There's a rift among supercar buyers, a division among those lucky few who drop unimaginable sums to own an exceptionally rare means of transportation. The first group are the adrenaline-seekers who crave performance, who look at horsepower and handling above all else. In the second group live those who want the lifestyle, the image and the attention associated with rolling up to the club in a car that very well may be worth more than the club itself.
The two groups tend to coexist rather peacefully, but with the new $262,350 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder, they may find themselves with more in common than just swollen bank accounts and enviously packed garages. Lamborghini's latest drop-top ticks all the right boxes from a performance standpoint, yet still has the outrageous presence and visibility to get you noticed wherever you go. This, dear readers, is a special machine.
Converted, not compromised
There was a time when buying a convertible version of a supercar meant getting a floppy, compromised version of the original. Lopping off the roof would kill the structural integrity, and the resulting car would flex and rattle through the turns. Handling irrevocably compromised, these became the lifestyle cars, looking and sounding great while offering maximum visibility to anyone within.
Thankfully, those days are largely gone, and here's proof. The Huracán Spyder is a soft-top version of oneon the road. It looks incredible from any angle, sounds incredible at any rev, and offers enough performance to make you feel like you're truly getting your money's worth -- even when we're talking about an awful, awful lot of money.
For the new Spyder, the compromises are few and the benefits many. It weighs about 200 pounds more than the hardtop, accelerates from 0 to 60 two-tenths of a second slower (3.4 seconds versus 3.2 in the coupe), and will roar on up to a top speed of 201 mph. That figure, at least, is exactly the same as before.
The top itself raises or lowers in 17 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph. Yes, it's fabric, but from the inside you hardly know it. The nondescript black headliner actually hides an advanced sandwich of materials that provide stability, noise absorption and a fair bit of insulation from the world outside.
And that's good, because I sadly spent much of my time testing the Spyder with the top up, in the rain, in the midst of an unseasonably chaotic spring.
On the open road
Water falling from the heavens is generally not considered ideal conditions for evaluating a convertible. However, rain does enable some unique testing. Thanks to this atmospheric situation, I was able to determine that one can quite comfortably drive the Huracán Spyder with the top down even in gentle rain -- so long as one keeps their speed up over about 40 miles per hour. Since the top can only be operated at speeds up to 30 mph, you'll need to choose your route carefully.
With the top up, the car is remarkably civilized. That is to say, as civilized as a 600-plus horsepower Italian supercar can be. There's very limited additional wind noise vs. the hardtop, only a little extra sound from those massive 20-inch Pirelli tires crashing through puddles will remind you there's nothing but fabric above.