Lamborghini Centenario, the new sports car from Automobili Lamborghini, the Italian company has been getting all the accolades for the right reasons at the 2016 International Geneva Motor Show. The car was made official at the show and it was showcased there, but the news about its availability is that the company planned to make only 40 units, including 20 coupé and 20 roadsters, and all of them already have buyers.
Using the V12 architecture, the Centenario’s naturally aspirated engine produces 770 hp and powers from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in 23.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 350 km/h. Braking from 100 km/h to standstill is achieved in 30 meters. A monocoque and body in full carbon fiber provide a low weight of 1,520 kg and a weight to power ratio of just 1.97 kg/hp.
The Centenario measures 4.924 m long and 1.143 m high, and the body of the car is made of gloss carbon fibre, and the front bonnet, scissor door panels and roof are made to be fluent and aerodynamic.
The large air scoops in the front bonnet might look like the ones in the sports cars of 1970s, but Lamborghini has ensured that they are placed for a certain function – air is taken in through the car’s front contributing to downforce on the front axle.
Almost everything in the car is said to be made for proper aerodynamics, though by keeping the look as one of the important factors. The irregular wheel arches, both front and rear, are similar to some other Lamborghini models, and they are accented in matt carbon fibre and concealing airflow ducts to highlight the aerodynamics.
“The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. It looks to the future while honouring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini,” says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “The Centenario is an opportunity for our designers and engineers to transcend some of the constraints of series car production to achieve an incomparable result: the Centenario has immediately proved itself as a desirable collectors’ car, while demonstrating new Lamborghini technologies and outstanding performance. It is the most fitting tribute to Ferruccio Lamborghini in his centenary year: a man who created an exceptional brand, believed that anything was possible, and produced extraordinary, iconic cars. The Centenario is a super sports car for Ferruccio Lamborghini and the future he and we believe in today.”
The Lamborghini Centenario is said to be having a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay support, and there are internal cameras as well. While you might not be able to buy one even if you could shell out the money for it, the car is showcased at the Motor Show in Geneva for one to spend some time appreciating the beauty of it. By the way, each unit was sold for a price of $1.9 million.
Looking for similar ones? Bugatti Chiron is another car showcased at the show, and it packs a punch with 1500 HP output and speeds of up to 420 km/hr.