Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder is ‘Wild, Insane, and Perfect’
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder offers visceral, brutal experience from behind its carbon fiber and alcantara steering wheel.
There is nothing quite like a Lamborghini. They are loud, flamboyant and delightfully delirious to drive. Spend enough time in one, and you will feel invincible. Certainly, that is what 6SpeedOnline contributor Jake Stumph felt behind the wheel of the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.
The Huracan Performante builds upon the standard Huracan, with it’s lovely mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated V10 engine, and goes to the next level. So much so, that it briefly held the production car lap record around the Nurburgring. How? Well, the answer is rather complex, and involves some very clever engineering.
That 5.2-liter V10 has been tuned to produce 640 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. It revs to 8,500 RPM, and sounds like the devil reanimated. This engine is paired to a quick-shifting 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. All of this sits about 12-inches away from the back of the driver’s seat, and, as Stumph’s video shows, it’s an effective instrument of speed, and laughter.
It also helps that the Performante treatment drops a claimed 35 kg (80 lbs) from the little Lambo’s curb weight, dropping the figure to 3,300 lbs. This lightweight treatment comes courtesy of extensive carbon fiber componentry, which is actually next-generation ‘forged carbon composite,’ that is both more rigid and lighter than conventional carbon fiber.
Of course, fast lap times don’t come from raw power, alone, so this lightened Lambo also has some of the most advanced technology ever seen from the brand. The Huracan Performante makes use of Lamborghini’s ‘ALA’ system. ALA stands for Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, and it means those gorgeous carbon composite elements on the front and rear fascias, including that big spoiler, actively move around to optimize the car’s aerodynamics at all speeds, and in all conditions.
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Last, but certainly not least, the double wishbone suspension has been optimized for the new, wider wheel and tire package. With 20-inch wheels at all four corners, it features a 245 section-width front tire and a massive 305 section-width rear tire. All-wheel drive is still standard equipment.
Oh, the Spyder treatment, which trades a hardtop for a soft one, supposedly has minimal effect on it’s overall effectiveness, Lamborghini claims.
How does it drive? Well, according to Stumph’s reactions, we’re going to guess well. The Huracan Performante he commands is in chase with another Performante Spyder, driven by a ‘factory driver.’ Our host goes through the gears with gleeful joy. Up, up and up, only to bring it back down several gears, near instantly, as he tackles a very technical looking winding road.
The rakish Lambo looks, sounds and even feels excellent through this online screen. Stumph, at one point, proclaims that it’s “easy to do a review when you have nothing bad to say about the car,” and we certainly agree. We hope to see Lamborghini continue tuning and improving it’s line-up of naturally-aspirated, high RPM V10 and V12 engines for years to come.