The covers have come off the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. It’s the open-top version of Lambo’s V12 supercar, and unlike its fiddly-roofed Murcielago precessor, it boasts a cover that can be removed by hand in ‘seconds’ rather than hours.
That’s because it’s switched from a tent-like soft-top to a removable, targa-style hard-top. The roof is made of two panels, and thanks to their use of Lamborghini’s Forged Composite carbonfibre construction, they weigh a mere 6kg each. The Aventador’s rear pillars have been strengthened to compensate for when the roof is removed, while the engine cover boasts two separate columns of glass rather than the coupe’s one wide cascade, a bolder piece of design.
Other exclusive features for the Roadster include gloss black trim around the windows, which helps give a roofless appearance even when the car's closed up, while there are new 10kg-lighter forged alloy wheels and the option of the ‘Azzuro Thetis’ paint you see here.
Using the same naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine as its coupe sibling, the Aventador Roadster boasts 690bhp and can hit an identical 217mph top speed, while 0-62mph takes just 3.0sec, a lightning-fast figure no doubt helped by the car’s all-wheel drive. It uses a seven-speed ‘ISR’ automatic gearbox and even has nods to fuel economy, with stop/start and cylinder deactivation technology.
No prices have yet been announced, but you can expect a premium of around £50,000 over the standard, £242,280 Aventador LP700-4. Therefore you’ll see scant change from a £300,000 cheque. It will arrive in the UK in time for summer 2013.