The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster


Say hello to your new dream car.

Earlier this year, Lamborghini unveiled its handcrafted, $3.9 million Veneno coupe. Only three of them were ever made. Now, news surrounding a rumoured roadster version is bubbling up, revealing a relatively (and we do mean relatively) less exclusive model that impresses just as much as its predecessor.

The $4.5 million roadster is essentially the same 750-horsepower beast, just sporting a removable roof panel at an additional cost of around $600,000, and it will come equipped with a searing 6.5-litre V12 rear engine that helps it sprint to 100 kilometres per hour in a mere 2.9 seconds (0.1 seconds slower than the coupe). However, its top speed of 355 kilometres per hour will match the coupe version.

All four wheels are actively powered by a seven-speed automatic paddle shift, supported by a racing-type chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal springs and dampers.

The impressive vehicle is not without controversy, however. Last year, its razor-like design earned it’s ugliest car of 2013 (we respectfully disagree, but to each their own), causing a bit of an uproar in the automotive community about what constitutes beauty in the automotive world.

On top of that, the production of new Venenos reduces the exclusivity of the original three cars. Usually this wouldn’t concern us much, but in terms of a car that costs more than some mansions, it makes sense that the news could piss some people off.

The original agreement between Lamborghini and the purchasers of the original hardtops was that only three will ever exist. However, Lamborghini is still going ahead with the roadster’s production using the argument that it is technically a “new” model (as if a rollover bar in place of a roof somehow makes it a different car).

We’d hate to be the guys whose investments just went down the drain, but maybe it’s worth it if our chances of scoring one of our own went up, right?

Well, even if you had the scratch, that would be highly unlikely. There will only be nine of these bad boys driving around when they finally hit the market, and most of them will probably be spoken for before that ever happens.

Until then, feel free to drool over the latest photos—it’s as close as any of us may ever get.


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