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Car Insurance: What does it cover and Why it’s an Essential Addition to your Vehicle’s “Toolkit”!

So, everyone knows that here in the UAE, car insurance is a compulsory purchase. Mandated under Federal law, all drivers must have a minimum of Third-Party Liability cover in place but in our experience at InsuranceMarket.ae,  more often than not, vehicle owners elect to buy Comprehensive Motor insurance. And why not: after all, cars are an expensive purchase and even more valuable when you consider how they help us run our busy lives! Comprehensive car insurance covers a great deal, including that all-important own damage, but does it cover all the costs of keeping your vehicle on the road? Let’s get under the bonnet and explore in more detail!


Mechanical problems in the absence of any accidents

Most vehicles nowadays offer fault-free motoring for tens of thousands of miles with regular servicing but, inevitably, they reach a point where they either breakdown and/or parts need replacing due to wear and tear. Repair costs are associated with car ownership and not a specific insured risk (ie. linked to a sudden and unforeseen event). So, whether you have a Comprehensive or a Third-Party Motor insurance policy, you’ll not be covered in this situation. However, you might be able to get ‘limited assistance’ if you have a warranty in place which generally comes for a period of 3-5 years when you buy a new car, so check your paperwork! Open Bonnet connects you to best quotes from 70+ Expert Car Garages in such a situation!


Mechanical problems following an accident

If you have encountered some mechanical problems with your car after an accident, then your insurance (if you have Comprehensive cover); or the Third Party’s insurance (if they caused the accident); would pay for these problems to be repaired. After all, that’s the purpose of having insurance so that in the event of an accident, it will help return your car to the condition it was in before the accident.

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Mechanical problems following a breakdown

Most car insurance policies nowadays offer breakdown cover/roadside assistance: either as a standard benefit or an optional extension. Either way, if you have this in your policy, you’re usually eligible for getting the car fixed “on-site” or towed to the nearest garage and put back on the road, however, your insurance policy will only cover emergency recovery and/or minor repairs. The costs of parts and labour (the work undertaken by the repairer) will be your responsibility, or could be passed on to the dealership/warranty provider is still covered under a manufacturer’s/mechanical warranty (subject to their terms & conditions).


Conclusion

We hope this quick tour under the bonnet of a car insurance policy has helped answer some of your insurance questions. However, if you have any more, like what covers should include on your next policy; or to purchase the best insurance policy for your budget; the friendly team of insurance advisors at InsuranceMarket.ae are there to help. Give them a try today!


Rachel Al Mughairi is Director – Culture & Performance at InsuranceMarket.ae, one of the UAE’s leading and largest insurance providers, and specialists when it comes to car insurance!

Car Insurance: what does it cover and why it’s an essential addition to your vehicle’s “toolkit”!

Technology Enabled Use-Cases Benefitting Car Owners

For many of us, our car is perhaps the costliest depreciating-asset we ever own. So logically, we expect it to last longer and perform at its best in order to keep the running costs low. And yet a car owner often finds himself struggling to get best solutions when it comes to his day to day needs. But lately through the use of technology as an enabler of change, many pain-points are slowly but surely improving towards a better auto-aftermarket world.

There are four main types of needs that arise during the ownership of a car, namely: Regulatory Needs (insurance, registration etc), Recurring Needs (fuel, servicing, tyres etc), Car-Care Needs (wash, painting, accessories etc) and Emergency Needs (repairs, battery, recovery etc). Hence interaction with many service providers is routinely essential to fulfill these needs. Now while the auto industry was evolving rapidly over the last century, all the glamour was focused on the new car sales. While this was understandable so far, things are starting to turn dramatically – primarily fueled by the sharp dip in new car sales seen over the past few years now. Manufacturers are finally waking up the huge potential that lies in the service and maintenance of car-parc that is growing in its vintage. However what’s really propelling the transformation in the auto aftermarket is the rise in technology based revamp of processes and practices in this sector.

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First and foremost, technology enables a ‘smarter’ supply chain of all consumables as they travel from overseas manufacturers to the actual car owners (commonly known as B2B2C model). There are several advantages of this transformation to all stakeholders – check on counterfeits, improvement in pricing for car owners as well as garages through demand aggregation, standardization of quality, data backed procurement & feedback loop, organic growth of demand, brand development to name a few. The way its being presented to car owners is also interesting – a special hybrid model of installation based ecommerce can be offered as per the need of the industry. Lately Amazon is also pushing a similar model through its Automotive Services.

