A concept car and an open-top supercar are this week’s standout cars, coming in the form of a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster and the Mercedes Benz Ener-G-Force concept car.
Let’s start with the Aventador Roadster. Like the its coupe equivalent, it comes with a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 700hp, which sends its power through a seven-speed ISR gearbox (Lamborghini’s automated, single-clutch gearbox) to all wheels. Top speed is 350km/h,
while 0-100 km/h is done in three seconds.
The roof cover for the Aventador Roadster is a removable two-piece carbon fibre unit that weighs less than 6kg, which can also be stored in luggage space. It rides on 20- and 21-inch wheels front to back. The new Lambo is ready for order, with prices starting at 300,000 euros.
Set for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, the Mercedes Benz Ener-G-Force concept car stands out for sheer presence. It carries with it tough looks thanks to ‘genes’ from the long-living G-Wagen, and is meant to be a design study for law enforcement vehicles of the future.
The car is powered by water – a hydro-tech converter which sources water from tanks placed on the vehicle’s roof converts it into hydrogen, which is then forwarded towards the fuel cells. Electricity is then generated, sending charge to motors placed on each of the wheel hubs, giving it a range of 800