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Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder; new RWD drop-top

November 17, 2016

Buyers of ‘entry-level’ supercars now have more choice, with Lamborghini announcing a rear-wheel drive drop-top model called the Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder. Could this be the best combination yet?

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Lamborghini initially introduced the Huracan LP 610-4 coupe with all-wheel drive, and then the Spyder version of that, and then a slightly detuned LP 580-2 rear-wheel drive coupe. Now we have a rear-wheel drive convertible so you can breathe in more tyre smoke while you’re drifting around the track.

As you’ve probably guessed by the name, the drop-top version comes with the same 580 tune for the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine, producing 426kW and 540Nm. It’s able to conquer the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds, making it the slowest-accelerating Huracan there is. It’s no slouch though, as it’s still able to hit a top speed of 321km/h.

The two-wheel drive Spyder has a dry weight of 1509kg, with a 40/60 weight distribution front/rear. This apparently reduces inertia on the front axle, making the front end more involving and sharper.

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As for the roof, it’s an electronically-controlled operation which takes around 17 seconds to open or close. This can be done while driving at speeds up to 50km/h. A special duct near headroom helps to reduce turbulence when driving in open-top mode. Speaking about the new version, Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini CEO, said:

“It offers the lifestyle appeal of open-air motoring with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive engineering. This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. It’s also a Huracan for those entering the Lamborghini family, wanting a true Spyder experience without compromising on the performance and dynamic handling of a rear-wheel drive car.”

The new model will go on sale in international markets from January. A potential Australian debut is likely fall soon after – we’ll keep you updated.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.