2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder first drive review

Before this week, I had driven a Lamborghini once. It was a Gallardo Spyder and I drove it about four miles in the mid-2000s. That wasn't enough time to get much of an impression, but I remember that the V-10 provided ridiculous power and an ear-searing engine note. The engine also vibrated like a washing machine with a brick in it. It wasn't a refined car, but it's raw nature made it quite appealing.

Almost a decade after that experience, I attended my first Lamborghini press drive this week in Miami. Given that I would be driving the Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder, a 610-horsepower supercar, I was hoping for a day of track time and twisty roads. Given that the event was in Miami, I was also hoping that the weather would be 75 and sunny. I'll have to wait until my next Lamborghini experience to get any of that.

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With its soft convertible top, Lamborghini doesn't tout the Huracán Spyder for its performance. Lambo calls the Spyder its "lifestyle" car and therefore this was more of a lifestyle trip that involved low-speed cruising on Miami's streets. Unfortunately, it also involved a lot of rain, too.

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder, First Drive Miami 2016

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder, First Drive Miami 2016

Performance roots

Lamborghini may say the Huracán Spyder is its lifestyle car, but that doesn't mean it isn't a performer. After all, it shares its aluminum spaceframe with the Huracán coupe (as well as the upcoming 2017 Audi R8), and that structure, which uses carbon fiber for the firewall and central tunnel, is light and strong. Torsional rigidity is up 40 percent compared to the Gallardo Spyder, and Lamborghini says the droptop is almost as sturdy as the coupe.

The engine is also shared with the Huracán coupe and the R8. It is a 5.2-liter V-10 that kicks out 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. It features Lambo's “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata,” which is Italian for direct and port fuel injection. Providing both types of fuel injection creates fewer emissions upon startup and allows the computer to choose which type of injection works best for the throttle demands. Compared to the coupe, however, this V-10 adds start/stop technology and cylinder deactivation, both of which help it improve emissions by 14 percent over the V-10 in the Gallardo Spyder. 

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The V-10 is mated to the "Lamborghini Doppia Frizione” seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the power is sent to all four wheels thanks to standard all-wheel drive.

All that adds up to jaw-dropping performance. The Huracán Spyder can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds (probably about 3.2 seconds for the 0 to 60 run), vault from 0 to 124 mph in 10.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 201 mph. The max speed is possible with the top up or down.

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