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2017 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster


The Centenario Coupe blew attendees at the 2016 Geneva Auto show. The model was created to celebrate the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini 100th birthday if he was still alive.  The automaker is following up the Coupe with a Roadster version as we all expected following the automaker’s announcement in Geneva that only 40 units of the Centenario would be built split into 20 Coupes and 20 Roadsters.  The 2017 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster was introduced at the Monterey Car Week. The Centenario is a good response from Lamborghini in the design sector after Koenigsegg and Pagani had overtaken this exclusive segment by storm in recent past.

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2017 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster Exterior

Minus the roof, the Centenario Roadster is almost identical to the Coupe. At the front, the Roadster features an identical front fascia which is just as aggressive as that of the Coupe.

It features a vented hood and LED headlight strips which combine with other features to give the model a stunning design that impressed everyone when the Coupe debuted at Geneva earlier in the year. On the sides, the vehicle features identical side skirts and rear intakes. However, behind the door glass the automaker has altered the upper vent such that it is now integrated into the roll bars that protrude behind the seats.

At the rear, the vehicle is also almost identical to the coupe. It features the same tall spoiler as well as thin, arrow-shaped LED tail lamps. The model doesn’t have a roof, as there is no storage space for the roof.

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2017 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster Interior

Except for a slight color change, the cabin is identical to the coupe. However, buyers have an option to order a cabin customized to their tastes (benefits that come with paying top dollar for your hauler). As such, each model’s cabin will be different.

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The Centenario Roadster offers all the headroom in the world. Absence of a retractable roof however means you cannot take out your Centenario when the weather looks unpredictable. The cabin accommodates two passengers on its two seats which are wrapped in light brown Alcantara Terra di California. The seats also feature Bianco Polar leather inserts.  These can be customized via the automaker’s Ad Personam program.

The steering wheel, door inserts, dashboard and the A-pillars also feature an Alcantara trim. Other surfaces are covered with glossed-over carbon fiber. Customers can choose a different contrast stitching color unlike in the coupe which featured a yellow contrast stitching. Other standard features on the Roadster include a 10.1-inch high-definition touch-screen from which the driver can control the model’s satellite navigation system and other on-board telemetry. The car also features Wi-Fi connectivity and Smartphone integration which integrates various apps including Apple CarPlay.

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Engine Specs and performance

Like the coupe, the Centenario Roadster is powered by a naturally aspirated V-12 power-plant. The 6.5 L monster pumps out 759 horses. The engine mates to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system that drives the rear wheels.

Despite the model weighing 110 pounds heavier than the coupe, it still manages to make a 0-60 mph run in 2.9 seconds, just a tenth of a second slower than its coupe sister.  The Roadster can achieve a top speed of 217 mph.

The model features Lamborghini’s trick tri-mode rear-wheel steering which combine with the car’s magneto rheological suspension and the automakers Dynamic Steering to improve the Roadster’s responsiveness. Stopping power comes from gigantic carbon-ceramic brakes which bring the beast to a halt in 102 ft.

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Price and release date

Lamborghini will produce only 20 units of the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster just like the Centenario Coupe. According to reports, all models have already sold out meaning you should look elsewhere for an exotic drop-top. You can consider the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante which will see more units produced (99).

As custom dictates, the Roadster will be more expensive than the Coupe.  According to reports, the Roadster will go for around $2.3 million; for comparison, the Coupe was priced at $2.0 million.

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