Judging by the look of this thing, you might guess it comes from another planet or something, but in reality the brand new Lamborghini Aventador J is absolutely road legal. The latest rendition of the successful Aventador has been designed to be the most exciting and uncompromising Roadster ever made, and it is - as Lamborghini puts it - a “radically open automobile”, meaning that it comes with no roof and no windscreen. Therby you would need to wear helmet and leathers in order to jump on board and enjoy its 300 km/h of top speed ‘in your face’, but that’s a small price to pay for what could really end up being the driving experience of your life.
The Lamborghini Aventador J is a one off that Lamborghini will showcase at the imminent Geneva Motor Show and will then put up for grabs once the event will be over. The model - based on LP700-4 -the is also a proper, unique piece of art: there’s only one Aventador J, the one you see in these images. That’s the one that will be on display in Geneva and the one that will be sold right after it: no prototypes, no mules, not even one for the Lamborghini Museum. That’s the deal.
The Aventador J is powered by the same 6.5-litre V12 engine of the regular coupe version, capable of delivering 700 hp and coupled to a ISR gearbox that transfers its power to all four wheels. However, there are quite a few features that makes it different from the model it derives from. Lack of roof and wind protection aside - apart from those two small deflectors that we think are merely choreographic - the Aventador J uses a monocoque chassis with a roll bar behind the seats. Everything that was not functional to achieving maximum performance has been scrapped, and so sound system, clima and sat-nav are all gone. Seats are made of forged composite and uses a special carbon-based fabric called Carbonskin, patented by Lamborghini itself. Aesthetically, the J boasts a narrower front end, specifically designed bumpers, a carbon rear wing, 20″ alloys on the front axle and 21″ at the back. To find out more about the amazing Lamborghini Aventador J, check out the official press release after the jump.
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Lamborghini will take part to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with the Roadster version of the Aventador LP700-4, which will feature a rigid mobile module able to transform it in the matter of second from a coupé to a convertible. This solution is definitely more refined than the one offered by the Murcielago Roadster, which was featuring a fabric top only homologated for a maximum speed of 180 km/h, combined with an automatic roll bar.
The Aventador on the other hand features a carbon hard top which results much more reliable than the fabric one, and that can be used even if the speed has exceeded the 180 km/h mark. It will mount the same engine as the coupé, the new V12 6.5 supplying 700 hp and with a maximum torque of 690 Nm, but we still have to see to what degree the mass augmentation will affect this vehicle’s performance.
The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is gearing up to be a busy event and news is out that Lamborghini is issuing invitations to a press event to discover “a new Lamborghini super sports car”.
And really, that’s the end of this story because there are no other clues as to what we might see. Two models are so far the favourites in guessing about what we might see - the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster or the roadgoing version of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.
We think it’s probably still a bit early for the Aventador Roadster but with all the hard top versions sold already, why not start on the roadster anyway? It has previously been rumoured that the Sesto Elemento would turn up in October this year, but in the meantime other contenders for the mystery model are the Lamborghini Cabrera Gallardo replacement or the Lamborghini SUV. Place your bets as we wait for September.
The Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Aventador should both get open-top versions in the near future and these renderings show what we could expect from the new models. The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider is expected to debut by the end of 2011 and while the jury’s still out on whether we will get a fabric or carbonfibre roof, these renderings show it with top down.
The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster could turn up as early as next year, 2012 but no other details are available right now on it. Apparently these models are already being booked by eager customers and will probably only continue the raging sales success of the supercars - in fact, we bet there are people who will own two… not that we’re jealous.
The Lamborghini Aventador sold-out production run of 12 months has become 18 months with the new Lambo V12 making quite a splash on the Italian exotic scene. We won’t consider the Ferrari FF as competition so that when the Aventador debuted this year it didn’t really steal anyone’s thunder, having a spotlight all its own (except maybe the Pagani Huayra but that’s another category of extreme).
With initial Lamborghini Aventador production figures between 600 and 700 for 2011, with another six months sold it’s easy to think that future Aventador owners around the world now total about 1,000. In addition to this gun start, apparently we can expect the Aventador Roadster as early as next year.
UPDATE: the news of the appearance of the Aventador Roadster in 2012 first appeared on Automobilwoche.