What is it like to drive?
Hmm, wrong word really, ‘driving.’ You don’t ‘drive’ the Huracán Spyder. You press a pedal in the footwell which chiefly seems to unleash a noise like wolves and T-Rexes having a bar fight, and as a sort of by-product of all this commotion, you also accelerate quite fast. It seems that making the car move is the engine’s second job. Shouting comes first.
Even the powered-down RWD Spyder punts itself from 0-62mph in 3.5sec and on to a top speed of 201mph. But the raw pace will not be your defining memory of nailing launch control in a Huracán Spyder. It’ll be the baleful wail of that majestic naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10.
That’s what this car is all about. Lamborghini has committed not to muffle its engines with turbos, so the next Huracán will have to have some sort of clever hybrid system to keep the V10 alive. That’ll be interesting, but what we have here is the last time a drop-top Lambo will be dropkicked down a road by piston-power alone. And that makes it very special. Being in the Spyder means you’re all the closer and more intimate to the sheer fury. It’s a wonderful motor.
By rights, the engine should be muffled. It should be quieter, thanks to petrol particulate filters mandated by the EU which strangle noise in the name of lower emissions. But apparently, Lamborghini has found a loophole to avoid stifling the Huracán V10’s death throes, because it’s louder than ever. The exhausts even glow orange when you’ve got it nice and hot. It puts tailgaters right off.
It’s a good job the engine and the gearbox are so magnificent, because the rest of the Huracan Spyder isn’t really at the races when it comes to modern topless supercars. It’s been set up to be approachavle and neutral, so the steering is quick but numb, and you don’t have anything like the razor-sharp responses of a Ferrari F8 Spider, nor the detailed corner-by-corner feedback and sheer agility of a McLaren 570S Spider, let alone the 720S Spider.
And because the Huracán isn’t based around a carbon tub, the weight gain after adding all the strengthening what-not is some 120kg. An equivalent McLaren is only 40kg heavier when decapitated. That said, the Lambo resists the dreaded chassis-wobble well.
Lamborghini says that, for the Huracán Evo RWD Spyder, it’s played with the traction control so it doesn’t cut it as abruptly. This can apparently lead to a very German-sounding '30 per cent more oversteer’. And it probably can. It’s not boring in the corners – it can still apex at light-speed. The thing is, you never feel as confident in the chassis as you do in the rivals to dare letting the Huracán dance for the pleasure of the million cameraphones that follow your every move. Though, that might have quite a bit to do with how you’re sat…