During an event for what we'll assume are potential buyers for the just-unveiled Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, a rep demonstrated the installation of the two-piece, 13-pound carbon fiber roof. Guests were told that two people could install both panels in less than a minute. Backing up the claim, it took the rep about two minutes to do it by himself, talking his way through it.

It's not the least finicky roof solution we've ever seen, but it sure beats the heck out of installing the cloth roof on the Murciélago LP640-4 Roadster, which involved a piece of canvas and spars, going together like a complex kite (complete with swearing). Just below you'll find two videos, the first of the easier, and more weatherproof Aventador, then the Murci afterward, proving that it ain't always easy being beautiful.






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      re037
      • 2 Years Ago
      t-tops! like from the 80s and 90s. like a 300zx turbo. minus the center bar. still learning a thing or two from nissan.
        a.a.tawab
        • 2 Years Ago
        @re037
        It's actually the corvette the first car which used the T-tops back in the 60's.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone is saying it should be easier, but I actually like the bare-bones targa top. It will keep weight down AND it avoids having a cloth roof.
        ilmhmtu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klep
        If the consumer really cared about weight on the roof, they wouldn't buy the convertible.
        Johnny May
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klep
        it amazing how people talk about weight like it is really something any one cares about . It not like you are going to take the car out on a race track and go make a living racing it . Plus if you want to lighten the load , go jogging or something .. eat less, do whatever . The weight of a roof is such a non factor. As a matter of fact it meaningless to any car period . UNLESS YOU ARE MAKING A LIVING RACING and you can not lose any more weight personally by doctor's order.lol
          Garland Gray
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny May
          Weight of the roof is pretty important because it raises or lowers the center of gravity of the car. That's going to have an effect on how the car feels on the street or track. You obviously haven't heard of Colin Chapman.
          Klep
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny May
          I meant versus a power-folding roof that would require a steel frame and motors. This would add fairly significant weight, plus it would raise the vehicle's center of gravity slightly. I'm not saying most of the buyers of this car care as much about weight as I might, but to say the weight of the roof is "meaningless" is just factually incorrect.
      Lennoxx Bllaze Wesst
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought that Ferrari 575 with the flippy top solved this problem once and forever. http://www.motorstown.com/images/ferrari-575-superamerica-01.jpg
      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wasn't expecting something so low-tech...
      rboote
      • 2 Years Ago
      And I thought my C4 Corvette's targa top was bad, having to bust out the wrench. I'll never complain again.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buy 2. Keep the top off of one. Problem solved.
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      These are the type of things Top Gear and All other publicatons mention when they say Japanese cars are just to easy to dirve and live with, no soul, etc. I'll take simple Japanese function over this rediculous setup anyday. Beautiful car, but the rest of the vehicle, like most European cars are bulit exactly how the roof on this Lamborghini is made..poorly.
      AlfieR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah bang on it, throw it around my half a million dollar car...who the hell designed this top, a couple of monkeys?? blah who cares, i only drive this with the top off, one weekend every six months when its sunny and the rest of the time this thing is stored anyways. I have other cars in my stable. When im not completely sure it wont rain i just take my 458 italia cabrio out.
        sixsix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AlfieR
        mmmhmmmm. Sure. And if you really do own these cars, you shouldn't. These cars were meant to be driven and flogged. My friends beats the hell out of his SV. If you are worried about damaging your mass produced exotic you probably can't truly afford it.
      JonathanBond
      • 2 Years Ago
      That technique seems pretty outdated for a high tech car. I guess inconvenience is what you get when form is over function. I hate compromises.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        budwsr25
        • 2 Years Ago
        They have Ferrari Superamerica. It's roof flips back. It was also glass and had a chemical that changed the level of darkness.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord this thing is beautiful. Are people really clapping for the installation of a T top, something that has been around for decades? A couple minutes for a open air Aventador is well worth it.
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