2017 Lamborghini Huracan
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Photo: David McCowen

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Dom Tripolone | Mar, 07 2018 | 0 Comments

Lamborghini has taken the top off its hardcore racer. 

The Italian supercar maker has removed the covers from its Huracan Performante Spyder at the 2018 Geneva motor show. 

Following on from the coupe version – which was revealed at last year's Geneva show – the convertible utilises the same uprated V10 engine and active aerodynamics. 

“The Huracan Performante already provides the most heightened feedback and emotion from road and track, and the Huracan Performante Spyder puts the driver even closer to asphalt and air, as well as the unique resonance of a naturally-aspirated Lamborghini engine,” said Lamborghini chief executive Stefano Domenicali. 

The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated engine has been tuned to produce 470kW and 600Nm, a jump of 21kW and 40Nm over the stock Huracan Spyder. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic delivers power to all four wheels. 

A reduction of 35 kilograms over the regular version also adds to the increase in performance that enables the drop-top to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 3.1 seconds along with a top speed of 325km/h. 

Active aerodynamic features help reduce drag and increase downforce, with a large rear wing and a front wing the main proponents of the improved aerodynamics compared to the regular Huracan. 

The Spyder's coupe sibling held the record for the fastest production car around the Nurburgring with a time of 6m52s lap time, beating the former champion Porsche 918 Spyder. That record has since been broken by the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS which completed the lap in 6m47s. 

Lamborghini hasn't released any information on Australian pricing, but the current Performante Coupe costs in excess of $500,000 locally, and the Spyder variant would therefore be in the $550,000-$600,000 range locally. 

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