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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster: Simply Breathtaking

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On: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster:  Simply Breathtaking

For anyone who has never laid eyes on a Lamborghini, a small piece of advice:  Find one. Sure, pictures are nice, and stats are fun to read, but there is nothing – repeat, nothing that compares to the visual presence of a Lamborghini in living color. If you happen to get your choice of which Lambo to view as your first raging bull, may we suggest the 2013 Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. Sure, the name is a mouthful, but trust us there will be plenty of room to fill when your jaw drops.  

The Aventador Roadster starts off like your "garden variety" Aventador, if such a term can be used for a car with nearly 700 horsepower. The Roadster employs the same all-wheel drive drivetrain, sporting a Haldex center differential that can shift the torque bias up to 90/10 rear/front if sport mode is selected. Thankfully, the powerplant is also the same, because it is a beauty and a beast all wrapped up in one. The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 makes an amazing 690 horsepower at a staggering 8,250 rpm and an equally impressive 509 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. The Roadster's motor is also backed by the same paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic that can make any driver look good. The transmission is designated ISR, which stands for Independent Shifting Rod, but should stand for Instantly Satisfying Response due to its ability to rip off shifts in a little as 50 milliseconds. To put that in perspective, Formula 1 cars shift gears in just about 30 milliseconds. Nice job Lambo. Also shared between the open-air variant and the fixed-roof Aventador are the Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255/30 ZR20 front and massive 355/25 ZR21 rear tires.

The main difference between the coupe and the LP 700-4 Roadster is, obviously, the removable double-panel carbon-fiber roof. But when it comes to chopping the top, structural reinforcements are in order. Lambo engineers beefed up most everything around the center of the car's carbon-fiber tub and added aluminum structures at the front and rear of the car to help protect the driver in the case of a crash. Those overzealous engineers did such a good job, in fact, that when the Roadster has its carbon-fiber top fixed in place, it is actually 9 percent stiffer than its fixed-roof coupe brethren.

As previously mentioned, stats are fun to read – so here comes the fun. The Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster pays only a very slight weight penalty for its pop-top excitement, so expect it to rocket to 60 mph in a scant 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.9 seconds, and through the quarter mile in what-used-to-be-NHRA-fast 10.4 seconds at 135 mph, and even matches the coupe's 217 mph top speed. The one stat that is not fun to read is the starting price tag for this wind-in-your-hair wonder, unless half a million dollars sounds reasonable. Yep, $445,300 is that starting price, and there is a multitude of options that could drive the price much farther north.

Sure, a lottery ticket price tag is a pretty sizable deterrent for most of us, but that is just the cost to own a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. And really, who wants to own one of these? Think of all the maintenance, upkeep, and worrying you would have to do! No no, just go hunt one down at the next car show, or keep your eyes peeled in those rich neighborhoods. Granted, nothing would like be the experience of driving one of these beasts, but trust us, just seeing one in person for the first time will illicit a physiological response that you may never feel again, unless, of course, you win the lottery.


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