To celebrate the centenary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth, the company has decided to create a very special car, the Centenario. Only 20 coupé and 20 roadster versions of the Centenario will ever be produced, and sadly all 40 cars have already been sold, at a starting price of €1.75 million, or roughly R29.2 mill, plus tax.
In line with Lamborghini’s V12 architecture, the Centenario features a naturally aspirated engine, which produces 574 kW, thanks to higher rev limit of 8,600 rpm. This will be Lamborghini most power production car to date.
The new Lambo is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in 23.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 350 km/h. And with a full-carbon monocoque, it only weighs 1,520 kg.
The new Lambo sees the introduction of rear-wheel steering, which helps with agility and stability. The car also features an innovative touchscreen that is connected to the infotainment.
The Centenario also comes with Pirelli PZero tyres that are specifically developed to accommodate the rear-wheel steering.
The body of the Lamborghini Centenario is defined in a gloss carbon fibre. The front bonnet, scissor door panels, which only make an appearance on V12 models, and roof line are fluent, aerodynamic and organic. The functional parts are finished in a matt carbon, these include the front splitter, side skirts, wheel arches and massive rear diffuser.
The rims are made from forged and milled aluminium. The spokes’ fan shape, accented in carbon fibre, mask ducts extracting hot air from the carbon ceramic brakes, finished with a central-locking wheel nut sporting the Lamborghini bull logo.
The extendable rear wing is integrated in body when at standstill or moving at low speeds. Once speed increases, the wing, depending on the Driving Mode chosen, can extend to 150mm and could rotate up to 15 degrees for optimal aerodynamic efficiency in high-performance conditions.
The Centenario is fitted with Lamborghini’s magneto rheological suspension and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), in this guise it’s especially tuned for the Centenario’s rear wheel steering and providing optimal responsiveness and driver feedback.
Transmission is via Lamborghini’s Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox, providing a lightweight and emotive solution to achieving the fastest gearshifts possible.
The interior of the Centenariois finished to each customers’ spec. Lightweight carbon come as part of the package, along with new stitching that features on the length of the dashboard, steering wheel, sunvisors, rocker covers, and the new inner door panels made of carbon fiber and Alcantara.
The Centenario continues Lamborghini’s strategy of producing one-off cars and exclusive limited editions, which allow scope for exploring design and technology possibilities while heightening brand awareness. Starting with the Reventón and including the Sesto Elemento, Aventador J and Veneno, every car has proved its instant appeal, achieved iconic status, and increased in value.
“The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. It looks to the future while honouring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini,” says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
“The Centenario is an opportunity for our designers and engineers to transcend some of the constraints of series car production to achieve an incomparable result: 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.”