2008 Lamborghini Reventon

The name is that of a famous Mexican bull that fought in the 1940s. The car, though, looks more like something from the year 2040.

The Reventn, revealed at the Frankfurt auto show, is a radical, limited-production variant of the Lamborghini Murcilago LP640. Lamborghinis are not exactly automotive wallflowers to begin with, but “the Reventn is the most extreme of all,” enthuses Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

Outside, the car is sheathed in all-new bodywork and wears a special matte gray finish. With the exception of the steel roof and doors, all body panels are a carbon-fiber composite. Inside, the driver faces a bank of three LCD readouts in place of the standard gauge cluster. The driver can choose among various display modes for the speedometer and tachometer; in addition, a g-force meter relays acceleration, braking, and lateral forces. The cabin itself is trimmed in copious amounts of suede and carbon fiber.

The mechanicals, however, are straight from the Murcilago LP640. The mid-mounted V-12, visible underneath the plexiglass engine cover, spins out just a bit more power here (650 hp, rather than 640 hp, at 8000 rpm). It’s controlled via a six-speed e-gear paddleshift manual transmission and drives all four wheels. The wheels themselves have carbon-fiber appliqus bolted to aluminum spokes.

The Reventn looks like it could take flight, but its top speed is actually 211 mph; Lamborghini claims a 0-to-62-mph time of 3.4 seconds. The Reventn is destined to be as exclusive as it is extreme–only twenty will be built, priced at 1 million (about $1.36 million) each.

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