Italians make the best food (I won't debate this) and without a doubt some of the sexist cars too, most notably Automobili's Lamborghini
line. Sexy often borders on obscene, such as the brand spanking new Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, an open racing prototype boasting an "extreme design" and "breathtaking performance" to celebrate the vehicle maker's 50th anniversary.
Under the hood, the Veneno Roadster packs 750 horses nestled inside its 6.5-liter V12 engine. It goes from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (0 to just over 62 miles per hour) in a mere 2.9 seconds. Keep the pedal to the medal and you'll quickly top out at 355 km/h (220 mph).
Automobili ported the engine over from its Lamborghini Aventador, though not before tuning it for an additional 50 horsepower. Despite the added performance, and the fact that there's no roof (just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety), Automobili says the design is stable through fast cornering with handling similar to that of a racing prototype, all while being street legal.
"The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine," Automobili explains. "Therefore the Veneno Roadster is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sports cars from Sant'Agata Bolognese. That includes the extreme proportions, as well as the powerfully arrow-shaped front end and the interplay between razor-sharp lines and precise surfaces."
In other words, there's a reason for the unique styling. The entire design is based on optimizing airflow, with the front end working as a large aerodynamic wing. Large openings ventilate the monster sized engine bay and direct airflow to the rear wing.
The sex appeal is also evident in the interior where you'll find two lightweight bucket seats made from the company's patented Forged Composite. Woven carbon fiber CarbonSkin is used to cover the entire cockpit, part of the seats, and the headliner. And of course there's a full featured safety system running the gamut from airbags to the adapted ESP handling system.
As much as I'd like to, I'll probably never one one of these things, as I'm a little light on the requisite 3.3 million euros ($4.5 million) of disposable income it would require to take one home.