We fly all the way to the USA, Miami in fact, to review the stunning and fresh off the line, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster.
If it had been anyone, or anything, else, I would probably have said “thanks, but no thanks”. But having to travel for no fewer than 49 hours in the past four days is, frankly, a minor inconvenience when the car you’re getting to experience is a new Lamborghini.
The brand that started to build cars as an almighty case of “we’ll show you” to Ferrari, back in 1963, has rarely failed to surprise and delight in its choice of new model unveils, but this has to be the finest looking, most desirable bull, since the Miura SV ceased production in 1972. It’s an utterly perfect blend of beauty, aggression and sheer, pant-wetting sexiness, that (unusually) looks even better than the closed-roof coupe that was launched barely a couple of years ago. Say ‘buon giorno’ to the Aventador Roadster.
Lamborghini reckons it’s the finest car ever produced by the Sant’Agata Bolognese concern. And that’s exactly what we’re here in Miami, Florida, to test. Has one of the most ferocious and deeply desirable cars of the past few years turned into a bit of a softie as a result of having its roof removed? Or has carbon fibre technology ensured that the Roadster remains as stiff as a board, even without the structural integrity afforded by a steel roof section?
Why Miami? Well, why not? It’s a region known throughout the world for being stylish, fun-loving and free-thinking. It’s a hedonist’s paradise, a place where anything goes and the sun is always shining. There’s a huge emphasis placed on design in Miami too, with many of the city’s art deco buildings being protected, restored and preserved. On paper, at least, Miami Beach and Aventdor Roadster have plenty in common. They’re both extremely expensive and easy on the eye.
The other benefit to being based in Miami is that, less than an hour outside the city, there exists the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the cars await for the first part of our drive programme. Homestead-Miami was built after the devastation of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, opening for business two years later, in November 1995. And there have been a number of fatal accidents here over the years, which is hardly what you need to be hearing just minutes before unleashing 700 horsepower on a tight circuit being shared with other hacks whose levels of experience are indeterminable at best.
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