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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster Debuts in Geneva

By Paul Joseph

Nestled among the magnificent line-up of cars at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, which comes to a close on Sunday, is the Roadster version of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

One of the most eagerly awaited supercars to emerge this year, the SVJ Roadster retains all of the electronic wizardry from the Coupe variant, which made its debut last year.

It is powered by the same 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine as the Coupe, which produces 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque.

“The Aventador SVJ Roadster inherits all the power, performance and groundbreaking aerodynamic technologies of the coupé, but with its own iconic presence and prowess,” says Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“It is as fundamentally exciting to drive as the Aventador SVJ but with an added exclusivity: the option of the open air. With the same extraordinary performance roof on or off, the Aventador SVJ Roadster incorporates the dynamism of the coupé with the unique spirit of a Lamborghini roadster.”

An additional 110 pounds to the Coupe’s total weight means the Roadster takes 2.9 seconds to go from zero to 62mph – a tenth slower than the Coupe version - and can hit a top speed of 217mph.

The two carbon fibre roof panels weigh a little more than 26 pounds and can be stored under the front hood when not in use.

Production has been limited to just 800 units, with pricing starting at $574,966. Deliveries are set to begin this summer.

By Paul Joseph