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2013-01-29 21:33

READY FOR TAKE OFF: In what must have been a dream come true for US petrol heads, a group of Lamborghini's lined-up at the Miami International Airport and sped down the runway.

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2012 Lamborghini's latest roadster

MIAMI, Florida - On Tuesday January 29, 2013, at the Miami International Airport five new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadsters sped down the south runway of the busiest U.S. airport for international flights.

With special authorisation from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) and Miami-Dade County the Lamborghinis, for the first time ever, exceeded the passenger airliner takeoff speed on a runway which is between 240 and 290km/h.

HIGH-SPEED DEMO

No current jet aircraft reaches 337km/h on the ground which is the clocked speed of the 520kW vehicles during the closed-course drive demonstration.

Prior to the high speed demonstration, the Lamborghinis were joined by an American Airlines Boeing 777 and lined-up for a photo shoot on the runway.

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Due to integrated planning on behalf of Miami-Dade officials and the FAA, there was no impact on flight arrivals and departures.

The event, the kick-off of a 10-day media launch and dealer education program, began with an unveiling press conference in Lummus Park at Miami Beach.

'A GREAT PLEASURE'

The ceremonies continued with a 50-vehicle parade down Collins Avenue in South Beach before culminating in the runway drive. Lamborghini executives hosting the press conference included Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, as well as Maurizio Reggiani, director of R&D, Raffaello Porro, director communications and external relations, and Filippo Perini, chief designer.

Winkelmann said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and South Beach teams on today’s amazing demonstrations. I have never seen something similar at a Lamborghini event. The Aventador Roadster is our most exciting production car ever and I can think of no better place to celebrate its launch than here in Miami.”

The Aventador Roadster is the newest open-top version of Lamborghini’s flagship vehicle. With a 520kW, 6.5-litre V12 engine, the Aventador Roadster reaches 100km/h in less than three seconds and has a top speed of 350km/h. The vehicle’s removable top features high-tech, lightweight carbon fiber technologies to weigh only 11.3kg.

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