As Performance Editor, the first thought that jumps to my mind is: “where would this Lamborghini sit on the CarExpert Leaderboard?”
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule is inevitably one of those that should jump directly to the top, but alas, a track test was off the cards this time.
Maybe the bosses at Lamborghini had watched one too many YouTube videos from my rally days…
With the engine extracted straight out of the exceptional Huracan Performante, driven through all four wheels, I truly believed it had the potential to take down the more powerful but rear wheel drive Porsche 911 GT2 RS on the CarExpert test track.
Despite the Porsche topping the Performante at the Nurburgring, the stop-start nature of Queensland Raceway lends itself to AWD traction and the naturally-aspirated V10 still has more than enough torque to propel the Lamborghini out of each corner.
So within the confines of Brisbane’s traffic restrictions and rules, I will attempt to extrapolate the outright performance characteristics of the not so subtle – but incredible looking and sounding – Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule will set you back $498,665 before on-road costs, or about $39,000 more than the standard Huracan Evo.
This particular example was fitted with a fair few options that bumped the price up by a rather hefty $72,810.
Items like a transparent engine cover, carbon-ceramic brakes, forged composites package and sports seats are semi-mandatory in our books, but paying $6480 for Apple CarPlay seems a little… steep.
The experience as you enter the cockpit of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule is something special.
Your attention is drawn to the futuristic fighter jet-inspired styling as you slip into the supportive yet incredibly comfortable carbon seats.
The flat-bottom Alcantara steering wheel brings nearly everything to your fingertips, from indicators to lights and drive mode control.
The paddle shifters are beyond substantial, but necessary as they remain stationary and reachable as you rotate the wheel.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule’s 5.2-litre V10 comes straight out of the pre-update Performante, outputting 470kW (8000rpm) and an impressive 600Nm (6500rpm).
Lamborghini quotes a 0-100 time of just 2.9 seconds, which matches the Performante’s claim.
The driveability and flexibility of this engine is what impressed me the most. It has the ability to navigate traffic with ease and endure the mundane, then with the flick of a switch it comes alive, responsive and reacts to your every command.
Do I even have to mention the sound – there are few noises that will bring a smile to your face as easily as this engine.
This is a Lamborghini that miraculously blends exceptional performance with everyday usability.
But is that what you want from a Lamborghini? I was almost shocked with the ease that you could negotiate everyday life with such a devastatingly quick car.
The difference in drive modes, especially between Strada and Corsa, is as vast as I have experienced in any car. For an all-wheel drive car, the ability to rotate mid-corner is brilliant and assisted by the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics (LDVI) system, which tailors response to driver inputs and the selected drive mode.
The steering is sharp and precise as you would expect, but somehow lacks the last bit of feedback that would truly make it special.
Braking performance is linear and connected, with the chassis offering a stable platform as you stand on the pedal.
The gear shifts are insane, and switching it into Corsa mode takes them to another level again. Attached to a slightly oversteering differential balance, the sensorial overload on a narrow road is other-worldly.
Interestingly, for me the Magneto-rheological suspension did not offer the same level of overall grip as the Performante. Yet with the added flexibility of ride quality, it will be a welcome point of difference for many buyers.
Pirelli P Zero tyres adorn the 20-inch rims front and rear, copping immense punishment every time you squeeze the throttle pedal.
The Huracan Fluo Capsule is all about brightness and breathing a new life into the Huracan range.
While the Huracan Tecnica is coming to take over next year, the Fluo Capsule is the Italian brand’s way of picking what it believes are the best bi-colour specs for your Evo so that gives it maximum presence on the road.
This particular car is configured in Verde Shock (green); however, other options include Arancio Livrea (orange), Celeste Fedra (blue), Arancio Dac (orange) and Giallo Clarus (yellow) all of which combine with a matte black roof, front bumper and side skirts.
The addition of colour along the otherwise black wing mirrors and vertical coloured lines on the rear splitter, really help set the car apart.
On the inside, Lamborghini gives you the option of new sports seats, in Alcantara or unicolor leather with ‘EVO Sportivo’ trim.
Other notable and very Lamborghini features include the Start/Stop button cover and the Lamborghini shield embroidered on the headrest, which is available in the same colour as the car’s exterior.
Unlike Ferrari, Lamborghini does not provide seven years of free servicing with its cars.
The Huracan is similar to the Audi R8 and goes through an A and B service cycle and prices range from around $1500 to $4500 depending on the work being carried out.
There is no meaningful crash test data from the Huracan platform.
Nonetheless, given it’s based on the Audi R8 and Audi has a reputation for creating well-engineered and safe architectures, we doubt the Lambo would prove itself safe if required.
Nonetheless, it’s worth noting the Huracan misses out on a variety of assistance features like autonomous emergency braking or lane-keep assist. This is very similar to its rivals at Maranello and Woking, however.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule is exceptionally fast and engaging, yet somehow is one of the most user-friendly supercars on the road today.
The styling, intensity of the interior and the theatre of the naturally aspirated V10, make it really unique especially in today’s automotive landscape.
While the track performance remains an unknown for me, the Huracan’s on-road characteristics should ensure that it will be a compelling story in any battle with a certain Porsche I can think of.
There are no guarantees the Porsche will keep its place on the leaderboard…
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