Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador Roadster revealed

13 November 2012
, CarsGuide

As Carsguide reported in May, the Roadster’s roof is a two-piece carbon-fibre construction that detaches completely by hand and stacks into the front luggage compartment.

Shunning a mechanically-operated set-up has allowed Lamborghini to keep the weight down, with the two panels weighing just 6kg each.

Folding the roof down behind the seats would have compromised the view of the engine through the powered glass rear windows that flank the redesigned cover’s central spine – and which can be adjusted to allow more air into the engine bay and more engine sound into the cabin.

The hero colour in the images is a pale metallic blue inspired by the 1968 Lamborghini Miura Roadster, set off with gloss black on the roof sections, windshield pillars and rear window section.

The Roadster carries the coupe’s 525kW 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine mated to a seven-speed gearbox driving all four wheels -- light forged aluminium 20/21-in rims that shave 10kg off the weight off a standard set.

The V12 also gets stop-start technology and a cylinder deactivation system that shuts down pots when they’re not needed. Lamborghini claims a top speed of 350km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds, just 0.1 seconds behind its roofed sibling.

The Aventador Roadster is scheduled to arrive in overseas showrooms from early next year priced at €300,000. Australian pricing hasn't yet been confimed, but you could reasonably expect there's going to be a fair whack over the coupe's $754,000.