Lamborghini is the latest auto manufacturer to take the top off it’s highly coveted beauty, The Huracán Spyder. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this car is an immediate rival for the McLaren 650S Spyder and the Ferrari 488 GTB Spyder.
Where the look might have taken a radical turn, the heart of the Spyder is still powered by the same Naturally-Aspirated 5.2-liter V10 Engine found in it’s Coupe avatar. It produces a heart warming 449 kW (610 hp) with a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph).
On the efficiency front, Lamborghini has fitted Start/Stop Technology and Cylinder Deactivation Technology into the car, which helps it return an acceptable figure of 12.3 l/100 km (19.1 mpg) which is still an improvement to the 13.8 l/100 km (17 mpg) achieved by the old Gallardo Spyder.
Even with all the sensible fuel saving technology, the engine has enough punch to send the Spyder flying from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds, but unfortunately still remains 0.4 seconds slower than the Mclaren & the Ferrari.
This can be expected, since whenever you take the roof off a car, you create a whole set of problems around weight and stiffness. These added variables force the engineers to add weight in the form of bracing that has the potential to ruin the handling & performance of the car. This added weight has made the Spyder heavier by 122 kg (269 lb) when compared to the traditional Huracán Coupe.
To make sure that the added weight & lack of a top doesn’t hamper the driving dynamics of the car, Lamborghini has designed a wind brace to cut down on buffeting, as well as removable lateral wind deflectors. To reduce the wind noise created while driving, the fins on the back are used to direct air through the engine bay. This gives an additional benefit of improving cooling at high speeds.
the Huracán uses a flat underbody & a large diffuser at the rear to create downforce without the need for big, ugly spoilers. The system is so effective, that it creates 50% more downforce than the previous iteration, despite being a convertible.
Speaking of Convertible, the car comes with a soft top, which is available in black, brown or red. The top can fold up in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph). Despite all these change on the outside, on the inside, not much has changed from the Huracán Coupe. You get the same sleek & flamboyant cockpit & center console which made this car the comfortable monster that it is.
You too can own a Huracán Spyder LP 610-4, if you have €186,450 (about US$211,000) lying around the house. Deliveries are set to begin in Spring 2016, which will be a perfect time to ride this lady with the top down.