Lamborghini Took a Little Off the Top With the Aventador SVJ Roadster
The new roadster is the open-top version of the limited-edition Aventador SVJ coupé.
Unveiled during Monterey Car Week in August, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ was a super sports performance vehicle car-sonified.
Following its worldwide premiere, the SVJ (SV stands for Superveloce meaning “superfast” while J stands for Jota which denotes the vehicle’s track and performance superiority) proved it wasn’t just a pretty face by setting the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record by completing the track’s 12.8-mile lap 6:44.97 minutes.
Now, in order to give drivers a chance to feel the wind peel back their hair, ears, and lower lip, Automobili Lamborghini is bringing an open-top version of the Aventador SVJ coupé to market.
Unveiled earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show, the v12-powered Aventador SVJ Roadster has similar stats to its coupé cousin (759 ponies, 0-62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, 217 mph top speed) and is only about 110 pounds than the Nürburgring record-setting model.
Aerodynamic almost to a fault, the roadster’s removable roof is constructed from a pair of high-pressure carbon fiber panels. Once taken off, the panels store neatly in the front trunk.
Inspired by space ships, jet fighters, and race motorbikes, the Roadster has a driver-controlled rear window which functions as a windshield when closed and amplifies the purr of the naturally aspirated engine when open.
And don’t underestimate the power of that purr. “The high-mounted lightweight naked exhaust produces the most emotive sound from the SVJ Roadster’s engine, adding to the experience of the roadster’s occupants.” That’s a polite way of saying the new Aventador SVJ is gonna wail like a banshee with a pair of stubbed toes.
Limited to a run of just 800 models, the air that runs through the Italian drop-top’s cockpit is going to be rarefied in more ways than one.
“The Aventador SVJ Roadster inherits all the power, performance and groundbreaking aerodynamic technologies of the coupé, but with its own iconic presence and prowess,” said Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali. “It is as fundamentally exciting to drive as the Aventador SVJ but with an added exclusivity: the option of the open air. With the same extraordinary performance roof on or off, the Aventador SVJ Roadster incorporates the dynamism of the coupé with the unique spirit of a Lamborghini.”
With deliveries set to commence just in time for summertime cruising later this year, the rowdy roadster will have a base price just south of $574,000.
Tax, and cost of a summer’s supply of sunblock and earplugs, not included.
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