We can’t say we’re totally surprised, but it’s definitely exciting to see the first physical evidence of an open-air version of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. The folks over at Motor Trend captured a Aventador roadster tester out in the snow and initial hints point to a carbon fiber hardtop roof, which should be a welcomed upgrade from the canvas soft top covering the Murcielago roadster.
Lamborghini still hasn’t officially announced the Aventador roadster, but this test mule snapped by our spy photographer is all the confirmation we need. At first glance, this Aventador doesn’t appear to be covered up until a closer inspection of the roof reveals oodles of tape. The spy photographer is convinced the roof is a hardtop piece constructed from lightweight carbon fiber as opposed to the soft (and somewhat cumbersome) canvas top used in the Murcielago.
In one shot, the test mule is flanked by a Gallardo and Aventador coupe. Aside from the taped-up roof, the Aventador roadster and coupe look identical. From the back, the roadster still sports the pop-up cooling vents and louvered rear window and engine cover. The roadster should also be mechanically identical to the coupe, which means a 6.5-liter, V-12 engine will churned out 691 hp right behind your right shoulder. We can’t say if it’ll achieve the coupe’s sub-three second 0-60 mph time, but you can definitely expect to lose a few hairs if that top is down.
We first got the first hint of the Aventador roadster a year ago during a tour of the factory that produces the supercar’s monocoque body. Lamborghini executives gave journalists a technical presentation and mentioned the body’s low weight of 325 pounds and its unique design that requires special parts for both coupe and roadster models. A few months later, the EPA -- while updated its website to include model year 2012 vehicles, accidentally posted fuel ratings for a 2012 Aventador roadster. The numbers have since been removed from the site.
There’s no word on when the roadster will hit showrooms, but given the current 18-month wait time on the coupe, an on-sale date of summer 2012 for the Aventador roadster is probably wishful thinking. Click here to thumb through the remainder of the photos over at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend