The Lamborghini Centenario was launched at Geneva Motor Show to celebrate the centenary of the birth of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Only 20 coupé and 20 roadster versions of the Centenario will be produced at a cost of 1.75 million euros. If you wanted one, too late. The 40 cars are already sold.
The Centenario’s naturally aspirated V12 produces 759 bhp and powers from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. With a top speed of more than 217 mph, it is the most powerful engine produced by Lamborghini to date. As with all recent Lamborghinis, the car will be four wheel drive.
To increase agility and responsiveness, the Centenario have been given a new rear-wheel steering system. At low speeds the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front steering; at high speeds the rear wheels turn in the same direction of the front wheels. Lamborghini state this provides “increased stability and optimises vehicle response”. That may be so, but it’s odd to see this function presented as ground breaking technology.
The body of the Centenario is built entirely in carbon fibre. Specific attention has been paid to make the car generate serious downforce. Large scoops on the front of the bonnet channel air through the front bodywork to help keep the front of the car planted. The rear is dominated by massive rear diffuser, consisting of six aerofoils, which suck the car onto the road. If that’s not enough, the rear wing is can also be extended by 150mm and rotated up to 15 degrees, depending on the car’s driving mode.
The Centenario continues Lamborghini’s trend on producing jaw-dropping, limited edition, ultra high-performance cars.