New Lamborghini Huracan Spyder 2016 review

10 Mar, 2016 4:30pm Steve Sutcliffe

The convertible Lamborghini Huracan Spyder puts you a little bit closer to that 5.2-litre V10. Which is good.

Verdict

5
Possibly the most desirable version of the Lamborghini Huracan so far, the Spyder also backs up its knee-trembling good looks with a truly impressive set of dynamic credentials. It drives as well as the coupe, and with the hood down it sounds out of this world. If ever a car was worth £205,000, this is it.

The Lamborghini Huracan is getting better and better with every new addition to the range. Despite a fairly auspicious start, it's matured since its introduction in 2013, with improved four-wheel drive versions and a new two-wheel drive version stealing our hearts.

Now though, Lamborghini has presented us with this gorgeous Spyder convertible model. It comes complete with a brilliant folding hood mechanism, drop dead gorgeous good looks and, best of all, that same 5.2-litre V10 engine screaming away behind your head.

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In Spyder guise though the noise – and therefore the drama it inevitably brings – is richer than ever. Thus, there can be few experiences on four wheels that can top what a Spyder feels like at 8,000rpm in second gear, hood down, wind in your hair, horizon seemingly on hyperspace as it rushes towards you.

But the Spyder is far more than just a Huracan that’s had its roof removed in the name of kerb appeal. Beneath the skin Lamborghini’s increasingly thorough engineers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the driving experience remains just as pure as it is in the coupe. 

Strengthening has been added font and rear to make the car over 60 per cent stiffer than its predecessor, the Gallardo Spyder, while anti-roll over bars that emerge in milliseconds – but only in the event of a full roll – have also been engineered gracefully into the rear bodywork.

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The result is a car that weighs some 122kg more than the coupe, true, but with 602bhp and 560nm to propel it the Spyder is still quick with a capital Q. Zero to 62mph takes 3.4sec rather than 3.2sec (big deal) while the top speed still remains on the far side of 200mph (it will do 201mph as opposed to 204mph in the coupe) and that’s with the hood up or down, says Lamborghini.

Sant Agata’s engineers also spent an inordinate amount of time perfecting the Spyder’s aerodynamics with the hood down, not merely to ensure that it goes as fast as it does but also to make it as civilised as possible on the move, again roof up or down. 

Press the magic button down by the electronic handbrake and in just 17sec the three-part soft top makes its way smoothly into the rear bodywork. Yet up until at least 80mph the Spyder is still remarkably refined, with just the faintest intrusion from the wind. This is thanks to an electric rear screen designed to eradicate buffeting, plus two removable side pods that feel a bit fragile, yes, but also do a fine job of removing swirl from around passengers’ heads.

What’s more, you can raise or lower the hood on the move at up to 30mph. Clever, yes, but practical and, as I say, very good looking, hood up or hood down.

The biggest compliment it’s possible to pay Lamborghini’s engineers about the way the Spyder drives is simply to confirm what they already claim; that it drives just like the coupe. There is occasionally just the merest hint of shimmy over really nasty expansion joints, but otherwise it seems to have suffered zero compromises in the transformation. Which means it goes like a train once you’ve wound the V10 up past 4000rpm – below that it feels mildly underwhelming in terms of torque, perhaps only because what follows is so explosive. It rides surprisingly well for such a focused supercar; it handles beautifully now that they’ve dialled out the understeer for the 2016 model year examples; and it stops just as spectacularly, too, thanks in no part to its standard fit carbon ceramic brakes. 

I’m still not personally convinced about the way the Huracan steers in any of its various guises, the power assistance being too strong for my tastes, but otherwise, the Spyder really does drive as good as it looks. And when a car looks as good as this…

Key specs

  • Model: Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
  • Price: £205,000 (est)
  • Engine: 5.2-litre V10, petrol
  • Transmission: 7-speed auto rear wheel-drive
  • Power/torque: 602bhp/560Nm
  • 0-62mph/Top Speed: 3.4s/201mph
  • Economy/CO2: 23mpg/285g/km