When it comes to car owner’s experience, technology adds a big punch in the service offering. The lack of transparency and trust was always a major dampener in selection of a service provider from the unorganized and unbranded aftermarket. So much so that people used to consider selling off their cars immediately after expiry of warranty period provided by manufacturer. However the depreciation rate drops very low as years pass by and so a well maintained car is a great cost saver; not to mention all cars are meant to last for at least 12 years or 350,000 KM. Through use of technology, there is a huge potential for the 17000+ car workshops in UAE to be aggregated conveniently as per their individual expertise, pricing, location, ratings etc. This way user builds trust and get a standardized channel of communication that is commonly referred as a marketplace. Such models have been successfully developed and have grown in the west – whocanfixmycar based in UK is one such example that claims to have 15000+ car workshops serving through its portal.

Location tracking technology is also being optimally used by service providers to come up with relevant use-cases that simplify a car owner’s life. It allows for certain type of quick-services to be performed at user-location while giving a seamless digital experience from order booking to delivery. A good example in this category is CAFU, which offers at-location fuel filling service to car owners. There can be several use-cases of this technology and in the current times due to Covid concerns, the availability of contactless/ at-home experience is highly desired by users.

These are just a few of the ways in which the aftermarket industry is coming up the technology curve in UAE as well as larger region. The critical need for enabling technology to improve processes and service offering is now fully realized by the entire automotive ecosystem and ingenious ways are being continuously introduced towards a more efficient aftermarket that is not just an after-effect of the sale of a new car – but is actually a strong revenue driver and backbone of the larger automotive industry.

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Author: Gaurav Sharma, Founder, Open Bonnet

Identifying the need for improvement in Auto Aftermarket sector, Gaurav Sharma founded Open Bonnet in late 2019. Open Bonnet is a fully digitalized marketplace for auto aftermarket service providers and connects them directly to the car owners through a platform that focuses on delivering quality & convenience as the key value proposition. Open Bonnet aspires to be a central player in the Automotive Aftermarket by improving processes & standards prevailing in this sector through the use of technology. Prior to founding his maiden start-up, Gaurav worked as a consumer business specialist with some major brands in the banking sector for over a decade where he was creating & monitoring strong value propositions and their go-to-market strategy.

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Technology Comes to Car Owner’s Rescue

One of the essential car maintenance services is Engine Oil Change. But how can you decide which engine oil is the best for your car? Given the choices available, this can seem like quite a difficult question. But here’s a simple guide. Let’s start with engine oil grades (and what all those numbers and letters mean).

UNDERSTANDING ENGINE OIL GRADES

Engine oils for cars have a designation in this format: XXwYY. For example, 5w30 or 10w40. The letter ‘w’ stands for ‘winter’ and the numbers on either side represent the oil’s viscosity – in other words, how easily the liquid can move or be poured at different temperatures. The first number represents the viscosity at low temperatures, while the one after the ‘w’ represents viscosity at high temperatures. Both are important: the first one is for helping your engine start without clogging it up, and the second one is for helping it function properly at very high internal temperatures.

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HOW DOES ENGINE OIL VISCOSITY AFFECT MY CAR?

In layman’s terms, in cold climates, you need a lower number before the ‘w’. In a warm climate, a higher number is also fine.

As for the number after the ‘w’, this represents how quickly the oil will thin out at high temperatures. If you have a car that has an older engine or takes heavy loads, then you need a higher number after the ‘w’.

SOME COMMON CAR ENGINE OILS

  1. 5w30 engine oil: As indicated by the number 5, this oil is more suited for cars in colder climates. This oil flows more easily at lower temperatures, so your engine can start easily and not seize. It’s not required if you live in a place that has warm temperatures through the year.
  2. 5w40 engine oil: This oil performs the same as 5w30 at low temperatures. However, this has a 40 grade after the ‘w’. This means it is more resistant to thinning out at high temperatures, thus offering more protection by coating engine parts more efficiently.
  3. 10w40 engine oil: This oil is slightly thicker than a 5w when it’s cold outside. This means your engine’s crankshaft needs to work harder to move through this oil. However, if it’s warm, then this oil is fine. Both 5w40 and 10w40 have the same number after the ‘w’, so this means they perform equally well at high temperatures.
  4. 20w50 engine oil: This oil has bigger numbers both before and after the ‘w’, so that means it’s best for cars in very hot regions like Africa or the Middle East. The 50 after the ‘w’ also means it’s better suited for vehicles with very heavy loads or older engines that have very high internal operating temperatures.

