Try to imagine a Lamborghini Huracan with no hard roof and drives on rear wheels. If you got tired of imagining, then put your attention to Lamborghini’s newest offering that is set to be unveiled on America’s western coast at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Say hello to the new 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder, which is essentially a Huracan LP 580-2 sans the hard top, sharing quite a number of elements including a 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine. It features newly designed front and rear ends as well as a new unique profile that allows the LP 580-2 Spyder to stand out from its coupe sibling. It dons large front air intakes that do not only direct cooling air but also guide headwind to hike down pressure on the front axle.
Providing occupant protection against the elements of nature is a lightweight soft top that could be completely employed or deployed in only 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Stowage of this soft top has been considered to maintain the Spyder’s center of gravity as well as emphasize the dynamic nature of the vehicle with a downed top. In this configuration, two fins protrude from the folding roof-casing, starting start at the seatbacks and flow on the roof line to the rear.
These two fins help optimize airflow through the engine compartment while an integrated duct helps reduce turbulence in the headroom. Interestingly, occupants could still talk clearly to each other thanks to two removable lateral wind-guards that could dampen lateral aerodynamic noise in the cabin. Inside, the cockpit features the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II with a 12.3” hi-res TFT instrument panel.
Meanwhile, the Spyder’s 5.2-liter V10 mid-mounted engine delivers up to 426 kW (580 hp) of output at 8,000 rpm and up to 540 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, with around 75 percent readily available at 1,000 rpm. With this power and a dry weight of 1,509 kg, the new Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder features a weight to power ratio of just 2.6 kg/hp.
This V10 engine is mated to the Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) seven-speed dual clutch transmission that boasts of very quick gear changes as well as a ‘launch control’ for optimal acceleration from standstill. As standard, the Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder comes with electronic power steering, although Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) is offered as optional. These specs allow the Spyder to sprint from nil to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 319 km/h.
Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder is underpinned by a light yet stiff hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, with vibrations stifled by springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension. Weight distribution is rear-biased to reduce inertia on the front axle and to enhance pure driving pleasure (40 percent/60 percent front/rear). Lamborghini’s latest offering rides on 19-inch Kari wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires.
Lamborghini will commence sales of the Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder globally starting January 2017, with a price slotted between the two and four-wheel drive coupe models.