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The Very Striking Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

The Very Striking Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

Lamborghini officially released details on the new open-top Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster and judging from the comments we have seen on the web, it’s an instant hit.

The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster can immediately be recognised by the unique profile of its upper area, which extends along newly designed geometric lines from the removable roof to the engine hood.

The tow-piece roof is made entirely from carbon fibre, and is said to offer a level of aesthetic performance and stiffness, while still being extremely light. The tow-piece roof is stored in the front luggage compartment.

The rear pillar has been redesigned to offer support for the removable roof, accommodate an automatic protection system for passengers, and provide the engine compartment with ample ventilation.

Another noticeable feature on the Lamborghinin Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is the engine hood which differs from the Avenatdor coupé. The central spine has two pairs of hexagonal windows connected at the sides as if they were hyper-tech armour plates. Lamborghini states that the functional design of the engine hood provides or rather enhances; engine cooling, rain water drain off, and proved direct visibility to the belly of the beast, the powerful V12 Engine.

The rear windshield not only allows occupants the opportunity to control the flow of wind in the cabin along with the wind deflector, but to also control the amount of engine noise from the V12 motor which penetrates the cabin.

The body of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster sports a two-tone finish, as the windshield pillar, the two roof sections and the rear window area up to the “fins” are painted in gloss black.

A new exterior colour has also been added for the Lamborghini Aventador, Azzuro Thetis, a very light, metallic blue colour which commemorates the colour used on the 1968 Miura Roadster.

These tow-tone finishes, especially with the new Azzuro Thetis exterior colour shown in the press pictures, really do justice to the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster, and makes for a compelling reason to stare jaws dropped at the roadster for a few minutes.

The Interior upholstery also receives some attention with the use of new leather called Sabbia Nerferte, which complements the new Azzuro Thetis exterior colour.

The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster also gains some new Dione 20”/21” rims which also contribute to the daring, aggressive look of the roadster. These rims are 10 kilograms lighter than the standard rims.

The 6.5 litre centrally located V12 engine generates 515kW and 690Nm and is mated to and ISR 7-speed gearbox. Performance figures from Lamborghini indicate that the 0-100km/h takes only 3 seconds flat and that the top speed is 350km/h. The 3 second acceleration time is only 0.1 second slower than the Aventador coupé.

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The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Roadster

The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Roadster

The Mazda MX-5 facelift was released earlier this month with sales in Japan beginning on the 5th of July. The Mazda MX-5 can be expected in South Africa late in December 2012.

Some of the key highlights of the Mazda MX-5 facelift are; the redesigned front bumper which is said to give the MX-5 a more aggressive look, the revised throttle characteristics aimed to improve accelerator response and a revised brake booster to improve brake feel.

In addition, the MX-5 features an Active Bonnet which is Mazda’s version of a pedestrian protection system. This system works by raising the rear end of the bonnet in the event an accident to help reduce head injuries by absorbing the energy of the impact.

The interior of the Mazda MX-5 has also received some attention with changes to the steering wheel and interior panels.

No changea have been made to the engine lineup and as such will come equipped with the current 2.0L 4 cylinder engine capable of producing of power and torque of,  118kW at 7000rpm and 188Nm at 5000 rpm, respectively. The MX-5 will also retain the current 6-speed manual transmission.

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The Potent Open-Top Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

The Potent Open-Top Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster will be available as a limited edition in selected markets worldwide. The release of the information couldn’t be better as its Summer in Europe as well as the rest of the Western Countries.

The V12 Vantage Roadster’s 6.0-litre engine, mated to a six speed manual gearbox as in the Coupe, churns out 380kW at 6,500 rpm and a muscular 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm.

The V12 Vantage Roadster has a claimed speed of 305kph and a claimed 0-100kph acceleration of just 4.5 seconds.

Unique to the V12 Vantage Coupe and new V12 Vantage Roadster is the engine’s “Sport” mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.

Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response, suited to ‘everyday’ situations such as when driving in heavy traffic.

Sport mode, meanwhile, is designed for use in more dynamic driving situations where sharper responses are required. It has a number of tangible effects on the powertrain including a sharper throttle response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are also kept open for longer to create a particularly sporty exhaust note.

While the Roadster naturally shares much of the technical and specification features of the V12 Vantage Coupe, some elements are redesigned to take account of the Roadster’s neat packaging and engaging dynamics.

The V12 Vantage Roadster features a redesigned rear boot lid and lower front air intake to maintain a level of dynamic performance that’s fully in keeping with the V12 Coupe, while there are also a number of unique chassis revisions. These include a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design.

These changes, in conjunction with Aston Martin’s use of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, ensure the sports car delivers dramatic straight-line performance as well as outstanding handling.

One lucky person managed to spot the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster on the streets of London, see the video below.

The new V12 Vantage Roadster boasts a number of eye-catching additions that underline its sporty characteristics. Carbon fibre side strakes; a carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser; carbon fibre mirror caps and carbon fibre rear lamp infills – plus the new forged alloy wheel design – should leave the sports car cognoscenti in no doubt that this is a truly exclusive Aston Martin.

At the rear, the boot lid on the V12 Vantage Roadster incorporates a more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear lift and improve stability at high speeds. The V12’s diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.

As with the front splitter, the carbon fibre rear diffuser is hand-made to ensure the direction and consistency of the weave and ensure the best possible finish.

We are still not sure whether South Africa will lucky enough to get an allocation of any of the V12 Vantage Roadster’s. We can only cross our fingers at this stage.

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