So that’s it! Now you know the basics of how to choose the best engine oil for your car. If in doubt, head over to your nearest car service center when it’s time for an engine oil change. The mechanics there can give you the best advice.
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WHICH ENGINE OIL IS BEST FOR MY CAR?

Let’s understand what actually happens when your car goes for an Oil Change job!

And what can be the additional jobs you can expect in a Oil Change++ job which the auto industry popularly calls as Major or Minor services.

Refer the below chart to review all that differentiates between these services that are expected to be done periodically for your car. The choice of service is mainly related to the number of kilometers/ miles you have driven since the last service and the type of oil that was used for the last service.

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Open Bonnet app allows you to easily choose between regular Oil Change, Minor or Major service categories from the ‘Periodic Services’ section. Click Here to ask us help you decide your Next Car Service.

Simplifying Oil Change Related Periodic Services

Types of Periodic Car Services

Which Service does my Car Need?

Having your car serviced regularly ensures that it keeps running smoothly and is kept road legal. If you have any warranty, be it third party or manufacturers, keeping on top of your cars service schedule ensures that the warranty remains valid. When you book your car in for a service, you may be asked which service it requires. Most manufacturers will state which service is required when in the service book. For most cars, there are two types of services: interim and full.

CLICK HERE to refer a simplified way to understand the periodic services your car needs.

Interim/ Minor/ Basic Service

This service is designed for cars that do more than 20,000 miles per year. Depending on a cars service interval, it may require servicing more than once per year, but it might not necessarily need a full service.

The oil and filter will be changed, with additional basic checks carried out to determine the roadworthiness of the car, including; checking the brakes, tyres and leaking hoses. Other vital fluids, such as coolant and brake fluid, will also be topped up if required.

While these are standard for an interim service, some garages will include different jobs on top, such as removing the wheels to check the brake pads and checking the auxiliary drives belts.


Full/ Major Service

A full service has a wider range of checks and service replacement parts than an interim service and is typically carried out once per year for drivers who don’t do as much mileage.

Below is a list of jobs that are normally carried out, but not strictly limited to:

  1. Oil and filter change
  2. New air filter
  3. New fuel filter (diesel engines)
  4. New spark plugs (petrol engines)
  5. Extensive checks for leaks, general wear, including steering system and driveshaft
  6. Removal of wheels and checking of brakes
  7. Wheel bearings checked for excessive play (wear)
  8. Brake cylinders, pipes, and hoses checked for leaks or damage
  9. Suspension checked for wear or damage
  10. Clutch operation checked (manuals)
  11. Handbrake operation checked and adjusted if necessary
  12. Brake fluid tested and replaced if necessary
  13. Reset service light
  14. Tyres checked for wear, damage, and signs of misalignment
  15. Exhaust system checked for corrosion, damage or leaks

 

As well as routine maintenance, a service is a good opportunity to have any minor problems you may be having checked, as the mechanic will have a better chance of finding and repairing the cause of the problem in advance before the damage is allowed to escalate.

If you are not sure which service you require, simply check your car’s service book or ask your garage.

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CLICK HERE to Submit your Request Online. Or Call/ WhatsApp us at +97158 9512500 anytime to discuss your service, repair, maintenance needs.

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Which Regular Services Does My Car Need?

Open Bonnet, UAE’s First and Only Marketplace Aggregator for Auto Aftermarket Service Providers was Awarded by Frost and Sullivan. The Awards program recognized companies demonstrating transformational growth across industry sectors.

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 December 2019, (AETOSWire) : Frost & Sullivan concluded its fifth edition of 2019 Middle East Best Practices Awards Banquet, on 11th December at Atlantis – The Palm in Dubai.  The Awards program served as a platform to recognize companies driven by visionary growth, innovation, and leadership that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards is a Global Program recognizing companies across regional markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Basis regular market tracking and assessment, Frost & Sullivan analysts compare market participant performance on various parameters through in-depth analysis to identify best practices.

“In a climate marked by widespread disruption, a clutch of companies across the Middle East have consistently demonstrated their commitment to innovative practices and sustainable growth. The Middle East Best Practices Awards are a measure of bold leadership, visionary strategies and willingness to look beyond the safe to the truly transformational. Award recipients are industry front runners in every sense of the term; forging new benchmarks, finding exciting ways to deliver products and services, and redefining the terms of business engagement,” said Sarwant Singh, Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan.

