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Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder drops top in Geneva

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Lamborghini has unveiled the Huracan Performante Spyder at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, a year after unveiling the Performante coupe at the same place.

As for the headline figures, the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 produces 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, same as the coupe. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission sends power to the all-four wheels. However, the 0-100 km/h sprint happens in 3.1 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe, understandably.

The Performante Spyder weighs 35 kg less than the standard Huracan Spyder, but a substantial 125 kg heavier than the Performante coupe (1,507 kg Vs 1,382 kg dry weight), which also explains the 0.2 second slower sprint time. Top speed however, is the same as the coupe at 325 km/h.

Weight-to-power ratio is at 2.35 kg/hp, with weight distribution front/rear of 43/57%. Just to compare, the Performante coupe’s ratio is 2.16 kg/hp.

The roof opens in 17 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph). The rear window can also be electrically opened, which functions as a windshield when closed. When the roof is down, the Performante Spyder’s design incorporates two movable fins, which rise out of the folding roof casing and continue the roofline from seatbacks to the rear of the car, lending the Spyder its distinctive silhouette. An integrated duct within the fins reduces turbulence in the headroom during open-top driving. Two additional, removable wind guards help reduce wind buffeting so that the occupants can hear each other even at high speeds.

Priced at €219,585 in Europe, $308,859 in US, excluding taxes.

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