You don't need more than five minutes at parking speeds to realise that the all new Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is severely watered down from its predecessor, the Gallardo. The Gallardo's steering and pedals were so hard, you wouldn't need a gym membership to give your arm, shoulder, knee muscles and ankles a thorough workout. All this at 20kph. As the speeds rise, the intensity, correspondingly, er, intensifies.
The new Huracan, though, is as accommodating as grandparents hosting their grandkids on their school vacation. The steering is so light, the pedals so easy on your feet, it's like parking a family hatch. Just that you sit a bit too low. On the move, there's nothing, either. The Huracan's V10 sounds muted with the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission hurriedly wanting to get to the highest possible gear in the lowest possible time. And my heart is slowly starting to sink. Is this the end? Is this customer demand? Is this the Lamborghini that facilitates the run to the shops? Is this the Lamborghini that sucks the terror and thrill of a supercar to make your workplace commute easier?
With the Huracan, it seemed like the end, till ANIMA happened. Right, you can chuckle. It may sound like an unpleasant medical procedure, but ANIMA completely transforms the Huracan Spyder. Just so you know, that's Adaptive Network for Intelligence Management. Like Ferrari's Manettino setting. And it's on the steering. It's got Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (track) modes. Switching over to Sport transforms the Huracan Spyder from a Labrador to a cross between a Rottweiler, a Pit Bull and a Coyote. The lunacy, the immaturity, the juvenileness, that insanity, the exaggerated drama and theatre... they all come plunging down on you like an avalanche. If you are all of a certain vintage, you'd know the old PC game, Test Drive. Where if you weren't driving too well, it'd tell you 'My grandmom can drive better,' or 'sportscars aren't for sightseeing.'
In Strada mode, the Huracan Spyder is very much a sightsee-ers car and in Sport, you'd feel Test Drive telling 'Are you in a sportscar or a low-flying plane?' With the Huracan Spyder, what Lamborghini have very smartly done is dialled down things a bit for people who don't want to always be straining at the leash. There's a relax mode. Then there's the Lamborghini mode. And the Lamborghini mode is always talking to you, constantly providing feedback and completely involves you with each and every minute thing the Huracan Spyder is up to.
The dual-clutch in the Huracan is very nearly there with Porsche's PDK (the full form of which, trust me, you wouldn't be able to read) in the way it works with your intent of going on a gentle cruise or on a sound-barrier-breaking drive. Oh, and the V10 does its best. At breaking the sound barrier that it is. The grip around corners that the Spyder displays is akin to a leopard clawing its way up the vagaries of a massive tree. And the levelness around quick S-es and hairpins is akin to the temper of a monk in the middle of a traffic jam.
Lamborghini have done a Ferrari by putting most controls like the wipers, lights and indicators on the steering wheel. But they haven't done a great job. For instance, the turn indicator is a single knob on your left thumb like in a motorcycle. And there's the Italian lunacy with ergonomics. Like the steering wheel covering the reverse camera monitor. But at least, the Huracan Spyder has a reversing camera. Once on the move though, these niggles don't matter. Coupled with the new transmission, the Huracan Spyder does the virtually noiseless crawl at 30kph, 1000rpm and fifth gear in Strada mode. And it can shriek with window-pane-splitting delight the moment you engage Sport and push the throttle closer to the floor.
The Huracan Spyder is proper supercar. No turbos. And a whole lot of theatre. And going by how the Gallardo lead its life, there are hotter, faster, meaner Huracans around the corner. The end? As if.
Specs5204cc, V10, 602bhp, 560Nm, 7A, AWD, 1542kg, fuel capacity\: 83 litres, 0-100kph\: 3.4secs (claimed), top speed\: 324kph (claimed), Price\: Rs 3.89 crore (ex-Delhi)
VerdictThe everyday Lamborghini that's comforting and frightening