Last week we’ve learned the first production unit of the Lamborghini Veneno was actually on the production line which makes sense as the three lucky owners are awaiting delivery in 2013, as we all know there will be three different shades, green and white are destined for the United States while the red one was bought by a customer from the Middle East … however rumor has it the contract for this red version is up for grabs as the owner wouldn’t resist selling his Veneno even before he takes delivery of it.
And now we read on Teamspeed there is another big surprise around the corner … Automobili Lamborghini SpA has its vast worldwide dealer network contacting the top end of their local customer base with a rather special question … “Would you be interested in buying a Veneno Roadster?”.
The next day an article on CARS UK talks about exactly the same thing … a limited production run of a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster … only 9 to be built and priced over USD 4,000,000 each the idea of owning an open top version of the most impressive car Lamborghini ever built might not be so far fetched in the end.
Why did Lamborghini build the Veneno in the first place? To showcase just what they could do when the design department didn’t have to care about the usual practicalities … the Veneno is a showcase of the carbon fiber knowledge Lamborghini gathered while developing the Aventador … in a way the street version of the Veneno, because lets face it, sure the Veneno is street legal, but only barely if you ask me … this car looks more like a LeMans racer than a street super car.
So a Veneno is a hyper car capable of accelerations that would outshine some track cars and reach top speeds not too many other cars on the open road will ever see … hardly something you would use to cruise down the main street on a sunny afternoon … with the roof off, so why even consider a Veneno Roadster?
Well, why not? Remember the angular Reventón from late 2007, only 20 were built and all sold out almost as fast as the three Veneno units … two years later at the 2009 IAA show in Frankfurt Lamborghini showed the Reventón Roadster … the open top variant of the earlier model … so a Veneno Roadster wouldn’t be too much of a surprise.
Also take a look at some of the competition, didn’t Pagani pull a similar card out of his sleeve with the Zonda Cinque Roadster … only 5 built at USD1,800,000 each it only managed 678hp from a V12 and a top speed of 217mph … the Veneno Roadster would be at least USD4,000,000 but puts down 750hp from its V12 and reaches 220mph.
What did catch me a bit off guard was the fact they apparently intend to build 9 units of this open top Veneno … why? When you’ve sold only three close coupé models why would you decide to build nine Roadster versions … three of each shade this time perhaps?
So will the Gallardo Squadra Corse be the only ‘new’ model at the IAA in Frankfurt in a few weeks … or will we be seeing a Veneno Roadster take center stage … one thing is for sure … Frankfurt will not show the V10 successor.