Lamborghini Centenario Celebrates Founder's 100th Birthday
Lambo's latest bad bull is out for blood.
Last year, a rumor surfaced that Lamborghini was developing a new hyper-exclusive supercar in the same vein as the company's Sesto Elemento and Veneno supercars. The aforementioned car, rumored at first to be called the Hyper Veloce or the Centenario, would celebrate Ferruccio Lamborghini's upcoming 100th birthday and be produced in a very limited production run. Now, the cloak of mystery has been pulled, revealing the undeniably ludicrous Lamborghini Centenario.
As rumored, the Lamborghini Centenario was built to celebrate the company's founder and what would have been his 100th birthday. And as you would expect from a limited-production Lamborghini, its styling isn't what you'd call subdued, however it isn't as weaponized as the Veneno either. The Centenario makes use of both a full carbon-fiber monocoque and carbon-fiber exterior with enough aerodynamic extrusions to convince us it could drive completely upside-down.
Powering Lamborghini's latest limited-run supercar is a faster and higher-revving iteration of the Aventador's naturally aspirated V-12, which now revs to an insane 8,600 rpm from the previous 8,350 rpm. Mated to Lamborghini's seven-speed shifting rod transmission, the engine now produces 770 hp, allowing the Centenario to hit 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds to match the new and brutally quick Aventador SV. According to Lamborghini, the Centenario will continue on to a top speed of 218 mph. Also, thanks to a curb weight of just 3,351 pounds, the bad bull will stop from 62 mph in just 98 feet, effectively relocating your eyes and internal organs back to where they belong.
A new active rear wing debuting on the Lamborghini Centenario provides downforce at high speeds but remains hidden at low speeds or when stationary to "preserve the minimalist lines." The company also used the Centenario to introduce a new rear-wheel steering system in concert with its magnetorheological suspension. In a statement Lamborghini notes that, "at low speeds the rear tires turn in the opposite direction of the steering angle, which leads to a virtual reduction of the wheelbase. At high speeds, the rear tires turn in the same direction of the steering angle, which leads to a virtual increase of the wheelbase," all of which is engineered to help improve the stability and agility.
Everything about the Centenario is about speed, ferocity, and performance, and those tenants are clear at first glance. "The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation," outgoing Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement. "It looks to the future while honoring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini."
While Lamborghini has released the price for the Centenario at €1.75 million ($1.9 million), all 20 coupes and 20 roadsters have already been sold, with deliveries slated to begin this fall.