The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been unveiled - it's a limited-edition, outlandish 740bhp £3million hypercar.
The name and extreme design will be familiar from the Veneno that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. That car had a similarly jaw-dropping price tag, but production was capped at four – as many as nine Roadsters will be sold.
As with the coupé, this car is based on the Aventador, so it uses the same 6.5-litre V12 engine – albeit with power boosted from 690bhp to 740bhp. It’s got the same hi-tech pushrod suspension, four-wheel drive and single-clutch automated manual gearbox. It weighs 1,490kg, which is around 100kg less than the Aventador, and can sprint from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds.
The top speed stands at 221mph. Lamborghini has kept weight down by using a carbon fibre monocoque, carbon fibre body panels and lightweight composite bucket seats. A light CarbonSkin material is used throughout the cockpit, including on the seats and headliner.
Losing the roof has also played a part in shedding weight and there isn’t even a temporary solution in case it starts raining – just a rollover bar for safety. Lamborghini has worked hard on the aerodynamics, so that the whole front end works as a huge downforce-generating wing.
At the rear, there’s a Le Mans racer-style fin, complete with an adjustable rear wing. Even the alloys have been designed with a carbon fibre ring around the rim, which works as a turbine to deliver cooling air to the brakes. The Rosso Veneno paint colour of the car in these pictures was developed especially for the Veneno Roadster, but buyers can choose any colour they want - and you’d hope so for a car that costs about £3million before taxes.