Along comes a Spyder

Just when you think the Lamborghini Huracan couldn’t possibly look any more assertively handsome than along comes a spyder – Performante Spyder, that is.

By Barry Green

Just when you think the Lamborghini Huracan couldn’t possibly look any more assertively handsome than along comes a spyder – Performante Spyder, that is.

In the words of its maker, the swoopy drop-top is the “sublime combination of peerless technological innovation, performance and open-air driving”. And so say all of us.

“The Huracán Performante Spyder takes the zenith of Huracán developments, combined with the enhanced emotion of driving a convertible,” says Lamborghini Automobili Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali said.

With its 5.2-litre V10 naturally-aspirated engine, the Performante Spyder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 9.3 seconds and matches its coupé stablemate’s top speed of 325km/h. Braking from 100-0 km/h is mastered in 31.5m.

Like the Performante coupé, the Spyder pumps out 470kW of power @ 8000rpm and 600Nm of torque @t 6500rpm, with more than 70 percent of the latter available at 1000rpm. Total dry weight is 1507kg, with weight distribution front/rear of 43/57 percent.

The visible carbon fibre running throughout the aluminium body references the Performante Spyder’s lightweight character, contributing to a weight reduction of 35kg over the original Huracán Spyder. Forged composite – with its ability to be shaped into complex geometrical shapes – features in the front and rear spoiler, engine bonnet, rear bumper and aerodynamic diffuser; functional elements components within Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics system introduced on the Huracán Performante.

As with the Performante coupé, the Spyder features an enhanced suspension system; recalibrated ESC; more responsive Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS); permanent four-wheel drive maximising traction in all situations in conjunction with the ALA system; and revised ANIMA – Lamborghini’s driver-mode system comprising Strada (street), Sport and Corsa (race), which customizes the set-up of all the car’s dynamic systems.

The roof opens in 17 seconds up to a driving speed of 50km/h. The rear window can also be electrically opened, which functions as a windshield when closed. When the roof is down, the Performante Spyder’s design incorporates two movable fins, which rise out of the folding roof casing and continue the roofline from seatbacks to the rear of the car, lending the Spyder its distinctive silhouette.

An integrated duct within the fins reduces turbulence in the headroom during open-top driving. Two additional, removable wind guards damp lateral aerodynamic pulsations, ensuring perfect acoustic comfort that allows conversation even at high speeds.

Australian price is $532,635, including taxes but excluding on-road costs.