For the first time in the history of Super Veloce, Lamborghini have removed the roof from an SV to create something that takes their range topping supercar to another level.
Over the last 44 years, four of Lamborghini’s incredible range-topping V12 road cars have been subjected to a Super Veloce makeover. These special versions of already outrageous cars featured extra power, less weight and a bucket load more excitement than their original counterparts. In the history of SV, however, never has one of these irrational creations been a roadster… that is, until now – ladies and gentleman, this is Aventador SV Roadster.
Still featuring the same 6.5-litre V12 that is found in the standard Aventador Roadster, Lamborghini have somehow found a way to give this very special Aventador an extra 40bhp, subsequently taking the performance figures to 740bhp and 507lb ft of torque.
Complimenting this increase in power is a drop in weight. The Aventador SV Roadster’s diet has been so intense that the infotainment system is now a no cost option; the default specification being that none is fitted. As with any supercar that’s been on a performance inspired diet, there’s a (rather stunning) splattering of carbon fibre throughout the interior and on the exterior. The result is a car that weighs in at 1575kg - a loss of 50kg when compared to the standard Aventador roadster.
This potent recipe of additional power and weight loss results in a Roadster that goes to 62mph from a standstill in just 2.9seconds and then easily on to a top speed of 217mph.
Despite the Aventador SV Roadster carrying an additional 50kgs and a subsequent tenth of a second deficit when compared to its SV coupe sibling, both can boast the capability of a sub-seven-minute Nurburgring lap; which in itself is quite a feat.
There’s more to SV than just incredible power and speed however, the Aventador SV Roadster also handles the corners with ease. Forcing the power through all four wheels and running on Pirelli P Zero Corsas, the SV has quickly become known for its biblical lateral grip and the immediacy of the front end.
Downforce has been increased tenfold courtesy of the carbon fibre aerodynamic tweaks at the front and rear, with the most obvious being the adjustable carbon spoiler that dominates the rear of the car. As is to be expected from a Super Veloce, the Aventador SV Roadster is much more responsive through the corners than its standard Aventador Roadster cousin, meaning an entirely new level of capability when things get both twisty and aggressive. ‘Big Lamborghini’s’ are known for being very unforgiving once pushed beyond their limit, thanks to the new tweaks and additional aerodynamics, if you are somehow capable of breaching the Aventador SV Roadster’s boundaries, it’s oddly forgiving (for a Lamborghini at least).
Assisting further with the handling, the Aventador SV Roadster comes with adaptive dampers, pushrod suspension and Lamborghini’s ‘LDS’ variable ratio steering system. Should everything get completely out of hand, however, you can be safe in the knowledge that hidden inside those stunning wheels are Carbon-ceramic brakes that promise to bring you to a standstill in the blink of an eye.
It’s an age old rule that every Lamborghini should be about drama – especially a Super Veloce. As such, the exterior of the Aventador SV Roadster has undergone the same cosmetic upgrade as the coupe; this means new carbon fibre ‘fangs’ around the front air intakes and SV emblems down the cars flanks.
Heading to the rear of the SV Roadster, you’re greeted by that obscenely large rear wing and an outrageously aggressive rear diffuser – hidden away within this rear diffuser is the new exhaust system that is, for want of a better simile, louder than a dinosaur that just stepped on a piece of lego (as you'll hear from Evo's drive in its coupe counterpart).
The interior of the Aventador SV Roadster hasn’t been granted pardon from the severe weight loss efforts and features a mass of carbon fibre elements and little else. In the pursuit of weight removal the interior has lost many of its distractions, becoming a much more focused environment – not a bad thing when you have 740bhp at your disposal of your right foot.
Sitting behind the wheel, the dials have now been changed to a special SV digital display that displays driving data – speed, gear, driving mode, etc – in a clear and almost racing car fashion. Just forward of the large display, a familiar set of reassuringly large paddles dominate and allow control of the fantastically fast 7-speed transmission that cleverly feeds that insane power to the wheels.
Driver and passenger find their place sitting in aggressive carbon fibre sports seats that offer little in the way of comfort and relaxation. A fact that seems to very quickly pale into insignificance, however, when the 2-piece carbon fibre roof is removed and the symphony of V12 noise is released upon the World – an uncompromised front row seat at one of the greatest concerts on Earth.
There was recently a time when various automotive journalists had started to proclaim that Lamborghini was becoming a bit ‘safe’ and had started to lack that intrinsically terrifying yet Lamborghini feel. In light of these latest Super Veloces, it would seem that the Aventador SV Roadster and Coupe are here to set the record straight. They’re intense, they’re visceral and they’re properly Lamborghini.
Written by Dan Jones | 05.09.16
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