The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder, which just debuted at the Frankfurt motor show, is not merely a Huracan with a cloth convertible top (though you could be forgiven for making that mistake): It is an especially dynamic take on an already impressive super-sports car boasting “added emotional dimension” and a “luxurious lifestyle personality,” according to Lamborghini.
But yeah, it’s also a Huracan with an electrohydraulically actuated cloth convertible top (very chic these days). Which means it’s an all-wheel drive carbon fiber wedge packing a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 good for 602 SAE hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, only you’ll get to hear the roar of the wind along with the screaming of the engine. But not too loud of a roar. Lamborghini says you’ll be able to hold a civilized conversation in the cockpit.
Convertibles that look good with the top down are dime-a-dozen. Fortunately, the Huracán Spyder maintains a sleek profile with the cloth top up.
It’s fast, darting from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and 0-124 mph in 10.2 seconds — while it’s about 0.2 second slower to 62 mph than its hard-topped stablemate, we doubt you’ll notice.
Top speed is 201 mph, which isn’t quite enough to best the Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible’s 203 mph, but still. Dang.
The top, for what its worth, goes from open to closed in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph. Automatic pop-up safety bars should help protect your neck if things go south at speed. Under normal circumstances, they’re tucked away out of sight so as not to spoil the car’s long, low silhouette.
The retractable top does carry a weight penalty: at 3,399 pounds, the Spyder is which is notably heavier than the 3,135-pound coupe. It also comes with all the 2016 model-year goodies like stop/start and cylinder bank deactivation, which are sure to be appreciated by eco-conscious and/or fuel-miserly Lambo owners everywhere.
The Huracán Spyder benefits from Lamborghini’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10.
With the arrival of the Huracan Spyder, Lamborghini finally has a successor to the very popular Gallardo Spyder. Just as the Gallardo convertible proved popular for the automaker, accounting for just under one-third of the Gallardo’s record-breaking sales run of roughly 14,000 cars, we’re sure the Huracan Spyder will prove to be a smash sales success for Lamborghini — and, we trust, an engaging driver.
Sadly, you won’t be able to enjoy your Huracan Spyder in the crisp autumn air; deliveries don’t begin until spring of 2016. Pre-tax European pricing starts at 186,450 Euro, or roughly $211,000; we suspect it will be somewhere north of $250,000 when it goes on sale here (update: pricing to start at $262,350 plus tax and delivery). Anyway, if you take one out on the ice with the top down, you’ll be our hero forever.