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Lamborghini honours heritage with Centenario

Added control and improved aerodynamics celebrate birthday of founder

Published: June 15, 2016, 6:30 PM
Updated: June 22, 2016, 1:58 PM

Lamborghini Centenario

Lamborghini is ready to distribute a special edition to celebrate its creator’s 100th birthday, titling it (appropriately) Centenario. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Miura, arguably the marque’s best known car.

Lamborghini Centenario

Only 40 versions will be released (20 coupes and 20 roadsters), all powered by a 770-hp 6.5-litre V-12 (Lamborghini’s most powerful ever), and as expected all are already spoken for. The car was unveiled at this past spring’s Geneva Motor Show and recently shown up-close and personal to a group of VIPs at the Peterson Automotive Museum.

“This car is the ultimate expression of Automobili Lamborghini,” said Alessandro Farmeschi, Automobili Lamborghini America Chief Operating Officer. “The Centenario marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini and is a fitting tribute to our company’s founder. Its cutting design showcases the latest technologies that give our super sports cars such a competitive edge.”

Among the cutting-edge design features are all-carbon fibre body panels (painted or exposed) that shows off the detailed craftsmanship while reducing weight (the massive performance car weighs in at just 1520 kg) in order to take full advantage of the power and handling characteristics.

Further to that objective, the car marks the first application of all-wheel steering to a Lamborghini offering, providing easier manoeuvrability at low speeds (when the rear wheels steer counter to the front) an improved stability at higher speeds (when they steer in tandem with the front). That’s further enhanced by the Lamborghini standard dynamic damping system that can react to changing road conditions in an instant.

Also a first for a Lamborghini (though not an enhancement to performance directly), is the first application of onboard connectivity, available through a standard instrument-panel touchscreen multifunctional control centre.

Added control and improved aerodynamics are supplied by completely adjustable aerodynamic body bits such as the adjustable rear wing, and multi-piece air inlets that channel air as needed around the and through the bodywork, while also providing cooling to essential components such as brakes and the rear-midship-mounted engine. And, the large side intakes behind the doors are a shout-out to Miura.

The end result of all the weight reduction, aerodynamics and awesome power is a zero to 100 km/h time of about 3 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h.

The cars can also be completely personalized, with buyers able to choose from a long list of options.