When I was a kid, I picked up a copy of Car and Driver with a Lamborghini Countach on the cover. It was red in all of its iconic 80s glory and before I knew it I was hooked. I had the posters, the calendars and wore out my VCR watching the 60 Minutes episode when Morley Safer visited the Lambo factory. And even though I’m nearing my 20th year of critiquing cars, until now I’ve never had one of these to test drive. And the new Huracan Spyder has made it worth the wait.
When you’ve been admiring something or someone from afar for 3 decades and then finally procure an introduction, it can either be everything you had wished for or achingly disappointing. But even if I hadn’t ever flipped the gatekeeper to the push button of a lifetime, I think I would have still been glowing about my Lamborghini experience. I mean, just to enjoy it visually is pure satisfaction! It’s the new open top version of the brand’s gateway car, the 2016 Huracan Spyder. Using the term entry-level seems asinine, but in fact the Huracan is the V10-powered Lambo starter car, where this LP 610-4 Spyder carries a starting MSRP of $267,545 including destination and a gas guzzler tax. It’s the very definition of wedge-shaped and with just about enough ground clearance to slip your foot under the front clip, it’s ultra-low and wide-bodied. In an automotive landscape dulled by copycat styling, the Huracan looks only like the fantasy car of your dreams. And any concerns you may have had about the convertible’s styling infringing upon the awesomeness can be immediately put to rest. The cloth top is fully electronic and can be activated at speeds up to about 30mph, where is rests perfectly hidden atop the engine bay.