Raising the roof
Breezy riders will pay for the privilege with this roadster
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