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New Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD wasn't made to be the fastest, but should be the most fun

The newest version of the Lamborghini Huracán isn't meant to be the fastest model they make.

Photo courtesy of Automobil Lamborghini

Sure, you can drive a car. But can you drive a car. If you prefer the raw feeling or horsepower, dynamic and engaging performance, and adrenaline producing speed (and have over $100k sitting around looking to be spent) Lamborghini has a new car for you.

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) is designed to be a totally visceral experience from the moment you look at it to when you peel away to when you sit on the brake at a stop feeling your heart beat with joy.

Lamborghini Hurac\u00e1n EVO RWD The car is rear-wheel drive and meant for driving purists.Photo courtesy of Automobil Lamborghini

The car's V10 engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and delivers 610 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. It weighs just 3,062 pounds thanks in large part to a hybrid chassis made from aluminum and carbon fiber, and a skin made from aluminum and composite material. The car has a top speed of 202 mph and can get from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3. seconds.

Despite all those numbers, Lamborghini says that the car isn't designed to excel at straight-linespeeds or set lap records. It's designed to be an instinctive driver's car. That's not to say that it isn't fast. It's just designed to be more fun to drive than a straight speedster.

"The Huracán EVO RWD puts the car in the driver's hands: the driving experience is delivered by the hardware," said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Automobili Lamborghini. "This car reminds the driver of Lamborghini's pure engineering origins: the driver is at the center of the Huracán EVO RWD's performance, with unfiltered feedback and an emotive and more engaging driving experience controlled by the pilot. The Huracán EVO RWD performance relies on the harmony between man and machine: driving skills and the Huracán EVO's RWD mechanics deliver perfectly balanced dynamics, physical feedback and a pure performance. The Huracán EVO RWD enhances the V10 Huracán line-up with a model appealing to brand newcomers as well as those seeking sublime driving fun."

Lamborghini Hurac\u00e1n EVO RWD Lamborghini has crafted a new yellow paint job just for the model.Photo courtesy of Automobil Lamborghini

Lamborghini has give the car a 40/60 front/rear weight distribution and features launch control. It rides on standard 19-inch wheels with specially designed Pirelli P Zero shoes and ventilated and cross-drilled steel brakes. Twenty-inch wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes are available.

The tuned vehicle comes with Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS) that is calibrated specifically for the rear-wheel drive Huracán EVO, that eschews the normal torque cut of a vehicle and instead delivers torque in advance resulting in appropriate traction when exiting a corner, maintaining its stability. The calibration of the P-TCS is determined by which drive mode is selected.

Inside, the car features a 8.4-inch touch screen in the center of the vehicle. It features the ability to make calls, provide internet access, and is Apple CarPlay compatible.

Lamborghini Hurac\u00e1n EVO RWD The car features recognizable Huracán styling characteristics that Lamborghini fans will appreciate.Photo courtesy of Automobil Lamborghini

Lamborghini's Ad Personam program allows customers the ability to fully customize the color and trim presentation of their vehicle. A new available yellow paint job, Giallo Belenus, has been specially designed for the Huracán EVO RWD. It is available with a matching leather and Alcantara interior trim.

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD will begin delivers in spring 2020. It has a starting price of $208,571 in the U.S.

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The Elantra N reveal is now virtual after the New York auto show was canceled.

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The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is no big secret at this point in time, after having been revealed on a global stage and photographed from nearly every angle. The car's North American reveal is changing slightly, however, as auto show cancellations have forced a shift back to virtual events. Hyundai will show off the car for the first time on our shores next week.

The Elantra N follows the Veloster N and N-Line versions of the Tucson and Sonata Hyundai's U.S. lineup. Dubbed "Everyday sports cars," Hyundai's N overhaul brings more power, aggressive bodywork, a special transmission, and overhauled suspension to what would otherwise be fairly ordinary vehicles.


2022 Hyundai Elantra N The Elantra N gets several performance upgrades over the standard car.Hyundai


Hyundai's numbers for the Elantra N paint a dramatic picture. The car's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will produce 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque, and will send that power to the front wheels through a manual or eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a limited-slip differential. Inside, we'll see more heavily bolstered seats, special N graphics in the infotainment system, and vehicle performance readouts for things like G-forces and lap times.



The Elantra N's debut was scheduled to take place at the New York International Auto Show, which was set to take place later this month. The continued and rapid spread of COVID-19 led to the show's cancellation for the second year in a row, however, so Hyundai pivoted to a virtual reveal for the car on August 19. If you're hoping to see the new car in the flesh (on screen) for the first time on our soil, head to Hyundai's YouTube channel at 12:45 p.m. EST on August 19 to see the event.

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Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

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With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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