It has been just over a week since images of Volvo’s prized possession, the V90, were leaked a few days before its official launch. And now Lamborghini seems to have been hit by the same curse of being an automaker in the 21st century. Images of the Italian manufacturer’s most powerful supercar yet, the Centenario LP770-4 have been revealed, thanks to a newly-published patent which was filed in October 2015. Despite a tight ring of security and the company’s best efforts to keep their baby under wraps, the leaked images reveal the design and specs of the Centenario.
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?
How powerful, you ask? A previous leak gives that away and the source is a trademark application filed last year for the name “Centenario LP770-4”. 770 HP. Phew. We can expect this power to come from a tuned version of the existing 6.5-litre V12 engine that can be found in the Aventador. It has already been boosted to 750 HP in the LP750-4 Superveloce, so extracting an extra 20 HP from it shouldn’t be that arduous.
This might be the ultimate Supercar by Lamborghini. But, there’s one major issue with this car.
Lamborghini has clearly designed the Centenario with the aim of maximizing top speed and aiding aerodynamics. But, we have to admit one thing here – The car scores a ton of minus points for its crazily hideous design.
It might be functional and aerodynamic, but it looks like a design that has been made by a student, who has just started learning AutoCAD, and is visualizing his own Lamborghini.
The Centenario’s design is based on the Huracan, which is quite visible. Although, what makes the design so out-of-place, is that the car looks too low and is very stretched out; it feels too bulky at the rear; and don’t even get us started on the size of the door, which is practically made to fit a 12-year old inside the car!
The front splitter and the multi-channelled diffuser at the rear makes the Centenario appear extremely carbon fibre-y from all angles, but it gives the car a very disproportionate look.
The wheels have carbon vanes added to their spokes which directs hot air away from the brakes. The tail lights have been incorporated into a single full-width light bar, which in my opinion, looks like a cross-breed between the tail lights of Veneno and One-77. An active rear wing is present, and one can expect the car to feature the most high-tech and advanced electronics that will keep the car sedated, and the 770 horses under control at all times.
Even with this ugly design, one thing’s for sure. This car is going to be the most sought-out-for collector’s item. With an estimated price of £1.64 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 – Most 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 (ugly but powerful) monster at the Geneva Show on 1st March, of course! There’s only one thing we can pray about right now – that this supercar looks much better in flesh!