The Huracán Spyder is the only way to fly, blogs Dan Scanlan.
The wait was worth it. We let its naturally-aspirated, 610-horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 sing and still heard the Aventador with a 740-horsepower V-12 hammering away in front of us down a sunny Florida road. Say buona giornata (good day) to the Huracán Spyder.
A Lamborghini Huracán Spyder offers a tactile driving experience, with a V-10 inches behind you and the top down. True, there’s no manual transmission offered. But a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic brings immediate power to the all-wheel-drive’s electronically managed center differential. That’s a 43-front/57-rear torque split under normal conditions unless you demand more, when it shifts rearward. And you can configure the Spyder for three drive modes: Strada, Sports and Corsa.
Want more? “Sport” gives quicker throttle and steering response as it quickens shift settings, with an exhaust snarl, bark and pop on overrun. “Corsa” really quickens engine and shift response as it changes throttle valves and exhaust sound flaps, plus an all-wheel drive bias toward the rear, stability control, steering and suspension.
The Spyder was designed the same time as the coupe, so there’s still a light and stiff chassis with front and rear sections, plus axle mounts made almost entirely from aluminum. Stiffness remains with carbon fiber used for part of the floor, sills, center tunnel, rear bulkhead and the B-pillars. The Spyder revealed no chassis quiver or quake over the worst bumps we could find. As for ride, there’s a forged alloy double wishbone suspension with magneto-rheological damper control system.
The suspension really firms up in “Sport” or “Corsa” for very tight control as well, while the steering also gets tighter and more responsive. The electromechanical power steering system is razor sharp and very direct, with lots of feel. The sleek wedge also had a tight turning radius. And the brakes had precise feel and superb stopping power, even from stratospheric speeds, with no fade and great responsiveness.
Power is nothing without the right look, and the Huracán Spyder is exactly what the doctor ordered. It is an aerodynamic sculpture that’s even sleeked and more aggressive with the top stowed. It starts with wide front intakes under a chiseled nose, and V-shaped intakes, flared lower sill lines and wide flared rear fenders. Slit-eyed headlights retain Y-shaped LED running lights and a slim center intake over a jutting lower air dam.
Unlike the coupe, the Spyder’s engine is almost hidden under the body-color rear deck’s louvered extraction slits. Its tail gets a slim black hexagonal grill with Y-shaped LED taillights. Up front, low-profile Pirelli P-Zero P245/30R20-inch tires on intricate alloy wheels showing off big cross-drilled carbon ceramic discs. In back, wider rear P305/30 R20-inch rubber peeks out of the short overhang. It really, really looks great when the top’s down. It gets a lower profile, the rear deck coupled with the swept-back windshield just hovering over the driver. Then the whole world can see that interior!
A Huracán Spyder starts at $262,350. Options include a transparent engine cover together with engine bay cladding in carbon fiber. It’s a drop-top Supercar you can live with.
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