There are many advantages to driving a convertible but when that convertible is a Lamborghini it is all about the sound of the engine.
The Huracan Spyder is powered by the same naturally aspirated 602 horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 engine, the same seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and the same all-wheel drive set-up as its closed-air brother.
Lamborghini’s choice to skip the current trend of utilizing more fuel-efficient Thurbocharged engines in favor of big, loud naturally aspirated gas guzzling beasts demands some added technology to save fuel. The latest iteration of the Huracan features Lamborghini’s all new Cylinder Deactivation. To cut fuel consumption during light loads, 5 cylinders are deactivated leaving the supercar to run on a more fuel-efficient inline-five (a feature that will also be included on next year’s Huracan Coupe). Even with the inclusion of Cylinder Deactivation technology expect to pay a gas-guzzler tax.
The mechanisms used to work the 17-second opening or closing of the Huracan top add up to an extra 265 pounds of total weight. All in you will see zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds instead of the coupe’s blazing 2.5. The .2 seconds is lost to a worthy cause but rest assured the Spyder is still a heart-pumping thrill to drive. Using Lamborghini’s own Gallardo Spyder as a point of reference, the Huracan drop top’s bodywork generates 50 percent more down force and is 40 percent stiffer in torsion.
In its first year and half on the market, the Huracan Coupe outsold the Gallardo by 70%. If the Coupe’s explosive sales are any indication, the new Huracan Spyder is poised to be an overnight success among the drop top supercar crowd… despite the $27,000 premium for open-air.
The next addition to the legendary supercar family will be the “practical” Lamborghini… an SUV named the Urus. Consider yourself warned.
DOHC 40-valve V-10, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
318 cu in, 5204 cc
Power: 602 hp @ 8250 rpm
Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
0 to 60 mph: 2.8 sec
0 to 100 mph: 5.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 10.6 sec
(Top speed: 201 mph)
EPA city/highway driving: 14/21 mpg