If you hadn’t already heard, the rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan is quite the machine. What it loses in horsepower over the all-wheel-drive variant, it more than makes up for in pure driving pleasure. Building on that performance-oriented platform, Lamborghini introduced the new Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder at the LA Auto Show.
With a soft-top roof that’s able to be opened and closed in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 kmh), the rear-wheel-drive Huracan Spyder weighs in at 3,326 pounds (1,509 kilograms), making it 264 pounds (119 kilograms) heavier than the LP 580-2 coupe, but 74 pounds (86 kilograms) lighter than the all-wheel-drive LP 610-4 Spyder.
But don't worry, that extra heft doesn’t hamper performance too drastically. A whopping 580 horsepower (426 kilowatts) and 398 pound-feet (540 Newton-meters) of torque still emerges from the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10. With a respectable power-to-weight ratio of just 5.7 lbs/hp (2.6 kg/hp) and a weight distribution of 40 percent front, 60 percent rear, 60 mph (96 kmh) is dealt with in just 3.6 seconds, and its top speed sits somewhere close to 200 mph (321 kmh).
All that power is managed via a seven-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission that promises lightning-quick gear changes and includes launch control, which assures you get those rear-wheels connected to the pavement as quickly as possible. A set of Pirelli PZero tires designed specifically for the Huracan wrap around a set of 19-inch Kari rims, and specially contoured steel brakes make sure it stops just as well.
An Adaptive Network Intelligent Management system (ANIMA) can be controlled via buttons on the steering wheel, and allows the driver to adopt a few different modes, ranging from Strada, to Sport, to Corsa – the latter being the most dramatic of the three. It’s all able to be visualized on a 12.3-inch high-res TFT instrument panel that utilizes Lamborghini’s thoughtfully named Infotainment System II.
Lamborghini hasn't announced pricing or availability just yet. Nevertheless, the handsome new rear-wheel-drive Huracan Spyder will be on display all week at the LA Auto Show.
Gallery: 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder
Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracán rear-wheel drive Spyder, combining the lifestyle appeal of the convertible with the pure on-road experience of the Huracán’s rear-wheel drive technologies.
“The rear-wheel drive Spyder enlargesthe Huracán family’s core product range,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “It offers the lifestyle appeal of open-air motoring with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive engineering. This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. It’s also a Huracán for those entering the Lamborghini family, wanting a true Spyder experience without compromising on the performance and dynamic handling of a rear-wheel drive car.”
The rear-wheel drive Huracán Spyder features a newly designed front and rear with a dynamic but more aggressive look distinguishing it from the four-wheel drive version. Its naturally aspirated V10 5.2 l engine sends 426 kW / 580 hp to the rear axle, with its dry weight of just 1,509 kg providing a weight-to-power ratio of 2.6 kg/hp. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 319 km/h.
The rear-wheel drive Spyder will be available in markets worldwide from January 2017, priced between the two and four-wheel drive coupe models and completing the core Huracán product range.
Soft-top design for a true Spyder
The front and rear of the car have been redesigned, with its dynamic good looks accented by the large front air intakes that direct cooling air and headwind to increase down pressure on the front axle. Pirelli PZero tires, exclusively developed for the rear-wheel drive Huracán, sit on 19” Kari rims. Specially contoured steel brakes with aluminum brake disc pots assist in weight reduction and improved cooling. Inside, the cockpit features the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II with a 12.3” hi-res TFT instrument panel.
The latest addition to the Huracán family adopts the soft-top solution of a true Spyder, distinguishing the convertible from its coupe sibling through a unique profile, with roof both up and down. Opening and closing in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h, the lightweight soft top is efficiently stowed to maintain the Spyder’s perfect center of gravity and highlight the dynamic design of the open car. With the roof down, two distinctive fins rise out of the folding roof-casing to perfectly define the unique lines of the open car.
Accenting the Huracán Spyder’s low, powerful appearance, the rear fins start at the seatbacks and continue the roof line to the rear, creating the Spyder’s flowing profile. The two fins contribute to optimizing airflow through the engine compartment, which is covered by a slatted engine bonnet specific to the Spyder. An integrated duct reduces turbulence in the headroom during open top driving. With soft top both up and down the driver can also electronically open the rear window, which functions as a windshield when up and highlights the V10 engine’s unique sound when down. Two removable lateral windguards dampen lateral aerodynamic noise in the cabin, permitting conversations even at high speeds.
Engineered for rear-wheel drive performance
As it does in the rear-wheel drive Huracán coupe, the Spyder’s V10 5.2 l naturally aspirated, midmounted engine provides a maximum 426 kW (580 hp) power output at 8,000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, with 75% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm. Like the coupe, the rear-wheel drive Spyder promises the thrill of two-wheel drive dynamics, roof up or down. Weighing 1,509 kg dry, the rear-wheel drive Huracán Spyder achieves a weight to power ratio of just 2.6 kg/hp.
The Huracán’s exceptionally stiff hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis is complemented by springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, for two-wheel drive. The power management system of the rear-wheel drive includes a specific steering set-up and recalibrated stability and traction controls, connecting the driver as directly as possible with the road. Weight distribution is biased 40% at the front / 60% at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle.
The Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) seven-speed dual clutch architecture ensures the fastest gear changes and includes ‘launch control’ for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The electronic power steering and optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) are tuned specifically for the rear-wheel drive Spyder, ensuring maximum agility and control in every driving condition, depending on driving mode and speed.
Rear kinematics heighten the car’s ‘centered’ feeling and the new Spyder features the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI), the Huracán’s sensor system placed in the center of gravity of the car, tracing all 3D movements. It provides real time information to the optional Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), steering and stability control systems: the ESC has been regulated to adapt to all adherence conditions yet emphasize the rear-wheel drive behavior in each driving mode. The ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management: ‘soul’ in Italian) button on the steering wheel allows the driver to adopt different driving modes, calibrated to suit the spirit of the rearwheel drive model. STRADA for daily use, SPORT for sporty driving fun, and CORSA for maximum track-oriented performance are tuned to provide over-steering characteristics, emphasizing authentic rear-wheel drive behavior.