Friday, October 18, 2013

Lamborghini unveils the mad, mad Veneno Roadster

A fitting follow-up to the outrageous, Aventador-derived Veneno coupe, unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, Lamborghini is poised to deliver the madder-still Veneno Roadster. The open-top Veneno makes use of the closed car’s 740hp 6.5-litre V12 engine, which is matched to a sequential manual gearbox and permanent all-wheel-drive. Expect the sprint from 0-60mph to happen in a breezy 2.9 seconds. Top speed is an eardrum-rattling 220mph. As for exclusivity, whereas Lamborghini limited production of the coupe to just three units, the Italian automaker is being a bit more democratic about the Roadster, promising that a whopping nine cars will roll out of the factory. Each one will cost about $4.5 million. (Photo: Lamborghini)
BMW chose this week to unveil the open-air version of its 2014 4 Series coupe. The car makes use of a three-piece retractable hard top, which folds out of sight in a scant 20 seconds with the press of a single button. The 4 Series convertible lands in North American showrooms early in 2014; US dealers will offer the car in two versions: The 428i features BMW’s turbocharged 2-litre in-line four-cylinder engine, producing 240hp; the 435i makes use of a twin-turbo 3-litre in-line six, good for 300hp. Both engines meet a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. US pricing starts at $49,775, inclusive of a $995 destination charge. (Photo: BMW, via Newspress)

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