Just when you thought Lamborghini's cars couldn’t get more outlandish and poster-worthy, it's gone and unveiled the latest in its line-up of open-top supercars – The Veneno Roadster.
Looking like the bastard offspring of Batman's Tumbler and Iron Man's armour, the Veneno Roadster is the open-top version of the supercar that Lamborghini showed off at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. And we said open-top, not drop-top – this Roadster doesn't have a roof at all, not even the sad, flimsy umbrellas that previous Lambo convertibles laughably described as a "roof".
Like its hard-top stablemate, the Roadster is based on Aventador underpinnings – including a humungous V12 6.5L, 740bhp engine that’s coupled with their seven-speed “ISR” transmission for lightning-fast gear changes and a eye-blistering 0-100kmh time of 2.9 seconds.
All that power is put on the road through the Audi-grown four-wheel drive and contained within a race tuned chassis with push-rod suspension and other fancy wizardry to reign in the performance and make it drivable.
On top of that framework, Lambo's plonked the outlandish, cutting-edge design that the Italian stable's renowned for, rendered in carbon fibre to keep the weight down. As well as plenty of carbon throughout the bodywork to keep the beast light, the Veneno's bespoke alloy-wheels feature a ring of carbon ducts to help funnel cool air towards the carbon-ceramic brakes.
To keep things exclusive for the oligarchs and oil barons who’ll be in line to buy this Lambo, only nine production cars will be built in total during the course of 2014. If you’re one of the lucky few with the diamond-encrusted pockets and Vertu phone to match, you’ll be keen to hear that each car will be retailing for a mere £2.8m ($5.7m) before tax.