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Lamborghini Aventador Roadster takes over runway at Miami airport

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster takes over runway at Miami airport
Six Lamborghini Aventador Roadsters line up at Miami International Airport as part of the car’s global media debut.
(Lamborghini)

Do not adjust your monitors; those are indeed six Lamborghini Aventador Roadsters cutting in front of a Boeing 777 on a runway at Miami International Airport. Don’t worry, it was sanctioned.

The event was organized to mark the world media debut of the 700-horsepower Roadster, the drop-top version of the Aventador supercar. This new version shares the drivetrain from the fixed-roof version -- a 6.5-liter V-12 engine routs power to all four wheels through a seven-speed automated manual transmission.

Lamborghini says the Roadster’s top speed is 217 mph and that it will do zero-60 mph in less than three seconds. The two-piece carbon-fiber top is manually removable and stores in the front trunk.

Those on hand in Miami were able to push these Lamborghinis to 210 mph on Monday, in a demonstration sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration and Miami-Dade County. No arrivals or departures at the airport were affected by the stunt, officials said.

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The automaker points out that no current jet aircraft hits 210 mph on a runway, with most needing only 150 mph to 180 mph to get airborne. Fortunately, none of the Roadsters took flight during the demonstration.

The Roadster commands a $44,100 premium over the coupe, for a total of $445,300 (which includes gas-guzzler tax). Lamborghini says the cars are already back-ordered by at least a year; deliveries for those who have already put down a payment are scheduled to start in July.

Highway 1 will log some seat time in this Roadster in the near future, so stay tuned. Unfortunately, it will not be on a runway at LAX.

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