times at the local racetrack, the 2021 Huracán is civil enough to be driven every day. However, packing light is a necessity because storage space is at a premium.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, the only changes to the Huracán are new exterior and interior color options. The paint palette adds Rosso Anteros, Blu Astraeus, and Blu Eleos. The interior color options have been expanded to include Giallo Belenus.
We think the rear-drive Huracán Evo is the most intriguing model, especially with its significant discount and encouragement of tail-out antics. The sheer variety of paint options means the odds are better than few models will look the same, and we’d recommend the added presence that either of the optional 20-inch wheels provides. Inside, we’d go with the Carbon Skin package that makes the cabin look sportier, and we’d choose the more supportive sport seats. Finally, we’d select Life Style and Driver Pack that includes a useful lifting system to help avoid front-end damage, smartphone integration, a cupholder, carbon-ceramic brakes, and adaptive dampers—among other things.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 is nestled behind the Huracán’s cabin, and it exudes a devilish sound whenever it revs towards its 8500-rpm redline. The engine develops 602 horsepower on rear-drive models and 631 ponies on all-wheel-drive versions. It pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that snaps off shifts on its own volition or via a set of paddle shifters. The all-wheel-drive Evo coupe we tested ripped from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 10.4 seconds at 135 mph. We also enjoyed a test drive in the convertible Evo Spyder, which proved high performance is always more enjoyable with a bit of theater. Huracáns with all-wheel drive benefit from rear-wheel steering that improves agility. Plus, it has a predictive system (called LDVI) that adapts to driver inputs on the fly. While we were mightily impressed with its communicative chassis, the disappointing steering feedback diminished our excitement. Instead, it proved to be a forgiving machine—even when driven around town—that required us to push the limits to be truly fulfilled.