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Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Hits 201 MPH with the Top Down

The Gallardo convertible's replacement arrives.

The new Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder, a follow-up to the successful Gallardo Spyder, drops its top at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show and and joins the AUTOMOBILE All-Star-winning Huracán coupe.

The Spyder continues the aggressive and angular design of the standard Lamborghini Huracán, but with two buttresses above the engine cover rather than the coupe's large rear window. The fabric roof can be raised or folded into place in as little as 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The small glass rear window can also be electrically raised or lowered to serve as a wind blocker at speed. Special ducting in the rear buttresses helps quell air turbulence in the cabin, and pop-up roll bars deploy automatically should things go badly on the road.

As in the coupe, the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder uses a 5.2-liter V-10 engine rated for 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. With the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels, Lamborghini claims the Spyder will hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds on the way to a 201-mph top speed. That's only 0.2 second slower to the benchmark and only 1 mph slower at terminal velocity than the Huracán coupe.

The V-10 engine also gets engine stop-start functionality and a "cylinder-on-demand" feature that can shut down one bank of cylinders when cruising to save fuel. That should help drivers save a little bit at the pump; the U.S.-market Huracán coupe is rated 14/20 mpg (city/highway).

Aside from its new power top, the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder otherwise carries over the same equipment as the coupe. A 12.3-inch color display serves as the car's instrument cluster, and can display the navigation map and other information. Buyers can pick from five interior trim colors and 17 interior colors, along with three roof colors and 11 exterior hues. LED head- and taillights, carbon-ceramic brakes, and 20-inch wheels come standard, while the options list includes a high-end Sensum sound system and the Lamborghini Dynamic Steering variable-assist feature.

The Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder hits European showrooms in spring 2016 for €186,450 before taxes, equivalent to about $211,000, although exact U.S. pricing has yet to be confirmed.