The Lamborghini Veneno hit the scene to a relatively lukewarm reception at best, but the lack of media and enthusiast frenzy sure didn’t stop it from planning a roadster version. The new Veneno Roadster was unveiled this past weekend, and there are few differences between it and the coupe model.
The typical roadster has a top that the driver can raise and lower at his demand, but the Veneno is no typical car. Instead, Lamborghini opted to hack the top off altogether.
In terms of overall design, the Veneno Roadster looks nearly identical to its coupe brother, so it retains that crazy exterior look, with exception to it lack of a roof.
Unlike the coupe versio, which was limited to just three units, Lamborghini will limit the new Veneno Roadster to nine units. Each will carry a price tag of $4.5 million.
Update 12/2/2013: The $4.5 million Veneno recently made its public debut in Abu Dhabi. The venue for the unveiling was something out of a Hollywood movie scene. That would be, an aircraft carrier. "We are honoured that Lamborghini was chosen to represent the Italian car industry in the UAE, as a perfect example of iconic Italian super sports cars, and that we have the opportunity to show the Veneno roadster for the first time in Abu Dhabi," said Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann during the press conference.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster.
Up front, the Veneno Roadster features a large aerodynamic wing with huge channels and Y-shaped angular headlamps, and Lamborghini placed large fenders — inspired by the racing world — plus four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter on the backside. Keeping the monstrous engine behind the seats cool are large vents, while an adjustable rear wing adds much needed downforce. All the exterior parts are made from carbon fiber.
The Roadster version comes with an exclusive exterior color — "Rosso Veneno" — but customers can opt for a number of colors. This exclusive color is combined with alloy wheels.
What is really interesting about the new Veneno Roadster is that it has no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. Let’s hope that those lucky nine owners don’t get caught in the rain.
Just like the exterior, the Veneno Roadster’s interior also get lots of carbon-fiber elements. Both driver and passenger have a clear view of the carbon fiber monocoque around the central tunnel and sills. The car comes equipped with two lightweight bucket seats made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner are made from carbon-fiber CarbonSkin, which helps shave off a little weight.
Rendering vs. Reality
Once we saw the Veneno Coupe, it wasn’t too hard to come up with a rendering of the roadster version. All we had to do was to remove the roof, and we got a pretty good idea of what the new Veneno Roadster will look like.
What we didn’t know back then was that Lamborghini would opt to remove the roof altogether, but even so, we like to think that our rendering was pretty accurate. Except of course for these new red paint, which is also a surprise.
So, take a look at the two images put side by side and let us know what do you think about our rendering.
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
Under the Veneno’s hood, Lamborghini installed the same 6.5 liter, V-12 engine found in the Aventador, but with the output increased to 750 horsepower. Combined with a total weight of just 3,278 pounds, this results in a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.38 pounds/horsepower. This fantastic power-to-weight ratio allows the new Veneno Roadster to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 221 mph.
The engine is mated to an ISR transmission with five modes, and it will sends power to all four wheels via a permanent all-wheel-drive system. The model is also equipped with a racing chassis with push-rod suspension and horizontal spring and damper units.
Doing the stopping is a carbon-ceramic braking system to help reduce weight and brake fade.
|Engine||6.5-liter V-12 engine|
|0 to 60 mph||2.9 seconds|
|Top speed||221 mph|
The new Veneno Roadster will be priced at &euro3.3 million (about $4.5 million at the current exchange rates), and Lambo will offer only nine units. Sales will begin sometime in 2014.
It can be pretty difficult to find a competitor for the new Veneno Roadster; after all, how many supercars carry a $4.5 million price tag and 750 horsepower? Coming directly from factory pretty much none, and especially with no roof.
Though it is still just speculation, there are rumblings of Ferrari developing an F12berlinetta Spyder.
If built, a F12berlinetta Spyder will get the same engine as the coupe: a V-12 engine with an output of 740 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm. The only problem is that the F12berlientta is priced at $400k, which is quite a difference when compared to the Veneno.
Gallery Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Spyder
If you ask us, three Veneno coupes were more than enough, but it was only a matter of time before Lambo decided to hack off the roof and offer a roadster model. The odd decision in our minds is Lamborghini choosing to not offer a convertible top as even an option. We’re willing to bet that an aftermarket company develops a removable hard top for the Veneno roadster soon and charges a hefty fee for it.
- Extremely powerful
- Lots of carbon fiber
- Lightning fast
- Super expensive
- The design still doesn’t sit well with us
Gallery Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
As a further highlight of its 50th anniversary year, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting one of the most exceptional super sports cars of all time. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is an open racing prototype with an extreme design and breathtaking performance. And it is one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles – not more than nine units will be built during the course of 2014 and sold at a price of 3.3 million Euros (excl. tax).
The Veneno Roadster is extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience – because open means truly open. There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners – with handling akin to that of a racing prototype. Yet it is fully road legal.
With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is driven by a twelve-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine. Therfore the Veneno Roadster is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sports cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese. That includes the extreme proportions, as well as the powerfully arrow-shaped front end and the interplay between razor-sharp lines and precise surfaces.
The entire design of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. The visual division of the rear fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of racing cars and optimizes the aerodynamic flow. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the rear wing. The design of the adjustable rear wing is the product of motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure optimum airflow in the interaction of the rear wing with the rear diffuser.
The design of the exclusive alloy wheels is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs. The intense paint color “Rosso Veneno” was developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, although each single customer will be able to individualize his own vehicle to suit his personal preferences.
The Veneno Roadster is further proof of Automobili Lamborghini’s unique competence in CFRP-based lightweight design. A monocoque made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymer forms the basis of the Roadster. All exterior parts are made from CFRP. The Veneno Roadster meets all safety and registration requirements worldwide, and naturally also incorporates a full complement of safety systems from airbags through to the adapted ESP handling system.
Carbon fiber dominates also the interior of the Veneno Roadster. The carbon fiber monocoque is visible inside the car around the central tunnel and the sills. The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The woven carbon-fiber CarbonSkin is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. Like a hi-tech fabric, this extremely fine-looking carbon-fiber matting fits perfectly to any form and reduces the weight of the vehicle.
The systematic, carbon-fiber, lightweight design of the Veneno Roadster is not only visible, it is also evident on the scales: with a dry weight of just
1,490 kilograms (3,278 pounds), the Veneno Roadster benefits from a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.99 kg/hp (4.38 lbs/hp) which guarantees a performance that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Even the stunning acceleration figure of 2.9 seconds cannot adequately describe it. Despite an aerodynamic setup configured for extreme downforce, the Veneno Roadster possesses exceptionally low wind resistance which allows it to reach a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).