Lamborghini has taken the veil (as well as the top) off of the newest iteration of the Aventador super car, the Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador Roadster which aims to bring an open air motoring experience to the Aventador family.
The main feature on the Aventador roadster is its new removable top. Unlike the old Murcielago Roadster which utilized a rather flimsy soft top to keep out the elements, the new model features a removable targa-style two-piece roof panel that has been woven out of carbon fiber using the company’s Forged Composite technology. Both sections of the roof weigh in at a scant 13 pounds each, and can be easily removed and stored in the front luggage compartment for quick installation should the weather get nasty. However, the new roof is not the only visual changes that Lamborghini has made to separate the roadster from its coupe sibling. Lamborghini engineers have equipped the car with redesigned B-pillars, which add both stiffness to the body and occupant protection in the event of a rollover crash.
The Aventador Roadster will have a number of exterior touches that will to further distinguish itself from the Aventador coupe. Model-exclusive forged aluminum rims will be equipped to all roadsters and will feature a staggered configuration, with 20 inch rims up front, and 21 inch units in the rear. A new hue of blue called “Azzuro Thestis” will also be available for roadster models, and according to Lamborghini, is partially inspired by the stunning exterior color that adorned the one-of-a-kind Miura Roadster that was built by Bertone for display at the 1968 Brussels Motor Show.
However, despite these changes, the car’s performance hardware will remain unaltered. Power for all roadster models comes from the same 6.5 liter V-12 engine that also sees duty in the Aventador Coupe. Good for 700 horsepower and a healthy 510 lb -t of torque, all of this muscle is channeled through a 7-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive Aventador Roadster completes the dash to 62 MPH in 3.0 seconds flat before topping out at a lofty 217 MPH. As a nice bonus, this maximum velocity can be achieved with the top on or off -which was not the case with the Murcielago roadster and its 100 mph top speed with the top removed.
Look for the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster to make its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next year with the first production models arriving at Lamborghini showrooms here in the United States next summer. Lamborghini did not yet release official U.S. pricing, but the company has stated that the car will sell for € 300,000 in Europe (which is about $381,000 when exchange rates are applied), so expect it to be in that neighborhood in the U.S. as well.