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Doug does A LOT of vehicle reviews. His channel is stocked with a TON of content. He can be a bit dry if you aren't used to it, but never lacking in information. There is a ton of detail and information on his reviews. And he covers a bit of neat little nuances that others overlook, in my opinion. Check out his Performante review below.
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Destructo posted a topic in Lamborghini in the PressLink: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-lamborghini-huracan-performante-spyder-first-drive-review 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder It’s not all Prada sunglasses, spray tanning, and paisley dress shirts. JULY 2018 BY TONY QUIROGA VIEW 97 PHOTOS Drop the top of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder and you’re left with vastness above and a black-framed windshield ahead. Seeing out isn’t difficult, but the world is suddenly framed and defined by the little black box ahead of you. It’s sort of like peering through the viewfinder of a Hasselblad or the little rectangle that film directors make with their fingers when they’re trying to appear extra artsy. Looking at the world through the Huracán’s windshield changes your mood, edits out the irrelevant, and focuses your mind on what’s important. HIGHS Rip-roaring acceleration, response and grip outside the realm of most other cars, a transcendent experience. LOWS It can be hard not to bang off the rev limiter, screaming exhaust note combined with open-topped bodywork means the shy should not apply. The pavement seems to zoom right under the windshield in a way that makes 35 mph look like real speed. Not that the Performante Spyder needs to resort to any trickery. It’s seriously quick, and unleashing the rage of the 631-hp 5.2-liter V-10 at its 8500-rpm redline never ever gets old. Plucked from the Performante coupe, a 3429-pound missile that will hit 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and punch through the quarter-mile in 10.2 seconds at 136 mph, the V-10 is a naturally aspirated middle finger to a world gone turbo. VIEW 97 PHOTOS Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road We don’t expect the Spyder to be more than a tenth or two slower in most acceleration tests. A reinforced windshield, the electric folding soft top, and some new bodywork to accommodate the top add 276 pounds, according to Lamborghini. The engine, which sits under glass in the coupe, is hidden from view in the Spyder by a cover that protects the folded top from immolation. As in the coupe, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic provides launch control that brings the revs to 4500 rpm before the clutch engages and the all-wheel-drive system does its thing. In this mode, the computer takes care of the upshifts and it’s goodbye, yellow brick road. The transmission won’t upshift on its own in manual mode or when in Corsa, the most aggressive driving mode. Instead, it’ll relentlessly pound into the rev limiter. Having to do redline upshifts is something that makes track driving trickier since a perfectly timed tug of the column-mounted paddle is required to extract the most out of the Spyder. Do it early and you’ve lost some acceleration; do it even a split-second late and you’re in the rev limiter. Many brands offer the possibility of an automatic upshift at redline and are programmed to not perform midcorner upshifts, but this car makes you do the shifting. It’d certainly be a bit easier if Lamborghini provided shift lights on the steering wheel like Ferrari and BMW do, because in the first couple of gears, the V-10 spins like a boat engine without a propeller. Rev limiter, here we come. VIEW 97 PHOTOS On the roads that cut in and out of the Napa Valley in Northern California, the Spyder has the brashness of a despot who just got access to nuclear weapons. In Sport and Corsa modes, the exhaust flaps stay open at all times and the V-10 goes from merely loud to don’t-tell-OSHA. After a lucrative career at Kellogg’s, Snap, Crackle, and Pop appear to have left their jobs to tune the sound of the Performante’s exhaust on the overrun. Getting to hear the burning of every fuel molecule is why you buy the convertible version and put up with the roughly 13 percent price increase—the Performante Spyder opens at $314,654. If you’re uncomfortable drawing attention to yourself, the Lambo’s design and its screaming exhaust might be a bit much. Not to worry; it’s no more embarrassing than admitting you’ve seen Stomp, Nickelback, Dane Cook, or Coldplay. Or all four. Sexy Specs Driving fast in the Performante Spyder shrinks the universe into the space of that windshield frame. Although the steering column will occasionally quiver, there’s no other clue that you’re in the open version. Careful suspension tuning to compensate for the greater weight over the rear wheels makes the Spyder feel exactly like the coupe. Light steering efforts bring forth an easy and quick turn-in that masks the width and overall size of the Spyder. The front tires communicate their grip levels clearly through the steering wheel. The active aero ALA system opens and closes vents to provide downforce where and when you need it. There’s so much grip and performance that when you get back into a lesser car, you’ll find yourself squealing the tires around the first few corners before you return to reality. We’d call it the Go-Kart Effect because every time we drive a go-kart and get back into a street car the first thing we do is almost go off at the first corner. The active aerodynamics, brake-based torque vectoring, and stability-control programming are especially impressive because all systems work in harmony. The Performante Spyder experience is perfectly cohesive and natural. Its gestalt is transcendent. And you thought driving a Lamborghini was all Prada sunglasses, spray tanning, and paisley dress shirts. Okay, well, it’s those things, too, but the Performante Spyder also has a soul-stirring greatness—and a windshield—that’ll reframe your world. Price Starting at $203,295
