Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder launched in India at Rs 3.54 crore
Want your sideways machine to go topless? Say hello to the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder
There are few cars out there like the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder. It's a car that packs the perfect ingredients for the Thrill of Driving and also doubles up as an open-air orchestra. It's topless, naturally aspirated, mid-engined and rear-wheel-drive!
Following its global launch last year, the first customer car has arrived in India and it will soon be handed over to one of Lamborghini’s discerning clients in Mumbai at a whopping Rs 3.54 crore, ex-showroom, demanding Rs 32 lakh more than the hard top Huracan Evo RWD. Except for a few design and aerodynamic upgrades, the Spyder is largely similar to its coupe stablemate and is right up there on the performance front.
First let’s dissect the lusty design. The highlight is of course the soft-top which neatly tucks into the rear at the press of a button, within 17 seconds, even while driving at upto 50kmph. Among the less screaming differentiators are elements like the new front splitter, vertical fins with larger framed air intakes and a redesigned diffuser that’s unique to this version. Then there’s also a small electronically operated rear window that functions as a windshield when up and let’s the V10’s thunderous roar inside the cabin when down.
Despite that, Lamborghini has managed to retain the performance of the hardtop thanks to clever aerodynamics. There are removable lateral windshields which allow the Huracan Evo RWD Spyder to punch a hole in the air, keeping aerodynamic drag at bay. Thanks to this, Lamborghini claims that passengers can speak comfortably at high speeds.
The Huracan Evo RWD is based on an aluminium-carbonfibre hybrid chassis. It gets double-wishbone suspension on all corners while ‘MagneRide’ electronic dampers are available as an option. It also gets massive 365mm front and 305mm rear ventilated discs; the former gets clamped onto by eight piston calipers while the latter gets four piston caliper units. Standard tyre set-up includes Pirelli P Zero units wrapped around 19-inch machine-cut alloys.
Don’t let the topless show biz woo you too much for the real drama resides underneath the sharp rear bodywork. Like its coupe sibling, the Huracan Evo RWD Spyder continues with the soon-to-die 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 that produces a colossal 602bhp and 560Nm, down by 30bhp and 40Nm compared to the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Huracan. It sprints to 100kmph in 3.5 seconds, down by two tenths of a second compared to the hard top while top whack is 324kmph.
There’s a specially calibrated traction control system that changes the character of the car according to the drive modes. Strada minimises rear-wheel-slippage, prioritising safety. Sport lets you have more fun, allowing the rear wheel to slide and skate during acceleration, with the system cutting power when it thinks that the oversteer angles are breaching the pre-set limits. Corsa meanwhile optimises the drive for maximum traction and agility and is best-suited for the racetrack.
Hybrid Lamborghinis are coming
Now is the time to cherish this dying breed of Lamborghinis for the Italian supercar maker has ambitious plans of going green. 2024 onwards, all Lamborghinis will be hybridised and in the second half of this decade, the brand will introduce an all-electric Lambo that will kickstart a fourth model series following the Aventador, Huracan and Urus range. Good news is that the V12s will not die and Lamborghini flagships in the foreseeable future will be electrified V12s.