By Beatrice Thomas
Luxury model was unveiled on board the Italian naval aircraft carrier Nave Cavour at a special VIP event
The $4.47m Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been unveiled on board the Italian naval aircraft carrier Nave Cavour in Abu Dhabi at the weekend.
At an exclusive “Italian evening” attended by authorities, clients, VIPs and media, the limited edition super sports car, of which only nine will be produced, was formally debuted on the flight deck of the 240m ship while it was docked at Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port.
Lamborghini said the Italian aircraft carrier was on a trade mission tour of Middle East and African countries to promote, amongst other programs, the national “Made in Italy” campaign.
“The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is one of the world’s most exclusive cars with the most extraordinary performance,” said Christian Mastro, head of Middle East, Africa and Europe for Lamborghini.
“We are honoured that Lamborghini was chosen to represent the Italian car industry in the UAE, as a perfect example of iconic Italian super sports cars, and that we have the opportunity to show the Veneno Roadster for the first time in Abu Dhabi.”
He said Lamborghini had an extremely strong following in the region, with the Middle East its third-biggest world market.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is a fully road legal, open-top car, with the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype.
Lamborghini said the nine units will be built in 2014. With a maximum power output of 552 kW/750 hp, the V12 Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 355 km/h.
Shown in Abu Dhabi in the specially developed colour “Rosso Veneno”, each client will be able personalise the colour.
Those who attended the event included Italian Ambassador to the UAE Giorgio Starace and Admiral of High Seas Forces Paolo Treu.
Guests on board Nave Cavour enjoyed hospitality from chef Corrado Corti, of Italy’s famous Hotel Splendido in Portofino, who flew in especially for the occasion. Singer and actress Elena Bonelli entertained guests with the Italian national anthem and other famous songs, while fashion designer Giada Curti offered a sample of some of her work with ten top models wearing her creations.