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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster

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  • What is it?: The topless version of the rabid Reventon Coupe.
  • The basics: All-wheel-drive, V12-powered, 650-horsepower supercar with jet fighter-inspired styling.
  • On sale: October, 2009
  • Price: $1.6 million (€1.1 million)

It doesn't look like there are many surprises left for Frankfurt, and we can't even blame the leaks this year. Sure, most of the cars headed to the show were "unofficially" unveiled, but the manufacturers have, for the most part, followed up with official releases with full details and imagery. But even the anti-climax of early Internet reveals isn't enough to take the edge off the Lamborghini Reventon Roadster.

Born out of the 2007 Lamborghini Reventon Coupe, the 2009 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster shares the same powertrain, performance, styling and exclusivity as its hard-top twin. Fewer than 20 of the cars will be built, at a roughly $1.6 million asking price.

Blazing from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and on to 205 mph--just 6 mph shy of its Coupe counterpart--the Reventon Roadster is sure to inspire comparisons to aircraft not solely on the basis of its looks. The jet fighter-inspired exterior and interior styling is obvious, however, lending wedge-shaped forms, gaping intakes and a futuristic cockpit to the Reventon family.

Because of the Reventon's strong and stiff design, only 55 pounds of additional bracing were necessary, bringing the car's total weight to 3,725 pounds. The steel and carbon fiber passenger cell is complemented by bodywork that is almost exclusively carbon fiber except for the sheet-steel doors.

The matte grey finish in the Reventon Roadster is a one-off created especially for the car, and offering a slightly different look than the Coupe. Special metal particles embedded in the paint give it a unique look in the sunlight despite its matte finish.

In the cockpit, extensive use of aluminum, carbon fiber and Alcantara provide a luxurious and high-tech look, which is completed by the three configurable transflective/transmissive LCD displays.

The Reventon Roadster will begin delivery in October, so you'd better hurry if you want to be one of the lucky 20.

[Lamborghini]

 
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