By Nick Mafi. Photos courtesy of Lamborghini.
For anyone who grew up loving cars, Lamborghini was among the brands that were placed in the highest of echelons, right there with Ferrari, Bugatti, and Maserati, among others. Over time, the Italian carmaker hasn’t lost any of its luster. In fact, they continue to produce some of the fastest and most beautifully designed cars in the world. And while the likes of a few newcomers, such as McLaren and Pagani, have muscled their way to the table of luxury automobiles, Lamborghini still builds cars that turn nearly every head on the road. I know this because I spent a weekend earlier this summer test-driving the 2017 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder through the streets of New York City. I don’t believe I have ever received more attention in my entire life than I did during those few days. Everywhere I drove, people were stopping, staring, taking pictures, begging me to rev the engine, or running up to take selfies and give high-fives (at red lights). There was even a group of teenagers following me in their own car with their windows rolled down, recording the Lamborghini gliding through the streets. Never have I felt like more of a celebrity, or realized how quickly my star power would fade the moment I parked and left the car. Below is my take on driving the 2017 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.
It’s almost a guarantee that in the brand’s 54-year history, no one has ever looked at a Lamborghini and thought, That looks like a boring car. And the 2017 Huracán Spyder is no exception. The vehicle is not only close to the ground, but also is designed to always look aggressive and ready to accelerate. The lines of the vehicle (doors, base, etc.) all gently slope toward the nose. The car includes 20-inch wheels (which roughly cost $1,400), as well as a convertible roof that can open in 17 seconds.
To sit in the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder is something special. It’s the closest I have ever felt to being inside of an actual race car. Perhaps it’s because of flip switch controls (that look like those in an airplane cockpit), the snugness of the seating, or the close proximity to pavement below, but once you sit in the car and place your hands on the steering wheel, the urge to drive fast is there and it’s real. It must be said, for anyone (driver or passenger) that is 6′ 3″ or taller, the car will likely be too small to comfortably fit you. You probably won’t be seeing many NBA basketball players…