We thought the Evo was the Huracan’s peak, but that might not be the case anymore

After Lamborghini’s chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani was adamant in suggesting that the Huracan has already matured and reached its peak - “that badge is finished” were his words, by the way, we were expecting rumors about the replacing model. However, a mysterious set of spyshots is bringing us back on the topic of a lighter, more powerful version of the Huracan slated to make a debut in the following months.

We know Lamborghini likes to pull off anniversary editions as well as farewell editions for its cars, but if the recent rumors are true, this could be, in fact, a high-powered Huracan to rule them all, one that would sit above both the Evo and the Performante. In fact, it could be called Huracan Evo Performante, although we’re taking that with a pinch of salt for the time being. That said, did Sant’Agata Bolognese change its mind? Is a Superleggera-style Huracan back in the cards?

Exterior

  • New front bumper and splitter
  • Aventador-style engine cover
  • Could pack lightweight wheels
  • Carbon fiber bits and bobs
  • Tweaked aerodynamics
2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Performante Exterior Spyshots
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The test mule spotted by our carparazzi features a couple of changes in the design department. Also, those are Italian test plates, but forget about them they’re not important here.

What really caught our eye was the blacked-out, louvered engine cover that normally has no place shielding the Huracan’s V-10 and seems like it’s been borrowed from the Aventador.

The addition of this design element is important because it can be a hint towards a special-edition Huracan of sorts and on a more personal note, we like the Batman-esque vibe it sends.

Then there’s the front end. Look closely and you’ll see that the front bumper doesn’t quite fit in and it is attached to the prototype’s body using what looks like the good old duct tape. It also has a slightly different color, so it might be hiding the real bumper to be featured by the limited-edition model (if there will even be the case for such a model in the first place).

2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Performante Exterior Spyshots
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We know for a fact that the Gallardo Superleggera featured a different body treatment from the Gallardo LP 560-4 it was based on, mostly because the whole point of this hardcore version was to shed some weight and offer better aerodynamics, as well as a bump in power. The Gallardo Superleggera churned out 570 horsepower, 10 horsepower more than the LP 560-4, and was also 154 pounds (70 kilograms) lighter, tipping the scales at 2,954 pounds (1,340 kilograms) instead of 3,108 pounds (1,410 kilograms).

Interior

  • Carbon fiber door panels
  • Carbon fiber median tunnel
  • Carbon fiber inserts around the cockpit
  • Maybe new badges
  • Largely the same cabin design as a regular Huracan
Lamborghini Throws Down its Highest Trump Card with the 2019 Huracan EVO Interior
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Unfortunately, we can’t show you any pictures of the test mule’s interior, but if this is indeed a Superleggera-inspired Huracan (or even a retirement special edition, for that matter) then expect a lot of carbon fiber inside the cabin. As in, a lot more than usual. Once again, we must look back at the Gallardo Superleggera, which featured a carbon fiber center tunnel cover, door panels, and gear shifter surround. Even the sport seat shells were made of carbon fiber, contributing to the weight-saving regime mentioned in the previous section of this article. Alcantara was also the preferred material to regular leather, while the pedals were crafted out of aluminum.

Drivetrain

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo
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So, what would a special-edition Lamborghini Huracan pack in terms of firepower? Well, one thing’s for sure: the V-10 isn’t going anywhere, but its horsepower readings might.

Some voices say the powerplant could be tweaked to produce around 700 horsepower, but we don’t think that Lamborghini would aim that high.

After all, this is not a new model, which means a 10 horsepower to 20 horsepower bump in output might suffice, with torque staying within the same parameters, at 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters).

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo and Lamborghini Huracan Performante share the same 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V-10 that makes 640 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque (600 Newton-meters of twist) at 6,500 rpm. The Evo can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 325 kilometers per hour (202 miles per hour). It can also come to a halt from 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 31.9 meters (104.6 feet).

Nothing is for sure right now, but with a drop in weight and the increase in performance, the incoming special edition would turn out to be even more hardcore than the current Huracan crop. That is, if such a model is in the making in the first place.

Prices

2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Performante Exterior Spyshots
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Without taxes, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo costs $261,274 (€184,034 in Europe). It goes without saying that a special edition Huracan has all the chances in the world of coming with a sticker of around $300,000 (€200,000) if not more, but since this sort of info is not yet available, these guesstimates will have to just do for now.

Competition

McLaren 720S

2018 McLaren 720S High Resolution Exterior
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The McLaren 720S makes do with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that cranks out 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque (770 Newton-meters) for a sprint from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) ticked in 2.9 seconds. Top speed comes in at 341 kilometers per hour (212 miles per hour), while the 720S can stop from 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in a distance of 30 meters (98 feet). As you can see, despite packing more grunt than the Huracan Evo and Performante, the 720S posts similar sprint times. As far as price is concerned, you can secure your Macca 720S for $301,500 - again, a tad more expensive than the Huracan but on par with what a hypothetical, souped-up special edition of the Raging Bull might demand.

Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 720S.

Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Exterior
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The Ferrari 488 GTB relies on a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 good for 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 560 pound-feet of torque (760 Newton-meters). It’s also capable of sprinting from naught to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in three seconds flat on its way to a Vmax of 330 kilometers per hour (205 miles per hour). Even more impressive is the 488 GTB’s lap time on Ferrari’s famed Fiorano circuit. In fact, the 488 GTB is the second-fastest Ferrari there with a lap time of 1 minute and 23 seconds, which places it just behind the Ferrari LaFerrari. Price-wise, the 488 GTB commanded $242,737 in the U.S.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB

Conclusion

2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Performante Exterior Spyshots
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We’ve said it before and we’ll repeat it. Don’t hold your breath on Lamborghini developing a Superleggera-styled version of the Huracan. In fact, this mysterious test mule could be anything ranging from yet another special edition to a send off gift that Lamborghini is brewing for the long-serving Huracan. Whichever way this goes, there’s no doubt that Sant’Agata Bolognese will dress the Huracan to impress. Then again, the only thing’s that different for the test prototype relates to the Aventador-style engine cover, and that’s why we’re cautious in forwarding a myriad of theories regarding what this blacked-out mule might hide. What we’ll do, however, is keep an eye on the topic and get back to it when more information emerges.

  • Leave it
    • Very few details about it
    • Could be a dud
    • If it’s a maxed-out Huracan, then expect a hefty price tag
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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