Talking about the Awards Banquet, Amol Kotwal, Senior Director, Frost & Sullivan, said, “It gives me great pleasure to be part of the fifth edition of Frost & Sullivan’s Middle East Best Practices Awards Banquet, to recognize and honor the best-in-class achievers in the Middle East region. This year we have added more categories and Awards as we witnessed various changes in the region and saw some exceptional performers and achievers despite the slowdown. It is very heartening to see companies and individuals show tremendous resilience, leadership and innovation, which are what we seek to identify and honor.”

This year, the awards were presented across 7 industry verticals: Transportation & Logistics; Healthcare; ICT; Industrial; Mobility; Chemicals, Materials and Nutrition; and Metals & Minerals. These Awards followed a rigorous measurement-based methodology to select recipients in each category. These companies showcased exceptional accomplishments and demonstrated superior performance in areas of leadership, technological innovation, customer service, strategic product development, etc. Open Bonnet was Awarded by Frost & Sullivan for being the Best Passenger Car Service Technology in GCC.car service awardsAward Recipients at the 2019 Middle East Best Practices Awards Banquet

 

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How to Select the best Car Repair Workshop?

A car is undoubtedly one of the most loved possession for anyone and that is why choosing the right workshop for service or repair could be quite an intimidating task for any human. With the two dominating thoughts in mind – one that you need a garage that can repair your car reliably and also one that won’t overcharge; it is certainly not easy to just trust anybody with your vehicle.

However, the key lies in asking the right questions before you hire someone for the job and doing your research well before the time of emergency so you do not end up making a hasty decision. To ensure the same, we have listed down some of the points that you must consider before you finalize an auto repair shop.

 

Consider the Recommendations

When it comes to auto servicing and repairs, you cannot overlook the recommendations that you receive from your fellow car owners. It is best to make an inquiry among your circle of friends and relatives to shortlist the best car service centers in Dubai. Also, you can check the reviews online to get a glimpse of the experience of previous customers of a particular workshop.

 

Don’t Make Price the Only Consideration

It is always a bonus if you can get good services at a considerable price or you might be of the opinion that more expensive service implies better quality. However, both cases could be deceptive. Make sure that you are not considering the price solely and conduct proper research about the services also.

 

Find a Shop That Understands Your Car

Do not simply consider that every auto repair shop will be able to service your car model. It is important that you ask them if they have earlier worked on the edition same as your car and how much experience they have with it. An engineer who is accustomed to the functionality of your car will also be able to detect the problem aptly without wasting much time or money.

 

Ask for Estimates

Before you give your car for servicing or repair to any workshop, ask them to investigate the car properly and provide you with the list of services that they would be offering along with the estimates for each one of them in writing. This would ensure that you will not get overcharged for any of the unwanted services later.

 

Understand it All Properly

Do not just leave it on the workshop engineers to do whatever they want to do with your car to repair it. Ask them as many questions as you want to, but make sure that you have understood each and every process and repair that they would be carrying out on your vehicle. In fact, you can also ask the mechanic to explain you things in non-technical terms. A proper communication with the garage is important to ensure a trustworthy and satisfactory experience.

 

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If you are in UAE and you are looking for a car service center in Dubai without having to go through all the trouble of surfing the physical markets, then Open Bonnet brings to you the first e-Autoworld. You can now pick among the list of 40+ certified car repair and servicing workshops and get the updates of your vehicle’s status while it is at the workshop without having to disrupt your routine. Open Bonnet also allows you to constantly be in direct contact with your garage through the inbuilt OB Messenger! Request Job With Open Bonnet Now!

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Top 3 Services to keep your car in great shape!

Wanderlust is calling. Or it could be your boss? Whether it is work or wanderlust, you will need your trusty car to get you on your way. If you spend an inordinate time on the road, then you most certainly will need to make sure your car is in top shape. Let’s look at some key tips to take good care of your car by yourselves!

 

Your Travel Buddy

You may have spent years saving up for a new car. You could have been handed down a pre-loved vehicle. Regardless of how you acquired your new set of wheels, you will surely feel a certain level of excitement and affection for your road companion.

Cars, like humans, also need attention. You don’t need to keep watch over this hunk of metal 24/7, but spending enough time, effort, and resources towards its upkeep will have it running in good condition at all times. Some people spend more hours in their cars, either stuck in traffic or simply because they love the feel of the open road. 

Regardless of the reason why you have a vehicle, you must know that along with the ownership of a car, also comes the responsibility of taking care of it.

 

A Little TLC

Pre-owned and even brand-new vehicles need to go through regular maintenance checks. There are car services that you can get experienced technicians to do for your car to ensure that everything is working fine. 

