I’d like to pose a simple question to the fellow enthusiasts out there – Supercar roadsters. Yay or Nay? While pondering the streets near Harajuku, one of Tokyo’s popular fashion districts, the unmistakable roar of an Italian V-12 approaching my direction caused me to quickly grab my camera out and snap a picture of it as it roared past. It also caused me to start thinking about the commonly debated topic.
Chopping off the roof of a car means the engineers need to find different ways to keep the front and rear of the cars from becoming a jumbled mess that simply flops around from the lack of rigidity. Torsion and flexural stiffening can help solve this problem but it normally comes with a weight and added complexity penalty. This penalty usually means the roadster version of a car will be slower than their less complex, coupe counterparts – and who wants to spend that kind of money on a slower version of a Supercar?
The counterargument to this is fairly simple though – who cares? Yes, the roadster version will be slower but if you are buying a roadster Super car such as the Lamborghini Aventador, are you really buying it for the performance figures, or are you buying it for the theatrical experience? The ability to have an open environment around you. With the top removed, you can truly serenaded by the naturally aspirated V-12 which dares you to shriek it all the way to redline. Or perhaps more importantly, you now are on display for the public to see who you are while they ponder who you are, and how did you become so rich. It’s like being a rock star and to some, that makes it well worth the money. How about for you?