Nobody can fault Lamborghini for not maximizing its tiny product line. As soon as a new wrinkle is introduced, it filters down to the entire lineup as surely as night follows day in a carefully spaced cadence intended to keep people’s attention on the house of the bull. Thus, as a prelude to this year’s Los Angeles auto show, Lamborghini has unveiled a rear-drive Huracán Spyder, which joins the drift-o-matic rear-drive coupe introduced late last year and the four-wheel-drive Spyder that came earlier this year.
The LP580-2 Spyder runs a slightly detuned 571-hp 5.2-liter V-10, as does the coupe, directing its 398 pound-feet of peak (and peaky, reached at 6500 rpm) torque exclusively to the two fat meats in back. Some mild cosmetic changes in front are said to increase downforce to compensate for the loss of about 75 pounds in front-axle driveline hardware, and the price should drop a bit, as it does with the rear-drive coupe. Although the price of the new Huracán model has not been announced yet, the LP580-2 coupe lost more than $37,000 from the LP610-4’s base price.
The normally aspirated, dry-sump V-10 uses cylinder deactivation, cutting ignition to one five-cylinder bank when Superman strength isn’t needed from the engine. Running launch control on the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox can deliver 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds, says Lamborghini, which would be more than a full second slower than our own test of the four-wheel-drive LP610-4. Surely traction plays a role, but we’re also guessing that Lamborghini’s figure is conservative and the Spyder, on 19-inch Kari wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tires, should be a few tenths quicker than that estimate. Certainly the 198-mph advertised top speed is quick enough to clean off any loose follicles from your head, should you first engage the roof in its 17-second folding ballet, which is possible at speeds up to 31 mph.
Lamborghini said the suspension, steering, and electronic stability controls have been retuned for rear-wheel drive and that the weight balance shifts to 40 percent front, 60 percent rear. That should help make the rear-drive Spyder an active rotator indeed. As in the coupe, the Adaptive Network Intelligent Management (ANIMA) mode selector offers a choice of Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes, each one ratcheting down the stability-control interference and ratcheting up the throttle and the shift aggression. Now that there are coupe and roadster models, each offered in both front- and four-wheel-drive forms, we can start the countdown to special-edition Huracáns, probably starting with a lightened variant for 2018.