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2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: The Jalopnik Review

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    2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: The Jalopnik Review

    Written by: Mike Spinelli

    2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: The Jalopnik ReviewExterior: 9/10Interior: 9/10

    The electronic TFT dash cluster, bright and full of promise like an Eton grad, makes me giddy with anticipation. The seats are comfortable, though could use a bit more bolstering for the track or canyon carving (stop snickering), but are perfect for a night out. Also, remember how, in that old Diablo your butt and the steering wheel felt like they were in different time zones? No so in the Aventador.

    Acceleration: 9/10Braking: 9/10

    I'm not saying the Aventador is overbraked, but when you hit the pedal, which is heavy and progressive with proper bite, aircraft freeze mid-sky.

    Ride: 8/10

    Naturally, the Aventador Roadster uses the same inboard, pushrod suspension fitted with the same Ohlins coilovers as the coupe. The difference, Lamborghini R&D and motorsports boss Maruzio Reggiani explained, is that the spring rates have been adjusted, adding a bit of softness. Probably to ease the strain on rarified behinds. That's good for ride quality along the avenues, but not the best for track performance.

    Handling: 7/10

    What a perplexing car to drive. This thing is wide, heavy, super-powerful and has a torque peak at 5,500 (and relatively flat leading up there). Do you pick Corsa mode, which delivers a 30-70 percent front-rear torque split? That requires disciplined attention to corner entry speed, but when you get the rotation to happen (sometimes by unsettling the car and letting the diff reel you in) you're off and gone in a matter of no time. In Sport mode, you can engage a bit more fun-time countersteering, though the ESP is a little more apt to step in, and the more progressive throttle mapping makes the fuel supply easier to control. It's not an easy car to drive, so its fun can't be derived by tossing it into a corner, seeing what happens and then throttling out, but by setting up, waiting and launching madly into the wild.

    Gearbox: 8/10Audio: 8/10

    Wait, there's a stereo? Crap. Did I mention there's an Italian V12 carving you out a new ear hole? It's Audi's system; it's probably fine.

    Toys: 8/10Value: 7/1082/100

    -Engine: 6.5L V12

    -Power: 691 HP at 8250 RPM/ 509 LB-FT at 550 RPM

    -Transmission: Seven-Speed Automated Manual

    -0-60 Time: ~2.8 seconds

    -Top Speed: 217 mph

    -Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive

    -Curb Weight: ~4,100 LBS (est.)

    -Seating: 2

    -MPG: 11 City/18 Highway

    - MSRP: $445,300 (base)