2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is just like the coupe sans the fixed roof

Article by Christian A., on September 7, 2017

This is a dream come true for those who were wishing that Automobili Lamborghini would create a roadster version of its Aventador S. Just weeks after Lamborghini introduced the Aventador S Coupe, quite a number of renderings of a possible roadster version surfaced. Back then, an Aventador S roadster was just a dream. But now, Italian carmaker is finally introducing the new 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster.

Even at a glance, the new Lamborghini roadster is easily recognizable as the open-top version of the Aventador S coupe. After all, the roadster has taken up the unmistakable design of the coupe as influenced by the distinctive Lamborghini design DNA and extensive aerodynamic testing.

From the exterior design – especially the front end and to some extent, the rear end – to the mechanicals, the Aventador S Roadster is a reflection of the Aventador S Coupe, but lacking the fixed roof and with the addition of some hardware to ensure that its occupants could be protected from the weather if needed.

Five interior configurations are available, employing leather and Alcantara in similar coloring strategy. Lamborghini is also offering more external and internal packages for the Aventador S Roadster, such as ‘branding’ and ‘carbon fiber.’

Lamborghini is set to officially unveil the Aventador S Roadster at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The sports car will have a price of EUR313,666 in Europe (suggested retail price and taxes excluded); GBP251,462 in the United Kingdom (SRP and taxes excluded); $460,247 in the United States (SRP – GGT included); RMB 7,478,513 in China (SRP and taxes included); and JPY46,267,692 (SRP and taxes included). Deliveries will commence February 2018.

Exterior Design

The entire front end of the Aventador S Roadster mirrors that of the coupe. From the aggressive nose and long front splitter to the headlights and two air ducts on the side of the front bumper, the roadster is a mirror of the coupe. To some extent, the rear end of the Aventador S Roadster mirrors that of the Aventador S coupe, from the active rear wing and rear lights to the three single exhaust outlets exiting through the rear bumper.

To some extent, the rear section of the Aventador S Roadster differs from the coupe. These include the lines, a body-colored engine bridge running from the back window to the rear, and the matt black carbon fiber engine bonnet blades. Moreover, the Aventador S Roadster weighs around 50 kg more than the coupe.

The new Aventador S Roadster features removable, hardtop roof panels that weigh less than six kg. While the roof panels are finished in matt black carbon fiber as standard, they could also be specified in shiny visible carbon fiber, gloss black and more Ad Personam options. The roof panels could be easily and quickly removed and stored in the front trunk. Drivers could also operate the rear window with just a single press of a button.

Considered as the only mid-rear engine V12 super sports roadster, the Aventador S Roadster is available in any of the 13 available exterior finishes, including the Blu Aegir launch color, an Ad Personam Color inspired by the ocean. Moreover, the roadster extensively employs carbon fiber. For instance, the front and rear bumper, side skirts as well as air intakes and outlets are in visible carbon fiber while the windscreen frame and wing mirrors are finished in high gloss carbon fiber.

Powertrain

Just like the coupe, the new Aventador S Roadster is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that could deliver 740 hp of max output and 690 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm.

Mated to a seven-speed lightweight Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission, this engine allows the Aventador S Roadster to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 350 km/h.

The roadster rides on Dione 20-inch/21-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires developed for the Aventador S. Braking comes in the form of carbon ceramic brakes.

Press Release

The Aventador S Roadster is presented by Automobili Lamborghini at the IAA in Frankfurt

The Aventador S Roadster is presented by Automobili Lamborghini at the IAA in Frankfurt, combining the technologies and driving dynamics of the Aventador S with an emotive open air driving experience.

“The new Aventador S Roadster sets new benchmarks in technology and performance on both road and track, with the roadster version adding a new dimension in driving enjoyment,” says Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S Roadster offers the thrill of open air driving without compromising on driving dynamics or the occupants’ comfort, and adds a further luxurious dimension through the personalization options available.”

The Aventador S Roadster is the only mid-rear engine V12 super sports roadster. Alongside class-leading performance figures, the roadster’s unique status is enhanced by multiple color and trim options, including new materials and extensive use of carbon fiber as well as virtually limitless potential through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalization program.

Air and space - the aerodynamic roadster design

The roadster maintains the unmistakable design of the Aventador S along with unique features reflecting its roadster persona: a combination of distinctive Lamborghini design DNA and the result of extensive aerodynamic testing.

