Lambo Huracan Spyder

Losing the roof simply adds to the appeal

GLENN BUTLER

FIRST AUSSIE DRIVE

IF THE thought of blowdrying your hair from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds interests you, or upping your vitamin D intake 17 seconds after the electric 17 seconds after the electric folding hardtop does its thing, the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder could be the car for you.

Of course, an equally valid purchase motivator is the yowling 5.2-litre V10 soundtrack, every decibel of which now has unfettered access to your ears without a roof to mute the joy.

Lower the narrow rear window between cabin and engine bay and the sound will smash you from two directions at once like a Wallaby double-tap.

That gloriously symphonic (and definitely un-PC) crescendo of intake, engine and exhaust howl is, in my humble opinion, the Spyder’s greatest asset. It’s why you let each gear rev right out even when you’re not setting lap times, the scream becoming more torrid and triumphant the closer you get to the 8500rpm limiter.

It’s also a reason you drive roof-down on a wintry morning, risking frostbite. And it’s a reason to change your opinion of tunnels from smog-filled hellholes to cavernous amplification devices.

Those considerable benefits to roofless motoring come at considerable cost. The Spyder’s $471,000 price is $43K more than the Coupe’s, and apart from the electrically folding soft-top roof, there’s no other equipment to justify the 10 percent tariff.

Going roofless sacrifices little of the Coupe’s considerable dynamic talents, and that’s impressive given the 1524kg Spyder carries an extra 100kg. Consequently, it’s 0.2sec slower to 100km/h, but on the move the extra weight doesn’t do the Huracan a disservice.

It has the same instant throttle response from its 449kW midmounted V10 that only non-turbos can deliver. And it’s delivered through the seven-speed dualclutch ’box with a finesse that doesn’t corrupt the car’s balance.

All-wheel grip is still prodigious, the steering still feels sharp and involving, turn-in is still ferocious, and corner-exiting acceleration is still neck-snappingly wonderful.

Even under brakes – one area we’d expect an extra hundred kegs to make itself felt – the Spyder brooks no argument.

Crucially, the Huracan Spyder has the most important of the Coupe’s character traits: it never feels intimidating. This is a raging bull, sure, but a compliant one that encourages you to enjoy its considerable performance chops.

Combine that with the charismatic – and now even more enjoyable – soundtrack, and the negligible loss in performance, and you can see why choosing between the Coupe and the Spyder is a decision without a wrong answer.

PLUS & MINUS

10 percent dearer, 100kg heavier, and slower than the LP610-4 coupe Uncompromised dynamics; gloriously un-PC V10 soundtrack

If looks could kill

One advantage the Spyder has over the coupe is in the visual department. I reckon it’s a stunning piece of automotive work, the kind that drives wealthy owners to build garages in their lounge rooms. The side profile line from the windscreen back through the rear decklid buttress is sublime. d Model Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Weight 0-100km/h Economy Price On sale Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder 5204cc V10 (90°), dohc, 40v 449kW @ 8250rpm 560Nm @ 6500rpm 7-speed dual-clutch 1524kg 3.4sec (claimed) 12.3L/100km (EU) $471,000 November