Lamborghini debuted the Sesto Elemento concept with a rather dramatic video that looked like a mashup of Star Trek and The Lord of The Rings. Honestly, the concept car is so wicked that no video intro could do it justice. I've never really cared for the Murcielago or Gallardo, but I instantly wanted to see the Sesto Elemento concept being flogged on a track or through some of the roads around Sant'Agata.
Lightweight has been a big buzzword for automakers recently and Lamborghini's efforts to reduce weight in production cars has been laughable. The Gallardo Superleggera still weighs 2954 pounds and the Murcielago SV weighs in at 3850 pounds. Seeing the carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic-everywhere Sesto Elemento weigh in at 2200 pounds is quite refreshing. With the lower curb weight, Lamborghini estimates the Sesto Elemento can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds using a mere 570-hp V-10 borrowed from the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. For reference, that's about the same amount of time as a Bugatti Veyron and we all know that car cranks out more than 1,001 hp.
This Gallardo-sized concept is, ironically, actually more of a preview for the Murcielago replacement we expect to see in Geneva. Our sources tell us to expect the Murcielago's replacement to be built almost entirely out of carbon fiber while the Gallardo (and its Audi R8 cousin) remain on an aluminum architecture for the next generation.
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