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by Matt Brogan

Lamborghini has today released official details of what it calls “the ultimate driving machine among open-top two-seaters” – or as we known it, the Reventón Roadster.

Open-top sports cars are a tradition at Lamborghini that stretches back more than 40 years. In 1968, the company from Sant’Agata Bolognese built a Miura without a fixed roof as a one-off. The Diablo Roadster appeared in 1995 with its targa roof anchored to the engine cover.

With an avant-garde approach to design, or is that sculpture, the Reventón Roadster draws much of its design from aviation, or specifically the aggressive wedge shapes of fighter jets.

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The powerful arrowhead front, mighty air intakes, broad side skirts and upwards opening scissor doors all give the car not only a menacing look, but also contribute functionally to the Roadster’s function.

Reventón Roadster measures 4700mm long with a wheelbase of 2665mm, is 2058mm wide and 1132mm high. The driver and passenger seating positions are low and sporty, separated by a substantial central tunnel.

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Behind the two seats are two hidden pop-up bars that deploy upwards in just a few hundredths of a second in the event of an imminent roll-over. A fixed, horizontal wing-shaped member behind the seats bears the third brake light.

The design of the Roadster’s long back is also quite distinct from that of the Coupé. The engine bonnet is virtually horizontal and a total of four windows made from glass provide a view of the mighty V12.

With a dry weight of just 1690 kilograms the Reventón Roadster uses the same stiff bodyshell base as found in the Coupé with minimal reinforcement used in key areas for additional rigidity. These additions make the Roadster only 25kg heavier than the Coupé.

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Paintwork for this exclusive special edition is a new shade of matt grey called Reventón Grey. The wheels of the Reventón Roadster also incorporate the interplay of matt and glossy elements.

The five spokes of the rims each bear a Y-form, and on each spoke are mounted small crescent-shaped wings made from matte carbon. These provide not only an unusual visual impact, but also a turbine effect that further improves cooling of the mighty ceramic brake discs.

“The Reventón is the most extreme car in the history of the brand,” comments Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

“The new Roadster adds an extra emotional component to our combined technological expertise – it unites superior performance with the sensual fascination of open-top driving.”

Inside the Reventón Roadster a powerful design blends what is an ergonomically structured cockpit with functional, clear and concise instrumentation featuring two transreflective and one transmissive liquid-crystal displays. The instruments are mounted in a casing machined from solid aluminium, which is housed in a carbon-fibre dashboard.

Powering the Reventón Roadster is a Lamborghini icon – the 6496cc V12 – one of the world’s most powerful naturally-aspirated engines. The unit develops 493kW of power at 8000rpm and maximum torque of 660Nm from 6000 revs deliver to all four wheels via Lamborghini’s Viscous Traction permanent all-wheel-drive.

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The V12 engine features two chains to drive its four camshafts that, in turn, operate the 48 valves. Together with the three-phase adjustable intake manifold, the variable valve timing delivers a meaty torque build-up. Dry sump lubrication ensures that the hi-tech power unit has a constant supply of oil, even under heavy lateral acceleration.

Zero to 100km/h is dealt with in a staggering 3.4 seconds with the Roadster’s top speed being an equally impressive 330km/h.The open-top Reventón is not only one of the fastest, but also one of the most exclusive cars in the world with fewer than 20 Lamborghini friends and collectors able to own this extraordinary car.

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Each Reventón Roadster will be built on the Sant’Agata Bolognese production line, will sell for
€1.1 million (plus taxes) and deliveries will begin  in October.




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