FOR JUST a moment, last week’s Frankfurt motor show had the makings of a green car revolution, where electric or hybrid cars could be found on the stand of every big manufacturer and all the talk was of longer range and faster charging.
Thank heavens, then, for Lamborghini, which dropped the roof of its new Huracan Spyder sports car, blowing a raspberry at the saintly cars surrounding it.
The flamboyant roadster took centre stage on Lamborghini’s stand, squaring up as a rival to the new Ferrari 488 GTB Spider, also revealed at Germany’s largest car show.
Unlike the Ferrari, however, which features a new generation of efficient twin-turbo engines, the Huracan Spyder continues to rely on brawn over brains. It is powered by a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10, which offers plenty of music and muscle — 602bhp at 8250rpm.
On sale in the spring and priced from about £205,000, the Huracan Spyder has a fabric roof — available in black, red or brown — that is electrically operated at speeds up to 31mph and folds away beneath an extravagantly styled cover in 17 seconds, according to its Italian maker.
The glass rear window, situated just behind the headrests, can be opened so drivers can let in more engine noise when driving with the roof up in the rain, for example. Conversely, it can be closed when the top is dropped to keep wind buffeting to a minimum — though quite how effective a windbreak it will be at 201mph, the Huracan Spyder’s top speed, is open to question.
As with the coupé version of the Huracan, four-wheel drive is standard (helping the 0-62mph time of just 3.4 seconds) and the driver has a choice of three driving modes — Strada, Sport and Corsa — which are selected via a button on the steering wheel and controlled by a system known in Lamborghini circles as Anima (advanced network intelligent management).