The Lamborghini Centenario: Mental

Lamborghini is a company that really loves special edition, limited-production supercars. In the past decade alone, they've produced both the Reventon and Veneno, which were essentially more insane versions of production Lamborghinis. These cars have several things in common: more aggressive bodywork than the cars they're based on, incredible performance, eye-watering price tags and a distinct element of rarity. Lamborghini only produced a combined 47 units of these V12 unicorns for the public, ensuring their wealthiest customers that exclusivity was of utmost priority. Now, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini's birth, the mad Italian carmakers have revealed a new special edition model. This is the Lamborghini Centenario.

Powered by the same 6.5 liter, naturally-aspirated V12 as the Aventador SV, the Centenario LP770-4 is capable of 760 horsepower. Torque has not been mentioned so I will assume it remains around the same 509 lb ft produced in the Aventador. This power is sent to all four wheels through the Aventador's 7-speed, single clutch transmission, resulting in a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds. 0-186 takes 23.5 seconds, which would seem quite fast if the Bugatti Chiron hadn't been revealed (and accomplished the same task a full ten seconds quicker). Top speed is upwards of 217 miles per hour, although Lamborghini won't say how much. Unfortunately, I don't think that's something any of the Centenario's buyers will ever find out, either.

Appearance-wise, the Centenario shares the extreme nature of its limited-production predecessors. The body of the car showcased in Geneva is completely made of visible carbon fiber, with owners having the option to paint the car if they so wish. The thorough use of the lightweight material allows the Centenario to weigh in at over 100 pounds less than the Aventador as well. Aerodynamics plays a key role in the car's design, with many of the body's angular panels formed to channel air through, or around, its body. The front end features an extremely aggressive system of splitters and intakes, with bright yellow winglets on the front fenders continuing down the car to channel air. Massive side intakes allow as much air as possible in to cool the mighty V12, along with an intake on the roof for the same purpose. An active rear wing sits behind the engine bay to keep the car planted, while the utterly insane rear diffuser channels air from under the car (and threatens to stab anyone that looks at it the wrong way).

The Centenario is a fitting ode to the man that started this wonderful company back in the 1960s. It embodies everything a proper Lamborghini should be: striking to look at, powered by a big V12, and incredibly fast. Only 40 Centenarios will be made, 20 coupes and roadsters respectively, for a price of around $2,400,000. As seems to be the trend with recently revealed hypercars, all units have been spoken for before the car's public debut. For all the news on Lamborghini, as well as this year's increasingly-epic Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.