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Lamborghini Aventador goes topless

New Aventador LP700-4 Roadster joins coupé introduced in the summer 2011

Published: November 13, 2012, 9:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:55 PM

Having already sold some 1300 of the Aventador LP700-4 coupé introduced in the summer of 2011, Automobili Lamborghini is adding a roadster version to its luxury supercar lineup.

The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster features a unique upper profile, extending from the removable roof to the engine cover.

Its two-piece roof is constructed of carbon fibre, combining stiffness with lightness. The two parts are removable rather than retractable and can be stored in the front luggage compartment.

The rear pillar has been redesigned to provide support for the removable roof as well as accommodating an automatic protection system for passengers and providing ventilation to the engine compartment.

The engine hood on the Roadster differs from that on the coupé in having a central "spinal column" with two pairs of hexagonal windows connected like armour plates. Their purpose is to cool the engine and drain away rain-water, as well as to provide a view of the Roadster's V-12 engine.

A power-operated rear window helps control airflow to the occupants' choosing as well as modulating the sound from the engine. A separate wind deflector, which rests on the front windshield frame, is said to create almost complete calm inside the car, even at high speed. It can also be stored in the luggage compartment when not in use.

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Visually, the Roadster presents a two-tone finish, as the windshield pillar, the two roof sections and the rear window area up to the "fins" are painted in gloss black, giving the effect of a completely open car.

Other exterior differences from the coupé include new Dione 20"/21" forged aluminum wheels that reduce the vehicle's mass by 10 kg.

The normal range of Aventador colours is supplemented in the Roadster with a light metallic blue called Azzuro Thetis, whose tone varies with the angle of the light. Inside, leather called Sabbia Nefertem is said to provide a perfect match for the new exterior colour.

Lamborghini says the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and has a maximum speed of 350 km/h.

When not pushed to that extreme, the 700-horsepower, 6.5-litre, normally-aspirated V-12 can loaf along with a cylinder deactivation system. It also incorporates an innovative automatic stop/start using high-performance capacitors known as supercaps to restart the engine – a first in the supercar segment.

The world-wide price for this new topless Lambo is 300,000 euro, excluding taxes.