Lamborghini, through official distributor JH Italia Sdn Bhd, have just introduced the new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder at their Glenmarie showroom in Shah Alam. The soft-top super sports car was just unveiled at Frankfurt a little over a month ago, so to have it launched here on our shores this soon is mighty quick, which the Huracan is all about.
It’s been ten years since the world debut of the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, and the time has come for a topless successor. The Huracan Spyder shares the same naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine (dry sump, compression ratio 12.7:1) as its hardtop sibling, one that makes 610 hp at 8,250 rpm and 560 Nm of torque that peaks at 6,500 rpm.
Tasked with sending all that power onto the tarmac is Lamborghini’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission (LDF or Lamborghini Doppia Frizione). On a regular basis, this electronically controlled all-wheel drive supercar will get 70 percent of its torque sent to the rear axle, while the remaining 30 is sent to the front. When needed, torque can be evenly split between the two axles.
Now for the numbers. The Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds – about 0.2 seconds slower than the hardtop Huracan, no thanks to the additional weight. Reaching the 200 km/h mark takes just 10.2 seconds, and top speed is rated at a hair-messing 324 km/h. That is, if you can find a stretch of road long enough to hit such speeds. Fuel consumption, if you care, is rated at 12.3 litres per 100km on a combined cycle.
Although the car’s performance is to be expected, there are more impressive engineering feats that go into making this Spyder. Lamborghini says the electrohydraulically operated lightweight soft top can be retracted in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h. This unfortunately, comes at a cost. The mechanical components add some heft to the car, and results in a 120kg weight gain. It now weighs 1,542kg and distributed 43:57.
Another improvement worthy of note is that the Huracan Spyder’s torsional rigidity is up by 40 percent over the Gallardo Spyder, while downforce takes a 50 percent leap from before. This is achieved by hybridising carbon fibre and aluminium in the chassis – two of the most loved materials by sports car manufacturers.
Just like the regular Huracan, the Spyder rides on 20 inch wheels wrapped in 245/30 R20 Pirelli rubbers at the front and meatier 305/30 tyres at the rear. Both axles are suspended on aluminium double wishbones with regular steel springs and hydraulic dampers, though a more sophisticated magneto-rheological damper control can be had as an option. Disc brakes are made of carbon-ceramic clamped by six-pot callipers and four-pot callipers at the front and back respectively.
The keen eyed among you would have noticed that this car is a left-hand drive variant, but that’s only for display purposes. Pricing of the Huracan Spyder has not been confirmed, but an estimated figure of RM1.35 million has been put forth. This of course excludes duties and taxes, so expect prices to soar above the RM2 million mark.