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Lamborghini’s latest reveal is a soft-top version of its rear-wheel drive LP580-2 Huracán. It won't get the numerical name of the rear-drive car, though
Jimi Beckwith
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16 November 2016

The Lamborghini Huracán rear-wheel drive Spyder has been revealed at the LA motor show.

As the name suggests, it’s a rear-wheel-drive version of the four-wheel drive Huracán, with a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10, which sends 572bhp rearwards. It’s 33kg lighter than the four-wheel-drive model.

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Lamborghini has not named it the LP580-2 Spyder because the brand has dropped this naming strategy; instead the model carries the more descriptive ‘Huracán rear-wheel drive Spyder’ name.

Previously, the rear-wheel-drive Huracán was only available as a coupé, but Lamborghini claims this variant completes the ‘core’ Huracán range, suggesting there will be no more variants on the Huracán format produced in any large volume. The Huracán rear-wheel drive Spyder will be available from January 2017 in many markets.

The rear-wheel drive Spyder has tweaked bodywork, including different styling on the front and rear bumpers. Also exclusive to the rear-drive Huracán Spyder are specially developed Pirelli P Zero tyres.

The tweaked bodywork isn’t just for show; Lamborghini claims the adjustments increase downforce on the front of the car for improved grip. Lamborghini has also revised the steering and stability systems for the model, too.

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Despite the identical power output, the soft-top, rear-drive Huracán takes 0.2sec longer to reach 62mph – 3.6 seconds – than the coupé, while its top speed is 1mph slower, too. As with the four-wheel drive Huracán Spyder, the car’s roof takes 17sec to open or close, and it can be done at speeds of up to 31mph.

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No prices have been officially announced, but Lamborghini says the car will cost somewhere between the £160,000 of the LP580-2 coupé, and the £180,720 Lamborghini charges for the standard coupé. So a price of £170,000 is expected, although this is far less than the £45,000 premium the all-wheel drive drop-top carries over its coupé counterpart.

The rear-wheel drive Spyder is 120kg heavier than its coupé sibling at 1509kg; this means a lower power-to-weight ratio of 379bhp/tonne to the coupé’s 411bhp/tonne.  

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jmd67 16 November 2016

Totally stunning

I can't believe the negativity that came the way of how this looked when it came out. It's easily better looking than a 488 or 650 (by a large margin I would argue). And its big brother is standing the test of time incredibly well too. I would have one in a heartbeat.