Whether Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder is running or not, one gets impressed by it.
The battle for the highly sought-after lap record at the Nürburgring is a constant struggle between car manufacturers. For a period, it was Lamborghini and their model Huracán Performante who had the record for serial-produced standard cars of 6 minutes and 52 seconds. Unfortunately, they were beaten by the sibling company Porsche and its model GT2 RS.
However, what Porsche has not released, which Lamborghini has, is a roofless version of the same model with which they set the record. The combination of the superb sounding V10 engine, performance and road management along with it being a convertible is unbeatable. The matte deep blue base color (Blu Aegeus) on the press car I borrowed from Lamborghini in Italy did not make matters worse.
“The Performante version was launched in 2017 as a fit-for-track version of the Huracán”
The story of Lamborghini is long and, as most know, it allegedly began with the founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, being dissatisfied with a Ferrari he had bought. Though before that he had created a fortune by starting to manufacture oil radiators, air conditioning units and tractors (1949) which were in high demand during Italy’s economic boom following the Second World War. Enzo Ferrari dismissed the criticism, so Ferruccio took the matter into his own hands, constructing his own Gran Turismo machine that met his demands for quality and detail work.
The first model, released in 1963, was the little-known 350GT which had a 3.5-liter V12 engine designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, but the real success came in 1966 when they launched the legendary Miura which had a transverse V12 mid-engine of 3,929 cc and 350/385 hp. 765 of them were built. Since then, Lamborghini has had a rollercoaster history with a number of owners including Chrysler and Audi (read: VW). But also iconic models like the Espada, Urraco, Countach, Diablo, LM002 and Murciellago.
The model Huracán came about after the hit model Gallardo helped make Lamborghini the company they are today. Audi, after taking ownership in ’98, have been integral to that process. As the first model after the takeover, Gallardo was produced in just over 14,000 copies. The performance version was launched at Geneva's car convention in 2017 and then as a track-ready version of the Huracán. More downforce thanks to the large carbon fiber wing, better air intake a new exhaust system and lower weight are the things that make the Performante faster than the standard version.
But there is also a system that Lamborghini themselves named ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) that makes a difference. The system means that the wing and spoiler in the front are active and controlled via a computer for optimum areodynamics and which makes the downforce more efficient. However, these figures change slightly with the roofless version. The 40 kilos lost from the usual Huracán has increased by 125 kilos due to the convertible top. Compared to the usual Spyder version of the Huracán, however, 35 kilos have been shaved off. This in turn allows the car to get from zero to one hundred in 3.1 seconds, which is two tenths slower than the coupe version of the Performant.
But these are numbers you have to live with if you want to enjoy the sun without a roof in your way. To do so, only 15 seconds are required to lower the ceiling and it can be done at speeds up to 50 kilometers per hour. The top speed of 325 km / h, however, has not changed from the roofed version.
The pleasure of sitting in the Huracán Performante Spyder, folding down the ceiling and pressing the start button under the red flap in the center console and hearing the V10 engine roaring to life, is total. Few engines, if any, convey such deep and brutal enjoyment as this one, which without either turbo or a compressor generates 640 horsepower. People at the roadside can't help but look as you blow past with the Sport/Corsa-mode engaged and the engine spitting and crackling during the downshifts.
Lamborghini has mostly produced four-wheel drive cars of their models. This in turn means that you have incredibly good control of the car in virtually all modes. You do not have to worry that the car should oversteer as soon as you press a little too much on the gas, even when the anti-skid system is engaged in the sport mode. Certainly, the car still whips its tail back and forth a bit, but the drive on the front wheels keeps the car on the road. At higher speeds, it is clearly noticeable how stable the car is.
The gearbox is a seven-step double clutch box and the gears can be operated either completely automatically or via the large paddles in carbon fiber behind the steering wheel. With each downshift the car automatically rev-matches, as the unburnt fuel ignites and lets off that characteristic crackle.
Pedal to the metal again, and the sound space is filled with a wonderful roar from the engine when approaching the red zone at 8,500 revs. The only thing I can feel is total euphoria! How long we can have the pleasure of experiencing this I leave unsaid given the prevailing political circumstances surrounding the internal combustion engine, but if there is a car to own before this era is over then it is the Lamborghini Huracán Performant Spyder!
|Lamborghini Huracán Performing Spyder
Starting price: From SEK 2.6 million.
This article was originally published in Voyage Magazine.