Advanced aero combines with fresh air thrills
UPDATE, 19/02/2018: Lamborghini has announced local pricing for the Huracan Performante Sypder. We've added details to the story.
Lamborghini has used the Geneva motor show to launch its latest lightweight weapon, the Huracan Performante Spyder, almost exactly 12 months after the coupe version's debut.
Following the formula laid out by the Huracan Performante coupe the Spyder adopts ‘Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva’ – or Lamborghini’s in-house active aerodynamics package – which uses variable airflow routing to either increase or reduce drag as conditions demand.
The most obvious of those ALA elements, the towering rear wing, is constructed from forged carbon-fibre. The use of carbon throughout the Performante’s structure contributes to a 35kg weight saving over the regular Huracan Spyder.
Lamborghini says the Sypder’s soft top doesn’t impact on the operation of the ALA system in any way, and even stows in such a way as to maintain the Performante’s centre of gravity. Dropping the top takes just 17 seconds at speed of up to 50 km/h.
As with the rest of the Huracan range, Lamborghini's mid-mounted 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine provides the motive force for the new model. Like the Performante coupe, the Spyder adopts a 470kw and 600Nm engine tune.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 3.1 seconds with 0-200 km/h passing in 9.3 seconds, making the Performante Spyder 0.2 and 0.4 seconds slower than the coupe to each mark. Top speed is capped at 325 km/h and, with a dry weight of 1507kg, the Spyder weighs 125kg more than the coupe.
Performante interior upgrades see forged carbon-fibre used for the centre console, gearshift paddles, door handles and air vents, while the Alcantara-covered sports seats can be optioned with a laser-applied Y graphic to ensure no additional weight is added.
Standard wheels are 20-inch bronze-finished ‘Narvi’ forged rims, with optional centre-lock ‘Loge’ 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres specifically developed for the Performante also available.
Tweaks to the Huracan’s permanent all wheel drive system, stability control, and ABS calibration have been made to ensure everything works harmoniously with the active aero setup in the name of improved performance and feedback.