Lamborghini Announces Veneno Roadster

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For those who wish to experience near-perfect aerodynamic efficiency rippling their jowls at 221 mph, Lamborghini has announced a topless version of the Lamborghini Veneno that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Like its predecessor, the Veneno Roadster will be available in an extremely limited-run capacity, marking Lamborghini’s fiftieth anniversary year.

The Veneno Roadster comes only with a rollover bar, as Lamborghini has totally eschewed the roof for this race-inspired version of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. In fact, there isn't even a folding roof, so don't drive if there's the remotest chance of rain. The Veneno Roadster adds only 88 lb to its hard-top brother, totaling 3278 lb. While this does not affect the 221 mph top speed, acceleration to 62 mph falls just barely, from 2.8 to 2.9 seconds. Its extreme bodywork, evocative of an enemy alien spaceship, is made from the same carbon-fiber reinforced polymer as the Veneno, designed for improved downforce and air diffusion.

Lamborghini released images of the forthcoming Veneno Roadster in “Rosso Veneno,” although each of the nine lucky owners will be able to pick their color of choice. Those who have already claimed one of the three Veneno coupe units may be having a bit of buyer’s remorse, as Lamborghini will build them only red, green, and white, respectively, to represent the colors of the Italian flag.

Despite the fact that the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is a street-legal offering, we wouldn’t count on seeing one out on the road. The cost of access to one of these nine Italian beasts is an approximate $4.5 million -- before taxes.

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