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WORLD PREMIERE: Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster — Open Air Audible Nirvana

Have you ever heard or seen a Lamborghini Aventador? It doesn’t need to be any louder, more powerful or more exciting. Except, it has. Welcome the new Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster.

“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.”

Packing a naturally-aspirated V12, the Aventador S Roadster makes 740 hp and makes an almost obnoxious noise. It’s visceral and violent and incredibly loud. Which is the entire reason that you buy the Roadster variant, as the thrill of dropping the top and hearing that noise, completely unencumbered by a roof, is the best part of the experience. Fortunately, Lamborghini decided to give occupants the ability to hear the pure noise of that V12 even if the weather doesn’t permit dropping the roof. The rear window can be power operated independent of the roof, so you can drop it even in bad weather, keep the cabin dry and hear that glorious V12.

Aside from the top, though, this isn’t much different than the fixed-roof Aventador S. So it comes with the same seven-speed single-clutch automated manual, all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering system. All of that combines with the V12 engine to deliver a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds flat. Why is it slower than the standard Aventador S? Thank the lack of a fixed roof. While the manually-removable roof panels only weight 6 kg (13 lbs) each, the Aventador S Roadster needs some additional structural bracing to keep torsional rigidity in check, without a fixed roof.

Still, it’s brutally fast and as insane looking as you’d hope and imagine. If you want to see more of the Aventador S Roadster, stay tuned for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next week, where it will make its official debut.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.