Lamborghini is developing its own design language, and it is more evident than ever in the Veneno shown at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Aventador LP700-4, it will be built in exactly three units, as well as the company’s demonstration vehicle. What is the reason for offering another supercar, given that Lamborghini has yet to deliver the ultra-low-volume Sesto Elemento to customers? It is the company’s 50th birthday, which it celebrates in May. And the Veneno – named after “one of the most powerful and aggressive fighting bulls ever,” Lamborghini tells us – offers the perfect way to celebrate.
The Veneno’s cracked leather hides the Aventador’s carbon-fiber monocoque, as well as the aluminum front and rear structures. The all-wheel drive suspension with horizontal spring damper units betrays its racing aspirations. The interior is largely carried over from the Aventador and is covered in carbon fibre. The Veneno is fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires on 20-inch wheels at the front and 22-inch wheels at the rear. Central locking hubs allow for faster changes – and look great.
Power comes from the impressive L539’s 6.5-liter V-12 engine, which has been upgraded here to produce 740 horsepower. The extra power – comprising 691 horsepower – is found by widening the air intakes, allowing for higher revs, and by modifying the existing exhaust system. Power is directed to all four wheels via the seven-speed ISR automatic transmission and single clutch, a super-fast unit that delicately shifts the stroke when you choose the track-ready Corsa setup. Top speed rose to 221 mph, four times more than the Aventador LP700-4, and – not coincidentally, we think – a McLaren P1.
While all of this is great, the real surprise lies in the design of the Veneno. It represents a radical departure from the look that former chief designer Luc Donckerwolke created with Murciélago and Gallardo. We’ve seen Lamborghini cars become more sophisticated and playful over the years, but their generic shapes – even accounting for those extreme cars like the Reventn or Sesto Elemento – have evolved carefully. But the Veneno appears to have been assembled from separate, loosely connected units, featuring bulbous muscles and a provocative LMP-esque dorsal fin at the rear.
Other features carry on from Lamborghini’s history, such as the Y-shaped elements from the Aventador in the headlights and taillights, and the wheel arches are a nod to Marcello Gandini’s Countach. As to whether the Veneno design language denotes the next generation of the Gallardo, it is possible. However, it can still be a one-off experience, like the retro-inspired 2006 Miura concept.
The price of exclusivity is high at 3 million euros, equivalent to about 4 million dollars. Most of you can stop worrying about liquidating some of your portfolio: all three units are already sold out and will be delivered to buyers by the end of this year. Nothing will look quite like the car you see here, even though it is a display model. Instead, they will each be painted in a single color of the Italian flag – white, red and green – to ensure greater exclusivity.
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