Lamborghinis engineered by the VW Group are a million miles away from their sweaty-palmed Seventies brethren while retaining enough Lamborghini true blood for real driving pleasure. The engine is essentially that from the Audi R8 V10 Plus and thankfully remains naturally aspirated, but this car feels quite different from the R8. In Strada mode it’s docile enough, bar a quick exhaust bark on start up, but switch to Sport, which is addictive, and the noise and super-fast gear changes from the auto box are the works.
The 602bhp, 5.2-litre engine spins up the rev range, taking the car to 62mph in 3.4 seconds (an indiscernible 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe), utterly untroubled by the basic laws of velocity and aerodynamics. The carbon brakes grab the discs but are smoothly progressive and the ABS kicks in with minimal fuss when you slam your foot down.
Some have criticised the optional dynamic steering, which adapts its ratio to the road speed, and can feel light through a corner but tighten of its own accord if it feels the car washing wide. We didn’t mind the additional input, but this remains, in all-wheel-drive form, a heavy-handling car, although one expects that from Lambos and should you prefer just the rear wheels to be driven, a 2WD version will be appearing at a dealership near you very soon, to match the coupe.
The Spyder is 40 per cent stiffer than the open-top Gallardo, and there’s very little scuttle shake to note. What is apparent is the extraordinary noise-cancelling quality of the doors and roof when everything is closed: the cabin is as quiet as the coupe’s.