LAMBORGHINI Huracan Spyder
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Developed on the base of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the Spyder was the open-top version of the famous Italian supercar and it was almost as fast as its hart-top sibling.
There was always a demand for open-top performance vehicles even though it was known that the coupe-versions are lighter, stiffer, and faster on a track. But when the driver wants to enjoy the open top driving experience and hear the brutal sound of a naturally aspirated V10 echoing through a tunnel, that tenth of a second slower version won’t be an issue.
The Huracan Spyder Performante (or Performance) started from the same basis as an Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The exterior look was very similar, except with two big noticeable differences. First, it was obvious, the roof that could be fold away in 17 seconds behind the cockpit, and the second, was the metal covering of the engine. On the coupe version, that side of the bodywork was covered by a piece of glass.
Inside, there was a new layout for the buttons on the center console, to accommodate the button for folding/unfolding the roof. The soft-top can be removed or put back at speeds up to 50 kph (31 mph).
The Lamborghini had to readjust the ALA System, which stands for Aerodinamica Lamboghini Attiva (Lamborghini Active Aerodynamic) to not compromise the efficiency at high speeds. Its reaction time was 500 milliseconds, ensuring the car’s best aerodynamic set-up in every driving condition.
An integrated duct within the fins reduced the turbulences in the headroom during open-top driving. Two additional, removable wind guards damped lateral aerodynamic pulsations, ensuring perfect acoustic comfort that allows conversation even at high speeds.
Eight months after the launch of the Huracan LP 580-2, Lamborghini unveiled an open-top version for it at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With almost 600 horses unleashed from its V-10 engine, the Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder maybe wasn’t easy to drive. But it certainly was a playful car with loads of character. The Italian carmaker knew that its customers liked the open-top version of the Huracan and delivered it with a rear-wheel drive. Thus, it wasn’t just a pleasant vehicle to drive fast on a track but also pleasant to drive slowly on regular streets. Moreover, the carmaker made some aesthetic changes compared to the closed-body version.
The wedged-shape Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder featured a slightly different front fascia than its coupe sibling. At the front, its middle-section was black instead of body-colored as its coupe sibling. From its side, the Spyder featured different side panels with an up-kick behind the doors to conceal the safety arches mounted behind the seats. Its power-operated roof opened and retracted in 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 kph (31 mph). At the back, the engine lid sported eight cooling vents.
Inside, the LP 580-2 Spyder featured a pair of sport bucket seats with high bolstering on their sides, and, in front of the driver, Lamborghini installed a 12,3” TFT instrument panel. The carmaker included the buttons for the transmission, the parking brake, and the engine starter on the massive center console. Since the car was exclusively available with a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox, the carmaker added a pair of aluminum paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel.
Since the car was rear-wheel-drive, its front axle was lighter, leading to a 40/60 weight distribution. Thus, it enhanced the pure rear-wheel-drive feeling. A magnetorheological suspension was on the options list.
Unveiled at almost the same time as its fixed-roof coupe brother, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider is the second-fastest V10-powered open-top in Lamborghini history, second only to the Performante Spider.
Just like the Huracan Evo, the Evo Spider has a front/rear weight distribution of 40/60 and sits on a double wishbone suspension with overlapped quadrilaterals and passive shock absorbers. That being said, the electro-mechanical, servo-assisted Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) has been tuned specifically for the model and the engine has a bit more weight to carry because of the reinforcements to the chassis.
The open-top supercar is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 delivering 640 hp (470 kW) of power at 8,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, more than enough for a Lambo that can be experienced with no roof. The fast-revving ten-cylinder engine is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox that ensures lightning-fast gear changes.
With launch control, the quickest acceleration to 100 kph (62 mph) from a standing start is done in no more than 3.1 seconds. Top speed is also a more than decent 325 kph. The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider comes as standard with 20-inch Aesir wheels engulfed in specially-developed Pirelli P Zero tires. Stopping power is more than enough since the car is fitted with ventilated and cross-drilled brakes. The soft top can be opened in just 17 seconds and up to a driving speed of 50 kph (31 mph).
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder combines the the performance and appeal of the coupe model with advanced technologies and an added emotional factor provided by the open top, while still getting powered by a naturally-aspirated V10 engine in an era of downsizing and turbocharging.
Coming in the same wedged shape as its coupe counterpart, the Huracan LP610-4 Spyder comes with slightly modified front and rear bumpers, redesigned side vents and a new soft top available in three colors: black, brown and red. The soft top opens using a button on the central console tunnel and it takes it 17 seconds to fold and get stored under the rear hood.
The interior is dominated by a 12.3-inch TFT customizable display with razor sharp graphics and responsive animations. The well crafted interior, which can be individualized for each customer, conveys refined quality and features Alcantara and fine nappa leather, all coming in five trim choices - Standard, Elegante, Sportivo with Alcantara, Sportivo bicolor with Alcantara and Sportivo bicolor with soft leather - as well as 17 colors.
Underneath, the LP610-4 Spyder is built with aluminum and carbon fiber to provide stiffness and lightness, while the aerodynamics are greatly improved by a fully flat underbody and a large diffuser at the rear.