Originally appeared on Automoblog.net
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…this is the Lamborghini Centenario, the latest one-off hypercar from the manufacturer that has hands down contributed to some of the most exotic and drool-inducing car posters throughout history: Lamborghini. During a private event at Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, California, Automobili Lamborghini unveiled this automotive masterpiece in front a select group of VIP clients.
This event also marked the first time the Centenario was displayed in front of American customers since its debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Alessandro Farmeschi, Automobili Lamborghini America Chief Operating Officer said that “This car is the ultimate expression of Automobili Lamborghini”. Further adding that “The Centenario marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini and is a fitting tribute to our company’s founder. Its cutting edge design showcases the latest technologies that give our sports cars such a competitive edge”.
The Lamborghini Centenario shares many of its mechanical components with the Aventador, but its body is made entirely out of high-strength carbon fiber. The Centenario’s all carbon body is available in either exposed or painted finish showcasing the perfect attention to detail Lamborghinis are known for.
The Centenario will be the first Lamborghini to use all-wheel steering to enhance agility at low speeds and offer improved stability at high speeds. The rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels to virtually reduce the vehicle’s wheelbase (drastically reducing turning radius) or turn in the same direction as the front wheels to enhance stability.
Before the cars are delivered, future Lamborghini Centenario owners will be able to choose from an extensive list of customization options to completely personalize their vehicle. Regardless of the options chosen, all Centenario models will feature a touchscreen in the center console with internet connectivity – a first for Lamborghini.
During the development process of the Centenario, aerodynamics were a key factor. Lamborghini’s engineers chose an adjustable rear wing that actively adapts to vehicle speed in order to provide optimal downforce as conditions demand.
Aerodynamic inlets consisting of several fins characterize both the front and rear fascias of the Centenario as part of a design which pays tribute to sports cars sold during the 1970s. Like the rest of the vehicle’s design, the inlets also enhance the car’s performance by contributing to aerodynamic downforce. It also improves airflow to the rear radiators in order to deliver optimal cooling for the engine.
Large side air intakes behind the doors on the Centenario are a direct reflection of its predecessor, the Lamborghini Miura, which was the first ever mid-engine supercar and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The dry weight of the Lamborghini Centenario is only 3,351 pounds, but it also houses the most powerful engine in Lamborghini’s history.
The 6.5 L naturally-aspirated V12 produces 770 horsepower and propels the Centenario to 60 mph from standstill in 2.7 seconds and its terminal velocity is in excess of 217 mph.
The Centenario is also fitted with Lamborghini’s dynamic steering system, which offers an exceptionally quick turn-in feel to the driver while maintaining an overall sense of control. The hypercar also features a standard magnetorheological damping system which reacts to changing road conditions in an instant and offers a tight sense of handling.
Over the course of the production run, Lamborghini will build only 40 Centenarios; 20 coupes and 20 roadsters. If you want one, you are unfortunately too late – all 40 copies have already been spoken for.
The Lamborghini Centenario coupe has a starting price of $2.4 million. The Centenario roadster will definitely carry a higher starting price.
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