Fifth Gear Drives The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: Video
An epic mountain road in a topless Italian V-12by Jonathan Lopez, on
It’s hard to pin down exactly what it means to be a “supercar,” but it seems like Lamborghini has the right formula. Spaceship-inspired exterior styling, a banshee wail from the exhaust, ungodly thrust when you lay into the throttle, and a mile-high price tag are all part of what makes models from the Raging Bull so special, and that’s doubly so for the ballistic land missile that is the Aventador. But while we’ve all seen the heart-stopping pictures, what’s it like to actually drive one of these things? Fifth Gear managed to steal one to find out.
“This car can be summed up in just one word – ridiculous!” exclaims Fifth Gear co-host Jason Plato. “It’s the most over-the-top, preposterous lunatic I think I’ve ever driven!”
Sounds about right. Emanating from behind the cockpit is 690 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, which comes courtesy of a 6.5-liter V-12. Properly applied through the high-performance AWD system, it’s enough muscle to catapult the Roadster to 60 mph in just three seconds.
That’s quick, especially for a road as tight and winding as the Black Mountain Pass in South Wales, where Plato just so happens to be conducting his road test. But for comparison’s sake, Fifth Gear decided to bring along a Toyota GT86 to demonstrate in dramatic fashion the kind of real-world speed you could achieve when you have almost a half-million dollars of Italian supercar at your disposal.