Open-air V12 opera

May 13th, 2018 / / categories: 江苏夜网 /

Super targa style … Lamborghini’s Aventador Roadster. Photo: Automedia.The lucky owner of the one-off Lamborghini Aventador J is about to have company in the convertible club. No, the famous Italian supercar company won’t build any more Js, but our spy photographers have snapped this Aventador Roadster being tested in Germany.
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It is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March before reaching showrooms in time for the northern-hemisphere summer.

Details are sketchy but, judging from the shots of this prototype, it appears likely to offer a removable targa-style roof, rather than a traditional convertible lid.

How the roof operates remains unclear, though there is speculation the targa section might have to be removed and stowed manually.

The biggest changes centre on the engine cover. It appears to have been redesigned to accommodate rollover bars and has been strengthened to keep the V12-powered machine stiff and safe. Sadly, it seems the glass engine cover has been dropped.

An uninterrupted exposure to the soundtrack from the 510kW 6.5-litre V12, though, is likely to be the biggest selling point of the Roadster.

A 2013 launch coincides with Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, which means the Roadster will take centre stage in celebrations.

Once development of it is complete, the focus is expected to shift to the replacement for the smaller Gallardo and the Urus SUV.

The new Gallardo is tipped to share its underpinnings with the next-generation Audi R8 and Porsche’s rumoured mid-engine eight-cylinder supercar.

The chief executive officer of Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, has not ruled out the possibility of a turbocharged engine for the Gallardo to meet strict emissions standards, which would make it the brand’s first turbocharged model.

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