Just a few weeks after the Lamborghini Centenario made its big and ostentatious debut, the guys at TopSpeed have set to work rendering what should inevitably be a roadster version of Lamborghini’s commemorative supercar. And good lord, does it look good.
Originally designed to serve as tribute to the late Ferruccio Lamborghini on his 100th birthday, the 20-unit limited run of the hardtop model sold out well ahead of its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and for good reason. Lamborghini’s President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, emphasized the weight of this feat by saying, “The Centenario is a super sports car for Ferruccio Lamborghini and the future he and we believe in today.”
While the hardtop version may have made quite the red carpet stir, official images of the Centenario Roadster still have yet to emerge. But no worries: Thanks to our friends over at TopSpeed and their resident artist, we were able to secure these renderings of what the Centenario Roadster might look like.
Naturally, the front and rear still sport the same extreme fascia, spoiler, and diffuser, while the chopped roofline retains that matching yellow pinstripe along the spine of the windscreen’s A-pillar because “supercar, yo.” Now whether or not the luggage compartment will be able to retain its functionality is a good question, especially since the retractable roof has to go somewhere. Another option, and a far more feasible one in our opinion, is that the carbon fiber roof will become removable all together, so that owners can opt to unlatch it and leave the hardtop at home when the weather is nice. Targa style.
Personally we prefer the notion of the top folding somewhere behind the seats for safe storage, as that would allow added piece of mind for when inclement weather pops up. This would also allow the luggage compartment to remain available for the storage of things like Monet paintings, diamond encrusted scepters, and that small scale porcelain figurine of Charles Barkley you’ve always wanted.
While we have salivated extensively over all that yellow and exposed carbon, it is worth remembering that buyers can have this supercar served to them any way they want. The seats will surely still be made of carbon fiber and wrapped with Alcantara, as will the steering wheel, dash, door trim inserts, and A-pillars. But as far as interior trim and accent colors go, buyers will be able to opt for any hue they want, as external color options remain open to request as well.
Smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will undoubtedly remain staples, “spirited” drivers will also have the ability to record telemetry, speed, track times, and G-forces when trouncing around the track. Center mounted toggle switches and digital read-outs galore will likely remain intact as well, with the addition of one crucial addition: the button that retracts and closes the roof.
Lording over all others with its naturally-aspirated, V12, 770 horsepower engine, this all-wheel drive supercar will retain its rear-wheel steering, along with the ability for drivers to select three different driving modes on the fly. Hitting 62 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and on to 186 in a mere 23.5, there is little doubt that the convertible version will be able to come close to the same numbers. Also, if the roof becomes removable, instead of being retractable, any dead weight associated with motors and whatnot would be eliminated. But whether the Roadster version will be able to crest the projected top speed of 217 miles per hour is still debatable, especially when the roof has been removed and a strong side wind strikes.
As previously mentioned, all 20 Centenario Roadsters were spoken for a while back, as the world’s elite show no sign of fear when confronted with a whopping $1.9 million price tag. Sure, that may sound like a hell of a lot to most of you, but in comparison to cars like James Glickenhaus’s Nurburgring busting SCG-003, which comes in at a bowel-busting $2.6 million, this limited run anniversary edition suddenly sounds like one hell of a hot deal. Now if only they could make a few more…