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Simultaneously shattering eardrums as well as bank balances, the open-top Spyder version of Lamborghini’s hottest Huracán, the Performante, has just rolled on to the Star Street showroom floor of local importer Kingsway Cars. Like the regular Huracán – and unlike its rivals from Ferrari and McLaren – it features a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 lurking beneath its rear engine cover (the competition both have turbo V8s), so aside from being stonkingly fast it’s also insanely vocal.

The big news about the Performante, however, concerns its clever active aero. It goes under the acronym ALA and either increases or reduces drag – not only at the car’s front and rear but also at each side – thus maximising grip or speed. While probably not quite as effective on the open-top Spyder as with the regular Performante coupe (which recently caned the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time), this trick system is claimed really to work, though to appreciate its efficacy you’ll have to be driving ridiculously fast and probably on a racing circuit.

With 631bhp on tap, this new Lambo is around 90 horses short of both the Fezza and Macca, though not that you’d notice: maximum speed is still a loony 325km/h and you’ll reach 100 from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds. Better still, of course, it looks as utterly, fabulously pimp as a Lambo should – and that, for Hong Kong–based boulevardiers, is surely what it’s all about, isn’t it?

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Jon Wall
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A Hong Kong resident for more than 30 years, Jon has worked on publications devoted to culture, travel and lifestyle, as well as a short stint in daily newspapers, since the late ‘70s. He loves travel, literature, jazz, wine, aircraft and, especially, motor cars – and has occasionally been known to knock together a reasonably edible meal.