Ready to take the LP 700-4 Coupe's already intense driving experience to an even more visceral level, the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster was presented last night at a private showing in Miami. Its next stop, although one that has yet to be confirmed, is expected to be a far more public one at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.
Based on the carbon-fiber-intensive/all-wheel-drive Aventador LP700-4 Coupe, this open-air apparent shares all of its sibling's key structural elements and running gear, including the 691-horsepower/6.5-liter V12 engine with cylinder deactivation and start/stop technology, 7-speed paddle-shifted ISR automatic transmission and racing-style push-rod suspension system.
Key visual changes to the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster are found above its beltline. The most obvious is the fitment of the new removable top which consists of two carbon fiber elements that collectively weigh less than 27 pounds. Unlike the cumbersome soft top used on the Murcialago Roadster, these panels can be quickly and easily removed and stowed in the Roadster's front luggage compartment. Other modifications to the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster include a revised C-pillar that adds rigidity when the top panels are removed, frames the car's power-activated back glass, and houses an automatic rollover protection system. The final recast body bit is a unique cover for the mid-mounted engine that improves cooling and offers an even better look at car's mighty V12.
In addition to a bespoke two-tone exterior treatment that sees the A-pillar, C-pillar and top elements rendered in gloss black, this alfresco-spec Raging Bull also wears new staggered-size (20-inch front/21-inch rear) and superlight forged alloy wheels that reduce its weight by nearly 25 pounds compared to the standard Aventador rims. Inside, the handcrafted cabin of the Roadster is highlighted by distinctive Sabbia Nefertem-colored leather that was chosen to set off the car's launch hue, a tone-shifting metallic blue dubbed Azzuro Thetis.
On the performance front, the new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster will give away little to its coupe kin. Lambo says it can streak from 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds - about 0.1 tick slower than its closed counterpart - and will top out at a heady 217 mph.
Although more details on the U.S. version of the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster will be forthcoming shortly, the automaker has confirmed that it will start taking orders for the car later this year. Pricing in Europe is set to start at €300,000 -- $381,500 at current exchange rates. While the formal sticker number for our version has yet to be released, we expect that it will likely top the $400K mark.