New car costs mil­lions

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

It costs 10 times more than a reg­u­lar Lam­borgh­ini, but only nine will be built - and none will come with a roof. Meet the new Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno Road­ster.

Based on the con­tro­ver­sial Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno coupe, the new €3.3 mil­lion (NZ$5.3m) Ital­ian su­per­car is set to be the lat­est must-have ac­ces­sory for Italophiles and Lambo diehards alike.

But it’s also likely to di­min­ish the ex­clu­siv­ity of the Ve­neno coupe, which is lim­ited to just three units. Hav­ing another nine road­sters – which are al­most iden­ti­cal other than hav­ing an open-top – gives Lam­borgh­ini a way to make money out of the ba­sic de­sign while tech­ni­cally not break­ing its com­mit­ment to only build three Ve­neno hard-tops.

Pow­ered by a 6.5-litre V12 en­gine pro­duc­ing 552kW of power, the Ve­neno Road­ster boasts a claimed sprint from 0-100kmh in just 2.9 sec­onds – 0.1 sec­onds slower than the coupe. It tops out at 355kmh.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a sev­en­speed au­to­matic with pad­dle shifters. The car fea­tures a ’’rac­ing chas­sis’’, in­clud­ing pushrod sus­pen­sion and hor­i­zon­tal springs and dampers.

It weighs just 1490 kilo­grams – less than some small cars - and ev­ery ex­te­rior panel is made of light­weight carbon fi­bre-re­in­forced plas­tic.

The dra­matic styling of the coupe – which led re­spected US au­to­mo­tive site Ed­munds.com to name the Ve­neno the world’s ugli­est car ear­lier in 2013 – has been largely car­ried over, but as Lam­borgh­ini states: ‘‘There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for op­ti­mum safety’’.

The com­pany says the Ve­neno Road­ster ’’meets all safety and reg­is­tra­tion re­quire­ments world­wide’’ but, as with the coupe, it is likely to be built in left-hand drive only.

Pro­duc­tion of the NZ$5.3m coupe was lim­ited to just three units, but the Ital­ian brand says: ‘‘not more than nine units will be built dur­ing the course of 2014’’.

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