Since the launch of the Lamborghini Huracan, it’s been well-known that it shares the same basic chassis and engine as the second-gen Audi R8. Though, the Huracan is more powerful, faster and much more expensive. However, its extra speed and performance was never so much greater than the R8’s that it justified its significant price bump. Then Lamborghini debuted the Huracan Performante and that notion changed. Even more so now that Lamborghini has the Huracan Performante Spyder and the notion that the Italian isn’t worth the extra money over the R8 is nonsense. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder is worth whatever the hell those Italians ask for it.
In this new video from The Smoking Tire, Matt Farah takes the Huracan Performante Spyder into the stunning canyon roads of California and I’ve never been more jealous of another car journalist. The Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder is good but it’s not this good.
Lamborghini has always been a brand about excitement, even if it comes from losing a bit of handling or capability to its rivals. For instance, Ferraris have always been the more delicate, engaging driving cars but Lambos have always been loud, flamboyant speed machines; fast in a straight line and wild to look at but not nearly as nice to drive. With the Performante Spyder, you get both: incredible handling and sensational excitement.
To make it handle better, Lamborghini dropped almost 100 pounds from the regular Huracan Spyder and added a ton of very clever aerodynamics, which we’ve previously covered before. Then, it bumped power up to 640 hp and gave it stickier tires, better suspension and sharper steering. The end result is one of the finest driving supercars of the past decade and one that will thrill anyone who drives it.
Most importantly, though, is its noise. That 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 makes the most glorious noises, especially when your really pin the throttle up near the 8,000 rpm mark. With the Spyder version, you get to hear it even more, thanks to its lack of roof. In this video, just from the GoPro sound recording from inside the car, it sounds like aural nirvana. Just watch the video; watch how effortlessly it handles the canyon roads at what seems like absurd speeds, listen to its astonishing noise and see how the horizon blurs past its windshield like stars whizzing by on the Millennium Falcon at light speed.