Sexy, elegant, and so very fast.
Italian supercar makers Lamborghini will be unveiling the new Aventador S Roadster in Frankfurt next week, proving once again that losing a roof doesn’t mean you have to lose performance. Packing the same visual upgrades as the fixed-roof Aventador S, the S Roadster is on sale for a shade under $500,000, making it some $50,000 more expensive than the non-roadster model. Deliveries are expected to commence in February.
Money out of the way, let’s talk about the things that really matter. Going from a fixed-roof to an origami-metal variety has added just 50kg to the scales, so the S Roadster weighs in at a relatively-svelte 1625kg. Despite losing the roof, the S Roadster has improved on downforce over the outgoing Aventador Roadster, with a 130% increase in downforce thanks to refined aerodynamic addenda and an active rear wing.
Motivation comes from a lightly-reworked 6.5-litre V12, providing no less than 545kW and 690Nm from its naturally-aspirated goodness, capable of hurtling the S Roadster from rest to 100km/h in a sprightly 3-seconds dead. Top speed is rated at 350km/h, though we don’t advise doing those speeds with the top down unless you like a seriously windswept hairdo.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via an all-wheel drive system, after first going through the company’s proprietary ‘Independent Shifting Rod’ seven-speed robotised transmission, which is capable of swapping cogs in as little as 50-milliseconds.
There are still four drive modes available, as there are in the Aventador S coupé, coming in the form of ‘Strada,’ ‘Sport,’ ‘Corsa,’ and ‘Ego’ options, the last of which allows for suspension, throttle, and transmission settings to be adjusted independently to suit the driver.
While a car like this will be out of reach for many, the lucky few who’ll be able to bring home one of these beauties will undoubtedly savour every moment they get to hear that screaming V12 in all its glory, without a roof getting in the way.
We can only wonder when we’ll see the Aventador S Roadster on our roads, though you can be sure that we’ll bring you that information as it comes.