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Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce Roadster (2016): the SV blows its top

Published: 14 August 2015

First pictures of Aventador SV Roadster
Same 740bhp 6.5-litre V12 as coupe
0-62mph in 2.9sec, 217mph flat out

When CAR reviewed the incredible Lamborghini Aventador SV we declared it to be ‘the best Lamborghini we’ve driven for ages, quite possibly the best ever.’

If you prefer to take your supercars with a spot of sunshine, the best is arguably about to get even better. This is the Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, unveiled today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. And it’s quite something.

Is the SV Roadster as fast as the coupe?

Near as. Maximum power output from its 6.5-litre V12 is an identical 740bhp at 8400rpm and top speed is quoted as the same 217mph.

Dry weight is 1575kg, 50kg more than the coupe, although it still only has to lug around 2.1kg for each metric horsepower. As a result, it’s slightly slower from 0-62mph. Instead of 2.8 seconds, it takes a full 2.9. No deal-breaker, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Does it even have a roof?

It does, a removable hardtop made from carbonfibre (what else?). The roof is actually made from two separate quick-release panels, each weighing less than 6kg.

You get a choice of colours: matt black as standard, or a choice of matt carbonfibre or body colour (like the ‘Blu Le Mans’ finish for the car pictured) as an option.

When the panel’s removed, a press of a button on the dash pops up a rear windshield to cut wind noise and help keep your haircut intact.

Okay, here goes. How much for an Aventador SV Roadster?

On the road, in the UK, £350,000. That’s around £28k more than the coupe. UK deliveries start in spring 2016.

Lamborghini plans to produce 500 Aventador SV Roadsters. Production of the coupe is limited to 600 cars, and they’re all sold out. No doubt more than a few Roadsters have already got signatures of intent next to them, so if you fancy one you’d best hotfoot it to Pebble Beach with your chequebook handy.

Click here to read Chris Chilton’s first drive of the Lamborghini Aventador SV coupe.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ

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