Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: price, specs and top speed revealed
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is set to become one of the firm’s most exclusive machines as just nine of the open top Veneno will ever be built. The Veneno, which made its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, is based on the Aventador and comes with a 6.5 litre V-12 engine that produces 740bhp. It’s attached to a seven-speed transmission that pushes power to the four wheels which are kept glued to the road thanks to a pushrod suspension. Lamborghini officials are saying this machine is good for a top speed of 221mph and a 0-62mph time of just 2.9 seconds.
A lot of the roadster’s body panels are identical to those on the hard-top so the roadster also has a frontend that produces downforce and optimises airflow and a smooth underbody that keeps drag to a minimum. Four large exhaust pipes show through the rear diffuser and the roadster has bespoke alloys that include a unique cooling system for the ceramic brakes. The exterior is coloured in “Rosso Veneno” paint that was developed specifically for the car and carbon fibre features throughout the car’s exterior and interior.
Although only nine Roadsters will be made during the car’s 2014 production, there will be more Roadsters on the road than hardtops as Lamborghini are only making three of those. The price of all this performance and the exclusivity is £2.8million plus tax, a cost that would have naturally limited the car’s production anyway.
We’re not sure why Lamborghini keeps using Spanish words for their model names when the brand is Italian. Murciélago is the Spanish name for the bat and this one’s name means 'Venom' in Spanish. This car was built to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary so a name that reflects that would have been more appropriate.
Whether this is the sort of car that will stand the test of time and make car enthusiast’s list of top Lamborghinis or be a quickly forgotten limited edition, only time will tell.