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Lamborghini Centenario – The Milestone of a 100-year Journey

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The milestone to commemorate its founder’s 100th birthday, Lamborghini Centenario is the newest addition to the bull-branded car maker. Read on to find out!

What is it? The best birthday gift ever?

Lamborghini Centenario is an edition of supercars first revealed to the public eyes at the International Car Show in Geneva in March 2016. For the Italy-based supercar manufacturer, the Centenario project means a lot to the whole team. Just as it name suggests, the model was created to pay tribute to the 100th birthday anniversary of the founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Not only is it a homage to the man himself, but it also is a true testament to the engineering genius and innovative design of those who inherit his namesake company.
There would be a total of 40 models, 20 Coupes and 20 Roadsters, which will leave the manufacturing line to reach the hands of the true speed-addicts. But to call yourself a true owner of this mechanical beast, you should be ready to fork out a crazy sum of money of about $2.3 million for each of them. Just as a reminder though, it is one of those moments when money could not buy everything.

All 40 Centenarios had already been paid for even when they were still in the development stage. It’s also interesting to note that 75% of them were sold only by Lamborghini showing potential customers a sketch (yes, you heard it right, a sketch) of the prototype. That must say something about the desirability of the Lamborghini Centenario.

It is the bridge that blends the old traditional values…

The minds and hearts that the Lamborghini team at Sant’Agata Bolognese poured into this supercar could be summed up by these words:

“The Centenario is an homage to this visionary man and to the future he believed so much in. And we at Lamborghini still believe in that future.”

To carry on such a prestigious legacy, the Centenario model is based on the Aventador SuperVeloce. I assure you that it’s more than just a buffed-out version of an Aventador.

The model is equipped with a 6.5 liter, 12-cylinder, 770 CV naturally-aspirated V12 engine with some modifications to squeeze out an additional output of 18 horsepower, compared to the 741-hp Aventador.Just to name a few of its exhilarating technical statistics, the Centenario beast springs to life from a halt to 100 KMH in only 2.8 seconds with a thunderous roar.

It is capable of reaching a top speed of 350 KMH, which is the same as that of the tested-and-proven Aventador. The secret behind that rocket-graded performance lies in the bull-branded team raising the red line from 8350 to 8600 rpm. For those who are a car enthusiast, you can find out further what makes the Lamborghini Centenario tick on its official website.

…with the new innovative designs.

The Lamborghini team conceived the Centenario model with the desire of exploring novel engineering and design opportunities. Through achieving that dream, they believe this car will blaze a trail into the future for generations of “mechanical bulls” to come. How the Centenario looks like is the real life embodiment of that deep-seated belief.

Made of carbon fiber, the model’s design is said to be the wildest up to date when designers are free to create the style that reflects the company’s progressive spirit. Instead of the usual sharp edges and extreme lines, the Centenario appears to be smoother and easier on the eyes with softer lines and cleaner surfaces.

Perhaps the most unexpected change comes in the form of the car’s headlights themselves. Replacing the solid mass ones, the ingenious vented headlights can take in and then direct the air flow around the car’s bulky front fenders. Despite those radical changes to the outlook, it still stays true to Lamborghini’s design motto – aerodynamic superiority.

The Lamborghini Centenario also showcases the leaps and bounds the Italian car maker has made in the extensive research of carbon composites and lightweight materials. Having the monocoque fully clad in advanced carbon fiber material, the model boasts to be lighter than its derivation, the Aventador, by a full 55 kg.

Those with sharp eyes will probably realize that the Centenario is the first of its kind that has steering rear wheels. It also sports a different type of tires from its predecessor. On economic terms, it seems like a waste of time and resources to develop all those things for just 40 copies.

But someone higher up in the company’s hierarchy has also hinted at their appearance in upcoming Lamborghini lines. That notion has further reinforced the team’s commitment to boldly taking the supercar maker into the future. Hopefully, that will be the changes we are all looking forward to.

What’s the Centenario like to drive?

I wish I could tell you that, but there’s a high probability that you will be like me, who have never seen such a marvel of engineering in flesh, let alone dreamt of sitting behind its wheel. As for a lucky select few, they have had the chance to test the Centenario out on Lamborghini’s slalom courses and chronicled their experience in depth.

That’s the way life works, I guess. If you want to satiate your curiosity, you can find their stories on here and here. Just in case you are ready for a visually spectacular scene, here’s one video illustrating one of the model’s test drives. Remember to put on the best headphones you have to feel the beast roars!

As a closing remark, it’s reasonable to quote from ex-boss Stephen Winkelmann, the man who brought this dream car into reality, “It is the most fitting tribute to Ferruccio Lamborghini… and the future he and we believe in today.” Mr. Stephen Winkelmann has been succeeded by Stefano Domenicali when he headed to Germany to lead Audi’s Quattro division in March 2016.

One of the most exclusive and desirable supercars in the world, the Lamborghini Centenario is what a genuine seeker of blistering speed is looking for right now. Do you feel the same way? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.