On 1 Dec, on the deck of Italy’s 787-foot-long flagship aircraft carrier, Cavour, docked at the port of Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi, the supercar maker debuted its latest – and perhaps wildest – creation, the Veneno Roadster. The lavish event, which highlights Lamborghini’s popularity in the Middle East, featured food by chef Corrado Corti from Italy’s Hotel Splendido in Portofino, and a procession of supermodels wrapped in the latest from fashion designer Giada Curti. Among those in attendance, the Italian ambassador to the UAE Giorgio Starace, the Admiral of High Seas Forces Paolo Treu and the Italian soccer hero Fabio Cannavaro.
The Veneno Roadster – of which a scant nine will roll out of Lamborghini’s factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese – packs a 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 739 horsepower. With all-wheel drive and a curb weight of only 3,278 pounds, the open-top Veneno can make the leap from 0-60mph in 2.9sec, and press on to a top speed of 221mph.
The Veneno Roadster will command a cool 3.3m euros (about $4.5m) – excluding taxes – when production commences in 2014.