Lamborghini’s new Huracán Performante Spyder, unveiled at the Geneva motor show, is now the most track-orientated convertible to have ever come out of the Italian brand’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory.
With its 5.2 litre V10 naturally-aspirated engine, the permanent four-wheel drive drop-top accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds, 0-124 mph in 9.3 seconds, and with a top speed of 202 mph matches its coupé stablemate. Braking from 62-0 mph is claimed to be achieved in 31.5 metres.
Like the Performante coupé, which was revealed at last year’s Geneva show, the Spyder outputs 631 bhp at 8,000 rpm, producing 443 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Despite carrying extra weight – 1507 kg compared to the hard-top’s 1382 kg – the Spyder manages to return a weight-to-power ratio of 2.38 kg/bhp, as well as a front-to-rear weight distribution of 43/57%.
Lamborghini also points out that the car weighs 35 kg lighter than the original Huracán Spyder, thanks largely to the increased use of forged carbon-fibre.
The roof, meanwhile, opens in 17 seconds up to a driving speed of 30 mph, while the rear window can also be electrically opened, which functions as a windshield when closed.
When the roof is down, the Performante Spyder’s design incorporates two movable fins, which rise out of the folding roof casing and continue the roofline from seatbacks to the rear of the car. An integrated duct feature within the fins also reduces turbulence in the headroom during open-top driving.
The convertible also incorporates the same “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” aerodynamics system as the coupé, which varies aero load in conditions requiring either high down force or low drag, as well as enabling aero vectoring in high-speed cornering.