Huracan Spyder weaves its web
WHEN compiling a party guest list, jotting down "Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder" isn't a bad way to start.
It may not be a car name that trips off the tongue as easily as, say, "Miura", but Lambo's latest convertible certainly knows how to make an entrance.
A Verde Mantis green Spyder was star attraction at this week's grand opening of Lamborghini Brisbane, which becomes the brand's fourth Australian dealership.
The Huracan Spyder is currently on a national roadshow following its reveal at September's Frankfurt Motorshow: perfectly timed to coincide with the Willims Motor Group officially joining the Automobili Lamborghini family to run and operate the 300 square metre Fortitude Valley showroom.
The Huracan Spyder is 120kg heavier than its coupe equivalent, but performance is barely compromised with the Spyder's naturally aspirated 449kW/560Nm 5.2-litre V10 slinging the roadster to 100kmh in 3.4 seconds and 200kmh in 10.2 seconds - a difference of just 0.2 seconds and 0.3 seconds respectively when compared to the hard top.
Lamborghini Brisbane dealer principal Greg Willims originally represented Lamborghini from 2003, and said now was the best time to be relaunching the brand in south-east Queensland. "I believe Queensland's economy is fundamentally strong, with a lot of commercial development happening in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast helping to create that strength," he said.
"We're in a strong cycle that will continue for many years to come."
Mr Willims believes that will translate to an increased uptake of supercars, something evidenced with strong Lamborghini sales this year, a trend seen across the exotica segment.
"Next year will be even bigger for us, and the latest product is always the most aspirational so I expect about 40 per cent of sales will be for the new Spyder," he said. "We expect to sell 18 new Lamborghinis in Queensland alone (in 2016)."
Mr Willims pointed out that the $470,800 Spyder was designed from the start as a roadster - rather than being a coupe with its roof taken off - and was incredibly rigid thanks to an abundance of carbon fibre in its structure.
As for the looks, "it is just a sensational vehicle," he said.
More than 200 people attended the Spyder's unveil at Lamborghini Brisbane, with another very special guest being the aforementioned classic Miura model - arguably history's first ever supercar and most beautiful Lamborghini of all.