Rais­ing the roof

Breezy riders will pay for the priv­i­lege with this road­ster

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

The Road­ster’s roof is a two­piece job in car­bon-fi­bre and, un­like most ex­otic drop-tops in­clud­ing the Fer­rari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C Spi­der, there is no elec­tric as­sis­tance.

In­stead, own­ers will have to lift the twin 6kg pan­els and stack them in the front lug­gage com­part­ment when they want to go top­less.

‘‘ We’re ex­pect­ing the Road­ster in the mid­dle of next year,’’ con­firms Lam­borgh­ini dealer Martin Roller, one of two in Aus­tralia. ‘‘ The price is not fi­nalised, but it will be a pre­mium of about 10 per cent on the coupe.’’

The Aven­ta­dor coupe lists at $754,600 for the LP700-4, the Road­ster will be one of the costli­est cars on lo­cal roads, al­though still well short of the $1,355,000 pric­etag for a Roll­sRoyce Phan­tom con­vert­ible.

But Roller says there is no short­age of in­ter­est in the Aven­ta­dor Road­ster, with the wait­ing list for the coupe stretch­ing for more than a year.

‘‘ We have some in­ter­est al­ready. The mix is go­ing to be around 65 per cent for the coupe and 35 per cent for the Road­ster,’’ Roller says. ‘‘ We’ve taken 10 or­ders for Aven­ta­dor coupes in Queens­land since the launch and I’ve only de­liv­ered five. So they are pretty pop­u­lar.

‘‘ But some of those peo­ple might be think­ing about a Road­ster now.’’

The Aven­ta­dor Road­ster is likely to go on show in Aus­tralia later this month.

The hero car for Lam­borgh­ini, which is owned by Audi, the Aven­ta­dor packs a 525kW V12 bolted to a sev­en­speed manu­matic gear­box that drives all four wheels. It is the lat­est in a long se­ries of V12-pow­ered Lam­borgh­i­nis that goes back to the 1960s Miura, then the Coun­tach and Di­ablo.

Apart from the two-piece roof, changes to the Road­ster in­clude a re­in­forced roof struc­ture, re­designed rear pil­lar, elec­tric rear screen, wind de­flec­tor and a rear engine cover with polyg­o­nal win­dows for ven­ti­la­tion and a view of the engine. The car also rolls on forged al­loy rims— 20 inch­ers in front, 21s at the rear— that shave 10kg off the car’s weight.

But there is one short­com­ing — the Road­ster is 0.1sec slower than the coupe from rest to 100km/h, al­though it still cov­ers the bench­mark sprint in an im­pres­sive 3.0 sec­onds.

Slight pre­mium: $75K ex­tra gets all this,

with car­bon-fi­bre roof

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