Lamborghini has presented the new Aventador SVJ Roadster at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, with only 800 units being planned for production. That makes it a more exclusive model compared to its coupe sibling, which will have 900 examples.
The ingredients used in the Roadster are pretty much the same as the hardtop Aventador SVJ. A 6.5 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine makes 770 PS (759 hp) at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, which is paired with a seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox and a fourth-generation Haldex four-wheel drive system.
In terms of performance, the Roadster does lose out to the coupe, but only by negligible margins. For instance, the zero to 100 km/h and 200 km/h times are 2.9 and 8.8 seconds respectively for the convertible, which is more compared to the coupe’s corresponding 2.8 and 8.6 seconds. Both models will still do an excess of 350 km/h.
Part of the reason for this difference in sprint times is due to the Roadster’s dry weight of 1,575 kg, which is 50 kg more than the coupe. This added heft does take a toll on the braking distance needed to stop from 100 km/h to a rest, which is a full metre more than the coupe’s 30 metres.
Thankfully, there isn’t any electrically powered mechanism to further add to the dry weight, and the roof itself is made out of high pressure resin transfer moulding carbon-fibre. What this means is each part of the two-piece roof weighs just six kilos, so it won’t be much of a burden to unlatch and stow away the roof on your own. Manual labour is part of this process.
Like the coupe, the Roadster gets the full gamut of corner-faster goodies like the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) active aerodynamics system, magnetorheological suspension, Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), rear-wheel steering and staggered Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres (255/30 front and 355/25 rear).
Similarly, Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva 2.0 (LDVA 2.0) continues to act as the car’s brain, governing all electronic systems in real time. Essentially, the LDVA gathers information from the car’s sensors and sends instructions to various systems to ensure the driver gets the best performance depending on the selected drive mode – Sport, Strada (Street), Corsa (Track) and Ego.
Prices start from 387,007 euros (RM1,787,819) in Europe, and can rest assured that it is more costly than the coupe which goes for 349,116 euros (RM1,612,777). This is before Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customisation programme comes into play. The show car being presented is finished in a new matte color bronzo zenas (bronze), with a special Ad Personam livery in bianco phanes (white).