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Behold: the new Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD Spyder
Slower, lighter Lambo brings the noise, and the skids
Lamborghini is very much… open for business. Quite literally. Here, we present the Huracán Evo Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder; an open-top version of a car we’re rather fond of.
That car being the Evo RWD Coupe we tested very recently. This Spyder promises the same penchant for skids its sibling demonstrated in amusing fashion. Says it all on the box, really: being rear-drive, there are no front driveshafts, so it’s lighter – 1,509kg dry – with a rear-biased weight-distribution, too.
Shorn of traction and a roof, the 0-62mph sprint takes 3.5secs (versus 3.3secs for the Coupe), which in today’s troubling times is what you can probably get out of a premium hot hatch. However, premium hot hatches don’t have socking great 5.2-litre V10 engines.
And sans roof, a socking great 5.2-litre V10 is all the medicine your little heart requires. Because after a mere 17 seconds of waiting for the roof to stow, you can enjoy 603bhp and 413lb ft via the medium of noise. It’ll do 0-124mph in 9.6secs too, and top out at 201mph. That’s… that’s plenty fast enough.
There are modes to harness the fast, of course: Lambo’s traditional Strada, Sport (that’s the skiddy one) and Corsa (better traction for circuit heroics, maybe). The shocks are passive, you get Lamborghini’s ‘Dynamic Steering’ setup, 19in wheels with steel brakes as standard, or 20s with carbon ceramic stoppers as an option.
As per the RWD Coupe, this Spyder features a new front splitter with larger air intakes, but debuts a brand-new diffuser in the rear bumper. Inside it’s as per the Coupe, too: an 8.4in touchscreen sits in the centre console, a digital dash in front of the driver, and the rest of the cabin is all very… Lamborghini. If you know, you know.
“The driver is perfectly in touch with Lamborghini’s engineering heritage,” explains Lambo boss Stefano Domenicali, “experiencing the feedback and engagement from the setup of a rear-wheel drive car where electronic intrusion is minimised, while enjoying the sense of freedom and spirit of life that only open-top driving provides.”
This particular sense of freedom will set you back £188,800 in the UK (the Coupe starts at £172,400). Which doesn’t of course, account for the many tyres you will likely destroy as you skid around with merry abandon…