Lamborghini Centenario front Lamborghini has presented the much anticipated Centenario at Geneva Motor Show, in the year the company celebrates the centenary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth. Only 20 coupé and 20 roadster versions of the Lamborghini Centenario will be produced and all 40 cars are already sold, at a start price of 1.75 million euros.

The Centenario continues Lamborghini’s one-off strategy and demonstrates Lamborghini’s innovative design and engineering competencies. Using the V12 architecture, the Centenario’s naturally aspirated engine produces 770 hp and powers from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in 23.5 seconds with a top speed of more than 350 km/h. Braking from 100 km/h to standstill is achieved in 30 meters. A monocoque and body in full carbon fiber provide a low weight of 1,520 kg and a weight to power ratio of just 1.97 kg/hp.

The Centenario’s pure and essential lines are evident in a new design language throughout, demonstrating the quintessence of Lamborghini’s commitment to ‘form follows function’. The car has a permeability, defined by the intakes, outlets and ducts that mark its aerodynamic superiority. A mono line from front to back defines the recognizable Lamborghini contours, with long, low overhangs front and rear creating a clean, sensuous, mono-body shape.

The Centenario measures 4.924 m long and 1.143 m high. Aerodynamic of several fins characterize both front and rear, while large air scoops in the front bonnet give interpretations of 1970s sports cars and are there for functionality. The roof including air scoops, takes its styling from aeronautic cues, enhanced by a hexagonal carbon fiber and glass engine cover.

The body of the Centenario is defined in a gloss carbon fiber. The front bonnet, scissor door panels (always reserved for V12 models) and roof line are fluent, aerodynamic and organic: the lower parts in matt carbon fiber are functional, technical and dedicated to aerodynamic superiority, including front splitter, side skirts, wheel arches and rear diffuser. Meanwhile, the irregular wheel arches, both front and rear, are a defining feature of the Centenario, as they have been in other Lamborghini models. Accented in matt carbon fiber and concealing airflow ducts, they highlight the aerodynamic design of the car.

Moving to the side, the rear wheel arch particularly attracts attention and accentuate the Centenario’s rear-wheel steering. Pirelli PZero tyres, developed specifically for the rear-wheel steering,sit on exclusive 20-inch/21-inch front/rear rims in forged and milled aluminium. The spokes’ fan shape, accented in carbon fiber, mask ducts extracting hot air from the carbon ceramic brakes, finished with a central-locking wheel nut sporting the Lamborghini bull logo. The integrated rear diffuser dominates the back of the car. Like many mechanical parts around the car, exposed to up heat exchange, the rear tyres are visible, while floating in the void above the diffuser are the Centenario’s ‘Y’-shaped rear lights.

Lastly, an extendable rear wing is integrated in body when stationary or at low speeds to preserve the minimalist lines of the Centenario. According to vehicle dynamic conditions and Driving Mode chosen, the wing extendsto 150mm and rotates up to 15 degrees for optimal aerodynamic efficiency in high performance conditions.

Interior of the Centenario can be finished to each client’s specification. Sports seats in lightweight carbon fiber are included, with new stitching that features on the length of the dashboard, steering wheel, sunvisors, rocker covers, and the new inner door panels made of carbon fiber and Alcantara.

Functionality and connectivity are essential features of the Centenario. Including satellite navigation, a high definition 10.1 inch touchscreen connects the Centenario driver to both the car and the outside world. Users may browse the internet, connect to email and social media and use online applications such as web radio. Apple CarPlay is included. The infotainment system includes a sophisticated telemetry function and at the same time, the highly sophisticated telemetry allows speeds, times, lateral and G forces to be recorded and even compared between different occasions and different drivers. Two optional interior cameras allow the drivers’ experiences to be recorded.

With permanent four-wheel drive, the Centenario adopts a new Lamborghini rear-wheel steering system. At low speeds the rear tyres turn in the opposite direction of the steering angle which leads to a virtual reduction of the wheelbase. This provides increased turning agility at low speeds, requiring less steering angle and a reduced turning radius. At high speeds the rear tyres turn in the same direction of the steering angle which leads to a virtual increase of the wheelbase. As a result the rear-wheel steering provides increased stability and optimises vehicle response. In the three Lamborghini driving modes, Strada, Sport and Corsa, the rear-wheel steering heightens the characteristics of each, particularly in lateral dynamics.

The Centenario is fitted with Lamborghini’s magneto rheological suspension and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), especially tuned for the Centenario’s rearwheel steering and providing optimal responsiveness and driver feedback. Transmission is via Lamborghini’s Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox, providing a lightweight and emotive solution to achieving the fastest gearshifts possible.

Finally, the Lamborghini Centenario is powered by a V12 naturally aspirated engine with 770 hp: most powerful built by Lamborghini.

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Edited: Lamborghini