Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

The openness warrior

"Sharp-edged, air-slicing of speed, and cutting its way over the sky"

"With the roof panels in place, the Roadster offers slightly more headroom than the coupe"

"Lamborghini's signature scissor doors linger"

"The Aventador Roadster smashes your senses in every possible way!"

"It is the ultimate open-air driving experience I have ever had," said Issam" 

Pros: Brutal acceleration, magnificent steering, attractive exterior

Cons: limited cargo space

Rivals: Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Aston Martin V-12 Vantage roadster, Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster, Audi R8 V10 Spyder 

I can still remember almost three years ago my first drive of the Lambo Aventador in Rome, Italy. At that time, "Roma Capitale e Lamborghini" was where the innovative Aventador LP700-4 was launched. I can admit that what I saw and drove in Italy wasn’t just a car but a raging bull full of impending energy dying to be thrown out. That impending energy was thrown out at the finest track in Rome, "Autodromo di Vallelunga". But now it is time to drive around the sunny streets of Dubai with the roadster version of the Aventador!

Exterior
The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster can immediately be recognized by the unique profile of its upper area, which extends along newly designed geometric lines from the removable roof to the engine hood. The Roadster's design is the result of a careful study into the best way of combining performance, elegant style, ease of use and a driving experience that excites all five senses.

The two-piece roof is made entirely from carbon fiber using various technologies such as RTM and Forged Composite. These technologies guarantee maximum aesthetic performance and stiffness although each component is extremely light, weighing less than six kilograms. These two parts are removable, easy to handle, and being lightweight and simple to attach, can be stored in the front luggage compartment. In just a few seconds, the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster can be admired in all its luxurious beauty.

The rear pillar has been redesigned to offer total support for the removable roof, accommodate an automatic protection system for passengers and provide the engine compartment with ample ventilation.

It's noticeable that the engine hood on the Roadster differs from the hood on the coupe because of its central "spinal column" with two pairs of hexagonal windows connected at the sides as if they were hyper-tech armor plates. Their purpose is to cool the engine, drain off rain water properly and, of course, allow the beauty of the V12 power unit to be admired.

The range of colors available for the Roadster has been supplemented with a very light, metallic blue color, Azzuro Thetis, whose tone varies with the angle of the light. This color recalls the shade of the extraordinarily beautiful 1968 Miura Roadster, and both highlights and reinforces the lines of the vehicle by adding strength and dynamism.

Interior
Even the interior has a new look. The use of leather called Sabbia Nefertem highlights the superb hand-made craftsmanship of the upholstery from Sant' Agata Bolognese and is a perfect match for the exterior in Azzuro Thetis. Finally, the new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster also features new Dione 20"/21" rims with a daring, aggressive look. Crafted in light forged aluminum, they lower the weight of the vehicle by 10 kg as compared with the standard set of rims.

Driving Impressions
This is one of the world's most extraordinary cars in which to squash its throttle. Lamborghini says it reaches 100 kph in three seconds which, obviously, we tried it in the middle of nowhere in the desert. With or without the roof in place, and certainly, I was impressed with airflow over the open cockpit. Its chief engineer, Maurizio Reggiani, said, "The Roadster body creates only downforce, not lift, so we have every reason to believe it would remain stable at terminal velocity."

There are two driving modes when the transmission is in automatic: strada and sport. The three manual modes of the shifter all exhibit the same traits at different rates. There's a pause with accompanying momentary loss of power, then a sudden engagement in the next gear with a thwack, and off you go. It is an extremely expressive shift sensation.

Supposedly the car will stay with me, but do I want it to? What kind of question is that? Everybody wants it! So living with it is like dating a movie star especially when cruising slowly through Jumeirah Beach Residence. Even in Dubai where supercars are like normal cars in other countries, I was stopped regularly during my afternoon drive by eager and sudden Lamborghini enthusiasts. Tourists filmed my every move even when I was photo shooting. Prices start at $445,300. You could add in options somewhere between $60,000 and $70,000, and the personalization program could go well beyond that.

Verdict
The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster has that visual obsession and street flair just as it had in Rome, even the removable top version in Dubai. So it is a win-win scenario. Its charm can match all but the wildest of offerings from ultra-exotic supercars like Pagani and Koenigsegg. If you’re looking for a performance convertible with faultless road manners, have a look at the McLaren 12C Spider which I drove last year in Dubai too. But when the best of the best convertibles are declared, the Aventador Roadster remains without question the most fascinating one! 

Specs (5 stars)

6.5 liter V-12, 700 hp, 690 Nm
7-speed automated manual, AWD
0-100 kph: 3 sec, Top Speed: 350 kph
1848 kg

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