2017 Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder first drive review: a supercar throwback

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Have modern supercars become too soft? Pick pretty much any high-dollar exotic today and it's easy enough to use for an evening trip to a fancy dinner spot. Your date will be comfortable, and neither of you will be sweating due to the heat from the transmission tunnel. You won't have white knuckles when you pull up to the valet, and you won't even be worried when he takes over because you've left the car in the softest driving mode. For a change of pace and a return to classic supercar form, though, you could jump behind the wheel of the new Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder.

All-wheel-drive is great, but real hooligan fun is had when it's just the rear wheels doling out the power. You'll soon find the front wheels counter-steering as you employ long lurid slides and discharge smoke from a set of heavily taxed rear tires. The joy of a rear-wheel-drive supercar can bring a smile to anyone's face.

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With tantalizingly close to 600 horsepower on tap, the smiles are broader and the noises are delightfully louder. The Huracán RWD Spyder makes use of the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine you'll find in the all-wheel-drive version and its Audi R8 kissing cousin. Here in the right-wheel-drive version, it produces 572 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Power flows through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and it will launch you from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds.

Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

This is a car that demands attention. It's built for Miami or Newport Beach. It's built for slow but loud cruises down large boulevards with fancy stores and beautiful people lining the sidewalks. Despite all of that, it's also built for hot nasty speed and it delivers on that promise quite well.

Ditch the strip malls and overpriced clothing boutiques and head for the hills and the curvy canyon roads. This is where the car really shines. Attack the corners, and your hands will dance in time to the song on the radio, or better yet, the glorious, exhaust track from the V-10 as it sings to the heavens. The front end feels lighter than the all-wheel-drive version because there are fewer mechanical bits on the nose. Turn-in is sharp and the steering weight is appropriately heavy for a supercar.

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You can fix any tiny bit of understeer with a dash of right-foot-o-steer. Turn off the traction control and you'll be taken back to the time when supercars were super good at scaring the hell out of their drivers and passengers. Yes, you can still operate the Huracán RWD Spyder as a modern machine in fully automatic mode. Why do that, though? Drop the top. Flip the toggle from Strada to Sport or Corsa. Put ESC in to ESC Sport, and then mash your foot to the floor.

This is as close as you're going to get to the old world of classic supercars without finding out that it's actually terrible to drive a Countach. It's not terrible to drive this new Huracán.

It's wonderful.

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