The ultra exclusive Lamborghini Veneno has made its UK debut, nearly four years after it was introduced to the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, to commemorate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary.
Based on the Aventador mid-engined super sports car introduced in 2011, the Veneno coupe was the highest priced car of its day, clocking in at $4.5 million US. Only five were ever produced — one for factory testing, one for the introduction in Geneva (which would end up in the Lamborghini museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese), and three that went to customers.
In March 2016, a broker in Japan listed his Veneno on a German website at £8.8 million (about $14.6 million Canadian).
The vehicle on display at Lamborghini London in South Kensington over the holidays is the one from the museum. Like the surviving trio, it’s powered by the Aventador's 740-hp 6.5-litre V-12. It makes the car capable of 0-100 km/h times of about three seconds. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic, and top speed is electronically limited to 354 km/h.
But the big brute (big in size and power but not in mass, weighing in at just 1.5 tonnes) is more than just about quick acceleration and top speed. It can also corner at forces in excess of 1.4 G and brake from 97 km/h (60 mph) in less than 100 ft (30 m, to be exact, or 98 ft). A roadster version was also produced a year later. Just nine of those were made.
The body is exceptionally aerodynamic, though it is also a display case for body add-ons, with large front splitters and winglets, and a massive high-mounted rear wing and deep diffusers. Although it is road-legal, it appears and acts more like a race car.