Lamborghini reveals Aventador Roadster

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Super sports car builder Lamborghini announced a new top-line convertible model yesterday, the 2013 Aventador LP700-4 Roadster.

The Aventador, which replaced the Murcielago last year, has already passed the 1,300-unit mark, and therefore the new LP700-4 Roadster is expected to find a long line of eager suitors.

The new model's removable roof is constructed from two lightweight carbon fibre panels, weighing less than 6 kilos. And yes, you heard it correctly, the twin roof panels need to be removed by hand, as there's no room to add the mechanical hardware needed to facilitate automatic deployment. The two panels are reportedly easy to remove, and stow neatly in the front luggage compartment. To complete the al fresco experience, a powered rear window allows freer flowing air, while a front-mounted wind deflector will help keep your hairstyle looking good or can be removed as well, depending on how you and your co-pilot like the wind-in-the-face experience.

And there may be quite a bit of wind, of course, as the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster can achieve a 350-km/h (217-mph) top speed, although likely not with the top removed (the press release doesn't say). Lamborghini did boast of a zero to 100-km/h sprint equalling just 3.0 seconds, all thanks to the 700-horsepower 6.5-litre V12 and ISR seven-speed single-clutch paddle-shift actuated transmission behind the leather-lined seats.

To save on fuel, the Roadster's engine utilizes cylinder deactivation while the drivetrain incorporates Lamborghini's Stop & Start system that features high-performance capacitors, called supercaps, to reignite the engine. This is not only a first in the super sports car segment, but the Italian automaker makes certain to be very clear that it's an "absolute first"!

Lamborghini has redesigned the Aventador Roadster's rear bulkhead to make up for lost structural rigidity in its transformation from coupe form, as well as to accommodate the automatic protection system required in case of rollover, while changes were also made to engine ventilation that includes a redesigned rear deck lid.

Lamborghinisti will notice new rims, this set dubbed Dione and sized 20 inches in the front and 21 inches at the rear. The lightweight forged aluminum wheels are a combined 10 kilos lighter than a set of standard Aventador rims.

The price for all this Italian goodness? The company's press release is quoting 300,000 euros, which is $381,200 CAD at the current exchange rate, although actual Canadian pricing may be different.

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Topics: Roadster, Lamborghini, 2013, Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, $99,999+,

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