2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster photos

When the one-off Aventador J was unveiled earlier this year, we knew it was only a matter of time before a new production topless Lamborghini arrived to grace the show floors and casino parking lots of the world. That car, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, is finally here.

With the top down, the Roadster looks just as sleek as its hardtop sibling, thanks to faired headrests and an engine cover with unusual diamond-shaped windows, evoking a bit of Lambo’s Sesto Elemento concept. Lamborghini refers to the part that runs down the center of the engine cover as the “spinal column,” which is a pretty cool name for a styling detail.

The top itself is made of two pieces of carbon fiber, which weigh 13.2 pounds each. They not only reduce the Aventador’s overall weight, but they also make it easier for owners to stow them in the car’s front luggage compartment. Hopefully, the process will be less complicated than it was on the old Murcielago Roadster, which had a top that was more like a pup tent than a roof.

Other than the new bodywork, the Aventador Roadster shares everything with the Aventador LP700-4 coupe. That means a 6.5-liter V12 chucking out 691 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. That monstrous power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission.

Lamborghini says the Aventador Roadster will do 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds, and reach a top speed of 217 mph. That’s nearly identical to the coupe, and it makes the Roadster one of the fastest convertibles in the world.

However, the Aventador Roadster isn’t all about blistering speed and aggressive styling. Lamborghini wanted to make a more refined supercar convertible, so it installed a wind deflector and power rear window. The result is “almost complete calm” at high speeds, according to Lamborghini. The deflector can also be stowed in the front luggage compartment for a more visceral experience.

Lamborghini also wanted to make the Aventador greener. Both the Roadster and hardtop have cylinder deactivation, which shuts off six cylinders under light loads. They also get an engine start-stop system, with super capacitors for extra-quick response.

Other touches that are unique to the Roadster include “Dione” forged aluminum wheels that are 22 pounds lighter than the Aventador coupe’s, and an exclusive color called Azzuro Thetis that shifts depending on the way light is hitting it. This hue was reportedly inspired by the 1968 Miura Roadster concept.

Lamborghini is taking orders for the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster now, with a starting price of $381,000. Order one now, and it might arrive in time for spring.

Cars

Texas awaits one signature to put a statewide stop to red light cameras

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs state House Bill 1631 into law, he will bring a halt to red light cameras in the state. The central issue in the bill's passage is the presumption of guilt of the registered owner of the car.
Cars

EV owners may still need to stop at a Chevron station, but not to buy gasoline

EVgo, the operator of a sizable network of electric car charging stations, has partnered with Chevron. Five Chevron stations located in California will install EVgo chargers that electric car owners can pay to use.
Cars

Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV tries to balance power and efficiency with mild-hybrid V8

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLE will get a V8 mild-hybrid powertrain when it launches in the United States later in 2019. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 makes 483 hp on its own, but can also get a 21 hp electric boost.
Cars

Audi TT will get the ax to make way for electric cars — and the R8 may be next

Once a design leader, the Audi TT will meet its demise to make room in Audi's lineup for more electric cars. Audi executives confirmed plans to kill off the TT at the automaker's annual shareholder meeting.
Cars

Honda recalls 119,000 2019 CR-V crossovers over fears of airbag deployment

A manufacturing defect in select 2019 Honda CR-V crossovers could cause the airbag to malfunction and unexpectedly deploy, leading the automaker to recall some 137,000 vehicles worldwide, 118,598 of them in the U.S.
Cars

Cadillac confirms V-Series performance versions of the CT5 and CT4

Cadillac will unveil CT5-V and CT4-V sports sedans in Detroit May 30. They will be the latest cars in the General Motors luxury brand's V-Series performance line, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Tricked-out e-scooters and bike lights that lock

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Cars

Watch Cruise Automation’s driverless car perform one of the trickiest maneuvers

Unprotected left turns in urban environments are one of the trickiest maneuvers a driver has to perform — and the same goes for self-driving cars. Autonomous-vehicle company Cruise Automation appears close to nailing it.
Mobile

Lyft’s wallet-friendly Shared Saver option arrives in six more U.S. cities

Lyft is expanding its wallet-friendly Shared Saver option to Atlanta, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle after launching it earlier this year in Denver, New York City, and San Jose.
Cars

Leaf electric-car batteries can outlast vehicles by up to 12 years, Nissan claims

Nissan Leaf batteries have roughly twice the lifes pan of the cars they're installed in, according to an executive from the automaker. Nissan is investigating alternative uses for those batteries.
Cars

You can operate this BMW on a busy sidewalk without getting arrested

Forget driving: BMW released the ultimate riding machine. The German company teamed up with Switzerland's Micro to design a trio of scooters designed for last-mile mobility in crowded city centers.
Cars

Tesla to cap charging at busy Supercharging stations at 80%

Tesla will be updating some of its supercharger stations to impose limits on how much a car can be charged in a single period. The new limits will allow users to only charge up to 80% at busy stations.
Cars

How Verizon and Team Penske used 5G to help win the Indy 500

Team Penske, the most successful race team in Indy 500 history, used Verizon 5G in its bid to win the 2019 Indy 500. Modern race cars generate tons of data, and a 5G connection lets teams harvest that data faster.
Cars

China’s new maglev train can reach an astonishing 372 mph

China has unveiled a prototype maglev train capable of speeds of up to 372 mph (600 mph). After extensive testing, the high-speed passenger train should go into commercial production in 2021.