The limited-production Lamborghini Centenario revealed at the 2016 Geneva auto show celebrates the 100th birthday of company's late founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Priced at 1.75 million euros before tax (about $1.9 million), all 40 examples of the Centenario have been presold. Lamborghini will build 20 each of the coupe and roadster body styles.
Powered by the automaker's 6.5-liter V-12 engine, the Lamborghini Centenario is rated 759 hp making it the most powerful Lamborghini ever. The Centenario is up 19 hp from the Aventador SV, a car that it appears to share roots with. It's also 19 hp more powerful than the even rarer Veneno. Redline on the naturally aspirated V-12 has been raised from 8,350 rpm to 8,600 rpm. With the Centenario's claimed 3,351-pound dryweight and 4.35 pounds per horsepower, Lamborghini claims the limited-production car can hit 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, and 186 mph in just 23.5 seconds. Top speed is said to be more than 217 mph.
"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, in a release. "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."
In addition to the standard permanent all-wheel-drive system, the limited-production Centenario is the first model to feature the automaker's new rear-wheel steering system. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn opposite of the front wheels, making it more nimble, while at higher speeds the rear wheels turn with the front wheels for increased stability and response. The rear-wheel steering features unique tuning in each of the car's three driving modes (Strada, Sport, and Corsa).
Other performance bits include the automaker's Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox, Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), and magneto rheological suspension.
The Lamborghini Centenario features a carbon fiber monocouqe wrapped in a carbon fiber body, which contributes to its relatively light weight and high torsional stiffness, according to the automaker.
That carbon fiber body also previews the Italian automaker's new design language, which is said to demonstrate the company's "commitment to 'form follows function.'" Exterior aerodynamic details include finned inlets and large hood scoops to increase downforce on the front axle. Air flow is directed around and through the Centenario through ducts within the front headlight casing, ducts in the sideskirts, and around the wheel wells. Other air scoops are located on the roof as well as fins over the rear engine glass. The aerodynamic aides also help to improve cooling.
Exterior body panels feature exposed carbon fiber in a mixture of gloss (hood, scissor doors, and roof line) and matte finishes (front splitter, side skirts, wheel arches, and rear diffuser).
The irregular wheel arches are stuffed with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged and milled alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires. The design of the carbon fiber-trimmed spokes on the central-locking wheels are said to mask the cooling ducts for the carbon fiber brakes.
Around back, the Centenario features full-width Y-shaped LED lighting and an active rear wing that extends up nearly 6 inches and up to 15 degrees for increased aerodynamic performance based on speed and selected driving mode.
Inside, a pair of carbon fiber sports seats features contrast stitching. The door panels are constructed from carbon fiber and Alcantara, while contrast stitching is used throughout the interior. Infotainment and connectivity tech includes a 10.1-inch color touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, internet access, and more. Built-in telemetry software records speeds, times, and lateral and G forces. A pair of interior cameras is optional. The front trunk is designed to hold two race helmets.
Owners of the 40 Lamborghini Centenario models will be able to specify exterior carbon fiber or paint colors, from the automaker's bespoke Ad Personam personalization program. Deliveries of the presold models will begin this fall and continue throughout 2017.