More Rear-wheel Drive Antics with the Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica

BY Vivek Max R

Putting the 'Tecnica' into aerodynamics and engineering

Let's remind ourselves first of the recent scintillating experience with the Huracan STO:

If a rear-wheel drive Huracan is up your alley but the Huracan Evo is a bit too soft (if 'soft' is a word that could be applied to any modern Lamborghini) and the STO is a bit too extreme for your tastes, worry not. Lamborghini has the Huracan Tecnica just for you.

Some crucial numbers - 640hp and 565Nm of torque from a glorious-sounding naturally-aspirated 5.2-lite V10, the same as the STO's powerplant. This represents 30hp more than the also rear-wheel drive Huracan Evo, and 0-100km/h is dispatched in a mind-blowing 3.2 seconds.

Again, compared to the Huracan Evo, tweaks to its aerodynamics mean that the Huracan Tecnica sports an increase of 35% in rear-downforce while drag is reduced by 20%.

At the heart of the Huracan Tecnica sits Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata or LDVI. An integral part of this system is rear-wheel steering with a direct steering ratio, as well as torque vectoring and a modified Performance Traction Control System or P-TCS. Together with a specifically-tuned suspension setup for the Huracan Technica, Lamborghini have delivered ride and handling that betters the Huracan Evo but is still more usable during day-to-day on-road driving compared to the more-hardcore Huracan STO.

Three drive modes are available on the Huracan Tecnica.

In STRADA, and in conjunction with torque vectoring and P-TCS, the rear-wheel steering system provides maximum stability at higher speeds and manoeuvrability in slower, tighter bends and parking lots. Throttle and gearbox response are tuned to be more comfortable as well.

In SPORT, the rear-end comes alive for some fun oversteer antics in the hands of the enthusiast-driver, with torque vectoring and P-TCS loosening up some to allow for a bit more sideways action. Throttle and gearbox response are quickened to help the driver lay down the power needed.

In CORSA, maximum grip and response is the order of the day. Throttle and gearbox response are tuned to attack the blacktop of circuits with vicious abandon, while handling precision is razor-sharpened to slash laptimes.

This 'Tecnica' focus continues to the interior of the, well, Huracan Tecnica. Height-adjustable sport seats give a nod to everyday usability while still being snug enough to hold the enthusiast driver through a series of switchbacks.

The driver's display and the infotainment screen are both customized and unmistakably Lamborghini. The infotainment system features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Also featured in the infotainment is on-board telemetry and logs of track-times, so that deeper analysis is possible after an enjoyable track-day.

Lamborghini is well-known for it's Ad Personam customization program, and it features here in the Huracan Tecnica as well. Pick your own combination of trims and interior and exterior colours to make your very own Huracan Tecnica special in this world. As they say, the sky's the limit, so go nuts.

So... what IS the Huracan Tecnica then? In this author's humble estimation, it represents the sweet-spot of the rear-wheel drive Huracan range. A super-sport that can be enjoyed both on the circuit and the street. One that speaks deeper to the more involved performance-enthusiast who doesn't necessarily want the last word in track performance but appreciates dual-use both everyday and on track-days.

One fine day, if we're lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a Huracan Tecnica, we'll bring you more. Until then, like you, we'll settle for drooling at pictures and videos, and fiddling with the online configurator.