According to several sources Automobili Lamborghini SpA has a production ready version of the Aventador Roadster hidden away somewhere at the Factory in Sant'Agata, no details have been leaked to the press yet, but people on the inside speak of a car looking even better than some of the renderings that have been roaming the internet only days after the closed version was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
However, one thing a source could state was the fact the roof construction is a big step ahead from the Murciélago Roadster canvas top … fortunately I can hear you say. Even a trained owner would need minutes to get the roof in place, if you tried your hand at mounting the roof on a Murciélago Roadster for the first time expect to use the best part of an hour to get it in place correctly. You wouldn't be the first owner to call in a helpline to explain how to fit it … we can safely state mounting the Murciélago Roadster roof in place wasn't for the faint hearted … the Aventador Roadster will have a much easier to handle roof.
Remember the advised top speed of the Murciélago Roadster with the roof in place ? It was 180 Km/h in fact … and no, this wasn't a joke. Now I've spoken to many owners that exceeded 250 Km/h on the German highways with the roof in place … and it didn't let go, but it does state ‘only' 180 Km/h in the owner's manual … somehow I do think this will no longer be the case on the Aventador Roadster.
So when can we expect this new, open top V12 flagship to see the light of day for us people outside the factory ? This could be in a few months already … the same source state the 2012 Geneva Auto Show to unveil the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster … and it would make sense in fact.
Think about it : the Aventador was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, and sales went through the roof, at this moment you are looking at a delivery time of at least 18 months, which could be even longer depending on how special you want your Aventador to be. As for the Gallardo … sure people are waiting for the successor of this V10 model, but let's look at some facts : the Super Trofeo is planned for 2012 … and 2013, so my guess is that there will be no Gallardo successor at Geneva in 2012.
It wouldn't make any sense to keep the ‘old' Super Trofeo model running in 2013 when a new model is selling in late 2012 already, so I think we'll be seeing a new V10 model sometime in 2013, either Geneva or Frankfurt … honestly I would put my money on the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt, by that time the 2013 edition of the Blankpain Super Trofeo Series has (or is) ended and there has been time to create a new race car.
So we have the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster at Geneva … perhaps. Note that in just about every recent interview with Stephan Winkelmann he has been talking about a third model in the lineup, now that could go into two directions … either a GT like based on the Estoque model, or a successor to the LM002 SUV model, and as much as I like a four door Lamborghini GT like the Estoque I think we are looking at a brand new, high end luxury SUV model from the Raging Bull in the near future.
At this moment Automobili Lamborghini SpA is expanding the dealer network is various countries that don't have decent roads all around … so an SUV would be the perfect model for those, let's face it … growing markets. Even with a V10 engine this off-road luxury motor would make sense in the lineup, this would position it above the Porsche Cayenne Turbo model … put a V12 into it and we are talking about a completely different ballgame.
But then there is the Audi S8 model … the previous one used a Gallardo derived V10 engine, so making a similar car by Lamborghini could be a conflict of interest for Audi AG (however the R8 V10 and the Gallardo are somewhat competition of each other too), but take a look at the current D4 model … normally an S8 based on this 2011 model will be available next year, but it will go back to a V8 bi-turbo engine … so a V10 powered Lamborghini Estoque would make sense now.
The 2012 Geneva Auto Show will open its doors in March … and only at that time will we be sure what to expect from the Raging Bull at Sant'Agata … but I for one am sure it will again be a masterpiece of Italian motoring, no matter if it is an Aventador Roadster, an Estoque or even a new SUV model … only time will tell.