2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: Features, review, price & availability


Are you looking to buy 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster? Lamborghini has recently launched the new Roadster version of its Aventador. Read the article to know its features, price, availability & detailed review.

Lamborghini has recently launched the new Roadster version of its Aventador. The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most eye-catching cars in the sports car segment and needs no introduction. It was first introduced in 2011 and became an instant hit. Chief designer Filippo Perini drew the inspiration for the design of the original Aventador from the F-22 Raptor and the B-2 stealth bomber. The hype around it is such that even a 70-year old feels like an excited teenager when an Aventador Roadster rips past. The company has delivered over 1,250 Aventadors globally but only a handful of them have come to India. Roadsters are even more rare as only two are available in the country. The 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is one of them. Continue reading the article to know what all it offers.

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Style & design


The new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is an extremely stylish sports car. Its crisp details, slender spoke alloy wheels, dramatic jet fighter design, signature Lamborghini scissor doors and complex glass engine cover catch your attention immediately. As the Italian brand Lamborghini is owned by Audi, you see a mix of Germanic quality & ergonomics as well as Italian fashion. If you ask me, I would say that it is the best looking car in market- a complete show stopper in white.
Obviously, there is no pleasure in driving such an exotic convertible with roof on. The engine is much louder and the sense of speed higher when the roof is off. It's an altogether different feeling.

So to take it off, you will have to fold the seatbacks forward, pull a latch placed behind to release the very light pair of forged composite carbon fibre roof panels, lift and slot them into the boot. Each panel weighs 6kg. Assembling the roof manually takes time & patience as they must be aligned perfectly with the mounting points. When the roof is off, you can also manually install a wind stopper at the wind-shield's edge. Unlike most convertibles, there is no push-button to do so as a fold-on-the-fly electric roof would have compromised the beautiful silhouette and engine cover of the Roadster. The only drawback here is that the roof occupies the luggage space entirely. To block the wind noise & sharpen the engine note, operate the retractable rear window (positioned just behind driver's ears) by pressing a button next to the steering wheel.

Inside, the dashboard is the same as the one in the coupé. Some parts or components are borrowed from Audi models but look well blended. The fighter jet inspired cockpit is stylish as always and is easily visible to passer-byes when the roof is off. The big centre console offers so many buttons and options that you get fascinated by what all you can do. The TFT display is very clear. The windscreen is steeply raked and a lot of leather and carbon fibre is used inside. The leather upholstery differentiates the Roadster from the Coupe but this can be customized. As you won't be able to see much past the engine cover behind, a handy reversing camera is provided. The driving position is quite low-slung. The new alloy-wheels reduce its weight by 10kg and make the highly agile Roadster even more light & fast.

Ride quality


Lamborghini has always used naturally aspirated engines in its cars. Despite the growing trend towards direct injection, fuel efficient turbo engines, the new Aventador Roadster comes with an old-school, naturally aspirated 60-degree V12 engine which gives a maximum power of 700PS at 8250rpm and a peak torque of 690Nm at 5500rpm. This is the same power and torque that the last year's updated Coupe delivers. When the roof is off, the experience is so intense that you feel as if it is generating another 100bhp. The 6.5-litre engine loves to rev. Like the Coupe, it comes with cylinder deactivation technology and so the engine becomes a smooth inline-six when one bank of cylinders gets cut off at low speeds or light throttles. Just start the button and the engine comes to life instantly with a loud growl. The throttle requires much more input to get the car moving if compared with a normal car.

Acceleration is fantastic, especially in Sport Mode. In the full power Corsa mode, it transforms completely. The new Roadster hits 100kph speed in just three seconds (0.1seconds slower than the Coupe). For this, a lot of credit goes to its complex four-wheel-drive and the aggressive launch control systems. There are very few cars which have comparable pace & ferocity. The top speed of this 1,625kg car is whopping 349kph. The engine cover has a pair of hexagonal windows and below it you can see the motor and pushrod suspension. The highly efficient single-clutch automatic gearbox is super quick at high speeds but feels a bit jerky at low speeds. It also does not offer smooth shifts. Moreover, the pedals are a bit offset. As the Aventador was originally a left hand drive model and then modified as a right hand drive model, this has changed the initial driving experience. Since the driving position is low, visibility is not like a regular car and requires full attention while driving. This gets too exhausting at times.

Price & availability


The new Aventador Roadster is priced at Rs 5.46 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is available at all Lamborghini dealerships across country.

Verdict


The new Lamborghini Roadster gives an ultimate experience of open-air driving but it is too expensive. Clearly, only the very rich ones can afford it but driving it in city roads having frequent one-ways and speed breakers is a complete no-no. It suits only highways. Moreover, it is difficult to park. Driving position is also low and it requires a lot of attention as well as practice to drive it smoothly. In hot summers like in our country, the car gets overheated. It attracts a lot of attention but sounds a bit impractical to me.

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