Lamborghini just revealed a rear-wheel drive version of the last year in Frankfurt unveiled Lamborghini Huracán Spyder. The Huracán RWD promises to be even more engaging and ‘combine the lifestyle appeal of the convertible with the pure on-road experience of the Huracán’s rear-wheel drive technologies.’
For the sake of performance and efficiency the Lamborghini models come with all-wheel drive as standard these days, with a rear-wheel drive version usually following a year later. The first introduced all-wheel drive Huracán Spyder remains faster than the RWD version, thanks to an extra 30 hp output and the fact that power is diverted to all four wheels.
The new RWD variant packs the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine which it shares with the Audi R8 V10. In the Huracán Spyder RWD it’s good for 580 hp (426 kW) and a max torque of 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm. This is quite the difference with the all-wheel drive version, which produces 610 hp and 560 Nm of peak torque. This contrast in output is also represented in on road performance of both Spyder versions.
The standard Huracán Spyder hits 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds while the RWD version takes 3.6 seconds, and the difference in top speed is 5 km/h (324 km/h opposed to 319 km/h). In reality this difference in performance would be hardly noticeable and the increased driver engagement through rear wheel drive should more than make up for it.
The Lamborghini Huracán Spyder can be further distinguished from the four-wheel drive version by its modestly redesigned front and rear apron. It has a slightly more aggressive design on both ends while other features are the same as in the four-wheel drive Spyder.
Highlights of the Huracán Spyder include a soft top that opens and closes in about 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h and the Italian brand’s latest infotainment system with 12.3-inch tft screen. Reserved for the RWD version are 19-inch Kari wheels shod with Pirelli Pzero tires that are exclusively developed for the RWD Spyder.
In terms of engineering the RWD version is further set apart through the car’s weight distribution. Weight distribution is biased 40% at the front / 60% at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle compared to the Huracán 4WD version. An array of other technologies are housed in the open-top Italian supercar, including the electronic power steering that is specifically fine-tuned for the RWD setup with Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) remaining optional, and the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI), the Huracán’s sensor system that is placed in the center of gravity of the car, tracing all 3D movements.
With a aluminum and carbon fiber based chassis for ultimate stiffness and the installment of springs and an anti-rollbar sitting on double-wishbone suspension, the RWD Spyder certainly speaks your language when it comes to dynamic driving. The RWD version will be showed at this year’s LA Auto Show and should arrive at local showrooms from January 2017.