Hey! All you New Yorkers! Get down to the New York International Auto Show and take a gander at the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder. It’s the first time you can view the lighter and more open-aired Huracán in the flesh, er, metal, er carbon fiber. Ah, what the heck, all a yous guys from the whole tri-state area can come take a look! Even people from Jersey!
The Huracán Peformante Spyder made its North American debut during an intimate media unveiling in the heart of New York City. I was not there since I was both busy, and now almost completely feel that New York is trying to kill me, but that’s neither here nor there.
Light & Aerodynamic
What I have gathered though is that, by and large, the design, technology, and performance features found on the Huracán Performante are found in the Spyder in the same amounts. In other words, the Spyder is just as mean and nasty and fast as its tin-top brother, but with the added party trick of a lightweight, electro-hydraulic roof that opens in just 17 seconds. And you can drop that top up to speeds of 30 mph which is so boss.
The Performante Spyder is 77 lbs. lighter than its Spyder sister, thanks to the exclusive use of Lamborghini’s Forged Composite Structure and, with the top up, it still maintains the aerodynamic slipperiness of the coupé.
The Performante Spyder also comes with the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva system. This is a trick bit of active aero that varies the load for either high down force or low drag, as well as facilitating aero vectoring in high-speed cornering situations. All of this adds up to outstanding driving dynamics both on the track and road.
Power & Performance
The Huracán Performante Spyder also gets an enhanced suspension, recalibrated ESC stability control, a more responsive Lamborghini Dynamic Steering system, and a permanent four-wheel drive layout for maximized traction in all situations. There is even a revised ANIMA . . . yeah, they really call it that. “ANIMA” is a driver “mode” system that customizes the setup of all the car’s dynamic systems. It comes in three settings: STRADA, SPORT, and CORSA.
Just like under the engine cover of the Performante Coupé, the Spyder has a naturally aspirated V10 engine, delivering 640 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. This plant is good enough for the Huracán Performante Spyder to accelerate to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, and top out at 202. So yeah, it’ll blow your hair back.
Customers will begin taking deliveries this summer, and if you haven’t ordered yours yet, you’ll be happy to know the retail price is a mere $308,859 – which is right in line for that market segment. Red’s a good color. Get yours in red. I’m getting mine in red.
Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.