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2009-09-16 08:17
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Lamborghini
Model Reventon Roadster
Engine 6.5l V12
Power 493kW @ 8 000r/min
Torque 660Nm @ 6 000r/min
Transmission Six-speed e-Gear
Zero To Hundred 3.4 sec
Top Speed 330km/h
Fuel Consumption 21.3l/100km
Weight 1 698kg
Lamborghini is not about to be usurped by sister company Audi’s R8 Spyder. Enter the Reventon Roadster.

Essentially an open-top version of Lamborghini’s ridiculously exclusively (and overpriced) supercar, the Murcielago-based (and jet fighter surfacing influenced) Reventon gains some power in return for losing its roof.

With the original Reventon coupe being displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show, it’s quite fitting for the soft-top version to make its debut at the world’s most important auto show two years later.

Design cues are more akin to fighter-jet control surfaces than supercar styling creases. Everything but the door panels (and lights) are carbon-fibre. This is as close as you'll ever come to a production Batmobile...

Soft-top, more power

The legendary 6.5l V12 (with its curious 1mm stroke bias) is 13kW more powerful in the new Roadster, peaking at 8 000r/min, with a value of 493kW. Maximum rotational force factors to 660Nm at 6 000r/min.

Despite the 25kg increase in weight, the Roadster is still plenty quick.

Lamborghini claims all-wheel drive traction will assist in dropping the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds dead - whilst top speed is a manic 330km/h.

Emergency deceleration should be peerless with the Reventon Roadster sporting symmetrical brakes at all four wheel corners - 380mm rotors actuated by six-pot callipers.

Tyre sizes are relatively normal (in circumference) for something as outlandish in appearance as the Reventon. Lamborghini’s latest raging bull rolling on 18-inch wheels shod with 245/35s up front and 335/30s at the rear.

If you love grey, you'll find the Reventon Roadster cabin a very happy place to be.

In a similar marketing strategy to the Reventon hard top, this Roadster version will see extremely limited production.

Only 20 are being produced at a retail list price of £970,000 – which is very near Bugatti Veyron territory.

If you are a keen statistician, the new Reventon Roadster is a car 15 times rarer than Bugatti’s Veyron in the market. With supercars, logic is never part of the equation – now is it?


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