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6.5-liter V12 Gas
by Chris Wall
When it comes to iconic cars, Lamborghini have created more than their fare share, like the Aventador and when the Italian supercar was released no one thought it could get any better. So they chopped off the roof. The result is quite possibly one of the best looking supercars that can be bought today. While the roof has gone, the Lamborghini engineers made sure to afford the Aventador S Roadster the best possible performance, and so the roofless supercar can reach a top speed of an unbelievable 217 mph thanks to the thunderous 740 hp V12 that's directed to all four wheels.
As expected in a drop-top supercar, the cabin is full of top-class materials, and the design and layout is angular and futuristic in this particular Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster. A high center console that sees controls and dials (for the Corsa, Strada, Sport and Ego drive modes) reminiscent of a fighter jet divide the high bolstered race seats that are more comfortable than they look. It also features a color screen for the infotainment system, but the carbon fiber surrounded piece will seldom be looked at. The multifunction steering wheel is rather basic in looks, but it does have paddles attached to afford control over the transmission. The instrument cluster is a brilliant piece of digital engineering that can be configured to taste, but the default view of a large tachometer with the selected gear displayed inside is worth leaving on. As with many supercars, many materials can be chosen to personalize the cabin under the Ad Personam branch.
With a monstrous V12 powering the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, everything is tailored for a precision drive that exploits the power as best as possible. The different drive modes offer up a different firmness rides, even the "softest" is quite bone jarring, but the Ego option is customizable to maximum comfort. The steering is razor sharp and the addition of rear steering adds to this better maneuverability that makes for better and more responsive handling when demanded. The accelerator is very responsive in all modes and it begs to be flattened at every opportunity and the power delivery is surprisingly smooth. The automated manual transmission works but could be refined a lot more, shifts under load are harsh with gaps in between that seem to take ages – this part is the only real let down when driving the Aventador S Roadster. Massive brake discs and calipers are well assisted and can bring the supercar to a stop in good time as long as you don't demand action that physics can't allow.
When an automaker adds a convertible to the lineup it's usually a lot heavier due to a need to strengthen the chassis to compensate for the missing rigidity from the roof, but with just 110 lbs. added to the S Roadster performance remains almost identical. The mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 creates 740 hp and 509 lb-ft or torque, which equates to a 0-62 mph run of 3.0-seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. The 7-speed automated manual transmission helps transfer the power to all four wheels – it does the job at hand but is outclassed by many rival supercar transmissions that do the same job is a much smoother fashion.
As with most supercars, safety features are minimal. On the passive safety side, the airbags come from the front and side in the event of a crash in all models, but the addition of knee airbags is limited to select markets. The B-pillars are strengthened to provide support in the case of a rollover. Active safety systems are also minimal and so we find electronic stability control in play and this has ABS braking and a traction control system integrated with it. As for the roof, the removable 2-piece carbon fiber design stores safely in the nose compartment. As for optional things, what you see is what you get, but Ad Personam can change colors and materials to suit individual tastes.
The Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is one of the best looking open top cars around, and the fact that it's performance hasn't suffered compared to the hard top version is testament to the great design and build quality of the supercar. While it's ridiculously fast, it's main objective seems to be to get people to notice you in the car. It's offers a harsh ride and has a transmission to match, tall drivers may get to see more the windscreen surround than road and it costs a heck of a lot of money – but those lines and that roaring V12 make up for any shortcomings.