Lamborghini’s new ultra-exclusive Veneno Roadster made its official debut this week, arriving in fine style in Abu Dhabi. In keeping with the car’s over-the-top attitude and performance, the Veneno Roadster was displayed on the flight deck of the Italian aircraft carrier the Nave Cavour.
Essentially an open-topped street-legal race car, the Veneno Roadster is a follow-up to the closed version, and has similarly limited production. Just nine Veneno Roadsters will be built for 2014, with a price of 3.3 milllion euro.
The car is as extravagant as its name and pedigree suggest, with race-track developed aerodynamics and a wild design. There is no convertible roof; this is a true roadster, with no provisions for a top. Crash protection is provided by a large roll hoop. The arrow-shaped front end and high-downforce design are purposeful. Out back, a massive rear wing keeps the rear end on the ground as the Veneno Roadster’s smooth underbody transitions to a rear diffuser with four separate exhaust pipes. The body is made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, in proper Le Mans prototype fashion, and it’s generously decorated with heat-extraction vents that direct airflow over the rear wing. The interior is equally purposeful, with visible carbon fiber and composite bucket seats with woven carbon fiber matting used as upholstery. This large exotic weighs just 3278 pounds.
The Veneno’s powered by a 750-horsepower 6.5 liter V12, and Lamborghini’s five-mode ISR transmission puts the power to the road through all four wheels. Top speed is estimated at 221 mph.