Lamborghini has pulled the covers off the new 602bhp Huracan Spyder, ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show.
As the first of the big Frankfurt motor show reveals, Lamborghini has set the bar particularly high with its stunning new Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder. This drop top version of the Gallardo-replacing baby Lambo moves the game forward significantly, with impressive performance, a lighter and stiffer bodyshell as well as a clever new roof mechanism.
Lamborghini makes some considerable noise about the Huracan’s 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine, which is perhaps a subtle dig at the Ferrari 488’s new turbocharged (although significantly more powerful) drivetrain. There’s no denying that the V10 engine isn’t fantastic, and the lack of a roof should only improve the car’s fantastic audible qualities.
It’s no slouch either. Thanks to excellent traction from its four-wheel drive system, the Huracan Spyder can hit 0-62mph in 3.4secs (compared to 3.2secs for the Coupe), before it goes on to a top speed of 201mph.
Lamborghini claims to have made the Huracan more efficient, thanks to the implementation of the start-stop technology, and ‘cylinder on demand’ technology. This will eventually make it onto the coupe model next year, along with a few minor changes to the car’s gearbox and clutch settings.
Thanks to a lightweight bodyshell that is 40 per cent stiffer than the Gallardo Spyder, Lamborghini says the Huracan Spyder is said to be extremely precise, losing very little over the coupe model. The car’s frame largely consists of aluminium, with extra carbon fibre reinforcement around the passenger cell.
Convertible models almost always look better with the roof down, and although this is still the case for the Huracan, the clever new roof looks very smart. The fabric hood, which can be specified in three colours, neatly folds in a speedy 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph. Some subtle fins and removable wind guards help to prevent buffeting.
Lamborghini has paid significant attention to the car’s aerodynamics, which boasts low drag and high downforce (more than 50 per cent more than the previous Gallardo Spyder), thanks in part to the car’s flat-floor and integral rear wing.
Production of the Spyder is expected to start soon, with the first customer deliveries commencing in spring 2016. UK prices are yet to be confirmed. Read the full and detailed story on the new Huracan Spyder on evo.co.uk