Lamborghini Opening Up The Huracán

On the eve of 14 September, during the Volkswagen Group Night at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lamborghini showed the Huracán LP610-4 Spyder to the press for the first time. Photos quickly found their way onto the Internet, and it was clear to see that Lamborghini had gone for a soft-top solution, similar to the Gallardo Spyder. However, whereas the Gallardo Spyder offered a relatively flat and open rear deck, the Huracán Spyder appears more like a targa, due to the anti-roll bars having been incorporated into the shape of the rear deck. Possibly partially due to this, Lamborghini claims that the chassis of the Huracán Spyder offers 40 percent more rigidity than that of its Gallardo predecessor.

The look of the Huracán Spyder is very similar to that of the coupe, which should be no disadvantage come selling time. The upper rear side air intake has been re-shaped to a flatter appearance, virtually identical to what was done on the Gallardo Spyder. With 120 kilograms added compared to the coupe, the naturally aspirated Huracán Spyder will get to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, two tenths of a second slower than the coupe, and, perhaps more crucially, four tenths of a second slower than the brand new turbocharged Ferrari 488 Spyder. Only time will show how the Huracán Spyder will fare in a direct comparison with the coupe or the 488 Spyder.

The soft top takes 17 seconds to open or close, which can be done at speeds up to 50 km/h. Some prospective owners have lamented the lack of a hard top, but I guess we can safely assume that any top would rarely be seen in use on the Huracán Spyder. It is a car for sunny days. To reduce its effect on the environment, the Huracán Spyder’s engine has a “cylinder on demand” solution, which will also become a standard feature of the coupe. How this will affect the audible expression of the Huracán is still not clear…

If you have seen the interior of the Huracán coupe, the interior of the Spyder will be immediately familiar. The 12.3-inch TFT screen that in its various modes will give access to all key information is part of the upgraded Lamborghini Infotainment System II. This system is also operable from the steering wheel, as are the three dynamic setup settings: Strada, Sport and Corsa.

Lamborghini will sell you a Huracán Spyder for 186,450 EUR plus taxes, but I find it hard to see that many will be sold at this price, with tempting options such as the Style package, sports exhaust, dynamic steering and a plethora of rims, colours and trim options. I also find it hard to believe that Lamborghini will have any problems at all selling the Huracán Spyder.

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