How do you take a phenomenal supercar and make it even better?
Why, you cut the roof off, of course.
This is the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spider.
It's a top list followup to one of my favorite supercars of the moment, and less roof means more noise from that 600 horsepower V10 that's mounted in the rear.
But it does mean a few compromises too.
Let's start by talking about what hasn't changed, and behind me is the same 5.2 liter V10 engine found in the coupe which puts 600 horsepower down through all four wheels.
And you need that all-wheel drive because it's got more than enough power to spin all four to spin all four of the 20 inch Pirellis that are sitting on the corners of this car.
That power goes through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission that's controlled by these ridiculously huge paddles behind the wheel here.
In fact, everything in the interior here is ridiculous.
Which is one the things I love about the Huracan.
Look the dashboard and all these toggle switches and this flip up cover for the ignition.
I can't help but imagine that the interior designer was a 12 year old kid sitting in his bedroom surrounded by posters of jet fighters and weapons when he designed this thing.
and sitting in here, it makes me feel like a 12-year-old again.
And I've got to say, not too many cars make you feel like a 12-year-old.
The big change is, of course, the top.
It's fabric this time to save weight.
It goes down in about 17 seconds, and crucially, you can open it at speeds up to 30 miles an hour.
So if you get caught in the rain, you won't have to come to a complete stop.
Or you can just speed up.
Keep it over about 40 and you and your lucky passenger will stay dry, even with the top down.
Got a power top and the other changes they've made to this car, have added about 200 pounds over the base coupe
That's taken the 0 to 60 time down from 3.2 seconds to about 3.4 seconds.
Which looks something like this [SOUND] I'd say that feels pretty good.
Down a little bit.
The handling of this car hasn't really been compromised either.
Back in the old days when they wanted to take the Italian super car and make it a convertible, they called Giuseppe and tell him to go out to the shed and get the sawah.
These days, it's all very different.
The carbon tub in the Huracan is plenty stiff enough to work with [INAUDIBLE] and so the handling isn't compromised.
Lamborghini didn't have to soften up the suspension on the Spyder, and there's none of the annoying cowl shake or vibrations you can get in some more flabby convertibles.
In fact, with the top up, you'd hardly even know you're in convertible, so long as you don't spend too much time poking at the headliner.
One thing you might notice is a bit of a lack of head room.
I'm only about six feet tall, but I do have [INAUDIBLE] short legs, and I'm slouching down a lot.
If I sit up straight, yeah.
But the biggest advantage of the convertible, is that you get to appreciate that sound.
That glorious sound.
And I'll shut up now, so that you can appreciate it too.
So it's a little heavier than the coupe and a little bit slower to 60 but there's one more compromise you and I should discuss and that's the cost.
To get in one of these you're looking at at least $262,000, that's $25,000 more than the coupe.
Is it worth it?
Well let's be honest.
If you can afford a Huracan you can probably afford to drop another 25 grand to go with the Spyder.
And let me assure you, there's no better way to appreciate the sound of that V10 than with the top down.
So unless you really hate being conspicuous, I would definitely say that you should go with the Spyder.
Though I do hope you live somewhere Some here then in a few tonight.