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Lamborghini unveils the Aventador Roadster

Somehow they've made the LP700-4 even more desirable!

After months of grainy spyshots and speculative artistic renders, we finally get to see the incredible new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, and we’re glad we were sitting down!

The Aventador was never exactly short on drama, but now that has been turned up a few notches by giving you the option of open air motoring. Unlike previous big Lamborghini V12 Roadsters the Diablo and Murcielago which came with an awful tent-like temporary roof, the LP700-4 Roadster incorporates a little bit of Corvette and Koenigsegg style. The roof is made of one big lightweight carbon fibre panel which detaches and stows in the front boot of the car, giving the driver and passenger a large area above them of nothing but sky. The roof panel weighs just 6 kg and can be removed ‘in seconds’.

Some may say it’s not as good as a full convertible, but with the McLaren 12C Spider and Ferrari 458 Spider they have large buttresses behind the seats that also don’t give the feel of a full convertible, so the precedent has been set. Not that those two cars can be seen as direct rivals of course – they’re around £90,000 cheaper for a start and are also smaller, four cylinders down, not to mention even in the case of the McLaren – still 80 bhp shy as well.

There is extra bracing in the windscreen rail and A-Pillars, along with the buttresses behind the seats, but the LP700-4 Roadster manages to weigh exactly the same as the Coupe by losing the weight in the roof and changes to the wheels which reduce weight. There is a powered rear glass screen between the buttresses as well, much like in the Audi R8 Spyder which helps with buffeting as does a mesh deflector that clips onto the top of the windscreen rail when the roof is off.

Speaking of having the roof off – this doesn’t affect the performance this time either – 0 – 62 mph comes up in just 3.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 217 mph, with nothing between your ears and that glorious howling 6.5 litre V12.

Visually the Aventador Roadster shares most of its looks with the coupe sibling, but after the rear buttresses there are some changes for cooling, not to mention the biggest change being a new engine cover. This features a central spine that runs the length with glass panels either side so you can still see the gorgeous V12.

The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster will go on sale next summer for around £290,000.

Images courtesy of Lamborghini

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more