Lamborghini has announced the new Aventador LP700-4 Roadster online today, which is the first open-hardtop luxury supercar for the company. The new convertible version is produced to extend the success of the hardtop version, which had about 1,300 units sold since its introduction in the summer of 2011.
The new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster has a two-piece convertible rooftop made of carbon fiber material, which weighs in about 13 pounds. Unlike the Ferrari Spyder with an automatic removal top, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster’s roof pieces have to be removed manually by hand, and can be stored in the front luggage compartment. When the roof pieces are removed, a powered rear window and a front-mounted wind deflector can also be removed as well to provide even more exposure. It sounds like a bit of work, but this is the first time that Lamborghini is experimenting with a convertible hardtop. Hopefully we will get to see an automatic version in the coming future.
Everything else on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is the same as the hardtop version, which is equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 700-horsepower, and mated to a seven-speed single-clutch transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Acceleration time from 0-62 miles per hour is a bit slower at around 3.0 seconds, while top speed is at 217 mph. To save fuel, the Roadster’s V12 also includes a cylinder deactivation system, while the instant Stop & Start system includes high-performance capacitors to awaken the engine when full power is needed.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster will be available worldwide, and it is priced at 300,000 euro plus tax. Lamborghini has also announced that the version will be around $441,600, and it doesn’t include the $3,700 gas-guzzler tax, which means the Aventador Roadster will have an MSRP of $445,300 for U.S. customers. For a lot of us, it doesn’t mean anything.