The car’s rear sports distinctively different lines to the coupé, giving the roadster its own aerodynamic character. An engine bridge runs from the back window to the rear in a mix of body color and matt black painted carbon fiber engine bonnet blades: a transparent option is also available to show off the V12 engine within.
Sleek, removable, hardtop roof panels, weighing less than six kg, are convexly molded to ensure maximum cabin space for the occupants. Finished in matt black carbon fiber, optional specifications including high gloss black, shiny visible carbon fiber, and further Ad Personam possibilities. An easy fastening system allows the roof panels to be quickly removed and stored in the front trunk.

The rear window is electrically operated at the push of a button for drivers wanting to hear the beat of the V12 powerplant: while closed during roofless driving, the window minimizes cabin noise and airflow.

Color and trim, inside and out

Complementing external colors, five interior configurations are offered, featuring leather and Alcantara in single and bi-color combinations and various stitching and trim choices. Further external and internal packages such as ‘branding’ and ‘carbon fiber’ are offered, with the Ad Personam program for clients wanting to customize their Aventador S Roadster even further.

Clients can also select the internal specification of the roof panels: covered in black Alcantara framed by matt black carbon as standard, an optional Carbon Skin package (Lamborghini’s high tech fabric that is even lighter than Alcantara) can cover the interior roof panels as well as around the cockpit and parts of the cabin.

The Aventador S Roadster is launched in the Ad Personam Color Blu Aegir, inspired by the peaceful turquoise ocean hiding an indomitable force beneath: sophisticated yet powerful, with extensive use of carbon fiber.
The wing mirrors and windscreen frame are finished in high gloss carbon fiber while the lower part of the car including front and rear bumper, side skirts, air intakes and outlets are in visible carbon fiber.

The configuration internally demonstrates the potential of the Ad Personam program, using Blu Delphinus leather contrasted with Bianco Polar, with Blu Delphinus S-trim stripes on seats, doors and dashboard and even the floor mats in blue and white.

Aventador S Roadster - design and technologies

The Aventador Roadster’s ‘S’ suffix denotes the design and technology advancements of the new model. The Roadster adopts the four-wheel drive, new active suspension, new four-wheel steering system, and the new EGO driving mode introduced on the Aventador S coupé, and with the redevelopment of every aspect of suspension and electronic control systems, its ‘total control concept’ assures superior drive, ride and performance.

Enhanced lateral control from the new four-wheel steering provides improved agility at low speed and more stability at high speed, combined with Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) for responsive feedback and sharper turn-in. Improved vertical control comes from updated pushrod suspension, new rear springs and Lamborghini Magneto-rheological Suspension (LMS) with revised kinematics adapted to the new four-wheel steering. A new real-time variable damping system optimizes wheel and body control and balance and ground stiffness is maximized.

A optimized ESC system improves longitudinal control for faster and more precise management of traction control and vehicle dynamics depending on driving mode selected, maximizing grip in all conditions and enhancing handling. The permanent four-wheel drive’s calibration allows for the stabilizing effect of the new rear-wheel steering, allowing more torque to the rear axle: when powering off, less torque is shifted to the front axle to allow a sporty but safe drive.

The active rear wing optimizes the car’s aerodynamic balance depending on speed and the selected drive mode, and its significantly enhanced overall aerodynamic design improves front downforce by more than 130% over the previous Aventador. With the wing in optimum position the roadster achieves over 50% overall efficiency at high downforce and in low drag more than 400%.

The Aventador S Roadster’s four driving modes allows selection of STRADA, SPORT and CORSA and the new EGO mode, each influencing every aspect of the car’s behavior through management of traction, steering and suspension. EGO allows the driver to set up his preferred criteria in each mode to suit his driving style.

Accelerating 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds, with a top speed equal to the Aventador S coupé of 350 km/h, the Aventador S Roadster weighs just 50 kg more than the coupé. Its 6.5 liter V12 engine outputs the same 740 hp as the coupé, with 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The seven-speed lightweight Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission provides robotized gearshifts in up to 50 milliseconds, with carbon ceramic brakes as standard. Dione 20”/21” rims are fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires especially developed for the Aventador S. Inside, the TFT digital dashboard can be customized to the driver’s preferences and Apple CarPlay™ is standard.

Price of the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster and market delivery

The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster in February 2018 at suggested retail prices as follows:

Europe: EUR 313,666.00 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
UK: GBP 251,462.00 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
USA: USD 460,247.00 (suggested retail price – GGT included)
China: RMB 7,478,513.00 (suggested retail price taxes included)
Japan: YEN 46,267,692.00 (suggested retail price taxes included)

Source: Lamborghini

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