Lamborghini Aventador Roadster : First Drive
Most things on Earth can be put into better perspective when you look at the numbers. But there are some things that simple analytics just can’t explain – the fact that the brand new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is already sold out for 2013 in a market that has seen a global downturn is one of them. And this has happened even before the car’s dynamic launch to the worldwide press in Miami last week! In fact the Italian manufacturer of some of the sexiest cars on the planet sold 922 Aventador coupes in 2012 – twice the number of its predecessor, the Murcielago in 2007.
The Murcielago itself was a brilliant car for its time and was everything that you’d expect a Lamborghini to be – fast, powerful and superiorly intimidating. The Murcielago roadster though, wasn’t anywhere close to having the kind of aura that its Coupe had and that’s a fact that the guys at Lamborghini fully understand and accept, which is a good thing because when it came down to relieving the Aventador of its roof they were extra attentive.
The thing about roadsters is that they aren’t easy to integrate into a coupe body. It’s way more than just an exercise of chopping the roof off – there’s the bit about structural rigidity that has to be taken care of. Designers also have to figure out a way of fitting in a ‘temporary’ top in case you might want to cover up on a rainy day, which means there has to be place to stow the canopy when it isn’t required. With something like the Aventador, that means tracing back your steps right from the design stage to make sure it doesn’t go the Murcielago way of being an after-thought. The solution is what seems to be mid-way between a targa and a foldaway hardtop.
The two-section top has to be manually placed and snaps into place through a mechanism of locking pins and can be stored in the boot up front. Of course, with the two sections of the removable roof in there you could hardly fit a tiny bag of groceries in the boot, but then again who buys an Aventador Roadster to go shopping?