From the inner workings of your car, down to its aesthetics, you can be sure that there are specific services aimed to maintain the vehicle’s condition. Getting these services done before any problems emerge not only saves you money in the long run, but more importantly, could save your life.

There might be a million and one things to check on (especially if you are a certified gear head who absolutely has to check every nut and bolt), but to make it easier, here are just three of the most crucial car services you can pick to make sure your car is in its best working order:

 

1. AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM CHECK

Don’t wait until you feel warm air circulating in your car’s interior before you finally pay attention to your car’s air conditioning (AC) system. Make it a habit to regularly check if your car’s AC needs cleaning.

Since dust, dirt, and even pollen can accumulate in your air filters, these contaminants can bog down your AC system and cause it to work harder. A dirty filter also adds strain to the engine, wastes energy, and uses up more fuel.

Cleaning your air filters and making sure that your AC system is working properly gives you several benefits. It reduces the engine load, lessens fuel consumption, and generally helps protect it from breaking down. Since the AC is a mechanical part, it is also prone to wear and tear, and regular maintenance can help detect issues before they get worse.

2. BRAKES

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that brakes are crucial to a car. Faulty brakes could cause serious injury or even death. That is why car owners should make it a point to check their brakes as regularly as possible.

Normally, there are signs that tell you that your brakes need your full attention: 

  1. When you hear clicking, grinding, or screeching noises every time you step on the brakes, or when there’s a vibrating or pulsing sensation when you brake, then there’s something wrong with them.
  2. You should also take note when your car pulls to one side when braking, as well as when the brakes grab at the slightest touch of the pedal.
  3. It is also a sign when you need to depress the brake pedal so hard just to engage it or when the pedal is already hanging too close to the car floor.
  4. Your brake warning light on your instrument panel should also be lit up when something is not working right.

Take your car to the nearest service center and get a professional to take a look. Your brake pads, brake lining, brake fluid, rotors, brake lines, or other components relating to the brakes might already need replacement or repairing. Do not attempt to do it yourself unless you’re a certified and trained auto mechanic.

 

3. PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE SERVICES (PMS)

Your car usually comes with a service reminder to have it brought in for PMS at regular intervals. The PMS is a sure way for you to ensure that all the parts of your car are in good health. It not only includes checking the oil or the tires, but also inspecting all other moving components that are prone to wear and tear.

Service centers usually follow a standard number of procedures to ensure that your car is in top shape. These qualified service centers also use the latest machines and technology to detect if there’s anything wrong with your car. In addition, you will have experienced mechanics and auto technicians who can skillfully address your car concerns.

This diagnostic procedure must be done to ensure that your car is not wasting energy and fuel. It will also keep you, your passengers, and other road users safe.

 

Auto Services You Can Trust

Aside from remembering to go for these routine checks, you should also remember to bring your car to a service center that you trust. You cannot just leave your vehicle in the hands of fly-by-night service casas, as you do not have the assurance that you get the expertise of professionally trained technicians. You are also not guaranteed that they will use trustworthy and genuine parts or accessories on your vehicle.

When bringing in your car for servicing, it is best to go to a service center with years of experience in taking care of various types of vehicles. These shops already have a system in place to make sure that your car will be given the attention it deserves. You will also enjoy the convenience of making easy or advanced bookings. Other reputable service centers also offer an add-on service where technicians at the service center can pick up and drop off your car for servicing.

When you want to improve fuel efficiency, help the environment by keeping emissions low, and ensure safety on the road, always remember to have your car checked regularly.

 

Luigi Rubinacci is the Director of Strategic Ventures at AW Rostamani Automotive Group. AutoTrust  is the Group’s strategic division that deals with the accident repair and service of all brands and makes of cars. Its service centers currently operate from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

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Top 3 Services to keep your car in great shape!

Car Review – Lambo Huracan EVO

 

These days we have so many “super” cars and even hypercars from all sorts of manufacturers whether it be boutique ones or older names now owned by other companies and even some makers that make one off cars like the Apollo IE. But, certain names in the supercar segments have remained quite consistent like Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and, of course, Lamborghini.

