MARK RECHTIN

Lamborghini: Aventador Roadster goes 0-to-62 in three seconds

This Lamborghini will cost $445,300 in the United States and 300,000 euros in Europe.
UPDATED: 11/14/12 4:32 pm ET - adds U.S. pricing

LOS ANGELES -- If Lamborghini makes a coupe, you can be sure a topless version is coming as well. Sure enough, the Italian supercar-maker revealed today a roadster version of its Aventador LP700-4.

And, of course, it's fast: the Aventador Roadster will accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than three seconds, with a maximum speed of about 217 mph, the automaker claims.

The roadster's two-piece carbon-fiber roof uses patented technologies, with each half of the roof weighing less than 13 pounds and fitting in the front luggage compartment.

The roadster's two-piece carbon-fiber roof uses patented technologies.

The b-pillar provides support for the removable roof, engages a rollover protection system for occupants and still allows ventilation for the mid-mounted engine.

The powered rear windshield not only influences the flow of air into the vehicle, but also controls how the car's occupants hear the shriek of the 6.5-liter, 700hp V-12 engine. No matter how the rear windshield is aligned, the wind deflector will keep occupants' hairstyles muss-free, Lamborghini says.

Orders can be taken immediately for 2013 deliveries. For those worried about their car budget, the starting price, before taxes and destination charges, is 300,000 euros. That's about $382,000 at today's exchange rates, but the company now says its U.S. price for the vehicle will be $445,300, which includes a $3,700 gas guzzler tax.

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