Lamborghini replaces its best-selling Gallardo Spyder with a drop-top version of its 610-horsepower V10 Hurácan. Hang on, it’s a wild ride,
blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker.
A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18E Super Hornet attack fighter being catapulted from the deck of the USS George Washington carrier, accelerates from zero to 165mph in roughly two seconds. That’s fast, insanely fast. But until the day Uncle Sam invites me to take the aptly-named joy stick of one of his Super Hornets, base price $65.3 mill, my new-found benchmark for insane acceleration is the sensational new V10-engined, 602-horsepower Lamborghini Hurácan LP610-4 Spyder. Man this car is quick. Quick as in standstill to 60 in a mere three seconds. Standstill to 100 in just over six. And this bull doesn’t quit charging until the speedo readout is flashing-up 201 mph!
Yes, there is quicker machinery out there. The lighter Hurácan Coupe is a hair faster. But there’s nothing quite like a convertible for intensifying the sensation of outrageous velocity. A buck-twenty in this Hurácan Spyder is akin to being in a trailer in a twister. Then there’s the noise. And what a noise. Just driving around town, that quartet of artillery-grade tailpipes has more snap, crackle and pop than an explosion in a Chinese fireworks factory!
It’s not beautiful in the way a new Aston Martin DB11 or Ferrari 458 Italia is beautiful. Not subtle like a McLaren 650S Spider or Mercedes AMG GT. It’s a crazed cacophony of wacky angles, scalpel-sharp edges, air-gulping intakes and a windshield that looks like an Aspen ski-jump. Not dissimilar, in fact, to a Super Hornet jet.
Yet if you put aside all the flash, the noise, the exhibitionism, this decapitable Lambo is just the most glorious, most involving car to drive. Lamborghini calls the Spyder its “lifestyle” model, aimed at being just a little less hardcore, a little less hard-edged than the coupe.
Yes, the suspension is stiff; drive over a quarter and you’ll know whether it’s George W or the outstretched eagle you’re running over. But the ride feels mere sporty rather than sadistic. Handling? The Hurácan essentially goes where you point it, at whatever speed. Only on a racetrack could you test the outer limits of its adhesion. On the road, with all-wheel-drive, huge 20-inch Pirelli P Zero rubberware, heavyish, but super-precise steering and an ultra-stiff carbon fiber chassis, this thing runs on rails.
For me, this magnificent beast pretty much defines what a true, exotic supercar should be. Brutally fast, insanely loud and as extrovert as a gay peacock. Great value too...when you compare it to a Hornet!
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