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Lamborghini Aventador Roadster revealed

Short of a Bugatti Veyron Roadster, open air cruising doesn't get any more extreme than this.

By AutoWeek Nov 12, 2012 1:14PM

The much-anticipated Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is joining the supercar stable of the famous Italian purveyor of performance.

The LP 700-4 Aventador Roadster will cost in the neighborhood of $381,000, not including taxes and other fees, and it can be ordered at any Lamborghini dealership. It follows the one-off Aventador J (for Jota) that was revealed this spring at the Geneva motor show. That one sold immediately for about $2.8 million to an unnamed buyer.

The spotlight feature is the two-piece carbon-fiber roof. Each element weighs about 13 pounds, which Lamborghini says allows for easy handling and storage in the front compartment. It also makes for a minimal weight gain for the Aventador Roadster.

The roadster setup is reinforced with an occupant protection system, and the rear pillar is redesigned. There's also a power rear windscreen and a wind deflector. The rear cover features hexagon-shaped windows that allow for ventilation and a view of the engine.

The powertrain is carried over from the fixed-roof Aventador, which debuted in 2011. It makes 691 horsepower from a 6.5-liter V12 paired with a seven-speed gearbox. It has cylinder deactivation and start/stop features. 

Lamborghini is adding a light blue to its color palette, which is featured on the new Aventador roadster. The Italian company says it's reminiscent of a shade used by the 1968 Miura roadster.

The new car rolls on a fresh set of forged aluminum wheels which measure 20 inches in front and 21 inches in the rear. They are said to be 22 pounds lighter than the standard set.

-- Greg Migliore

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