What is it?
The Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder completes the Italian firm’s range of more affordable mid-engined supercars. ‘Affordable’ is, of course, a term to take with a generous pinch of truffle-infused sea salt whenever it follows ‘Lamborghini’ in any given sentence and when it precedes ‘supercar’. But compared with some of the ultra-rare-groove, seven-figure V12 models that Sant’Agata has introduced of late, a £200,000 V10 really is relatively affordable. You might only need to sell off one four-bedroomed detached property from your extensive investment portfolio, or perhaps your least favourite thoroughbred racing mare, in order to fund it.
The car’s mechanical specification is a close match for the related LP610-4 coupé, conferring a 602bhp V10 on the car, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, a clutch-based four-wheel drive system, double wishbone suspension and carbon-ceramic disc brakes as standard. Adaptive damping and active variable-ratio ‘dynamic’ steering systems are available as options, both of which were fitted to our test car.
In place of the coupé’s fixed roof is an electrohydraulically powered folding cloth hood – one of the only ones like it in the Huracán’s class, where folding metal roofs are now increasingly common, and which you might have imagined would be a lighter, simpler solution. Guess again. Because while a McLaren 650S Spider weighs a mere 40kg more than the equivalent coupé and a Ferrari 488 Spider 50kg more (both of which have folding hard-tops), the Huracán LP610-4 Spyder carries around 120kg more than its coupé sibling. Some reinforcement of the car’s hybrid carbonfibre and aluminium underbody also contributes to that weight gain, however.