With a supercar at my disposal, it was tempting to push the Huracán Spyder to find its performance limits. On this day, however, the rain put a kibosh on any of that activity. The most I could experience was a few bursts of acceleration, which was quite thrilling in its own right. The V-10 emits a throaty "whumm" when fired up, and its melody is a constant companion that sounds better than any music you can play on the optional Sensonum audio system. The soundtrack is louder and more in your face than you get with the 2017 Audi R8, it pops and crackles when you let off the gas, and the throttle pedal acts like a volume knob. It's a little obnoxious but in line with the Huracán's aggressive personality.
The dual-clutch transmission is perfectly in tune with the V-10. It reacts differently based on what mode the Advanced Network Intelligence Management (ANIMA) system is in. It's fairly docile in the base Strada mode, and more aggressive the Sport and track-ready Corsa modes. In fact, when in Sport or Corsa, the transmission is always in the right gear to make the power readily available. ANIMA also adjusts the performance of the engine, exhaust, all-wheel-drive system, and electronic stability control. In Sport or Corsa, the ESC is cut back 40 percent to let the tail hang out in corners.
I'd like to tell you about the handling and sing the praises of the Huracán Spyder's on-track performance, but a day of driving on rainy city streets makes that impossible. Instead, I drove the car like many of its owners will, cruising the streets, looking conspicuous, and attracting plenty of attention in South Beach. In that type of drive, the ride proved to be firm but not punishing, and I detected no cowl shake. The optional magnetorheological shocks help make it livable on the street and agile on the track. Lamborghini Dynamic Steering is also optional. It adjusts the ratio depending on speed, but again, I didn't really experience that. And while I never needed heavy braking, the brakes have a progressive pedal and the standard carbon ceramic rotors are almost guaranteed to be strong enough for racetrack duty.
My second turn behind the wheel of a Lamborghini wasn't a complete bust. I'm left with the impression that Audi's influence gives the Huracán Spyder a shot of welcomed refinement, while Lamborghini's passionate Italian character still shines through in design, power, performance, and outright aggression.
After a somewhat disappointing day of rain on slow, straight city streets, Lamborghini threatened to make a Huracán Spyder available in California so I can rip through canyon roads. It sounds like my third turn in a Lamborghini will be the charm. I'll be happy to report on that experience if I can make it happen this summer.