We take a look at a history of ruthless roofless Lambos.
Lamborghini are well known for their selecting of utterly bonkers cars, and as history has proven taking the roof off only adds to the madness. As the following list shows, it’s a decision that has been taken more often than not over the year, with last weeks unveiling of the Huracan Spyder at the Frankfurt motor show the latest in a long line of open top Lambos.
Lamborghini Miura Roadster ‘1968
The Miura wasn’t the first Lamborghini to go without a roof, but it was the first to grab our attention, thanks to the ‘1968 Roadster. The Miura has always been a looker, and with the roof hacked off it only added to the beauty of one of the worlds first proper supercars.
Lamborghini Jalpa P350 ‘1981
The Jalpa P350 wasn’t as picturesque as the Miura, but it still managed to strike a pose thanks to its sculpting by Bertone. Unveiled in 1981, the Jalpa was supposed to be a more affordable and drivable Lambo, whilst retaining some of the madness. In truth some it was lost, and the car failed to star to the point that by 1988, new owners Chrysler stopped production of the car.
Lamborghini Diablo Roadster VT-R ‘1997
In 1997 Lamborghini released the VT-R Roadster; a two-wheel drive, roofless variation on the road-going Diablo VT-R. The Roadster was built for a special one-make racing series. Although the car cost a lot, it became the owners to use whenever they please come the end of the season, with Lamborghini offering to turn the car into a road legal beast for the highway. However, they soon stopped such a service when it became apparent that savvy owners of the VT-R were driving around in track weapons.
Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster ‘2004
The Murcielago was the first car from the Audi-era of Lambo, so it was no surprise that the Roadster had been done properly. Sincere strengthening beams, added oomph an adjustable nose meant the Murcielago Roadster was as fast as it’s coupe brother, even if the roof was a nightmare to erect and stow.
Lamborghini Gallardo Concept S prototype ‘2005
The Gallardo S was always meant to remain as just a prototype, but such was its reception at the 2005 Geneva motor show, Lamborghini decided to build a one-off V10 version. That one car will face auction later this year in New York, where it is expected to fetch up to $3,000,000.
Lamborghini Aventador J ‘2012
The Aventador marked a return to the forecourts for Lamborghini and was met with big success. It was perhaps that success that allowed Audi’s bosses to let the Lammborghini design department completely lose it with the Aventador J in 2012. It took them just six weeks to design, yet only the fenders, bonnet, and headlights remained the same as the coupe. Thankfully, it retained Lamborghini’s glorious V12.
Lamborghini Egoista ‘2013
The Egoista was built in honour of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, because candles and a cake just wouldn’t do. Instead they produced a car based on a fighter jet, right down to the canopy that stretched over the centrally mounted cockpit. Lambo weren’t aloud to fit it with after-burners, so a 5.2-litre V10 had to suffice instead.
Lamborghini Veneno Roadster ‘2014
Only nine Veneno Roadster’s were ever built by Lamborghini, and in the same way there’s only a handful of nuclear bombs in the world, that’s probably a good thing. No roof was a accompanied by a shark-fin engine cover, aerodynamically sculpted carbon fibre alloys and an F1-style front-end, creating a serious amount of downforce alongside the V12 that powered it to an open-top record of 221mph.
Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster ‘2016
Earlier this year Lamborghini released the first production Aventador to feature without a roof: the Aventador SV Roadster. Power will again be provided by the same 6498cc V12 as that of the hardtop, with 740bhp being developed at 8400rpm, while there’s a healthy 509lb ft of torque on offer from 5500rpm. Most impressively, the Roadster weighs only an extra 50kg compared to the coupe, with a kerb weight of 1575kg
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder ‘2016
The Huracan coupe has been one of the darlings of the motoring press in recent times, with the cars clever four-wheel-drive system and top speed of 202mph proving as drivable as it is fun. Without a roof the latter is only heightened, especially with the sound of that 5.2-litre V10 ringing loud and true. A lighter and stiffer bodyshell as well as a clever new roof mechanism also makes it handy in the bends and efficient when the rain arrives.