Take the 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. Now remove the roof and you've got the latest model to be unveiled by the Italian automaker, the Aventador Roadster.
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Dropping the top
Because only a small portion of the "roof" of the vehicle covers the passenger compartment (and because the V12 engine sits where most vehicles would stow a retractable roof, Lamborghini has chosen to use a two-piece carbon fiber roof that must be removed by hand and stowed in the storage space beneath the Aventador's hood.
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Where the Aventador coupe displays its V12 engine beneath a large, louvered glass window, the Roadster adds a metal "spinal column" to add back the chassis rigidity lost by removing the roof. The engine is still viewable through a pair of hexagonal openings.
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Engine output is the same as the fixed roof model's 700 horsepower and 507 pound-feet of torque and still flows to all four wheels via the 7-speed automatic transmission and 4WD system.
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The Roadster only weighs 111 pounds more than the coupe and its top speed is still estimated at 217 mph.
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The silly scissor doors that are a hallmark of the flagship Lamborghini model are also still intact, despite the lack of a roof.
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Azzuro Thetis, new, metallic blue color, has been added to the Aventador's range of colors--although, I prefer the matte black that the coupe is often seen wearing. A new style of wheel also debuts on the Roadster.
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A single central exhaust punctuates the Aventador's rear end.
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Long and low are the two words that spring to mind when viewing the Aventador Roadster in profile.
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Despite having a simple roof mechanism, the Aventador manages to be extremely visually complex.
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The Aventador's interior has also been revised with a new interior color.