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Lamborghini Huracan Spyder goes rear-wheel drive for 2017

Published: 16 November 2016

► Rear-drive Huracan gets a convertible version
► 30bhp less powerful than the regular awd car
► Not much slower – 0-62mph still only takes 3.6sec

When we drove the rear-wheel-drive LP 580-2 version of Lamborghini’s Huracan supercar, we declared it ‘the best Huracan money can buy.’ Now, if you’re a sunseeker with a penchant for rear-driven thrills, there’s an even better one.

Just as the Huracan coupé is available in both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel-drive form, Lamborghini’s now done the same for the open-topped Huracan Spyder.

The new rear-driven Spyder’s been revealed officially for the first time at a private event ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles motor show.

Read CAR’s review of the rear-drive Huracan coupe here.

Rear-wheel-drive Huracan Spyder: what’s the story?

Same motorised soft-top as the regular Huracan Spyder, an open-or-shut case in 17 seconds, while the car’s in motion at up to 31mph.

It gets the same 572bhp power output as the rwd Huracan LP 580-2 coupe, too, developed at a glorious-sounding 8000rpm. That’s 30bhp less than the all-wheel-drive Huracan Spyder, but buyers are unlikely to mind – top speed’s a hardly sluggish 198mph, and 0-62mph takes 3.6sec.

It’s 33kg lighter than the awd Spyder, and weight distribution has shifted slightly rearwards, for a 40:60 front:rear split.

A slightly different design front and rear helps differentiate the 2wd Spyder, with larger front air intakes helping to cram in some extra cooling air flow, and a small amount of extra front-end downforce.

Like the rwd Huracan 580-2 coupe, the Spyder gets its own specific-to-the-car Pirelli P Zeroes, on 19in rims.

Read CAR’s review of the regular all-wheel-drive Huracan Spyder here.

Will it be cheaper than the regular Huracan Spyder?

Lambo says the new machine will be ‘priced between the two- and all-wheel-drive coupe models.’ Let’s do some blank-filling, then: the 2wd coupe costs circa £156k, and the 4wd coupe £181k. The 4wd Spyder cost £205k at launch, so it sounds like its 2wd sibling could be a steal. Relatively speaking, obviously.

Either way, if you want one you’ll need to let your local Lambo dealer know before January 2017 to ensure a spot on the waiting list.

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder 2wd

By James Taylor

Former features editor for CAR, occasional racer