LAMBORGHINI LP640 ROADSTER
There was only one way to make the Lamborghini LP640 even madder - chop the roof off. Ollie Stallwood drives the Roadster
Itís been raining for a few days now, Iím cold and where there isnít standing water the road has a thin layer of grease on top of it. So what is possibly the last car that you should be climbing in to? A Lamborghini LP640 Roadster perhaps? Got to be pretty close.
Iíve driven the coupe LP640 and it is just about as much drama as you could want from a car - but the Roadster takes it to another level. It is around 70mm lower and has a wraparound windscreen similar to the visor on a motorbike helmet. It is simply stunning - shocking even - in the flesh, especially in pearlescent white.
Strangely with the roof removed everything seems easier, less claustrophobic and more airy, than the coupe. Itís a unique experience driving a monster-powered car that has been chopped to the point of being a speedster. Koenigsegg makes its CCX with a removable lid and Bugatti has just unveiled its Grand Sport, so clearly there are enough people who want their toupee ripped off at 200mph.
The power that accompanies it is savage, effortlessly forcing the car forwards. Thereís no need to wait for frivolities like revs, the V12 feels unstoppable at any point. Pressing down the right pedal is utterly, utterly addictive.† Peak power comes at 8,000rpm so it is worth holding your foot down as long as possible, but to do this in the wet takes a lot of nerve. But big and powerful as it may be the LP640 refuses to squirm around under power, aided of course by four-wheel drive, and it just sticks to its line.
The grey clouds overhead are turning darker and the rain is getting heavier. Itís time to take the Lambo back but on the way I notice that it is all rather nicely made inside and with the roof off there is a little more visibility. I thought driving this car would be terrifying but itís not. Losing the roof makes it even more fun - in the sort of manic, crazed grin kind of way - but you can only love this car.
Many thanks to Club VelocitŠ (www.clubvelocita.com/ 01256 333 822) for lending us the LP640.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Amy Cole (www.ac-photography.net)
Engine: V12, 6496cc, 48v
Max power: 631bhp @ 8000rpm
Max torque: 487lb ft @ 6000rpm
0 - 60mph: 3.4sec (claimed)
Top Speed: 210mph (claimed)
On Sale: Now