Ferrari F8 Tributo vs Lamborghini Huracán Evo: Which Supercar is More Super?
Both are supercars, but one is slightly more super than the other.
Comparing Ferraris and Lambos is a car magazine cliché, and one can make a convincing argument that the F8 Tributo and Huracán Evo aren't even direct competitors—except in the sense that if you have money falling out of your overstuffed pockets, you'll probably consider buying, or will simply buy, both. But that didn't matter to us. We had both cars in one place for our 2020 All-Stars competition, and dammit, we're going to compare away!
The F8 Tributo is the newer of the two, having made its appearance late last year as a 488 replacement. Stuffed behind its rear seats is a 3.9 liter flat-plane-crank V8 delivering 710 horsepower with arguably the finest soundtrack ever delivered by a mechanical device.
The Huracán is a wee bit older, having made its debut in 2014, but the Evo is the newest rendition, taking up the role of Lambo's entry-level car—much in the way that the Los Angeles class is the U.S. Navy's entry-level nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. The Evo's 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V-10 is a veteran, but with 631 hp available at 8,000 rpm, it's looking (and sounding) very, very good for its age.
Ferrari F8 Tributo vs Lamborghini Huracán Evo: How they look
If there's one thing these vehicles do well—and trust us, there's a lot more than one—it's attract the eye. Online editor Ed Tahaney called the Lamoborghini "A magical and mighty orange wedge of spite that looks and sounds delicious." Social media editor Billy Rehbock said, "This is the supercar they'd show in the dictionary if dictionaries still had photos and were printed."
But the F8 is arguably even more drool-worthy. "In an F8 you get instant rock star status wherever you roll," Tahaney noted. "Several fans took selfies. Dumb people want to race you. A squeegee dude at a Palmdale gas station offered to wash my windows for free." We decided we could sit there and look at both the F8 and the Huracán for hours, if it wasn't our job to, y'know, drive them.
Ferrari F8 Tributo vs Lamborghini Huracán Evo on the track
This year's All-Stars competition started on the track, and the house was divided on which was the better car. The all-wheel-drive Huracán, which offered gobs of point-and-shoot grip, had plenty of fans. "It's an Italian car with a German upbringing," noted executive editor Nelson Ireson, speaking of both Lambo's VW-Audi Group parentage and the very un-Italian solidity that pervaded the car. (Not all agreed: "Still feels too much like a kit car in comparison with its Maranello nemesis," wrote Lassa.)
On the track, nearly everyone loved the Evo. "Just a riot," said race driver Andy Pilgrim. "If I was a [Mitsubishi] Evo or a [Subaru] STi, this is the car I'd want to be when I grow up. Stupidly drift capable and serious track chops when I stopped messing about. It sounds ridiculous; reminiscent of a pre-turbo F1 car." Rehbock was more succinct: "It's like a video game car come to life."
But the praise was equally strong for the rear-drive Ferrari. Though driving it hard feels a bit like being inside of an explosion, the F8 is surprisingly friendly to its drivers. Said Detroit editor Todd Lassa, "From the get-go, this felt like the most approachable non-GT Ferrari I've ever driven. The track drive began for me with the F8 roaring up the front straight to the first turn, feeling like it had more power and torque than anything else here, and yet not intimidating me into grandma-levels of early braking. The car has no discernable understeer, and appears willing to rotate. Sublime." The normally-reserved Pilgrim employed more explanation points than he normally uses in a month: "The best steering feel in the business! Gearbox superb. Fast—like, ridiculous fast!" "A remarkably honed and involving drive," wrote contributing editor Basem Wasef, "balancing the fierceness of its capability with an ease and intuitiveness to its demeanor."
Ferrari F8 Tributo vs Lamborghini Huracán Evo on the road
Once we started driving on public roads, opinions changed for one of these two cars. Praise for the Ferrari continued to flow from nearly all of our writers, including contributing editor Arthur St. Antoine: "I got into this business for the chance to drive cars like this. Good gawd what a glorious feat of engineering art. Everything I loved about such forebears as the 458 and the 488 has been honed, refined, polished, muscled-up, and sharpened in the F8. The exterior design will make you weep at its sinuous perfection. The interior literally reeks of exquisiteness. The performance will rearrange the folds of your brain so that you'll never look at cars the same way again. I can find not a thing wrong with this magnificent sporting machine—except, of course, that the keys don't go home with me."
The Lambo, meanwhile, began to draw some criticism, primarily about its ride quality. "On our test route—and compared with rivals also in this competition—the Huracán's ride proved downright punishing while the handling lacked some of the feel and precision of the best here." "Really rough riding compared to the Ferrari," said Rehbock. Still, Pilgrim saw the advantages. "Practical? No, it's not, but you can get groceries in it and it's loud enough to drown out unwanted conversation. Sold!"
Ferrari F8 Tributo vs Lamborghini Huracán Evo: Which is the better car?
Understand that any one of us would take a drive in any of these cars long before we'd opt for a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. But between the two, the Ferrari was the clear winner. Both cars are pleasing to the eyes and ears; both are ridiculously quick and agile; both envelop their occupants in clouds of glory. Both made us grin like idiots. Still one stood out above the other.
"You want to love a car like the Lamborghini Huracán Evo," said Wasef, "and it certainly is lovable in an endearingly irascible way. But up against contenders like the charismatically capable Ferrari F8 Tributo and the newfangled Corvette C8, the baby Lambo sadly and simply can't compete." "If the Ferrari wasn't quite so good," commented Rehbock, "I'd have picked this Lamborghini instead."
But while the Lamborghini Huracán Evo did most things well, the Ferrari F8 Tributo did everything well. Wasef again: "Every Ferrari stands out from the crowd, but the F8 proves itself extra special. Sure, it looks derivative of the 488— and it is. But it's also a remarkably honed and involving drive, balancing the fierceness of its capability with an ease and intuitiveness to its demeanor."
"I got into this car," wrote Lassa, "both at the track, and on the road, thinking that there is not a Ferrari I've irrationally desired far beyond my budget since the 512BB, Daytona coupe, or 250 GT SWB. That is no longer the case." "If I could take one car home with me, it would be the F8," said Jurnecka. "Possibly the best-driving car I've ever experienced," said Rehbock. Yep—us too, Billy.
|2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Specifications|
|PRICE||$275,580 (base)/$436,709 (as tested)|
|ENGINE||3.9L DOHC 32-valve twin-turbo V-8/710 hp @ 8,000 rpm, 568 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|LAYOUT||2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe|
|EPA MILEAGE||15/19 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L x W x H||181.5 x 77.9 x 47.4 in|
|0-60 MPH||2.9 sec|
|TOP SPEED||211 mph|
|2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Specifications|
|PRICE||$184,034 (base)/$235,084 (as-tested)|
|ENGINE||5.2L DOHC 40-valve V-10/631 hp @ 8,000 rpm, 442 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|LAYOUT||2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, AWD coupe|
|EPA MILEAGE||13/18 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L x W x H||178.0 x 76.1 x 45.9 in|
|0-60 MPH||2.8 sec (est)|
|TOP SPEED||202 mph|