Lamborghini, a company known for its over-the-top supercars has released its fastest model to date in the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster.
The first open-cockpit car to bear the Superveloce moniker, only 500 units are scheduled to be produced. It was unveiled to the public at The Quail, historically the most opulent of the Monterey car show week that also includes the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“The Superveloce is the purest, most sports-oriented and fastest series production Lamborghini ever,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini during the press conference at The Quail. “The Roadster version represents our commitment to satisfying our passionate clients with immensely emotional driving dynamics combined with an extraordinary open air experience.”
The roadster is a worthy addition to the Superveloce family with its naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12’s 750 hp maintaining the coupe version’s sheer power and acceleration. The engine also makes 509 lb.ft. of torque to aid in 0-100 km/h times of less than three seconds. A power rear window allows the engine’s voice to carry into the two seat cockpit.
The roof is a removable two-piece panel made from carbon fibre, machined to a fine surface finish using technologies such as resin transfer moulding and forged composite, which also allows the creation of complex shapes to fit into the complex Lamborghini style of angles and creases. The process also results in a strong but lightweight roof (the panels each weigh less than six kg) that isolates cabin occupants when needed but is easy to manipulate when open-air motoring is desired. The entire car’s monocoque is also made from carbon fibre, and the panels store snugly in the luggage compartment at the front of the car.
The car weighs in at 1,575 (3,472 lbs.), which is 50 kg lighter than its predecessor, the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster (which, as the name indicates, made 50 less hp), allowing to maintain the handling prowess for which Lamborghinis are known when combined with the adaptive Magneto Rheological Suspension, pushrod damping system and Lamborghini’s Dynamic Steering.
Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven speed sequential shift automatic, which aids in getting the SV designated roadster to a claimed top speed of more than 350 km/h.
The price is set at $530,075 U.S., with deliveries starting early in 2016.