A couple of weeks ago, images of Lamborghini’s most powerful supercar yet, the Centenario LP770-4 were leaked, thanks to a newly-published patent which was filed in October 2015. And since then, the Italian manufacturer has been admonished severely, with people claiming the company should get their head out of their butts. We have to admit, we criticized and disliked the design of the Centenario (in the patent images) as well. Well, simply because it looked plain ugly in the patent images! But Lamborghini isn’t one of the world’s leading supercar makers for nothing. The company has put our fears to rest by unveiling the car at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show. And we take back what we said. This one looks pretty good, we must say!
A little bit of a history lesson first: The car marks a dual celebration of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday, as well as the 50th anniversary of the March 1966 debut of the iconic Lamborghini Miura. The Miura is widely regarded as the world’s first true supercar, and it became a new and different Italian car option outside of the Ferrari for the auto fanatics. What better way to honour your maker’s (what would have been) 100th birthday, and your first real supercar, than introducing your most powerful supercar yet?
Now for the much talked about design. Lamborghini’s priority while designing the Centenario has been aerodynamics, and it shows. The car is heavily focused on the rear; and rear-wheel steering (something that is new for the company) is present under the carbon monocoque body. An aero-wing present at the back increases downforce for performance driving at high speeds. Vents in the headlight bezels, wheel arches and sideskirts aid for airflow. For improved aerodynamics, intake fins and low overhangs highlight the car’s design intent. And it’s a Lamborghini limited edition model – of course it has the scissor door panels!
“Okay, it looks like an insane car, but how powerful is it?” That’s what you want to ask.
The car is based on Lamborghini’s V12 architecture, and the naturally aspirated engine produces a colossal 770 HP. This mighty engine powers the Centenario from 0-100 km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds, and from 0-300 kmph in 23.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 350 kmph. Braking from 100 kmph to standstill is achieved in an astonishing 30 meters. The Lamborghini Centenario weighs just 1,520 kg, giving it a weight to power ratio of 1.97 KG/HP. These numbers are enough to prove that the Centenario is an absolute monster under the hood.
The interiors are top of the line, as you’d expect. Identical leather has been used on the sport seats (made out of carbon fibre), as well as the steering wheel and dashboard. A high-definition 10.1-inch touchscreen is present, that is equipped with Lamborghini connectivity suite, Apple CarPlay, Internet, and not to mention, road and track telemetry. All in all, the owners certainly won’t have any complaints once they step foot inside the Centenario!
This car is going to be the most sought-out-for collector’s item. With a price tag of €1.75 million, only 40 (that’s right – FORTY) Centenario models will be manufactured, out of which half will be coupe, and half roadsters. And get this – All of them have already been accounted for, with Lamborghini apparently being in touch with its wealthiest and most ardent fans. Well then, what’s in it for you and me? We can catch a glimpse of this powerful monster at the Geneva Show, of course! There’s one thing we can say now – that this supercar looks much better in flesh. Thank god for that! Sorry, Mr. Ferruccio for criticizing the company’s abilities on seeing the patent images.
Image source – Autoblog