Preview: Lamborghini Huracan Spyder built to be seen and heard
Now, if only my VISA card could take a $289,242 hit, I'm sure I could adjust my “lifestyle” to suit.
THE PROS & CONS
- WHAT’S BEST: Fabulous looks, performance, top-down enjoyment, sound
- WHAT’S WORST: Everyone will see you, and will probably want to steal your car
- WHAT’S INTERESTING: Huracán is now a three-member family
Huracan Spyder built to be seen – and heard
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Someone had to come here during the cold weeks of 2016 to drive a new Lamborghini convertible. You know me — always ready to take one for the team.
The car in question was the third member of the rapidly-growing Huracán family, the 2016 LP 610-4 Spyder, available for ordering now at your friendly local dealer for $289,242. More on that price later on…
For those of you not keeping score, the Huracán is the Gallardo replacement, launched a year and a bit ago. LP stands for Longitudinale Posteriore, indicating a north-south engine located in the ‘posterior’ of the car, and 610-4 means 610 horsepower from the 5.2-litre V10 engine and all-wheel drive. Spyder means it’s a droptop.
Lamborghini calls the eldest sibling, the LP 610-4 Coupe, the “intense performance” variant. It is the fastest: 0 — 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.
The LP 580-2 Coupe is the “fun to drive” variant, thanks to its more tail-happy driving characteristic. Yes, the “-2” suffix means rear-wheel drive.
The LP 610-4 Spyder is the “lifestyle” version. If you’re playing in this sandbox, you don’t get much more “lifestyle” than being in South Beach, hence the venue for this program.
As a driving destination however, it’s not the best for a fast car like this. Unless you want to pull a Bieber and earn an extended vacation courtesy of the Miami-Dade County Police Department.
So, a few comments here about the ultimate performance of this car. With those specifications, you can figure that out for yourself.
Maurizio Regianni, Lamborghini’s director of R & D, noted that the objectives for the Spyder were to maintain that performance level as well as could be expected, given that the folding top and twin pop-up rollover bar mechanisms add about 120 kg to the car. They also wanted to maintain the looks of the coupe, top up or down, and to optimize aerodynamics inside the cabin to provide a comfortable top-down experience from both acoustic and hair-mussing perspectives.
The photos allow you to judge the esthetics for yourself; I’d say they nailed it. The hexagon motif of the coupe’s side window graphic has been retained in either roof position.
The biggest exterior body panel change, apart from the obvious soft top, is the rear engine cover. It now adds buttresses on either side that blend into the headrests, behind which sit those pop-up rollover bars.
Vanes and mesh panels on either side help direct air away from the cabin as part of that aerodynamic regimen.
Top-up/top-down time is given as 17 seconds, but when I timed it, it was more like 13. As with 0 — 100 sprints, everybody’s got their own stopwatch.
It zips up or down at road speeds up to 50 km/h, so if you’re caught in a sudden rain shower — not unheard of here — you and that lovely upholstery are less likely to get soaked.
Top-up, exterior noise is well-contained by the complex three-layer roof, although I confess to looking for underpasses to drive through and rolling down the windows to hear that glorious exhaust note.
There is still some turbulence top-down — The Donald’s (or Justin’s) hair would probably suffer — but nothing to get overly concerned about.
Lamborghini’s sales continue to rise worldwide, and recently they’re doing particularly well in Canada. Offering models for every taste like the multi-model Huracán family is a big part of that, as is an increased emphasis on brand extensions into fashion and accessories, continued care for vintage Lambos, and motorsport. The very weekend we were in Miami Beach, two Huracáns were doing great at the Daytona 24 Hour race until they ran into each other. Oops.
Lamborghini will soon be sucked into the SUV vortex when the Urus launches next year. At least they have some history in that field — anybody remember the LM-002?
Now, about that price. In the U.S., it’s $262,350, versus the Canadian sticker of $289,242. You don’t have to be a math Olympian to figure that with the loonie currently trading where it is, we’re getting a massive bargain here.
That may also explain part of Lambo’s recent success back home.
Now, if only my VISA card could take a $289,242 hit, I’m sure I could adjust my “lifestyle” to suit.
2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder
BASE PRICE / AS TESTED: $289,242 / $289,242
TYPE: 2-door, 2-seat, super-sports convertible
CARGO: Not much
ENGINE: 5.2-litre V10, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, selective cylinder deactivation
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual clutch automatic, paddle shifters
POWER/TORQUE: 610 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm/ 413 lb-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
TOWING CAPACITY: Seriously?
FUEL CONSUMPTION (L/100 km): TBA
BRAKES: Standard four-wheel carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston front / four-piston rear calipers.
TIRES: Pirelli 245/30 R20 (front) / 305/30 R20 (rear)
STANDARD FEATURES: Front-end suspension lift system for accessing ramps; top goes up or down at road speeds up to 50 km/h; carbon-ceramic brakes
ACCESSIBILITY: Good w/top down; challenging w/top up
COMPETITION: Ferrari 488 Spider — now that it has gone turbo, the Lambo is the only naturally-aspirated car in this group; McLaren 650S Spider — even faster than the Lambo, but perhaps with a bit less presence.
INTERIOR: Beautifully finished, but requires a fairly steep learning curve
PERFORMANCE: Excellent. Fast yet docile, multiple driving modes adjust the car to circumstances or to the driver’s desire. Magnetic ride control option offers remarkably good ride quality
TECHNOLOGY: Hybrid carbon fibre/aluminum body provides strength with minimal weight
WHAT YOU’LL LIKE ABOUT THIS CAR: Infinite headroom top down
WHAT YOU WON’T LIKE ABOUT THIS CAR: Again, I can’t afford one
RATING: 8.5 / 10