Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Centenario in the year the company celebrates the centenary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth. Only 20 coupé and 20 roadster versions of the Centenario will be produced and all 40 cars are already sold, at a start price of 1.75 million euros plus tax.
The Centenario continues Lamborghini‘s one-off strategy and demonstrates Lamborghini’s innovative design and engineering competencies. Using the V12 architecture, the Centenario’s naturally aspirated engine produces 770 hp and powers from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in 23.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 217mph.
“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.”
The limited edition supercar built almost entirely from carbon fiber with aero cues that pay homage to the legendary Italian on whose name the company stands. It is based on the Aventador, though measures in slightly longer than even the 740bhp SV version. There are large air scoops on the front bonnet, in part a reference to the sports cars of the 1970s, but also a functional aid for downforce on the front axle.
Even the headlights get air ducts, along with the side skirts and wheel arches, all providing important flow to the rear radiators. The roof takes up Lamborghini’s other muse, that of the aeronautical industry, with a hexagonal carbon fibre air duct up top.
The front splitter, side skirts, wheel arches and rear diffuser are all functional, and therefore colored in matt carbon. The show car’s body is gloss carbon, though you can pick a color if you’d prefer. All in, it weighs 1,520kg, making it 55 kilos lighter than an Aventador.
There is even an extendable rear wing, integrated into the body at low speeds, extending out 150mm and 15 degrees during what Lamborghini deems “high performance conditions”. The Centenario has rear-wheel-steering added, allowing greater agility at low speeds, and increased stability during spirited driving. Three driving modes – Strada, Sport and Corsa – accompany Lamborghini’s dynamic steering and adaptive suspension.
There are lightweight, carbon fiber sports seats inside, with carbon fiber panels, Alcantara and a 10.1in high definition touchscreen, which includes Apple CarPlay and trackday telemetry.