Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: LP 700-4 Convertible Gains Some Headroom
The newest member of the House of the Raging Bull gains a bit of headroom. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is here, about a year and a half after the Aventador LP 700-4 coupe was released.
Starting with the Murcielago Roadster and its removable cloth canopy, Lamborghini has eschewed the idea of a fold down roof for their big bulls. The Aventador Roadster has followed in kind. Although, this time, the removable two-piece roof is made completely from carbon fiber, weighing in at under 6 kilos. Lambo claims the roof’s two pieces can be popped off and stored in the front luggage cubby in just a few seconds. One major flaw with the Murcielago’s roof was that it blew off at a little over 100 mph. Hopefully that isn’t the case with the Aventador convertible.
To accommodate for the lack of roof, Lamborghini has made some functional and aesthetic changes to the Aventador’s styling. The rear pillar has been redesigned to support the carbon fiber lid, giving Lamboghini engineers a place to put the automatic protection system and give additional ventilation to the engine bay.
The hood (I think that’s what you call it on a mid-engined car) has also been redesigned with a central rib spanning its length with a hexagonal window to either side. This allows for additional cooling and water drainage. Not to mention, it’s absolutely beautiful and is probably the most stunning part of the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster.
Convertibles can be loud, especially in 200 mph wind. With that in mind, Lamborghini has fitted a removable front windshield wind deflector which can provide the Aventador convertible’s passengers with a surprising amount of serenity. Add to that a power rear windshield and you can hold a normal conversation while cruising along on the autostrada with nothing by the sky above you. The only problem is with the rear windshield up, the melodic growl of the big 6.5 liter V12 is muffled.
In keeping with the styling changes, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster has a new two-tone paint scheme. The A-pillars, roof sections and part of the rear window area are painted in a gloss black. The rest of the car gets the paint treatment of the Aventador coupe with the addition of the light metallic blue Azzuro Thetis. If the photos are any indication, that color is gorgeous.
Completing the exterior look are all new ultra light cast aluminum Dione 20 and 21 inch wheels that reduce the cars weight by 10 kilos. The interior of the LP 700-4 Roadster is clad with Sabbia Nefertem leather and hand-made upholstery.
Whenever you cut the top off of a sports car, there is a great chance you will lose significant performance. Not so here. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster will hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph through the use of an ISR 7-speed gearbox channeling all 700 horses from the 6.5 liter V12. A bit slower that the Aventador coupe, but still plenty quick.
Despite the blistering performance, the LP 700-4 Roadster is fairly economical. While cruising, the some of the 12 cylinders will shut down through cylinder deactivation conserving fuel. It also features an supercar first engine start-stop when it is at idle.
All this could be yours at a reasonable $380,000. I’m not one for convertibles, but if I could, I would happily pick up a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. [Update: The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster will be priced starting at $441,600 in the United States. Bummer.]
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