Lamborghini manufactures one of those kind of cars that we all have dreamed about at one point in our lives. Some of us had posters of crazy-looking Lamborghini Countach, admired the Aventador and were amazed by striking concepts that company has introduced over its long history. And it does not look like Lamborghini is ever going to stop producing supercars featuring wild design. Now Italian automotive brand has introduced the new Lamborghini Centenario at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
This year the founder of the company, Ferruccio Lamborghini, would celebrate his 100th birthday, which is the reason behind the Centenario. Of course, Lamborghini has always produced these limited production cars, but having in mind that it is the celebration of the founder himself, this supercar has to be very special indeed. It is just a blend of crazy design and even more crazy numbers.
To start with, only 40 cars will be ever made – 20 in coupe and 20 in roadster shape. And all of them have been sold already, despite the prices starting from 1.75 million euros plus tax. It is quite a big leap over the Aventador, on which Centenario is largely based.
Of course, making something that special has to involve much more that fitting an outrageous body kit on already striking Aventador. Centenario still uses the usual V12 architecture, but produces 770 hp, which is enough to launch the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 s.
Even more impressive is that it can reach 300 km/h in 23.5 seconds from a standstill and go up to its maximum speed of more than 350 km/h. Of course, a car with so much performance has to have good breaks too – Centenario travelling at 100 km/h can come to a complete stop in just 30 meters. All of these characteristics are achieved by keeping the weight relatively low – the monocoque and body panels are made from carbon fibre, which means the car only weighs around 1,520 kg.
There are other innovative features as well. The car has a full aerodynamic kit – various blades, splitters and side skirts are meant to keep the Centenario stable, and there is an extending rear wing, which provides the necessary downforce at high speeds. Car also features rear-wheel steering to improve agility and stability. In the interior there is a new touchscreen, which controls all infotainment functions, allows the user to browse the internet and use Apple CarPlay.
Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO, said that “the Centenario has immediately proved itself as a desirable collectors’ car, while demonstrating new Lamborghini technologies and outstanding performance. It is the most fitting tribute to Ferruccio Lamborghini in his centenary year: a man who created an exceptional brand, believed that anything was possible, and produced extraordinary, iconic cars. The Centenario is a super sports car for Ferruccio Lamborghini and the future he and we believe in today”.
And indeed it is a worthy tribute for the legendary man. We can also expect some of the technologies to be soon available on mass produced Lamborghinis as well. It is likely that the rear-wheel steering and the new touchscreen will be used in other brand’s cars in the near future.
Centenario is not a car for everyone’s taste. But then again – it is a car only 40 people will ever have. Others will have to continue dreaming about their own Lamborghini and to put a new poster on the bedroom wall.