As with the Huracán coupé, the essentials of 602bhp (610 metric HP, hence the name) V10 engine powering all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox are unchanged. And quite right too – it’s a sensational powertrain, soulful, lightning-fast through the box and capable of 201mph flat out. 0-62mph takes 3.4 seconds, 0-124mph (200 km/h) takes just 10.2 seconds. Taking care of the traction and torque distribution is a cooled hydraulic multi-plate coupling that can distribute power freely between front and rear. Weight distribution is a near-ideal 43/57 front to rear.
Latest technology to make its debut with the Spyder is ‘cylinder on demand’, which deactivates one bank of cylinders under part load or a trailing throttle. This helps keep fuel consumption as reasonable as one could expect for a 200mph supercar. CO2 emissions are 14% lower than those of the Gallardo, despite the increased power and performance. As a cutting-edge Italian convertible supercar, the latest charging bull from Lamborghini is neck and neck with its prancing horse rival from nearby Maranello. But if you want the rasp of a naturally-aspirated V10, it’s the only game in town.