Meet the new open-top version of the hardcore Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
At last year's Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini lifted the wraps off the hardcore Huracan Performante, which went on to set a new production-car lap record at the Nurburgring. One year later, the Italian automaker has launched a new open-top version, and it's stunning to behold. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder features a soft top that opens in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. When the roof is down, two movable fins rise up from behind the seat backs and continue the roofline to the rear of the car.
An integrated duct within the fins also reduces turbulence in the cabin during open-top driving and two removable wind guards damp "lateral aerodynamic pulsations" so you can still have a conversation at high speeds. Mercifully, the Performante Spyder retains the coupe's ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) active aerodynamics, which features active flaps on the splitter and the rear wing to increase downforce. Like its fixed-roof sibling, the Huracan Performante Spyder is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 developing 631 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The sprint to 62 mph takes 3.1 seconds compared to the standard Spyder's 3.4 seconds.
Despite being heavier, the Spyder is only 0.2 seconds slower to 62 mph than the Huracan Performante Coupe and top speed is still 202 mph. The slight performance reduction is of course the result of the removing the fixed roof, which has added an extra 275 pounds to the dry weight of the Performante. Compared to the standard Spyder, however, the Performante is 77-pounds lighter thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber. "The Huracán Performante Spyder takes the zenith of Huracán developments, combined with the enhanced emotion of driving a convertible," says Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini.
"The Huracán Performante already provides the most heightened feedback and emotion from road and track, and the Huracán Performante Spyder puts the driver even closer to asphalt and air, as well as the unique resonance of a naturally-aspirated Lamborghini engine." The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder will be arriving in dealerships this summer. Prices in the U.S. start at $308,859.