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2017 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder: From coupe to topless streaker in 17 seconds flat (pictures)

How do you improve on an Italian model? You drop the top on the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder.

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2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder

FRANKFURT — Lamborghini peels the top back on the smaller of its two models with the unveiling of the Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show.

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The new model features the same powerplant as the fixed roof version, a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine mounted amidships.

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Most of what you need to know about this car can be discerned from its designation. LP is "longitudinale posteriore" indicating that the engine's crank is aligned from nose to tail.

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610-4 breaks down to an output of 610 PS (about 601 horsepower) being sent to all four wheels.

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With the top down, the Huracan logo can be seen embossed into the windshield hoop.

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The Spyder's roof is a motorized soft top.

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Between the engine and that AWD system is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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The new, power-retracting fabric roof can be opened in just 17 seconds.

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A sprint from 0 to 62 mph happens in just 3.4 seconds. Top speed is stated at 201 mph.

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The Huracan's design takes to the open-air configuration well.

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Ducts located behind the passenger compartment help to reduce turbulence when driving at high speed with the top down.

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A glass divider behind the seats can be power-operated and opened to let more engine noise into the cabin.

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Lambo's specs indicate that the Spyder is 265 pounds heavier than its fixed-roof twin, no doubt due to the roof mechanisms and chassis stiffening.

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The Spyder rolls on 20-inch wheels with staggered widths. The rear wheels are wider than the fronts.

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Lamborghini's angular design persists even on the instrument panel and the console buttons.

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Expect cabin tech with underpinnings similar to what Audi is currently doing, but with an exotic flair.

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The Huracan Spyder is set to arrive in Europe in early 2016 starting at 186,450 euros. I expect it will be priced more in line with the $280,000 McLaren 650S Spider when it reaches North America.

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