The Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder means you can have your baby Lambo in drafty, drifty, drop-top flavour in Singapore later this year, and for less than the regular Huracan Evo coupe at S$858k w/o COE
San Agata Bolognese
Lamborghini announced the virtual, global debut of its newest model, the Huracan Evo RWD Spyder, earlier in May with an augmented reality experience viewable through smartphones.
Lamborghini Singapore has recently confirmed that it is now on track for a third quarter launch in Singapore in 2020 for less than the price of the standard Huracan Evo coupe.
Normal people will be wondering what the hell the flurry of terms after ‘Lamborghini’ mean, and we explain here:
You will recognise the Huracan as Lamborghini’s replacement for its most successful model ever, the Gallardo, its entry-level two-seat coupe. Launched in 2014, the Huracan slots in under the V12-powered Aventador flagship. The Huracan recently had a major product improvement in 2019, which brings us to the ‘Evo’ part of the name.
‘RWD’, meanwhile, driving enthusiasts will recognise as standing for ‘rear-wheel drive’. That’s unique because the regular Huracan has all-wheel drive.
There’s already the Huracan Evo RWD coupe model, which also lacks all-wheel drive and has less horsepower. As a result it isn’t as quick in a straight line, but focuses more on unfiltered driving pleasure. The last word, ‘Spyder’ is simply the Italian term for a convertible sports coupe.
So the Spyder RWD is a convertible for driving purists who want a convertible with a little more wiggle to get their tongues’ wagging.
Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali sums up the car as one which, “…doubles the driving fun, delivering raw driving pleasure with the opportunity to celebrate life outside. experiencing the feedback and engagement from the set-up of a rear-wheel drive car where electronic intrusion is minimized, while enjoying the sense of freedom and spirit of life that only open-top driving provides.”
Any sports car with more than 500 horsepower is dancing the line between freedom and effing heck, but the RWD Spyder has 610hp from its naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10.
That’s 30hp less than the regular Huracan Spyder, which has 640hp and the benefit of all-wheel drive (and all-wheel steering). As a result, the RWD does 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds, some 0.4 seconds slower than the regular Spyder, but if you keep your foot planted you won’t be far behind – there’s only a one km/h difference in top speed.
With the differences in the driving experience, Lamborghini has also tuned the traction control system (Performance TCS) specially for the RWD models delivering 30 percent more oversteer (i.e. drift). It says the system will continue to deliver torque even after the conclusion of oversteer, during the stabilising phase, which means a less abrupt transition after lighting up the rear wheels. Selectable drive modes are also present to help you along, including Strada (‘Street’), Sport, and Corsa (‘Race’).
As it is with the rest of the Huracan family, the car has a hybrid carbonfibre-aluminium chassis with double-wishbone suspension – magnetic adaptive dampers are an option.
The cockpit has an active instrument display and 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. You can expect the usual sporting accoutrements, though like all cars in this segment, the appearance is highly dependent on how much you spend.
Not forgetting that this is a convertible, the Spyder has an automatic soft-top which can be stowed or deployed in 17 seconds, at speeds of up to 50km/h. The Spyder treatment means it’s 120kg heavier than its Coupe brother, but still 33kg lighter than the all-wheel drive Spyder model. Less weight, as we know, is always a plus for driving pleasure.
Compared to the regular all-wheel drive model, the RWD Spyder presents an interesting case for those who have the means. While we’re sure most Lamborghini owners won’t pause at cost, the RWD model is less expensive than the standard one.
Update: Lamborghini Singapore just confirmed our guess, with official pricing for the Spyder RWD at S$878,000 without a COE or options, which makes it a good S$80k less expensive than the Huracan Evo coupe, and a significant S$180k cheaper than the Huracan Evo Spyder, which goes for S$1,058,000 without COE.
Taking European pricing into account, the Huracan Evo costs 184,030 Euros, while the Spyder RWD costs 175,838 Euros (both price without VAT). So it’s a strong possibility the Huracan RWD Spyder could cost less than the Huracan Evo coupe’s S$958,000 without COE, or options, in Singapore.
Want a similar experience for even less cash? Audi’s R8 Spyder is closely-related to the Huracan, and almost equally fast and thrilling