Lamborghini has announced details of the latest member of its Huracan range - The Huracan Evo RWD Spyder.
The name hardly trips off the tongue but there’s a lot of information packed into the lengthy moniker.
The latest model is a roofless version of the Huracan Evo RWD Coupe, itself a two-wheel-drive derivation of the standard Huracan Evo.
From the outside, a new front splitter, air intakes and unique diffuser mark the RWD Spyder out from its four-wheel-drive sibling. But under the skin, it retains the same naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission used across the range.
In the rear-drive Spyder, as in the coupe, that glorious engine produces 602bhp - down from the 631bhp of the four-wheel-drive versions. Even still, that’s enough to get the Huracan to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 201mph. The RWD Coupe is just 0.2 seconds faster to 62mph and has a mere 1mph advantage at the top end.
Lamborghini says that the RWD Spyder is engineered as an “instinctive driver’s car”, using hardware not software to provide “unfiltered” physical feedback. It boasts the latest version of Lambo’s Performance Traction Control System (P-TCS), tuned specifically for the RWD model.
Unlike some brands, Lamborghini isn’t shy about what this allows drivers to do, emphasising that the loosest Sport mode is all about sliding, drifting and generally hooning. Alternatively, Strada calms things down and helps keep things pointing in the right direction on the road, and Corsa optimises stability and traction for the fastest on-track performance.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Lamborghini, commented: “The Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder doubles the driving fun, delivering raw driving pleasure with the opportunity to celebrate life outside. The driver is perfectly in touch with Lamborghini’s engineering heritage, experiencing the feedback and engagement from the set-up of a rear-wheel drive car where electronic intrusion is minimized, while enjoying the sense of freedom and spirit of life that only open-top driving provides.”
The soft top roof takes 17 seconds to stow and can be operated at up to 31mph, meaning you can revel in the open air and noise of that V10 even on the move. If the weather’s not playing ball, you can still lower the rear glass panel to let more of the engine note into the cabin without being exposed to the elements.
Inside, the cabin is the same as the Coupe, with an 8.4-inch infotainment system and Lamborghini’s famously outlandish switchgear including a starter button under an aircraft-style safety cover.
Prices for the new Huracan Evo RWD Spyder start at £151,000 - £15,600 more than the RWD Coupe - with first deliveries expected this summer.