What’s a Lamborghini Centenario then?
The Sant’Agata firm’s celebration of founder Ferrucio Lamborghini’s centenary. This being Lamborghini, the only appropriate way to mark such an occasion is with a limited-run, £1.4 million, all-carbonfibre monster. That happens to be the most powerful production car in the its history.
What do I need to know?
That engine is a development of the 6.5-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 unit found in Aventador SV, here producing a massive 760bhp. At the (raised) 8,600rpm rev limit, we can only imagine it sounds like the sun being ripped in half.
Performance is explosive. Lamborghini quotes a 0-62mph time of 2.8secs, and 0-186mph in 23.5secs. Top speed? ‘Over 217mph’, whatever that means. 225mph, maybe?
As well as its engine, the Centenario uses the bare bones of the Aventador’s chassis. The bodywork is a feast of weapons-grade aerodynamics. The vents in the bonnet, for instance, generate downforce over the front axle. The front splitter, side skirts, wheelarches and comedically massive rear diffuser produce yet more, though Lamborghini hasn’t actually said how much.
And then there’s the extending rear spoiler, which motors out 150mm and 15 degrees under “high performance conditions.”
Just as much attention has been paid to cooling, as well. The side skirts, a roof-mounted air scoop, assorted flicks and vanes and even the headlights feed air to the radiators.
Inside, there is a pair of lightweight carbonfibre seats, carbonfibre paneling, several acres of alcantara and a 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and trackday telemetry. Colours and finishes can be customised however the owner wants – you’d expect nothing less for the price.
The chassis has been upgraded with four-wheel-steering, too. So it should corner like a gnat while being more stable at high speeds.
The Centenario is a big car. At 4,924mm end-to-end, it’s 144mm longer than the standard Aventador. Width is unchanged, but at 2,030mm you can’t get much wider before you need a police escort. At least the Centenario, is 55kg lighter, at 1,520kg. As you’d expect with so much carbon.
When can I buy one?
You can’t. Lamborghini will build 40 examples of the Centenario (20 coupes, 20 roadsters), all of which were sold long before anyone had even seen the finished product.
How much does it cost?
Those 40 buyers have stumped £1.4 million, plus taxes and options. Call it an even £2 million, all-in. Should one come onto the market, it will certainly carry a sticker price of at least that.
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By Only Motors