We've been waiting for this announcement for a long time already ... we've seen countless spy shots of test mules, at first under heavy camouflage, later on only protected by a matte black wrap and some carefully chosen covers to hide the main giveaway ... we're talking about the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster.
Today the first official press photos of this top of the line open top V12 super car have been released, no more black tape, no more hastily captured shots using a long lens ... today we can admire the beauty of this Raging Bull to the fullest.
We wouldn't be talking about a Lamborghini Roadster if the market wasn't ready for it I guess, but with several firm orders already in the books the unveil of the Aventador Roadster was only a matter of time, and now, just ahead of the Los Angeles Motor Show at the end of November, this amazing looking Bull is unveiled to the public.
Lamborghini took things seriously on this one, they mixed a specific shade for the Aventador Roadster: Azzuro Thetis which happens to be a very light blue metallic hue that brings back the memory of the one and only Miura Roadster, this latter had a white leather interior with red carpet while the latest V12 Roadster receives a more tan like shade called Sabbia Nefertem.
Naturally the most eye catching feature on the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster is the fact you get a removable roof made from two sections of carbon fiber, being lightweight and easy to handle was a prerequisite right from the start, in fact the roof can be taken away in mere seconds and stored up front in the luggage compartment leaving the driver and passenger with all the pleasure of open top driving.
Also note the rear window can be kept 'up' for a nice and calm drive without too much wind getting into the interior as a reflector mounted on top of the windshield frame deflect the air at speed, however should you prefer to hear the symphony of those 12 cylinders behind you it is possible to lower this small window and listen to all that music in the back.
As we've been able to see on the latest spy shots the engine cover on the Aventador Roadster has been modified, a central section 'cuts' from front to back with a pair of glass sections on both side to allow fans to admire that 6.5 Liter V12 engine underneath, from the initial photos on the production model it seems the engine cover is hinged at the front ... and not at the back like on the Murciélago Roadster.
A two tone bodywork sets the Roadster further apart from the Aventador Coupé model, the windshield surround is finished in glossy black, the roof section just behind the occupants also receives this black glossy treatment and finally the rear window support joins the 'black' club ... the two roof panels on this press release Aventador Roadster are finished in clear carbon fiber ... I think it would be a nice option to have the glossy black parts finished in the same clear carbon fiber.
Underpinnings of the Aventador Roadster look similar to the closed version, power from the 6.5 Liter V12 engine is still 700hp delivering a staggering acceleration from a standstill to 100 Km/h in 3 seconds flat while the rush will come to an end towards the 350 Km/h mark ... not bad for an open top car I guess.
The Aventador LP700-4 Roadster comes with the same 2013 specifications as the Coupé version: the start/stop system is there to lower emissions while a few of the 12 cylinders can be put asleep for a while when you don't need all those 700 horses to be awake ... or should that be 700 Bulls.
Finally the Roadster rolls on the beautiful Dione wheels, 20 inch up front and even larger 21 inch at the back and can be ordered for the nice sum of 300,000 Euro ... that is without taxes mind you ... I can hardly wait for some of the wild color schemes this Aventador Roadster will be ordered, it looks very nice in this light bleu metallic shade, but I think some of the more eccentric shades could make it look even better.
The official press release from Automobili Lamborghini SpA on Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
The LamboCARS.com extensive specifications chart on Aventador LP700-4 Roadster ...