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Lamborghini Aventador roadster review, test drive

Whichever angle you look at it from, there’s no denying that the Aventador has been designed to deliver shock and awe. One look at the mighty Aventador in the flesh tells you that it is indeed right up there with Lamborghini’s most outrageous creations.

Whichever angle you look at it from, there's no denying that the Aventador has been designed to deliver shock and awe. One look at the mighty Aventador in the flesh tells you that it is indeed right up there with Lamborghini's most outrageous creations. There is absolutely no compromise on the sheer drama it conveys, which is why Lamborghini has refrained from giving the all-new Roadster version of the Aventador an electric roof.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the explosive way the Aventador accelerates. There's a ferocious tug at any point in the rev band, which is unrelenting all the way up to the 8,500rpm redline. It's only on a track that you can really wring this brilliant V12 hard enough to experience its shattering performance and dramatic sound. In fact, the Roadster has a small glass screen in the rear that can be opened to enjoy the V12 symphony even when the roof is up.

If there is a part of the Aventador that is a bit tame, it's certain bits of the interior. Whilst the digital instrumentation and red, 'missile launcher'-style flip-up cover have all the elements of a fighter jet's cockpit, a lot of the switchgear and the familiar MMI interface feel like they've been plucked out of an Audi. And these bits of parts sharing really stand out in a car that is otherwise beyond the extreme scale.

The Aventador Roadster's 5 crore price tag is easy to justify. It's not about making sense or being practical, it's that no other car, not even a Ferrari, can assault your senses the way the Aventador's mix of over-the-top styling and performance does. A testament to this is the fact that the Roadster is sold out till 2014.

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