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It’s a Spyder, and It’s a Beauty

See What Lamborghini Wants You to Drive Next

BY Jim Shi // 07.20.16

It should be said: Blue sky comes standard with Lamborghini’s Huracán Spyder. With a starting price nearing $270,000 — about $40,000 more than its coupe brethren — the Huracán Spyder is breathtaking in more ways than one.

Besides an electrohydraulic soft top (in black, brown, or red) and body-colored hard tonneau cover, the LP 610-4 (“610” denoting the horsepower and the “4” referring to all-wheel drive) Spyder includes standard carbon-ceramic brakes, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and 20-inch Giano wheels. Variable-ratio “dynamic” electricassist steering, magnetorheological dampers, and an all-important nose-lifting apparatus are optional.

While the convertible gains about 225 pounds over the coupe, thanks to an efficient combination of aluminum and carbon fiber, the resulting chassis is 40 percent stiffer than that of the Gallardo Spyder, its predecessor and the best-selling open-top model in Lamborghini’s history. Hand-built in Sant’Agata Bolognese, a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine with 8,500-rpm redline is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels.

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Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Lambo claims a zero-to-60 time of about 3.2 seconds with Thrust Mode launch control. And because so much attention has been paid to the topless Huracán’s aerodynamics, top speed is the same as the coupe’s — 201 mph — with the top stowed or in place. And what a top it is. A 17-second power transformation from closed to open and back again at speeds as high as 31 mph is a well-orchestrated visual delight. So many panels, buttresses and deflectors deploy and/or disappear that it deserves musical accompaniment. With the top down, the rear deck lid features two long fins that stretch from right behind the passenger compartment to the rear fascia — a styling cue that differentiates the Spyder from its coupe counterpart.

As one would expect, driving the Spyder is the same as motoring in the exotic coupe — low, quick, and satisfying — with one exception: the sound. If you like the unmistakable harmony of a Lamborghini 10-cylinder engine, you’ll be bathed in it from head to toe with the top down.

The interior largely carries over from the Huracán coupe, though the Spyder boasts innovative ducts that reduce air turbulence in the cockpit, as well as removable lateral wind guards that let sun worshipers enjoy conversing even when the top is down. When small talk isn’t the order of the day, the rear window opens to let the engine’s symphony into the cabin, a feature borrowed from the larger Aventador Spyder. A crisp, foot-wide thin-film transistor instrument panel with digital gauges also makes its debut with the Huracán Spyder — part of the standard multimedia Infotainment System II.

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  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Cotton Club
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  • Asher Gallery
  • Wayne Smith
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Wayne Smith
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings

As in the coupe, the ANIMA (Advanced Network Intelligence Management) switch on the steering wheel accesses various driving modes, from sporty and dynamic to extreme performance and handling.

Touch at your own risk
Touch at your own risk

The three programs — Strada, Sport, and Corsa — affect the characteristics of the engine, sound, transmission, all-wheel drive and ESC handling system. The start button, meanwhile, is stunningly placed beneath a red cover, not unlike one found in a military jet, and is surrounded by an interior available in five trim choices and 17 colors.

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