50° Anniversario editions and the new Superveloce have exploited the Aventador’s carcass for some time to come now. Then there was the Veneno – a $3 million worth, batshit crazy creature with the Aventador’s genes that drops jaws wherever it appears. Less than 20 were made, so the next time you’re gawking at one in the flesh, consider yourself lucky AF.
So when Lamborghini announced the Centenario LP 770-4, another Aventador based carbon-rich exclusivity, it left us wondering what could be new here. A bunch of leaked patent images show the final design of Lamborghini’s latest hyper-car – yes, the Centenario transcends the Aventador’s super-car status by invoking 770 horsepower (30 more than the Veneno) from the original 6.5-litre V12 engine, and looking like a flying saucer with wheels.
Not convinced? How about a 0-100 kph sprint time of just 2.7 seconds, and and top speed in excess of 350 kph sound? These unconfirmed statistics do lend the Centenario a ticket to rub shoulders with the Holy Trinity, but just about. Of course, it’ll retain the Aventador’s all-wheel drive system and the 7-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission. However, other sources have cited that the new bull could also adapt a hybrid drive-train.
Back to the styling, we already knew that it wouldn’t be as ostentatious as the Veneno, and these images prove that point. In profile, its visibly longer than the Aventador, with larger front and rear overhangs. Compared to the Avenatdor, the front end gets slimmer headlamps, a new bonnet with trenches and a redesigned front bumper with sinewy vanes and ribs. The vanes reappear at the back, and along comes a new engine cover, while the centrally positioned, trio of exhaust tips are going to replay the V12 soundtrack like never before.
So while the Centenario’s appearance is less extreme than the Veneno, its more aerodynamically honed to perform, rather than catch people off guard with its presence. So is the reported price – at $2.38 million a pop, the Centenario LP 770-4 will be less expensive than the Veneno. An extremely limited run of 20 coupes and 10 roadsters are expected, while prospective clients have already been given a private preview. All will be revealed to the world in Geneva early next month.