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MOST EXTREME LAMBO YET: Lamborghini will unleash its 552kW Veneno Roadster in 2014. Image: LAMBORGHINI

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has confirmed the production of one of its most extreme models yet – the 552kW Veneno Roadster. Only nine units will be built and each sold for the equivalent of R44-million!

SANT’AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy – In celebration of its 50th birthday, Lamborghini has released its most extreme model yet - the Veneno Roadster. Only nine will be built through 2014 and each will be stickered at R44-million.

Gallery: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

100KM/H IN 2.9

According to the automaker: “The Veneno Roadster is extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience - because open means truly open.”

Yep, there's no roof, just the protection of a strong rollover bar. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through corners, with handling close to that of a racing prototype. It weighs 1490kg and is very road-legal!

It’s 552kW, 6.5-litre, 12-cylinder engine enables it to rocket to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds and on to 355 km/h with torque delivered to all four wheels.

The nolse masquerades as a large aerodynamic wing and the rear fenders optimise airflow. The belly doubles as a substantial diffuser framing the four exhausts.

Large openings ventilate the engine and direct airflow rearwards. According to Lambo: “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.”


Even the alloy wheel rims influence the vehicle’s aerodynamics; the carbon-fibre elements work as a  turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the brakes.

The cars' Rosso Veneno paint is exclusive to the vehicle, though customers will be able to customise... one the benefits of splashing out R44-million.

Carbon-fibre elements dominate the cabin and the lightt bucket seats are made of Lambo-patented material.

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