Lamborghini launched the SuperVeloce specification all the way back in the 1960s, first appearing on the Miura, the nameplate that basically introduced the world to the mid-engine supercar. Dropped when the Miura was discontinued, the SV name returned nearly 30 years later when Lambo showcased the 1995-1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, every range-topping Lambo has gotten an SV version. There was a Murcielago SV, and the Aventador SuperVeloce was presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

But while the SV badge has graced four different supercars as of 2015, not all of then have been offered as roadsters. The Miura was built as a coupe only (except for a one-off roadster), while the only drop-top version of the Diablo was based on the less powerful VT. The Murcielago was the first SV to lose its roof, which makes the Aventador only the second drop-top Lambo to carry the high-performance badge.

The car just broke cover at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which means it’s time to have a closer look at the most powerful Lamborghini ever to benefit from infinite headroom.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster.

  • 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    740 @ 8400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    509 @ 5500
  • Displacement:
    6.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    217 mph
  • Price:
    400000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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As it is the case with all open-top supecars based on coupes, the Aventador SV Roadster is identical to its hard-top sibling from the waist down. Apart from the removable, two-piece roof (which weighs only 26 pounds) and the revised engine hood, everything is as seen on the standard Aventador SV unveiled in the first half of 2015, including the rear wing, which was nowhere to be found on the prototypes spotted testing ahead of the car’s official unveiling.

Naturally, the SuperVeloce Roadster is significantly lighter than the regular model, while its aerodynamic efficiency and downforce have been increased by means of a body kit that includes new bumpers, a rear diffuser, and the massive rear wing, all crafted from carbon-fiber.

Interior

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Not surprisingly, the Roadster’s interior mirrors that of the coupe’s, although it comes with the infinite headroom specific to open-top cars. There is, however, a pair of nicely sculpted rollover hoops behind the seats. Other than that, look for the same amount of carbon-fiber, leather and Alcantara, the custom SV instrument cluster with yellow background, as well as the six available color combinations and the new, Lambo-exclusive "Carbon Skin" material.

Drivetrain

As expected, the Aventador SV Roadster gets its juice from the same 6.5-liter V-12 engine, which produces 740 horsepower at 8,400 rpm and 509 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm, sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed automated manual transmission. The big change here is that the Roadster is 110 pounds heavier than the coupe, which makes it as heavy as the non-SV Aventador, due to the extra reinforcement required by most drop-tops.

But despite the extra weight, Lambo claims the Aventador SV Roadster is capable of hitting 62 mph from a standing start in only 2.9 seconds. That’s just a tenth-second slower than the coupe. It’s top speed, on the other hand, is equally impressive at "over 217 mph".

The Aventador SV Roadster has three driver settings. There’s the “Strada” setting for a friendlier on-road experience and the “Sport” configuration for a more spirited response from the transmission, engine, and suspension. Finally, “Corsa” disables all driving assists for the most connected experience at the race track.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.5 liter, naturally aspirated V-12
Output 740 HP @ 8,400 RPM
Torque 509 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 2.9 Seconds
Top speed > 350 KM/H (217 MPH)

Prices

U.S. pricing for the Avendator SV Roadster is not available at this point, but it’s expected to cost around $450,000 before options. For reference. the Avendator SV retails from $400,995. Only 500 will be built.

Competition

2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster

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Slated to break cover sometime in 2016, the Huayra Roadster will likely become the SV Roadster’s most potent rival, mostly due to the fact that Pagani plans to add more oomph to the AMG-sourced, 6.0-liter V-12, currently rated at 720 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque. Paired to a race-spec, seven-speed sequential gearbox, the uprated powerplant should enable the Huayra Roadster to hit 60 mph in only 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 230 mph.

On the other hand, customers that favor Pagani’s styling and the German engineering under the hood will need to fork in excess of $1 million for the Huayra Roadster, which is more than double the amount the Aventador SV Roadster is expected to fetch.

Read our speculative review here.

Conclusion

Having already received a more-powerful drivetrain, lighter components and unique features inside and out compared to the standard model, the Aventador SV can hardly be improved upon without making it a full-fledged race car. That said, the Roadster is a welcome addition to the lineup, as it can deliver everything the Aventador SV provides, but with infinite headroom for those sunny summer days.

  • Leave it
    • Still very expensive for the average Joe
    • Likely to sell out in a matter of months

Updated History

Updated 08/14/2015: The first official images and details of the new Aventador SV Roadster have been revealed at the Monterey Car Week and it’s every bit of breathtaking as the coupe version.

Updated 08/10/2015: Lamborghini officially confirmed that the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster will be unveiled during a press conference at "The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering" on Friday, August 14. The model will be limited to 500 units and it is expected to borrow its specifications figures from the coupe.

Updated 07/30/2015: British magazine AutoCar reports that the Aventador SV Roadster will be unveiled next month at the Pebble Beach Concours. The drop-top version will be limited to only 500 units and it is expected to be identical in performance figures to its coupe brother.

Updated 03/09/2015: Based on the recent spy shots and on the recently launched Aventador SV coupe version, we’ve created a rendering for the future Aventador SV Spyder version. We hope you like it!

Spy Shots

July 27, 2015 - Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster Camo Free

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March 6, 2015 - First testing session

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Rendering

2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster Exclusive Renderings
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Press Release

Bolognese/Carmel, Calif. 14th August 2015 — Automobili Lamborghini unveils the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster in occasion of the Monterey Car week in California. The Roadster, presented at the famous event ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’, is available in a limited series of 500 units worldwide and is the first seriesproduced, open-top Lamborghini to bear the name Superveloce .

‘‘The Superveloce is the purest, most sports-oriented and fastest series production Lamborghini ever. The Roadster version represents our commitment to satisfying our passionate clients with immensely emotional driving dynamics combined with an extraordinary open air experience,’’ Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini said during the press conference at The Quail.

As a member of Lamborghini’s storied Superveloce family, the car offers greater performance with a power increase of 50 hp to 750 hp and a dry weight of 1,575 kg (3,472 lb), that is 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter compared to the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. This leads to an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of just 2,1 kg/hp (4,6 lb/hp).

The Roadster maintains the coupe’s breathtaking acceleration, sheer power and handling prowess. In an enhancement to the Superveloce coupé experience, the Superveloce Roadster’s features a power rear window that allows the free-flowing engine sound to fill the cabin with invigorating tones and harmonics during spirited driving.

The naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V12 produces 552 kW (750 hp) at 8,400 rpm and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) happens in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of more than 350 km/h (> 217 mph).

Lamborghini’s highly innovative 7-speed ISR transmission delivers an incomparably emotional gear shift and transfers the engine’s power to all four wheels through a Haldex Generation IV 4WD system. Of course, as in the SV coupé the car takes advantage of adaptive Magneto Rheological Suspension, a pushrod damping system and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) for improved driving dynamics

And as with the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster, the SV Rodster comes with a two-piece hardtop made from carbon fiber featuring technologies such as RTM and Forged Composite®, which deliver a perfect surface finish, allow complex design shapes and the highest possible component stiffness combined with extremely low weight. Thus, the two roof parts each weigh less than six kilograms (13.2 lb) and can be stowed easily in the luggage compartment. They provide the perfect complement to the monocoque, which is entirely made from carbon fiber.

Deliveries of the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Rodster begin in early 2016 with base pricing of 357,000.00 Euros (excl. VAT) or USD 530,075.00 MSRP.

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