LA Auto Show: 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder image

In front of the worldwide audience attending the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lamborghini Huracan with rear-wheel drive has dropped its top to reward buyers with the uninterrupted sound of the 580 horses.

Unless you don’t like Italian supercars, you already know the Huracan in RWD guise is quite the handful because it makes do without some horsepower compared to the AWD iteration but more than makes up for it in terms of pure driving pleasure. The new Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder arriving in Los Angeles has been building on the performance-oriented architecture and comes with a soft-top roof that needs just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 kmh) for the opening and closing operations. The RWD Huracan Spyder tips the scales at 3, 326 pounds (1,509 kilograms), which is 264 pounds (119 kilograms) heavier than the LP 580-2 coupe, but it’s still 74 pounds (86 kilograms) lighter than the all-wheel-drive LP 610-4 Spyder.


Fortunately, all 580 horsepower (426 kilowatts) and 398 pound-feet (540 Newton-meters) of torque are still on call thanks to the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10. It has a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.7 lbs/hp (2.6 kg/hp) and a weight distribution of 40 percent front, 60 percent rear, so the 60 mph (km/h) sprint is resolved in just 3.6 seconds – on to a maximum speed of almost 200 mph (321 km/h). Power is sent to the rear wheel using the seven-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission and there are splendid 19-inch Kari rims shod in bespoke Pirelli PZero tires.