by Roger Biermann
Open top motoring adds an entirely new caveat to the sports car experience. It's a world where you're willing to sacrifice structural rigidity and hardcore driving edge for a bit of style and a lot more noise. What better noise to enjoy than that of the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder LP 580-2 – the soft-top variant of the rear-driven Huracan. Powered by the same wailing V10 engine, and sharing its underpinnings with the Audi R8 Spyder, this is the other V10 rag-top, the other Italian convertible. The Huracan Spider is the 'lifestyle Lambo' for those who want to take things a little less seriously…
Based on the standard Huracan LP 580-2, the Huracan Spyder inherits much of its basic architecture from the coupe sibling. Hexagonal air vents on the dash hint at the carbon fiber structure beneath, while the flip up cover over the starter button displays clear aviation-inspired design. As such you'll find angular styling and high quality materials – a plethora of colors in which you can specify your leather or Alcantara cladding on everything from the seats to the door cards and dashboard. With the roof closed, it's every bit a normal Huracan – if there is such a thing.
Pull a switch, though, and 17 seconds later the Huracan Spyder offers more headroom than you'll ever be able to use, the soft-top stowing safely behind your head – out of sight, out of mind. As the Huracan is mid-engined, there's no encroachment on any cargo space either – who said convertibles are impractical?
The Huracan was designed from the start with the Spyder in mind. In losing its roof, no extra structural bracing was required to strengthen the carbon and aluminum chassis. The open-top experience only results in a 10% loss of structural rigidity, and minimal weight penance too of just 265 pounds. But in losing the drive to the front wheels, 73 pounds were saved. The Huracan Spyder's ride on standard 19-inch alloys isn't adversely affected, but it's also thanks to the softer front springs and anti-roll bars for RWD models. Handling loses just a little over the coupe counterpart, but the revised steering and pure rear-driven power of the LP580-2 model results in enjoyable handling characteristics the AWD model just can't match – sharp, direct, and precise, with electronic nannies willing to let you slide the Huracan about and toy with its rear-driven nature.
The LP 580-2 denomination indicates the mid-mounted 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10's power outputs in metric horsepower – 580. That's 572 American horsepower, and it's joined by 398 lb-ft of torque, all the way at 6500rpm. You've got to work for your torque here. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is the only choice of shifter you have, and the '-2' indicates it's paired to rear-wheel drive. Losing the roof only shaves off two tenths of a second on the 0-62mph sprint, the Spyder achieving it in 3.6 seconds. Of course none of that matters when the shrieking V10 is as loud as it is with the roof down.
In addition to the Huracan Spyder's optional adaptive suspension and variable ratio steering, other available features include rear-view camera and park distance sensors – both worthwhile to counter the reduced rearward visibility. Nose lifting gear is also available, as is cruise control. Lamborghini's Ad Personam program allows buyers to fully personalize all the colors and claddings on their RWD Huracan Spyder, both inside and out. In the way of safety, you get optional carbon ceramic brakes, as well as ABS with EBD, rollover hoops and multi-stage stability and traction control linked to drive modes.
Lifestyle Lambo has a certain ring to it – and the rear-wheel driven Huracan Spyder sure is the one to have if you want a bit of fun. It's equally at home letting you enjoy the sun on a relaxing cruise as it is to light up the rear tires in big smoky drifts.