When I was a kid, I picked up a copy of Carand Driver with a Lamborghini Countach on the cover.
It was red in all of its iconic80s glory and before I knew it I was hooked.
I had the posters, the calendars and woreout 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 hadone of these to test drive.
And the new Huracan Spyder has made it worth the wait.
When you’ve been admiring something or someonefrom afar for 3 decades and then finally procure an introduction, it can either be everythingyou had wished for or achingly disappointing.
But even if I hadn’t ever flipped the gatekeeperto the push button of a lifetime, I think I would have still been glowing about my Lamborghiniexperience.
I mean, just to enjoy it visually is pure satisfaction! It’s the new opentop version of the brand’s gateway car, the 2016 Huracan Spyder.
Using the term entry-levelseems asinine, but in fact the Huracan is the V10-powered Lambo starter car, where thisLP 610-4 Spyder carries a starting MSRP of $267,545 including destination and a gas guzzlertax.
It’s the very definition of wedge-shaped and with just about enough ground clearanceto slip your foot under the front clip, it’s ultra-low and wide-bodied.
In an automotivelandscape 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 theawesomeness can be immediately put to rest.
The cloth top is fully electronic and canbe activated at speeds up to about 30mph, where is rests perfectly hidden atop the enginebay.
I'm accustomed to getting into any new carand instantly feeling comfortable with the controls.
But a Lambo is a different animal.
It’s easy enough to manage the Italian withouta translator but the stalk-less steering wheel and unique switches took some getting usedto.
After firing it up in its default ‘Strada’ setting suited for stealthy neighborhood driving,I most often toggled over to ‘Sport” once I got out on the open road.
That’s’ wherethe 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and more importantly, the mind blowing exhaustsounds truly come to life.
Don’t look for the D.
To engage automatic drive, simply pullthe right paddle shifter.
Pressing M leaves the gear changes up to you via these fixed,metallic paddles but the transmission mapping is so absolutely spot on for the selectedmode I swear it’ll win over even the most ardent manual maniacs.
The Huracan’s uniquevoice can be heard from miles away and simply lifting off the throttle will invoke all kindsof intoxicating super car sounds that clearly distinguish it as an exotic.
Sadly, you can’tsee much of the 5.
2-liter V10 beyond the air boxes and oil sump but you’ll never forgetits presence and when it screams above 8,000 RPM neighboring zip codes are put on alert.
No scissor doors here, but lowering yourself inside becomes exponentially more difficultwith each year of age.
From the driver’s seat, the nose of the car is invisible andwithout the backup cam you have little visibility out the rear.
But the dimensions quickly becomeengrained in your memory.
That just leaves you and the expertness of the controls wherethe Huracan feels like you’re riding on Space Mountain but with a steering wheel.
With all-wheel drive and some fantastic Pirelli rubber, this car is as roller coaster-likeas anything I’ve ever driven.
You’d swear Lambo was interrogating your thoughts by howincredibly hooked-up this car truly is, with electric assist steering to die for.
It weighsonly 3,400 pounds thanks in part to its hybrid aluminum/carbon fiber fame and 57% of thatresides out back but the Huracan never exhibited any unwanted oversteer nor fun sapping understeer…justneutrality.
Switch over to the Corsa track setting with ESC off if you want to get ita little sideways.
This is also the setting for what Lambo calls Thrust Mode, an engineered0-to-60mph launch that barely takes 3.
And 610 horsepower will take you all the wayto a top speed of 201 mph if you dare.
And the once aspect of the Huracan that surprisesmore than perhaps even the breathtaking speed is the ride quality.
Magnetic shocks do abeautiful job of keeping the suspension amazingly compliant.
And with a new cylinder deactivationfeature killing one complete bank when it’s not needed, this Lambo’s 16mpg rating incombined driving is relatively impressive.
For me though, it’s the carbon ceramic brakes– I’ve never tested anything that stops are resolutely as this.
Everyone's been asking me; is it everythingyou had hoped? And frankly, the answer is no.
I had a preconceived notion that it wouldbe a handful to drive and perhaps a bit brutish.
But lo and behold the Huracan Spyder is asrefined and easy to drive as any luxury roadster on the market.
Confidence builds almost instantlyand with the top down it’s a peaceful place to be.
But of course when you're ready fortheatrics the Huracan does that too with you as the conductor, your right foot the batonand a 10 cylinder Italian symphony playing from behind.
Owing its infotainment system and some otherbits to parent company VW Group, if you understand Audi’s MMI system than you’ll have noproblem getting around here.
The display is integrated into driver center with a numberof configurable views.
You won’t find any cupholders and stuff it space is almost non-existentbut the fit, finish and quality is superb.
It looks just as awesome from the inside asit does from out.
And yes, this car shares much in common with the Audi R8 V10 Spyderbut now I’ve driven both and can wholeheartedly say the Lambo delivers a much richer flavorthrough and through.
You would not want to soil your hands in theunfortunate case of a flat tire.
Though you could seriously be comfortablehere for a lengthy road trip, there’s minimal luggage space.
My car adds about $20,000 inoptions, the priciest of which is the Lifting System that adds a switch to raise that frontend alleviating potential repairs.
And yes, automatic car washes are allowed.
All told,this car stickers for $287,225.
About 60 lucky Americans take delivery of a new Lamborghinievery month.
Here’s to hoping you’re next!.