2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder gets soft-top roof

Article by Christian A., on November 17, 2016

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.

Press Release

THE LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN REAR-WHEEL DRIVE SPYDER: THRILLING OPEN-AIR DRIVING

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.

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