10 October 2016
The Lamborghini Centenario, the latest luxury vehicle from the manufacturer based in Sant’Agata Bolognese, is a limited edition intended to celebrate the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. A few months ago, the coupé version was presented at the Geneva Motor Show. Then came the roadster, unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. We are talking about the most powerful Lamborghini of all time: the aspirated V12 engine, like the one in the Aventador, here produces 770 CV (70 more than the earlier model) for a dry weight of 1,520 kg (coupé) and 1,570 kg (roadster), resulting in a breathtaking weight-to-power ratio. A fact that reflects the work on lightening the chassis that Lamborghini has been carrying out for years (the monocoque frame and bodywork are made entirely of carbon fiber), outstripping much of the competition. The engine is fitted with an extremely rapid automatic seven-speed transmission, called ISR, that together with the all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering permits remarkable agility at low speeds and very tight cornering. The performance is record-breaking (over 350 km/h, 2.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h), but the Centenario surprises even at a standstill with a superb design of great aerodynamic efficiency. You just have to look at the front splitter with a double set of openings, the ones on the hood and the two ahead of the front wheels. Then there is the integrated spoiler, which can be extended by 150 mm and rotate through 15 degrees to improve the aerodynamics. Notable the choice to leave the windows frameless, increasing the amount of light that enters the hi-tech interior, with its 10.1 inch touchscreen compatible with Apple’s CarPlay interface. Among the optional extras, two interior cameras that can be used to film the driving experience. The infotainment system includes telemetry, for those who want to have fun on the racetrack—something that is helped by the magnetorheological dampers that adapt instantly to the terrain and the 20 and 21 inch Pirelli PZero tires (on forged aluminum rims). A genuine hypercar, with a price to match (2 million euros).