After several months of great expectation, Lamborghini finally made the official presentation of the roadster version of its Veneno model. To add excitement to the public disclosure of the supercar—the most expensive car in history ($4.5 million)—the Italian automaker decided to conduct its presentation on board an aircraft carrier anchored in the port of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Introducing the Veneno Roadster among warplanes was an excellent choice as this vehicle can very well be compared, for its technology and performance, with any aircraft. The Veneno has a powerful 6.5 cc power engine, V12 cylinder distributed by a 7-speed ISR fast acting gearbox, and simple clutch. The gearbox can be used in five modes, which adjust power, consumption and speed.
This combination achieves a total output of 750 hp, accelerating from 0 to 62 miles in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph. Veneno’s performance is significantly better than that of its cousins, Veneno Coupe and Aventador.
The main advantage of this colossus, compared to its predecessors, is the use of last-generation carbon fiber and reinforced polymers for the production of various parts of the body, chassis and mechanical parts in general, resulting in a weight that barely exceeds 3,275 lbs. This is a quite light considering the size, power and features of the vehicle, which results in a power/weight ratio of 4.38 pounds per horsepower.
Following tradition, the design is absolutely streamlined and spectacularly sporty, with rear wings of enormous dimensions, multiple air intakes for the engine, a cooling system for brakes and tires, 4 spectacular tailpipes and LED lights on both ends. The color of the presentation model is Roso Veneno—a-bright red developed by Lamborghini exclusively for this model—but owners will be able to select the color of each of the 9 copies that will be produced from this prototype.
This sports car was originally described as a prototype for racing vehicles. However, it meets with all legal and safety norms required throughout the world, and, therefore, it can be driven on any road.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster was released for the first time under the intense sun of the Arabian Peninsula in December of 2013, and in 2014, it will be available for nine lucky individuals who will have the opportunity to acquire one of the most breathtaking land vehicles running on the roads today. ■