Lamborghini Aventador Roadster : First Drive
The Aventador Roadster is all about performance and that it has plenty of. The sides and the C-pillar have been strengthened to compensate for the lost rigidity due to the absence of a proper roof. The Roadster also gets 21-inch rear and 20-inch front wheels which improve all round handling and cornering performance compared to other hardtop-turned-roadsters.
The big V12 in the back remains untouched in terms of power output and with the near 700PS figure that the 6.5 litre naturally aspirated unit belches out, the Aventador Raodster is good for 0-100km/h in 3 seconds and top speed of 350km/h. The brakes are even more impressive with the guys from Sant’Agata claiming that the car will come to complete stop from over 100km/h in just 31metres! In fact the Roadster feels no different from the Coupe once you step inside and you could attribute that to the fact that the interiors remain untouched from the transition from coupe to roadster.
We drove the coupe at Sepang in Malaysia (Read: Lamborghini Aventador: First Drive) earlier last year and with the first taste of the Roadster at the Homestead Speedway in Miami, USA, the same feeling of brute power, precise handling and super-adhesive grip returned. A lot of credit for this goes to the fact that despite compensating for the chopped roof with added strength in the rest of the body the Aventador Roadster gains only about 50kg in weight thanks to some very clever engineering.
Modern technology also finds its way into the Aventador range in the form of cylinder deactivation and a stop-start system with a supercapacitor that enables restarts in under 80 milliseconds! All that combined ends up in emissions up to 25 percent cleaner than before. Of course, all that responsible motoring gets thrown to the back of your mind when you switch from the regular Strada mode to Sport and then further on to Corsa with the torque distribution on the four wheel drive system adjusting accordingly. And then there’s also the tiny little window in the rear bulkhead that can be slid open to let that splendid V12 wail in whenever you want to.