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Open Season in Miami - 2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder - First Drive +VIDEO




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Open Season in Miami - Lamborghini Huracan Spyder – First Drive

By Nicholas Frankl
Senior Editor
The Auto Channel


Nothing says "I’ve arrived" like a new Lamborghini. There’s something special and exotic about this legendary brand that still resonates with both the purist and casual admirer alike. Consequently, cruising roof down in a brand new, not-seen-before matte black Huracan Spyder on historic Ocean Drive in South Beach Miami was akin to bringing a new Gulfstream G650 jet to your 30th anniversary school reunion.


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I was immediately welcomed at the VIP parking slot in front of the famous Avalon hotel – in fact the owner leaped out to move his motorcycle and make more room and then offered me a complimentary mimosa! I took advantage of the free parking and requested a rain check on the booze.


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The all-new LP 610-4 develops 610bhp from its normally aspirated (a dying breed it sadly seems) and rather glorious V10 that red lines at 8700 RPM and takes you and your windswept hair from 0-62 in 3.4 seconds (two tenths, if you can count them, slower than the coupe), 0-124 in 10.2 and, if your face can take it, to over 200mph. It weighs 120 Kg more than the coupe, but I’m pleased to report doesn’t appear to suffer any unruly scuttle shake when pressed around bumpy roads and is 40% stiffer than its predecessor, the still excellent to drive Gallardo. The soft top folds in just 17 seconds and can activate up to 31 mph, which demonstrates just how stiff the car must be, otherwise the engineers would have been fretting about twisting the mechanism.


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A spirited drive from South Beach over the 395 causeway - essentially a lovely smooth drag strip when traffic free - onto a long left on-ramp leading to the I-95 and a blast down to a quiet and 4-lane wide straight away that leads to Key Biscayne was exactly what this black devil needed.
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Admittedly there wasn’t really anywhere to test the handling, as there aren’t any real corners in Miami, but that didn’t stop the V10 roaring and propelling the 3400lb beast at an extremely high rate of speed, more than adequate for mere mortals and realistically as fast as any super car I’ve driven including the recent McLaren 657 LT and Ferrari 488.


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Importantly, at least for this writer, is the emotion of the Huracan. Ok, so I’d still buy the manual transmission if it was offered, but that’s not the way the new breed of owners like their medicine. That said, its significantly more engaging on an emotional level, in no small part because there are no turbos attached to it. It boasts a silky 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, sophisticated and superior 12.8 inch integrated TFT infotainment system with a kick ass stereo, triple mode engine and suspension settings that combine a 14% fuel saving improvement with auto engine start and cylinder deactivation, plus multiple airbags, and auto roll-over hoop protection. Lamborghini has managed to engineer a very quiet, one could even say docile ‘every day driver' for town use that at heart is an, aggressive and exhilarating super car that can take on the competition without any excuses and could only come from one small town on the outskirts of Modena. Thank goodness the world can still produce wonderful Lamborghinis like this one.



2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Specs and Pricing

Price: Approx $207,511 (186.450 Euros + taxes)
Customer deliveries begin in spring 2016
Chassis Hybrid chassis made from aluminum and carbon fiber
Bodyshell Outer skin made from aluminum, and composite material, high quality soft top
Suspension Aluminum double-wishbone suspension
Springs and dampers Steel springs and hydraulic dampers. magneto-rheological damper control available as an option
ESC ESC/ABS characteristics can be adjusted via ANIMA, ESC can be deactivated
Brakes Hydraulic dual-circuit brake system with
vacuum brake servo unit, six-piston calipers
at the front, four-piston calipers at the rear
Brake discs Carbon-ceramic brake discs, ∅
380 x 38 mm front, ∅ 356 x 32 mm rear
Steering Electromechanical power steering, optional LDS steering with variable ratio
Tires (standard) Pirelli 245/30 R20 (front) – 305/30 R20 (rear)
Wheels (standard) 8.5J x 20'' (front) – 11J x 20'' (rear)
Mirrors Electrically controlled exterior mirrors
Airbags Full size dual-stage front airbags
Full size lateral airbags

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

ENGINE

Type Ten-cylinder V, 90°, IDS+MPI dual injection
Displacement 5204 cm3
Bore / stroke Ø 84,5 mm x 92,8 mm
Valve control Intake and exhaust camshafts with continually variable adjustment
Compression ratio 12.7 : 1
Max. power 449 kW / 610 hp at 8,250 rpm
Max. torque 560 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Emissions class EURO 6
Exhaust treatment Four catalysts with lambda regulation
Cooling system Water and oil cooling systems
Engine Management Bosch MED 17
Master slave
Lubrication Dry sump

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

DRIVE
Type All-wheel drive with electrohydraulic multiplate clutch
Transmission 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, shift characteristics variable via Drive Select Mode

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

PERFORMANCE
Vmax 324 km/h (201 mph)
0-100 km/h (0 -62 mph) 3.4 s
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 10.2 s

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 2,620 mm
Length 4,459 mm
Width 1,924 mm
Width (incl. exterior mirrors) 2,236 mm
Height 1,180 mm
Track front 1,668 mm
Track rear 1,620 mm
Turning circle 11.5 m
Weight (dry) 1,542 kg
Weight/power 2.53 kg/hp
Weight Distribution 43 % (front) – 57 % (rear)

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

CAPACITIES
Fuel tank 83 liters

2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

CONSUMPTION**
Urban 17.5 l/100 km
Extra-urban 9.2 l/100 km
Combined 12.3 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 285 g/km