It seems that exclusivity is part of the draw these days when it comes to hypercars. Knowing that there are only a few similar cars in existence makes them more desirable, and millionaires scramble to scoop one up or risk missing out forever. Such is the case with Lamborghini’s new offering, the Centenario.
Created to mark the 100th birthday of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and drawing its name from the occasion, the Lamborghini Centenario gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘Limited Edition’. With just 40 cars being made in total – 20 roadsters and 20 coupes – those wanting to get their hands on one of these special cars will have to dedicate a lot of resources to the cause.
So exclusive is this car that the video posted by the company to mark its introduction was only on YouTube for about a single morning.
What We Know About the Lamborghini Centenario
This sort of behaviour lends itself to secrecy , but the car’s recent debut at the Geneva Motor Show has made us privy to the spectacular specifications of Lamborghini’s newest, and best, hypercar.
Perhaps the feature most worth noting is the fact that the naturally aspirated (not turbocharged) V12 puts another 20 horsepower on the engine housed by the fantastic Superveloce, boasting an incredible 770 horsepower. This was done by raising the redline and increasing the engine volume efficiency, which all serves to power this dream to around 220 miles per hour, or 354 kilometres per hour.
But, aside from the engine capabilities the design team focussed a great deal on aerodynamics and power-to-weight ratios. In order to bring down the weight and have this car tip the scales at a very respectable 1520 kilograms, the company decided to make each and every panel out of carbon fibre.
As far as the aero goes, two large ducts create downforce at the front end. At the back end, the rear wing can be raised by about 15 centimetres and can tilt by 10 degrees to increase downforce. In addition, blades inside the wheels channel air into the brake ducts for cooling and the front aero channels air tightly down the sides of the car in order to feed the intakes for the radiators.
All in all it looks like a handy piece of equipment, and one that Ferruccio Lamborghini would be proud to have mark his hundredth birthday, we’re sure.