Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
The Lamborghini Centenario is a limited edition supercar built almost entirely from carbon fibre, packing a 760bhp V12 and enough aero cues that pay homage to the legendary Italian on whose name the company stands. It debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, and could even have enough in its locker to distract people from a new Bugatti.
It’s based on the Aventador, though measures in slightly longer than even the 740bhp SV version. There are large air scoops on the front bonnet, in part a reference to the sports cars of the 1970s, but also a functional aid for downforce on the front axle.
The headlights have very small air ducts, along with the side skirts and wheel arches, all providing important flow to the rear radiators. The roof takes up Lamborghini’s other muse, that of the aeronautical industry, with a hexagonal carbon fibre air duct up top.
The Centenario’s interior includes carbon-fiber sport seats and generous amounts of stitched leather and microsuede. Springing for the near $2-million Centenario over the workaday Aventador also nets you an upgraded infotainment system that features a new 10.1-inch high-definition touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi connectivity, and other features ol’ Ferruccio would probably never bother with if he were still alive. His ears might perk up, however, when he found out it also comes with a performance data recorder to measure speeds, g forces, and lap times during track excursions.
Lamborghini plans to build 40 Centenarios, split evenly between coupes and roadsters, and the maker says all were sold before the car was publicly shown. We suspect none of its customers blinked an eye at the car’s pre-tax price of €1.75 million, or a tick over $1.9 million at today’s exchange rate. Deliveries begin this fall and will continue into 2017.