Back in August 2013 an interesting rumor came up on a few Lamborghini related online forum ... it seemed a select number of high profile owners received a call from their local dealer with a rather special question: "would you be interested in buying a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster?"
Now at that moment the first customer production unit of the Lamborghini Veneno was just being seen on the production line in Sant'Agata and nobody ever mentioned a Roadster version in public before ... so was this a hoax or was Automobili Lamborghini SpA thinking about chopping the roof from their multi million Euro Veneno ... which would make sense as they did the same thing with Reventòn years ago.
It didn't take too long to get an official confirmation this time ... only two weeks after the first rumor came up Stephan Winkelmann revealed plans for a new limited edition model from Lamborghini in an interview ... a Veneno Roadster was in the pipeline, but no clues were given on how it would be styled ... would it be an Aventador Roadster with the Veneno aerodynamics added to it or would it get a bespoke styling ... only time would tell.
Fast forward to late October 2013 ... an official press release gets send out and official press photos (well, high end 3D renders in fact) get published all over the internet ... three photos were all that was available initially, but later on a few more images got published on the official Lamborghini press site depicting a bright red metallic, totally roofless Lamborghini Veneno.
Some figures were already known from the interview Mr Winkelmann gave mid-August ... only nine Veneno Roadster will be built during 2014, each priced at €3,300,000 (about USD 4,500,000) they will use the same engine as the original Veneno, a 6.5 Liter V12 with 750 hp that will offer an acceleration from 0 to 100 Km/h in 2.9 seconds and keeps going up to a top speed of 355 Km/h (221 Mph).
Still four wheel drive like the Aventador and the Veneno before, a single clutch, ultra-fast ISR gearbox inside a race style chassis and suspension setup offers an amazing experience behind the steering wheels of what Lamborghini calls their 'street legal racing prototype'.
The entire styling of the Lamborghini Veneno was already reminiscent of a LeMans race car, and nothing of this animal style Racing Bull was lost converting it into a Roadster, the rear fenders still have a black seperation that still references racing while the massive rear wing, which is totally adjustable is a result of experience gained on the track ... even the impressive air intake on the roof of the Veneno has been transplanted onto the Roadster design.
These first shots show the Roadster in the new Rosso Veneno shade that has been mixed specifically for this model, it looks like the shade used on the one of a kind Aventador J back in 2012 but it seems to have even more metallic flakes in it, making it shimmer in direct sunlight ... much like the Giallo Maggio shade on the Aventador LP720-4 50th Anniversary edition ... each of the nice customers will however be able to specify his own personal paint finish on his,or her Lamborghini Veneno Roadster.
From the side we can clearly see the side windows are cut down versions of the regular units ... in fact the clear carbon fiber roll over sections behind the two seats look similar to the ones used on the Aventador J ... and the Veneno Roadster has one more thing in common with this unique 'Jota' ... there is no roof available. That's right, the Veneno Roadster doesn't come with any kind of roof option ... I guess you'll be wearing a helmet instead ...
The wheels on the Veneno Roadster offer the same 'turbine' style as the ones on the original Veneno, no need to change something that works I guess, they are bespoke to the Veneno series anyway, so why not put them on nine more units.
Thanks to a monocoque in carbon-fiber reinforced polymer and exterior panels made from CFRP the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster comes in with a dry weight of only 1490kg, that is 40kg lighter than the closed Veneno ... and a massive 235 kg loss of weight compared to an Aventador Roadster ... this should result in some serious difference in performance between the two open top Raging Bull. To keep it all safe the Veneno Roadster offers various safety systems from airbags through to the modified ESP handling system.
Inside the Veneno Roadster we get two seats made from the patented Forged Composite material, with their backs finished in bright red the fronts get covered in another Lamborghini patented material ... Carbon Skin, which is also mounted on various other parts of the interior, however most of the visible parts inside are showing their carbon fiber weave ... the central console again houses three switches covered with the Italian TriColore shades ... just like inside the original Veneno.
If our information is correct there are still a few units of the nine Veneno Roadster available ... so don't wait too long and get your order for this brand new, 3,300,000 Euro hyper exotic on the books.
The official press release from Mark Smeyers on Veneno Roadster
The LamboCARS.com extensive specifications chart on Veneno Roadster ...