Destructo posted a topic in Lamborghini in the PressLink: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/lamborghini/huracan/2018/2018-lamborghini-huracan-performante-spyder-first-drive-review/ It's no secret. We love us some Lamborghini Huracan Performante. From our camouflaged first drive on the Imola circuit in Italy where we said, "The Huracan Performante has such high levels of performance that mere mortals can feel as if they know what they're doing on an old F1 track. How can you put a price on that?" To the debut where it was revealed that "the Performante's real party trick is its trick ALA system (Aerodinamica LamborghiniAttiva). Forged carbon fiber is used in the Huracan Performante's active aero elements in the front splitter, rear diffuser, and wing." Finally, it was announced with video proof that the car had (then) set the production-car lap record (6:52.01) on the infamous Nordschleife circuit at the Nurburgring. Finally, in our first test where the "Mantis" green, winged wedge tied or set some of our own performance records, we wrote, "Supercars are special, and they make you feel special. Measured on that scale, the Lamborghini stands apart. Not just because of its radioactive paint and unmistakable style but also because it offers a driving experience unique even among the ranks of the world's best supercars." We recently included one as a contender for Motor Trend's 2018 Best Driver's Car (stay tuned for the results). So, where did Lamborghini go from there? SUPER SPYDER They removed the top, making this the sixth iteration (not counting the Polizia, Pope, and Avio special editions) of the Huracan that was introduced in 2014. Unlike the larger Aventador S Roadster that has fixed, manually removable roof panels, the Huracan Performante Spyder features a button-operated electrohydraulic system that opens the rear deck and neatly folds and stows a cloth top beneath—at speeds up to 30 mph, in less than 20 seconds. Compared to the coupe, the Huracan Spyder's rear deck lid is necessarily redesigned, and there's a pair of integrated passthrough ducts on the B-pillars that are said to reduce cabin turbulence. With its power rear window up and soft top down, we can attest to the ease with which two people can have a conversation at super-legal speeds. "Excuse me, fellow professional driver, can you believe we are now traveling in excess of 100 mph on this closed road with the top down and having this hushed conversation?" With the rear window lowered, both wind and engine noise (more like music) dramatically increase in volume. "My gawd! Listen to that!" Nor does the top, when up, cause any booming or flutter. Adding 0.6 inch to the car's height, it's a well-engineered convertible. And, despite the approximately 275-pound penalty, Lamborghini estimates only a 0.2-second difference in acceleration to 60 mph. From our prior testing, this means it should take just 2.8 seconds. That's adequate, right? Simply access launch mode (Corsa + ESC off), two pedals in, jump off the brake, and blammo! We'll take Lamborghini's word that Spyder's top speed is identical to the coupe's at 202 mph. Globally, Lamborghini expects the Spyder to account for 40 percent of Huracan Performante sales but predicts that the U.S. market take rate will be closer to 50 percent despite a whopping $33,069 premium over the coupe. CURVES AHEAD Not just a straight line fiend, the Huracan Performante Spyder retains the coupe's ability to bend the countryside to its will. This time, however, there's more landscape and soundscape to enjoy. When the Anima three-mode drive selector is in Strada, it has a profoundly mellowing effect on the exhaust loudness. In either Sport or Corsa, it's all manic all the time, and in Corsa, you'll need to pull the paddles to shift gears. The Spyder driving experience reminds me of riding a motorcycle. As you drive, your body senses changes in temperature; your eyes, the light and shadow; your nose, the smell of fields and grass; your ears, the octaves the engine produces. It really is a feast for the senses, adding another dimension to the already intensely satisfying Huracan Performante experience. Our previous drives and tests of the Huracan Performante coupe all came with the optional magnetorheologic suspension. The Spyders we drove had traditional dampers, and although the optional ones work miracles, the standard suspension is remarkably capable, as well. On the wide variety of roads we drove in and around Napa, California, the car never once felt hard, harsh, or out of its depth. Our test cars, however, did feature the dynamic steering option (variable-rate front rack and rear-steer). Seamlessly, this system definitely helped the car negotiate slower, tighter corners, steering in opposition at these speeds and in phase at higher ones. Unlike our dynamic steering experience in the Aventador S Roadster that left us feeling as if the front and rear steering systems weren't on speaking terms, the Huracan Performante's system works invisibly and so well that one might not even know it was at play. And at speeds between 43 and 193 mph, the ALA active aerodynamics come online, as well. If you're not familiar with it, there are ducts in both the front splitter and the rear deck that can be opened and closed in 0.5 second. Depending on their position, the car can make differing amounts of downforce, front, rear, and side to side. We wish there was a way to turn the system on and off so we could tell you how well it works, but we'll simply point to a 2.64-second lap time advantage we recorded at Big Willow Springs Raceway between a Huracan Performante (1:22.53) and a Huracan LP610-4 (1:25.17). It can't be just the result of a 20-hp advantage. There's clearly more to it than that. ADDING THROUGH SUBTRACTION Lamborghini could've simply left the Huracan Performante coupe alone as the best supercar it has ever produced. Sure, the cubic-dollars ALA-equipped Aventador SVJ recently reset the lap record at the Nurburgring, but the tidier, more affordable Huracan Performante will stand the test of time and remain the one that started it all. By offering a convertible version with the Spyder, Lamborghini did very little to take away from the Performante's inherent greatness. Removing the top only adds to the experience, offers a broader range of emotions to enjoy, and succeeds in pleasuring more of your senses. Almost as a rule, I prefer the coupe over the convertible variant of the same car. The convertible is often less rigid, less practical, and less capable. However, given the choice, if I had an extra 33 grand lying around, I think I'd be one of the 50 percent who'd opt for the drop-top version of the Huracan. I'd lose essentially nothing and gain a motorcycle in the deal. 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder BASE PRICE $314,654 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible ENGINE 5.2L/630-hp/443-lb-ft DOHC 40-valve V-10 TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,800 lb (mfr) WHEELBASE 103.2 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 177.4 x 75.8 x 46.5 in 0-60 MPH 2.8 sec (MT est) EPA ECON CITY/HWY/COMB 13/19/15 mpg ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 259/177 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.28 lb/mile ON SALE IN U.S. Currently