News: Lamborghini Debuts Huracán RWD EVO Spyder

Lamborghini Debuts Huracán RWD EVO Spyder

James Gent By James Gent
May 7, 2020
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Lamborghini has pulled the silks – virtually at least – from a new, open top version of the Huracán RWD EVO, and in doing so, has offered its customers a $229,428 USD alternative to the Ferrari 488 Spider.

It’s also a $21K hike over the coupé but does at least save customers $57K plus change over its 4WD equivalent.

Much like its hard top sibling, the Lamborghini Huracán RWD EVO Spyder is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 and produces the same 610hp and 560Nm (413lb ft) of torque. You certainly won’t want for the sensation of speed when said grunt is sent to the rear wheels via Lamborghini’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox: top speed is a lip-quivering 324kph, 0-100kph takes just 3.5 seconds, and 0-200kph is complete in 9.6 seconds.

There is, as you would expect with any drop-top, the smallest dent in performance compared with the coupé, whose sprints are complete in 3.3s and 9.3s respectively en-route to a 325kph top speed. The figures are also put in the shade – sort of – by the four-wheel drive EVO Spyder, which completes 0-100kph four-tenths of a second quicker (the latter’s V10 also produces 30hp and 40Nm more). The reinforced Spyder body means the newboy’s 1,509kg (3,326lbs) dry weight does tip the scales 120kg (300lb) more than its hardtop brethren too, but given that the Huracán RWD EVO can do without its propshaft and front differential, it actually undercuts the more powerful 4WD EVO Spyder by 33kg (73kg).

Like its hardtop contemporary, the Huracán RWD EVO features a revised front splitter, new vertical fins in the front air intakes, and a unique rear diffuser, meaning drag and downforce figures remain unchanged. Mounted to the chassis, which is made from a blend of aluminum and carbon fibre for added strength and weight reduction, is double wishbone suspension and a bespoke set of Pirelli P Zero-clad 19in ‘Kari’ alloys to create “an instinctive driver’s car”. One in which you can stow the roof in 17 seconds and at up to 50kph (31mph).

Interestingly, Lamborghini has foregone its torque-vectoring program in favour of a revised Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS) to really push the convertible’s “open-air celebration of lightweight engineering” agenda. Select one of four driving modes through ANIMA to light up the rear wheels in progressively more aggressive fashion, and bear in mind, when you do, stopping power is provided courtesy of new ventilated and cross-drilled steel brakes (carbon fibre alternatives are also available).

Inside is the standard Raging Bull fair, namely leather-donned bucket seats, a sport steering wheel, and aluminium pedals. We’ll also point out the 8.4in touchscreen infotainment system that support Apple CarPlay, given that Lamborghini used Apple’s Augmented Reality (AR) to virtually launch the Huracán RWD EVO Spyder – a world first, apparently – and which also allows customers to view a showroom model remotely whilst practicing social distancing.

*Images courtesy of Lamborghini

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