Nothing says 'Lamborghini' like going sideways with the wind in your hair.
Since Audi took over the reins at Italian supercar manufacturer, Lamborghini, back in 1998, the brand has seen continual growth, with the Gallardo and subsequently the Huracan spearheading the charge supplemented by the Murcielago, Aventador, and most recently, the Lamborghini Urus super-SUV. The latter beast aside, though, the brand's most popular offering in its portfolio is the Huracan Evo, with a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 located behind the driver's head, and traditionally, all-wheel-drive the standard way of putting power to the asphalt.
But in the pursuit of appealing to purists, Lambo has placed a focus on rear-wheel-drive models in recent years, and today we meet the latest addition to the purists' lineup in the form of the drop-top Huracan Evo Spyder RWD.
Like its tin-top brother, the RWD Spyder makes use of a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine. While the AWD model generates 630 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the lighter RWD derivative produces a little less at 602 hp and 413 lb-ft. Now in RWD form, the twist is sent solely to the rear axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, sending the Spyder from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, just two tenths off the pace of the hardtop. From there, it'll run all the way to a top speed of 201 mph, just one shy of the hardtop variant's V-max. Steel brakes are standard, housed within 19-inch Kari alloy wheels wearing Pirelli P Zero tires, but 20-inch Aesir alloys housing carbon ceramic brakes are also available.
In comparison to the AWD Huracan Evo Spyder, the RWD model sheds 73 lbs and focuses more of its weight over the rear axle, which should help improve off-the-line acceleration despite the lack of grip from the front end. Like the coupe, the Evo Spyder RWD gets a retuned Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS) that allows for more slip and a purer driving experience, with Lamborghini willing to sacrifice outright speed and lap times for a car that involves the driver more.
According to Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Lamborghini, "The Huracan Evo Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder doubles the driving fun, delivering raw driving pleasure with the opportunity to celebrate life outside. The driver is perfectly in touch with Lamborghini's engineering heritage, experiencing the feedback and engagement from the set-up of a rear-wheel-drive car where electronic intrusion is minimized".
Stylistically, the Evo Spyder RWD differs from the standard AWD Evo minimally, with the front end featuring a different front bumper with rhomboid intakes wide on either side compared to the angular fins of the AWD model, while at the rear, the bumper is finished in high gloss black with a diffuser unique to the RWD models. The power-operated soft-top roof folds away in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph and can be equipped in a number of colors. The rear window can be operated independently to the roof, allowing the V10 noise to fill the cabin even with the roof closed.
The supercar can also be fully customized through Lamborghini's Ad Personam customization program, with an almost limitless color palette as well as the ability to customize even the finest of details, with various types of woven and forged carbon fiber available among the many material finishes available.
The Huracan Evo Spyder RWD is expected to arrive Stateside in the second half of 2020, with an MSRP of $229,428, representing an increase of $20,857 over the RWD Coupe and a decrease of $57,972 compared to the AWD Evo Spyder.