The latest generation of convertible supercars have thrown a stick of dynamite at the view that coupés are for driving and drop tops are for posing. The new Húracan Spyder proves the point; sensational power, grip and precision make it every bit as rewarding to drive on track as its coupé sibling. That’s partly down to exceptional torsional stiffness for a convertible, a 40% improvement compared with its Gallardo predecessor. And when you do want to drop the pace a little and lap up the attention, its innovative soft top stows away in just 17 seconds, at speeds of up to 31mph
The design, too, is dramatically different thanks to the two ‘fins’ that start at the seatback and continue the roofline to the rear, defining the side view of the Spyder and giving the cockpit an enclosed look, like the cockpit of a fighter. The roof itself is a work of technological art; it’s a lightweight soft-top that keeps the centre of gravity low, and is electro-hydraulically powered to tuck away neatly when stowed. It even features a separately-powered rear glass so you can hear the full chorus of the Huracán’s ten cylinders in full cry. Anti-roll protection is by automatic pop-up safety bars so the car’s lines remain unsullied in normal driving. An integrated duct and two removable lateral wind guards cocoon the car’s occupants in a pocket of still air, allowing normal conversation even at high cruising speed. It’s a well-resolved piece of design that’s entirely consistent with the Huracán ethos; as fast as you want when you want, as civilised as you want all the time.