Just over two months after Lamborghini revealed the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster in November 2012, the Italian carmaker marked the launch of its latest offering to the public by having five specimens run down the runway of the United States' busiest airport for international flights.
With special authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration and Miami-Dade County, and using the south runway of the Miami International Airport, five Aventador LP 700-4 Roadsters reached 210mph (338kph), way above the 150 to 180mph (241 to 290kph) takeoff speed of passenger airliners.
The Aventador Roadster is the newest open-top version of Lamborghini’s flagship vehicle. With a 700hp, 6.5-liter V12 engine, the Aventador Roadster reaches 60mph (97kph) in less than three seconds and boasts a top speed of 217 mph (349kph). The vehicle's removable top features high-tech, lightweight carbon-fiber technologies to achieve a low weight of just 12kg.
"It has been a great pleasure to work with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and South Beach teams on today's amazing demonstrations," said Automobili Lamborghini president and chief executive Stephan Winkelmann. "I have never seen something similar at a Lamborghini event. The Aventador Roadster is our most exciting production car ever, and I can think of no better place to celebrate its launch than here in Miami."