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 610-4 – the soft-top successor to the hugely popular Gallardo Spyder. Powered by the same wailing V10 engine, and sharing its underpinnings with the Audi R8 Spider, 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 610-4, 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 – both items that are imperceptible to all but the computers and the men in white coats in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The Huracan Spyder’s ride on standard 20-inch alloys isn’t adversely affected by either figure, though the optional magnetorheological adaptive dampers are a recommended option to make the ride even softer. Handling loses little over the coupe counterpart, meaning it’s still incredibly sharp, if a little prone to understeer on the limit – all-wheel drive grip’s compromise. The steering is weighty, but direct, though it’s best to avoid the optional variable ratio steering at all costs due to the unpredictable responses.
The LP 610-4 denomination indicates the mid-mounted 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10’s power outputs in metric horsepower – 610. That’s 602 American horses, and its joined by 413 lb-ft of torque, all the way at 6500rpm, meaning you’ve got to work for your torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is the only choice of shifter you have, and it’s paired to a permanent all-wheel drive system. Losing the roof only shaves off three tenths of a second on the 0-60mph sprint, the Spyder achieving it in 2.8 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 adaptive suspension and variable ratio steering, other features include rear-view camera and park distance sensors – both worthwhile to counter the reduced rearward visibility. Nose lifting gear is also available, as are heated power operated seats, and cruise control. Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program allows buyers to fully personalize all the colors and claddings on their Huracan Spyder, both inside and out. In the way of safety, you get carbon ceramic brakes as standard, 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 – what better way to look good and enjoy the snarling V10 than with the roof down and the sun above you? The Huracan Spyder loses none of its efficacy in transitioning from coupe to convertible, but the style and pleasure it gains makes it well worth the upgrade.