It seems Lamborghini have officially announced the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster now. We’re not sure what happened yesterday but we managed to get a sneak preview with details sent to Top Gear and photos circulated by a number of other sites. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is now official and we have access to both press photos and details!
We now have a nice gallery of eight photos to share, plus a shot of the interior. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster will be the most expensive models Lamborghini has ever offered. As you will undoubtedly be aware, the Veneno Coupé was Lamborghini’s surprise unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. It distracted the hypercar market from the big McLaren P1 and LaFerrari releases.
With the Veneno Roadster, Lamborghini is once again aiming for an extreme reaction. The company promises nine examples for delivery during 2014. Each customer will pay the sum of 3.3 million Euros plus taxes (as near as makes no difference 4 million Euros!). Don’t expect to rock up at your local Lamborghini dealership with the funds though, likelihood is that they are all spoken for.
So what do you get for your money? The package is very similar to the Veneno which itself, takes inspiration from the Aventador. The engine is the Aventador’s new 6.5 litre V12 unit, uprated to 750 hp in the Veneno Roadster. Power is driven through an all-wheel drive system via a modified ISR transmission. Five settings are available with pushrod suspension and horizontal sprint/damper units.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is technically advanced. It features a monocoque made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymer. All body components are also CFRP making it extremely lightweight. It is compliant with all road safety regimes worldwide and features a full raft of safety features from airbags through to adapted ESP handling system.
Performance is curbed ever so sightly over the Veneno Coupé. The Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds (0.1 slower than the Coupé), top speed stands at 355 km/h. As we explained yesterday, the Roadster weighs just 1,490 kilograms with a a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.99 kg/hp (4.38 lbs/hp).
In terms of design, Lamborghini claim that the extreme styling of the Veneno Roadster is down to aerodynamics. Both airflow and downforce are optimised in a number of key areas. The front and rear wings act to apply high levels of downforce to the car. The undercarriage is smooth and transitions into an efficient diffuser.
The wheels are even custom designed for efficiency. A carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs. The paint colour, “Rosso Veneno” was developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, owners will also be able to customise their cars with their own choice of colour.
Inside the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, the carbon fiber monocoque is visible inside the car around the center tunnel and the sills. The cockpit features two lightweight bucket seats made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite while the rest is covered with a woven carbon-fiber CarbonSkin which also makes up part of the seats and the headliner.
Interestingly, Lamborghini have chosen to offer the Veneno Roadster without any weather protection whatsoever. We particularly like the fighter jet style switch gear of the interior, coloured with the Italian flag!