Lamborghini reveals new Huracán Performante Spyder

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 by

Yes, it’s heavier and slower than the tin-top version, but Lamborghini’s new Huracán Performante Spyder lets you enjoy 640 naturally aspirated horsepower at 8,000rpm without any pesky roofs getting in the way

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While Lamborghini is busy doubling the capacity of its factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese and the number of its workforce all in dedication to the new brand hallmark, the bodykitted Audi Q7 (Oops… We mean the Urus.), the Italians also found some free time to launch a new supercar at this week’s .

You remember the Lamborghini Huracán Performante as the fastest road car to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife, doing the deed in six minutes and 52 seconds, which is a pretty impressive time for a racing car let alone a road car with a V10 naturally aspirated engine.

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Now the Italians have lobbed the roof off to create the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder, and it should be all the better for it considering the 5.2-litre V10 engine makes its peak power figure at 8,000rpm. That should sound quite nice, if you can afford the aural pleasure — the Huracán Performante Spyder will start from around AED1.1 million.

Producing 640 horsepower, the soft-top supercar does zero to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds and tops out at 325km/h. The top speed is the same as the tin-top car that broke the ‘Ring record, but the acceleration of the Spyder is slower by two-tenths of a second.

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However, a fairer comparison is one with the standard Huracán Spyder, and in this regard the Performance Spyder shines, saving 35kg over the regular car thanks to generous use of carbon fibre. Naturally with increased speed and decreased weight, the braking performance matches the rest of the car and the Performante Spyder comes to a dead stop from 100km/h in just 31.5 metres.

The total dry weight (without fluids on board) however is still a somewhat portly 1,507kg, and if you compare this to the Performante coupé’s figure of 1,382kg you see the massive difference that an open-top car necessitates. Weight distribution is still rear-biased as is favourable with supercars, split 43:57 per cent between front and rear.

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Moving on to the roof itself, the soft top drops down in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h, and while it’s stowed away the Performante Spyder incorporates two rising fins to maintain the flowing lines of the car.

The order books are already open so if you want one the first customers will start receiving their cars from this summer.

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