Lamborghini Veneno Roadster gets first public airing


Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been shown to the public for the first time.

The striking open-top supercar that carries a price tag of around £3.4 million and of which only nine will be made, was unveiled to invited guests aboard an Italian aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi earlier this week.

The whole event is part of an Italian trade mission to the area, with Lamborghini representing the country's car industry in a part of the world where the manufacturer enjoys an "extremely strong" customer base.

The roadster is an open-top version of the Veneno coupe, first shown at this year's Geneva motor show. It shares that car's 6.5-litre V12 engine, which develops 740bhp, and the majority of its underpinnings, both of which are taken from the marque's Aventador model.

While a 0-62mph sprint time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 220mph are undoubtedly very quick, the Veneno has been criticised by some as being too expensive and not as technically advanced as its flagship rivals from Ferrari and McLaren, both of which are around a third of the price of the Lamborghini.

Indeed, it does without an advanced, F1 inspired hybrid drivetrain, instead relying on a heavily stylised – and to these eyes at least, not desperately pretty – body to turn heads and attract buyers.

One thing the Veneno does have in its favour is exclusivity. Where the Mclaren and Ferrari both have production runs numbering the hundreds of units, the combined number of fixed roof and open-top Venenos is 12 – a figure which is likely to persuade well heeled car collectors into parting with their cash.

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster unveiled

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster unveiled