For the first time Lamborghini shows not one but two world premieres at the Geneva International Motor Show this year. Next to the Huracán Evo Spyder, which we already showed you in another article, the open variant of the Aventador SVJ surprises visitors at their stand. The new Roadster takes outstanding characteristics from the Aventador SVJ Coupé, which is after all currently the fastest production vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Like its closed brother, the Roadster has the ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) active aerodynamic system, developed and patented by Lamborghini and first used in the Huracán Performante. Here, the further developed version 2.0 is installed. It is controlled by the revised ‘Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva 2.0’ (LDVA 2.0) system, like all electronic driving assistance systems in the car. LDVA 2.0 uses improved inertial sensors and acts in real-time. When ALA is turned on, the system’s flaps are activated within less than 500 milliseconds to provide optimal aerodynamics depending on the driving situation.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster has the same V12 engine, that enabled the Coupé version to make its record run around the Nordschleife. From a displacement of 6.5 liters, the naturally aspirated engine develops a maximum output of 770 hp at 8,500 rpm and applies a maximum torque of 720 newtonmeters to the crankshaft. So this unit is the strongest engine that has been installed in a standard production Lamborghini so far. The driving performance of the new SVJ Roadster are impressive and only slightly differ from the Coupé, which is also a merit of the consistent lightweight construction. With a dry weight of 1,575 kg, the open version is only 50 kg heavier than the Coupé. This results in a topspeed of more than 350 kph (217 mph), while the car accelerates to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds. In terms of power transmission, Lamborghini doesn’t use a dual-clutch gearbox for weight reasons and trusts in the sequential ISR transmission (Independent Shifting Rod) with seven gears, which distributes the power on all four wheels.
Externally, the SVJ Roadster takes the bodywork of the Coupé with all aerodynamic elements and differs from this primarily by the removable roof made of carbon, which can be stored under the front hood in two parts, and the electrically retractable rear window. This offers the function of a wind deflector when raised, while in a lowered state the sound of the V12 reaches the ears of the driver and passenger unfiltered.
The exhibited vehicle at the Motor Show shows a new matte bronze color called ‘Bronzo Zenas’ with white accentuation on prominent body parts and a two-tone black and white interior. Via the in-house individualisation department ad personam, customers can create their personal SVJ. This is possible directly at the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese or at authorized dealers.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster is limited to 800 copies worldwide, first deliveries are expected in summer 2019 and the base price is 387,007 € plus taxes.