If it’s spring, it’s time for some open-air driving and fortunately for all of us, Lamborghini has us all covered – or uncovered, as it were – with its new Huracán EVO Spyder.
The legendary Italian sports car maker virtually debuted its latest soft top, touting its impressive combination of power delivered by its V-10 engine and lightweight engineering that delivers the newest member of the family with a curb weight of just 3326.7 pounds.
The result is, according to executives, a true Lamborghini “with roof open and closed.” This model sports a few exterior differences, aside from the convertible top, that differentiates from its hard-top sibling, but in terms of performance, they’re definitely related.
The new Spyder is powered by a naturally aspirated V-10 putting out 610 horsepower, which runs it from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and tops out at just over 201 mph. Going that fast it would seem the wind would be more ripping out your hair than whipping through it.
However, while speed and power are good, they become great with control. The new Huracán EVO Spyder gets some of that as well with the rear-drive model tied to a specially tuned Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS).
“The Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder doubles the driving fun, delivering raw driving pleasure with the opportunity to celebrate life outside,” said Stefano Domenicali, chairman and chief executive officer of Automobili Lamborghini.
“The driver is perfectly in touch with Lamborghini’s engineering heritage, experiencing the feedback and engagement from the set-up of a rear-wheel drive car where electronic intrusion is minimized, while enjoying the sense of freedom and spirit of life that only open-top driving provides.”
The Huracán EVO RWD Spyder’s design optimizes the integration and function of the extremely lightweight soft top. It still capitalizes on the hardtop’s exterior lines overall, ensuring drag reduction and downforce are on par with the coupé without requiring “additional aerodynamic appendages.”
The specially tuned P-TCS traction control system is designed to consistently deliver torque and traction even as the Spyder is realigning after sharp cornering or drifting. The driver even gets to determine what kind of experience he or she wants to have with the Anima button on the steering wheel giving a choice of three modes: Strada, Sport and Corsa.
Strada provides stability and safety in all conditions by minimizing rear-wheel slippage, and more proactively managing torque delivery on low-adhesion surfaces. Sport allows for drifting fun by permitting the rear wheels to slide and skate during acceleration, with torque limited when oversteer angles increase rapidly so the driver can stabilize and control the car. Corsa optimizes the car’s traction and agility when exiting a corner in high-performance conditions, maximizing dynamics and speed.
The Huracán EVO RWD Spyder’s stops using ventilated and cross-drilled steel brakes fitted to 19-inch Kari rims with specially developed Pirelli P Zero tires, with optional 20-inch rims and carbon ceramic brakes. Of course, once you’re off the brakes and need to take off, you can completely open the soft top in just 17 seconds, even while drive as fast as 31 mph.
Going fast and getting sun is enhanced with good music, which in this case can be sorted out with an HMI 8.4-inch touchscreen in the Spyder’s center console controls the car’s functions as well as providing comprehensive connectivity for telephone calls, internet access and Apple CarPlay. No pricing information was offered, but it’s safe to say, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.