‘Instant want’ – that was the sentiment shared around the Petrol News office upon seeing the new drop-top Lamborghini Aventador S this week.
Unveiled officially at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Aventador S Roadster is almost identical to its fixed-roof counterpart. The key difference however, is you can take the roof down.
That means it uses the same 730bhp naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine with the same active suspension and the same nifty four-wheel-steer system.
However, stick it on some massive scales and it transpires that the convertible Aventador S weighs 50kg more than the coupe and that’s due to all the extra gubbins required to electronically lower the soft-top roof.
This extra weight doesn’t do much to muzzle the Lambo’s bite though, with a reported 0-62mph sprint of three seconds dead – a whole tenth of a second slower than the coupe. Don’t worry though, top speed remains unchanged at 217mph.
With the option to get rid of the roof comes the inevitable restyling of the rear and it’s just as jaw-dropping. A new carbon fibre engine cover transparent sections as an option to show the world your thunderous V12. There’s also an active rear spoiler that adjusts its position according to speed and drive mode.
Prices will start from £251,462 when orders open before the end of the year. Those with a quarter of a million to splash on a drop-top Lambo can expect to have their latest toy on their driveway early in 2018.
The new Aventador S Roadster will launch as the only mid-rear engined V12 super sports roadster in the world.
Lambo chief executive Stefano Domenicali believes the car “sets new benchmarks in technology and performance on both road and track” and adds “a new dimension in driving enjoyment”, compared to the fixed roof coupe.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: “Some of us in the Petrol News are still rubbing our jaws because they hit the floor so fast and so hard after seeing the drop-top Aventador S.
“It’s an absolute beauty and one destined for bedroom walls and computer wallpapers around the world.”
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