We’ve known for some time now that Lamborghini had a Spyder-sized whole to plug in its Huracán line-up. Whist the AWD range of the LP580-2 features both a Coupé and Spyder variant, those after a piece of the rear-wheel-drive Huracán action have so far had to settle for getting their kicks under a hard top. Until now.
Whilst not altogether unexpected, the arrival of the new Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder has brought plenty of unadulterated top-down excitement to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Lining up beside its four-wheel drive sibling on the V10 Huracán roster, the new RWD convertible sports the same three-layer roof and mechanism as the existing Spyder in the range. When folded down after a brisk 17 seconds, a pair of aerodynamic fins appear from the B-pillar complete with ducts to filter air through to the engine compartment behind. A detachable windguard prevents excessive gusts from whipping around the cockpit whilst the rear window can also be raised or lowered depending on whether you prefer to keep the breeze out or the roar of the 5.2-liter V10 in.
That powerplant delivers the same trusty 572 horses as with the rest of the stable with top speed and maximum torque remaining at 198mph and 398 lb/ft respectively. The addition of 117kg worth of lifting gear for the retractable soft top does take its toll on the RWD Spyder’s 0-60 sprint time vs the Coupé. The new convertible will stop the clocks at 3.6 seconds as opposed to the 3.4 showcased by the hardtop variant. That said, the lack of an AWD system does reflect favourably against the four-wheel-drive LP580-2 Spyder at the weigh-in, with the LA star tipping the scales at 150kg lighter.
Beyond the obvious drop-top, few if any discernible styling tweaks have been made to the new Huracán RWD Spyder. This means it takes design cues almost entirely from its two- and four-wheel drive Coupé brethren, whose list prices it will fall between when it finally hits showrooms early next year.