When Lamborghini showcased its topless Aventador J concept at the 2012 Geneva auto show, the crew in Sant'Agata called it a one-off, and it subsequently sold for $2.8 million to a private buyer. But given Lamborghini's history of producing open-top variants of its baddest bulls since the Diablo, the smart money was on an open-air version of the Aventador eventually appearing. Today, Lamborghini made it official with the introduction of the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster.
Starting up top, the Aventador Roadster's removable roof consists of two carbon-fiber panels weighing roughly 13.2-pounds each, which Lamborghini says can be easily removed and stored in the front luggage compartment. The car's rear pillar has been reinforced in order to handle the car's slight loss of structural integrity, as well as to accommodate the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster's rollover protection and engine-ventilation systems.
Aside from the roof, the biggest visual difference between the Aventador hardtop and the Roadster is its unique engine cover, which features twin vented hexagonal windows and what Lamborghini calls a center "spinal column" running down the middle of the compartment housing the same wicked 6.5-liter V-12 with 691 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque as its coupe sibling. Additionally, the Roadster's A-pillars, windshield header, roof panels, and rear window area feature a gloss-black finish designed to further augment its imposing lines.
You can control the amount of sonic intensity from the Aventador Roadster's monstrous V-12 thanks to a power rear window that also aids with cabin airflow. The Lambo press release says the Roadster's attachable wind deflector helps deliver "almost complete calm" at higher speeds -- as if there's anything calm about a raging Aventador. As is the case with the roof panels, the deflector can also be stowed in the front compartment when the tops are back on.
The Aventador Roadster also gets its own launch color, a new metallic blue dubbed Azzuro Thetis whose color and shade varies depending on the angle and intensity of the light and was reportedly inspired by the 1968 Miura Roadster concept shown at the Brussels Auto Show that year. The Roadster also gets special interior enhancements -- specifically liberal use of leather called Sabbia Nefertem (yeah, we think it's a bizarre name as well) that Lambo says helps offset the Azzuro Thetis (also bizarre) sheen.
Being a Lamborghini and an Aventador, the experience is first and foremost about performance, and the Roadster will not disappoint -- at least in a straight line. Sending its 691 horsepower through Lamborghini's integrated shifting rod, seven-speed automated single-clutch manual transmission to all four wheels, 0-60 comes in less than three seconds, with a top speed of more than 217 mph, according to Lamborghini. The Roadster's unique 20-inch front, 21-inch rear "Dione" forged aluminum wheels also help shave some 22-pounds in all over the Aventador hardtop's wheel/tire setup.
While approximately no one who buys the Aventador Roadster is necessarily worried about how it furiously belches out greenhouse gases, Lamborghini has applied state-of-the-art technologies make its big bull as efficient as possible. Like the coupe, the engine includes a cylinder deactivation system, enabling the engine to run on only six cylinders in cruising and low-load conditions, and employs what Lamborghini is claiming is the industry-first use of super-capacitors in a series-production car to enable lightning-quick response from the auto stop-start system.
The Aventador Roadster is available for order worldwide at Lamborghini dealers at a starting price of approximately $381,000 (300,000 Euros).