Best of the Best 2013: Convertibles: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

Photo by Charlie Magee

The 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster (www.lamborghini.com) features the same rapier silhouette and screaming V-12 engine as its coupe forerunner, which earned Robb Report’s 2012 Car of the Year crown. The Roadster is equipped with a removable roof made of two carbon-fiber panels, each weighing only 13.2 pounds. As a whole, the $445,000 Roadster weighs just 110 pounds more than the Aventador coupe, and even when the roof panels are removed, the car is stiffer than the Murciélago coupe, which preceded the Aventador. The combination of lightness, rigidity, and a 700 hp V-12 helps the Roadster reach 217 mph—the same top speed as the coupe.