2016 is a special year for Automobili Lamborghini as this year would have been the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the illustrious Italian Sports car manufacturer. In honor of the late founder, Automobili Lamborghini recently unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the ultra exclusive, ultra powerful Lamborghini Centenario.
The new Lamborghini Centenario is certainly fast, but that’s not so surprising when one considers the V12 naturally aspirated engine powering this supercar. The V12 engine delivers 770 hp which propels the amazing car to a breathtaking acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and it reaches 0- 300 km/h in a short 23.5 seconds until the Lamborghini masterpiece achieves its maximum speed of 350 km/h. Yes, it is that fast that one would be forgiven if one thinks it’s a spaceship on wheels as it zips by in a blur. Yet the analogy might not be totally off given the car is extremely light, achieved by a fusion of high-tech monocoque design fully done in carbon fiber resulting to a very low weight of 1,520 kg. With a small weight to power ratio of only 1.97 kg/hp, the supercar can’t help but almost fly down the road. And yet, taming this speedy beast is relatively easy; the car brakes from a fast 100 km/h to a complete standstill in a short 30 meters.
Ensuring that the supercar stays on the road is its aerodynamic design which includes the extending rear wing gluing the car to the road with its downforce at high speeds. Additional stability and agility is made possible by the rear-wheel steering system. The supercar is also occupant-friendly, with a host of top-of-the-line convenience features such as the touchscreen controlled infotainment system, internet browsing capability and the Apple CarPlay.
Mere mortals may ogle all they want but this car is super exclusive, with a limited 40 cars to be produced – 20 coupes and 20 roadsters. And by the way, it comes with a 1.75 million Euro price tag that does not yet include tax so it may not be the car for everyone. Still, even if one has the cool 1.75 million Euros to play with, all the 40 cars have been presold.
Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO, offers the Centenario to Ferruccio Lamborghini on his birth anniversary saying it is a fitting tribute for the late founder who believed that anything was possible. Winkelmann added that with the Centenario Lamborghini designers and engineers achieved the pinnacle of performance as well as demonstrated that tradition and innovation can go hand in hand. The Centenario is the result of that perfect fusion, a truly remarkable and desirable collectors’ car – a super sports car worthy of Ferruccio Lamborghini.