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
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.

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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16 November 2016
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.

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