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FRANKFURT-Lamborghini's latest offering isn't for the faint of heart when it comes to price.
At the Frankfurt motor show, the maker of aggressive sports cars showed off the Reventon Roadster, a special edition car that costs EUR1.1 million before taxes for those rich enough to plunk down the money without blinking.

Only 15 of the Roadsters will be made and 12 of them have already been sold.

"For the last three, we have a lot of prospective buyers," said Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires. "It's a collector's item more than a driver's car."

With a 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder engine, the Roadster can race to zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds.

Its top speed is 330 kph (205 mph).

Ferrari and Maserati, rival luxury sports car makers from the Fiat SpA (F.MI) group, also came out with new cars at the show despite the crisis besetting the car industry.

Although all three brands have seen their sales suffer as a result of the global recession, they have kept to their tradition of coming out with a new car every year, whether it be a totally new model or an updated version of an existing one.

The Roadster is the convertible version of the Reventon, which was presented at the same motor show two years earlier. It also was a limited edition, costing slightly less at EUR1 million before taxes. Suffice it to say that all 20 were easily sold.

Although the Reventon was based on the Murcielago LP640 model, Lamborghini's engineers used a fighter jet as inspiration. They reworked the composite carbon fiber body to make it sleeker with sharp edges.

The Roadster remains true to the design of its predecessor.

It is one of the few open-tops made in Lamborghini's history. Previous ones include the 1968 Miura and the 1995 Diablo Roadster.

Deliveries of the Roadster begin in October.

Based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Lamborghini is owned by Volkswagen's Audi division.

source: online.wsj

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