The news came at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the SV coupe was making its driving debut in the UK. Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann told Auto Express that customer demand is already strong, even though it won’t be officially revealed until August.
“We have already sold all 600 Superveloce coupes, and now we are taking orders for the 500 roadsters,” he told us. “However, even though we haven’t shown the new car, there’s already lots of interest from buyers.”
The SV roadster is slightly heavier due to extra strengthening, but it will have the same 750bhp V12 as the coupe, so should come close to that car’s 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds, although the 217mph top speed is likely to be limited thanks to the loss of the roof.
In other Lamborghini news Winkelmann confirmed that the Urus SUV is well on the way to becoming a reality, and is likely to appear in production form in 2018. The final car will have design tweaks over the original concept, while the company has yet to confirm engine specs, although Winkelmann wouldn’t rule out hybrid drive. “For an SUV, it’s less important to go for pure sports car power,” he told us. “So a hybrid could appear in the Urus. Whatever the plan, we have expanded our factory in Sant’Agata to give us double the manufacturing capacity for our new models.”
Talking of new models, Winkelmann confirmed that while Lamborghini will still build exclusive models like the Sesto Elemento and Aventador J, it wouldn’t be revealing anything at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Also, while Lamborghini is now getting heavily involved in motorsport with its Super Trofeo one-make and GT3 series programmes with the Huracan, planes for a Superleggera version of the small coupe are some way off.
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