Aventador blows its top

The LP700-4's Roadster version gets a practical, removable hard-top

It looks better than the coupe...

We agree. That's probably because of the two-tone finish of the exterior. Note the two-piece roof which is made from composites of carbon fibre.

And then there are the new 20/21-inch wheels, claimed to be 10kg lighter than the ones on the coupe. Also, the engine cover behind has been redesigned so that people can admire that beast of a motor.

Cool! Will the roof still be hopeless to take off?

Lamborghini says that it will be easy this time. The roof can be removed (each panel weighing 6kg) and be stored in the front luggage compartment.

The Sant'Agata boys add that more structural rigidity has been employed into the Roadster for both enhanced handling and safety. There's a rollover protection installed behind the seats.

Owners of the previous Murcielago Roadster will clearly remember the soft-top being so fiddly to handle.

And when the roof's up, there's a warning for the driver not to exceed 160kph. That shows how shoddy the canvas was.

How much will the Roadster do this time?

Lamborghini says 350kph, just 4kph shy of the fixed-top sibling. Equally as cool is the 0-100kph time: the Roadster clocks 3.0sec, just a tenth slower.

This essentially makes both Aventadors still the second-quickest accelerating supercars on this planet after the invincible soft- and hard-top versions of the Bugatti Veyron (2.5sec).

Both Lambos share the same 700hp 6.5-litre V12 and seven-speed automated manual. Just introduced to the coupe earlier this year and now to the Roadster is cylinder deactivation and a stop/start system to improve fuel economy _ if it really matters to supercar buyers in Thailand.

How much will the damage be?

Lamborghini says there is no need to wait for any auto show to buy the Aventador Roadster. Having already delivered 1,400 units of the coupe model worldwide, Lamborghini says they are now ready to accept orders for the Roadster at some 40 million baht in Thailand.

A fantastic way of hearing the V12 howl into your ears, we think.

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