Expanding its newest supercar model range, Lamborghini took the wraps off the new Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder in Frankfurt. Sharing a good deal of its visual and mechanical pedigree with the Huracán Coupe, the new Spyder introduces several unique styling touches and visual enhancements to complement its soft top. As Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, noted at the reveal, the firm has high hopes for this open top exercise. "The Gallardo Spyder was the best-selling open top model in Lamborghini's history. We expect the Huracán Spyder to exceed its predecessor in every way."

Crowning the new Huracán Spyder is an electro-hydraulically activated power top that cycles in just 17 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 31 mph. When dropped, the top resides in a dedicated central well aft of the cabin. Other Spyder-specific touches include an electrically retractable rear glass wind blocker that operates with the top up or down plus an integrated duct that further reduces top-down turbulence as well as a pair of articulated rollover bars that appear when the top is lowered to maintain the car's clean profile and help channel cooling air to the engine. 

Chasing the sun at 201 mph

Motivation for the new Huracán Spyder is provided by the same 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 used in the Coupe. Here too, it makes 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. However, for Spyder duty it's now fitted with efficiency enhancing cylinder-on-demand that shuts down on bank under low-loads as well as start/stop technology that collectively reduce CO2 emissions by 14 percent. As in the Huracán LP 640-4 Coupe that power gets shipped all four wheels via the "Lamborghini Doppia Frizione" (LDF) 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, although both have been modified for this application. There's also a switch on the steering wheel allows the driver to select Strada, Sport and Corsa modes that tweak mapping of the throttle, transmission, all-wheel drive and stability control systems as well as the exhaust sound. Capable of a 201 mph top speed, the Huracán sprints from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds hitting 124 mph in 10.2 ticks.

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Beneath its aluminum body panels, the 3,399-pound Huracán Spyder rides on a chassis made from alloy and carbon fiber. Lamborghini says its structure has 40 percent greater torsional stiffness than the Gallardo Spyder and with is full underbody fairing, highly-effective rear diffuser and fixed wing, it boasts 50 percent greater downforce with the top closed. All versions come with carbon-ceramic brakes and offer Lambo's dynamic steering system that custom tunes its ratio in response to the magneto-rheological damper settings and road speed.  

Save for its top activation switch in the center console, the Huracán Spyder's cabin largely mirrors that of its Coupe sibling. Standard features include a 12.3-inch TFT center display that's part of Lambo's new Infotainment System II and buyers will be able to match the Spyder's 17 standard and five optional matte-finish exterior colors with one of five different interior trim choices. As with other Lamborghini offerings, personalization potential abounds.

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Production of the 2017 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder will start early next year with the first U.S. deliveries expected to begin shortly thereafter. Pricing will start at $267,545 including destination and gas-guzzler tax.

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