To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has revealed the Lamborghini Veneno, a brand new one-off supercar design built on its famed Aventador platform. Italian carmaker Lamborghini introduced its Veneno supercar, a 750-horsepower beast whose $3.9 million price tag immediately makes it one of the most expensive cars ever produced, putting the $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron and the McLaren F1 (a mere $1 million, although they’re tough to find) in the shade (not oblivion, ok). But much of the extraordinary cost of the car comes from its carbon fiber monocoque construction. While the vehicle is based on Lamborghini’s $400,000 Aventador chassis, all its body panels — including the various splitters, air ducts and diffusers and the massive rear spoiler — are custom-designed to maximize downforce and keep the car close to the road.
Note, that the Veneno comes with a 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 engine, seven-speed automated manual transmission and permanent all-wheel drive, all of which help it accelerate from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed approaching 220 miles an hour.
“The Lamborghini Veneno is by far the fastest and most powerful road Lamborghini we’ve ever built”, admitted CEO Stephan Winkelmann at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland (the one on the Geneva stand was in fact chassis number zero).
And, like all Lamborghinis, its name derives from bullfighting; Veneno was apparently a particularly speedy animal from the early 1900s.
But, there’s a catch: Lamborghini is only making 3 Venenos, and they’ve all been spoken for. Consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability or exaggerated and possibly over-styled, the verdict is simply irrelevant, when it all comes down to such beauty.