Lamborghini is one name that has constantly been placed alongside the word “success”. While buying a Rolls-Royce or a Ferrari or McLaren has been the mark of “you’ve made it”. Lamborghini has always been the supercar that screams the result of your hard work via its roaring V10’s and V12’s because it remains one of those rare and endangered species of supercars that boasts of naturally aspirated engines. But, also at the same time, Lamborghinis weren’t really very celebrated when it came to track times or sheer drive-ability. They always were scary to drive at a racetrack and that gave them character. Believe me when I say that, it’s a compliment. They were never really a match for the Ferraris when they had the Gallardo and the Murcielago. Because back then, Ferrari had their superbly crafted F430 and the heart-stopping 599 GTB Floriano which would chew and spit out any supercar when it came to the dynamics and cornering abilities. Then, McLaren came out with MP4-12C and Lambo had launched their Aventador.

The world drove the car and was instantly in love. It was unlike any Lamborghini, it was blisteringly fast, amazing at cornering and looked like a lambo should. Although, the true blue Lamborghini fans were a bit disappointed because of how civilized it had become. After that though, Lambo came out with the Huracan and the Huracan performante which even broke all Nurburgring records, something no one really asked for in a Lamborghini. Just like no one asked for the Lambo SUV, Urus. But, with the Huracan Evo, it seems like Lambo is back, back with a bang! (Cue some rock music)

This new Evo has a combination of aesthetic, mechanical and technological upgrades, borrowed from both its hardcore sibling, the Performante and the big brother, Aventador S. To begin with the engine, Lamborghini has set up the new Huracan EVO with the same updated 5204cc naturally aspirated V10 from the Performante, sharing identical figures with 631bhp at 8000rpm, and 442lb ft of torque at 6500rpm (30bhp and 29lb more on the old Huracan LP-610). The engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, channeling power to all-four wheels with the aid of a rear axle-mounted limited slip differential. And this is where this car’s technical structure goes on to another area completely, as this is the first ten-cylinder Lamborghini to include rear-wheel steering. Adopted from the Huracan’s larger sibling, the set-up works in conjunction with a new central ‘dynamics control’ system that combines each of the chassis’ active control operations through a single ‘brain’.

Put simply, the new Huracan EVO’s rear-wheel steering, variable ratio ‘dynamic steering’, traction and stability control, transmission and braking systems and the magnetorheological are all controlled via a new central computer. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, this brain is called the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) system. This computer not only calibrates each parameter to best suit the conditions and selected driver mode, but actively predicts them too. Lamborghini has also integrated power torque vectoring for the first time, a major new feature that should help this car overcome the proclivity to understeer and also the tendency to not be able to shift the torque wherever needed of the older Huracan. The torque can now be shifted to wherever it’s wanted or needed the most.

Despite the EVO’s weight being an additional 40kg over the Performante (1422kg ‘dry’), performance figures are surprisingly quite identical. The car can reach from 0-62mph in a mere 2.9 seconds and 124mph in 9secs flat which, by the way, is just one tenth of a second slower than the performante. To give you some perspective, a McLaren 720s reaches 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds and that car has much higher figures of horsepower and torque and has carbon-fiber all over it making it quite light. Top speed of the lambo is also rated in excess of 201mph, just as per the Performante. Lamborghini has also applied some aesthetic changes including more complex front and rear bumpers. The rear fascia is probably the most distinctive aspect, as the Huracan EVO shares its high-mounted exhaust outlets with the Performante’ – with a larger, more aggressively contoured diffuser below. The new engine cover also integrates a ducktail spoiler at the body’s leading edge, a new design element for a modern Lamborghini.

Lamborghini has made substantial changes to the interior, with an emphasis on upgraded tech and materials. The basic dashboard layout is the same, but rather than the center console containing a set of hard and not so good feeling (taken from parent company) buttons, it now features a new 8.4-inch portrait style display. This was a real big letdown in the older car because a Lambo interior should always feel like a fighter jet’s cockpit. The new infotainment system is bespoke to the new Huracan (for now) and controls all of the Huracan EVO’s major functions, including its complex driver mode system including the LDVI. But, you can still expect the Audi-sourced ‘Virtual Cockpit’ and central rocker switches to remain.

Starting from a £198,000, it is now potential and thankfully cheaper than the 720s, which made it a hard car to recommend, and angled more towards the 570C or the 600LT costing a mere £40k more than the 570C with track pack and just about £15k more than the 600LT. That premium is something you should pay for a Lamborghini because unlike a McLaren, it’s not built by pure science and in wind tunnels, it’s designed with an urge to satisfy the thirst of the brash and aggressive supercar demands, just like old times.

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The thoughts shared in this article are provided by Prakhar Khandelwal who takes pride in being an automobile enthusiast and a budding writer. Want to share your thoughts and ideas about the auto world with Open Bonnet community? Write to us at [email protected]

Car Review – Lambo Huracan EVO