Lamborghini’s debut of the radical 740-hp, three-off Veneno hypercar at this year’s Geneva auto show. Indeed, prepare to have any notions you might have of a roadster totally interrupted. While just as fantasyland as the Veneno coupe, the roadster will be three-times less rare, thanks to a nine-car production run, yet be more expensive, with pricing set at $4.5 million.
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Let’s break down where that heady figure comes from, shall we? The Veneno’s monocoque is derived from theAventador LP700-4’s and is entirely made of carbon fiber, which ain’t cheap. All of its body panels are made from the stuff, too. Inside, nearly everything is rendered from the lightweight material, and the seatbacks are even made from Lamborghini’s unique forged composite material. To this wedge of carbon fiber is bolted the same 740-hp, 6.5-liter V-12 and seven-speed single-clutch ISR automated manual transmission found in the Veneno coupe. The whole shebang rides on a laydown, pushrod-actuated suspension, and despite a full all-wheel-drive system, total dry weight stands at a feathery 3285 pounds.
For a list price $500,000 higher than the coupe’s, you’ll also get 100-percent less roof. We’re not talking about a retractable job here: The Veneno roadster does not have and is not available with a roof. The car might cost upward of $4.5 million, but a poncho only costs a couple bucks and is lighter than a roof panel. Besides, roofs are for pansies—if you can’t handle the elements, buy an Aventador roadster and use the $4 million you saved to buy back some dignity.