For that wind in the hair experience in a supercar, only a handful of cars come close to Lamborghini’s latest top-of-the-line open top 2018 Aventador S Roadster. We spent some time behind the wheel of this head-turning machine in the UAE
Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy-based Automobile Lamborghini introduced the Aventador as the replacement of the Murcielago in 2011. The mid-engined supercar has since enjoyed tremendous loyalty from customers in both coupe and roadster (open top) format. Lamborghini have also ensured newsworthiness of the model series by way of periodical feature upgrades.
For this year, there’s a special gift in the form of the Aventador S roadster variant which comes with a fresher dimension from the driver’s point of view.
The exterior of the car is more or less unchanged with the exception of the greenhouse which is not permanently fixed. Interspersed with the glossy paint work are exposed carbon fibre components, finished in matte black, all around.
The manually removable lightweight 6kg top does open up space and hence getting in and out of this low slung car is much easier than its fixed roof sibling.
Space-wise, the cabin is tight but designers have ensured that most drivers can find their comfort zones. As an extremely busy cabin with lots of switchgear for various operations ranging from the car’s personalised set-up, driver aids, air-conditioning and digital instrumentation, there’s very little space allotted for knick-knacks like phones or water bottles. Climbing inside the low-slung car is much easier when the top is open and literally you just slide yourself in.
In terms of practicality, you get two boot spaces – one up front, good for hand or duffle bags and the rear which will take in small overnight suitcases.
Comfort and convenience features are actually quite generous for this segment and includes full digital instrumentation, infotainment and connectivity and modern conveniences like air-conditioning and electronic parking among others. The removable, lightweight ( 6kgs ) two-part carbon-fibre top takes a little practice to undo and once removed can be slotted in the dedicated lockable ports in the front boot.
Drivers are bound to appreciate the flexible nature of the car which enables bespoke settings to be made in various departments like suspension, steering and engine settings via the driver-friendly menu driven modes in Lamborghini parlance the EGO setting.
I am familiar with other versions of the Aventadors, but this one brings about a new dimension in open top driving. Most of the operational aspects are the same from the way it fires up via a missile launcher-style shield hiding the start button, to your seat and steering wheel adjustments. Pressing the switch, the normally-aspirated 60° 6.5-litre V12 roars into life
To a spirited driver who may have craved for more power and even sharper handling, the S roadster happily obliges with an extra 38hp totaling a whopping 740hp with a redline around 8,400rpm and locomotive beating peak torque of 690Nm which comes around 5,500 rpm. Transmission is carried over which is a 7-speed automatic and power is fed to all four wheels.
The 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is sharper and at the same time a bit more refined than its predecessor, but is still an unapologetically imperfect beast.
The magic lies in the driver-friendly nature which is nothing short of amazing – I say this because this AWD car doesn’t overwhelm but instantly connects as the driver can determine on the onset how much torque needs to be allocated depending on the driving situations through the menu driven set-up which is an absolute blast to use. Of course, I dialed in the – STRADA, SPORT, CORSA and the new EGO driving modes. As expected each of them are programmed to influence the behaviour of engine, gearbox, AWD, steering and suspension settings. Choosing STRADA offers maximum comfort and is perfect for daily use. SPORT mode switches the car to sporty, rear-wheel biased drive feel and CORSA is tailored for maximum track performance.
The icing on the cake is the EGO mode that it permits the driver to tailor the car to his specific preferences. And of course, needless to say all these performances are closely watched by electronic nannies that will chip in whenever necessary. This means you can have fun but not trick the car entirely!
In normal driving conditions, the default torque-split to the rear and front wheels stands at 60:40 which ensures the tail happy car is safe and stable with maximum adhesion on road. The Aventador also testifies to how far electronic ESP technology has advanced. In Corsa mode, the system allows the tail wide latitude before clamping down, coordinating with the Haldex’s 80 per cent torque transfer to the rear wheels under hard acceleration.
In most conditions, the driver will enjoy pushing the car in fast corners, thanks to the new four-wheel steering which provides improved agility at low speed and more stability at high speed. combined with Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) for responsive feedback and sharper turn-in.
Although the car has added 50kg of weight due to structural reinforcements, there’s a hardly noticeable one-tenth-of-a-second penalty in the 1,575kg car’s 0 to-100km/h sprint which can be done in under three seconds flat. Top speed remains unchanged at 350km/h and helping this are the high performance wide 355/30 Pirelli P Zero profile tyres on 20in rims.
Even at high speeds over 250km/h, downforce and stability is not an issue, thanks to its outstanding aerodynamic package which helps the car cut through effortlessly.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster [Gallery]
The open top version of the Lamborghini Aventador S brings the extra power and performance of the Coupé along with a wind in the hair experience. The car is powered by the same naturally aspirated V12 producing 740hp with a top speed of 350 km/h.