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A very limited production, at three million Euros each (+ taxes)
Lamborghini celebrates its fiftieth anniversary
With the 750 hp V12 Veneno super sports car

The Lamborghini Veneno in front of the Aventador Coupé (left) and Roadster at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

Lamborghini Veneno in front of the Aventador duo.

20 Mar. 2013, Gaby Sakr: Having closed the 2012 calendar (and fiscal) year with a thirty per cent growth of its global sales with 2,083 units delivered to customers (1,602 in 2011), Automobili Lamborghini is celebrating its 50th anniversary with something quite special.

The celebration symbol is called the Lamborghini Veneno, a strictly limited production model based on the Aventador's carbon fibre monocoque chassis, aluminium front and rear frames, engine, and transmission (with many modifications of course, such as in the body panels and the engine).

The Lamborghini on the track (front shot).

The 6498cc, naturally aspirated V12 engine has a maximum output of 552 kW (740 bhp, 750 hp), with a specific output figure of 84.95 kW (115.5 hp, 113.9 bhp) per 1000cc, all sufficient to send the Veneno from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 355 km/h (220.6 mph).

Before you ask about the price, remember the "strictly limited production" mention, as you also need to know that all the limited-production units are unfortunately sold out.

Yet, our consolation may be comforted by a few facts as, 1, the price is a "modest" three million Euros (plus taxes, please), and 2, there are no more than three unique Lamborghini Veneno units to be built anyway, in addition to the one shown earlier this month at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show (7 to 17 March).

Comparatively, the Lamborghini Aventador costs (including taxation, in France for instance) about 342 thousand euros for the Aventador Coupé, and about 360 thousand euros for the Aventador Roadster version.

 Engine

The Lamborghini Veneno on the track (rear shot).

With a dry weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,197 pounds), the Veneno has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/hp, equivalent to 1.96 kg/bhp and 2.63 kg/kW.

With the Aventador's 6.5-litre, V12 engine, power has been increased to 750hp (740 bhp), launching the Veneno from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a matter of... 2.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 355 km/h (220.6 mph), all in a full street-legal racing car status, that is, a road-going super sports car (fully homologated for the road).

In more detail, the Veneno features a modified version of the Aventador's 6498cc (396.5 cubic inches), naturally aspirated V12 engine (at 60°) with 48 valves, electronic variable valve timing and a maximum output of 552 kW (740 bhp, 750 hp, 761 CV). That makes a specific output figure of 84.95 kW (115.5 hp, 113.9 bhp) per 1000cc.

Lamborghini in 2012

Rescued when Audi, one of the German VW group's subsidiaries bought it in 1998, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is continuing is successful return, with a thirty per cent growth of its global deliveries, reaching 2,083 units last year (1,602 in 2011), with more than 70% of its production sold outside Europe.

Lamborghini's main sales regions are spread among Europe (29%), Asia Pacific 35% (of which China accounts for 11%) and America 28% (25% in the USA alone). The Middle East and South Africa combined account for 8%.

In its first full year of sales, the new Aventador LP 700-4 achieved 922 units (the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster joined the coupé this year), with the Gallardo (1,161 units) remaining as the most successful Lamborghini ever with a rather stable performance compared to 2011 and reaching a total of more than 13,000 cars (Coupé and Spyder combined) delivered since the launch of the Gallardo Coupé in 2003 and the Spyder in 2006.

Despite the worldwide financial and economic climate, Lamborghini's turnover increased last year by 46%, to 469 million euros ( from 322 million euros in 2011).

The Audi-owned Italian brand (both part of the German VW group) indicates that the output increase in the Veneno comes from enlarged intake paths, optimized thermodynamics, a slightly higher rated rpm and an exhaust system with lower back pressure.

Comparatively, the Aventador (coupé and roadster) have a peak output of 700 hp, 515 kW, 690bhp, 710 CV / 8250 rpm, with a specific output figure of 79.36 kW (107.7 hp, 106.3 bhp) per 1000cc. The maximal torque is 690 Nm / 509 lb-ft, 70.4 kg-m at 5500 rpm (106.2 Nm, 78.3 lb-ft or 10.8 kg-m per 1000cc).

With a dry weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,197 pounds), the Veneno has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/hp, equivalent to 1.96 kg/bhp and 2.63 kg/kW, or 4,26 lbs/hp, 4.32 lb/ bhp or 5.79 lb/kW.

Hence, the Lamborghini Veneno is 125 kilos (276 pounds) lighter than the Aventador Coupé (1575 kg, 3472 lb), which has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.25 kg/hp, equivalent to 2.28 kg/bhp and 3.06 kg/kW, or 4.96 lbs/hp, 5.03 lb/bhp or 6.74 lb/kW.

Lamborghini Veneno with the passenger door open to a view on the interior.

The Veneno "0" unit of the Geneva motor show was displayed with the three colours of the Italian flag, while the three other cars will be delivered each with one of the Italian flag colours, forming "a trilogy in green, white and red accents and thus representing each a unique piece".

Again, the Veneno is 175 kg (386 lb) lighter than the Aventador Roadster (1625 kg, 3582 lb), which has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.32 kg/hp, equivalent to 2.35 kg/bhp and 3.16 kg/kW, or 5.12 lbs/hp, 5.2 lb/bhp or 6.96 lb/kW.

 Transmission

Also derived from the Aventador comes the 7-speed ISR manual gearbox (ISR for Independent Shifting Rods) with permanent all-wheel drive and pushrod suspension, all adjusted for the Veneno.

 Colours

On the outside, the Veneno is painted in a grey metallic-look colour with some black parts from the visible carbon-fibre structure. While the Geneva model was displayed with the three colours of the Italian flag, the three other cars will be delivered to their respective customers each with one of the Italian flag colours, forming "a trilogy in green, white and red accents and thus representing each a unique piece". Such arguments speak particularly well to collectors.

 Body

Made from carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), the monocoque of the Lamborghini Veneno is largely similar to the Aventador's, as are the aluminium sub-frames front and rear, with some form modifications. All exterior parts are made from CFRP.

The front end of the Veneno works as a large aerodynamic wing, with large channels guiding the air to the outlets in the front hood and in front of the windshield, as well as to the front wheels.

The rear has also been optimized for underbody aerodynamics and high speed cornering stability, with smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing four exhaust pipes divided by a splitter to increase the downforce.

Also at the rear, large openings help ventilate the engine bay.

Lamborghini Veneno shot from the top.

Engine cover with six wedge-shaped openings.

The engine cover has six wedge-shaped openings to further enhance the heat dissipation. It extends into a large central “shark” fin to improve braking efficiency and rear-end stability from its additional downforce at high yaw angles.

The Veneno has exclusive alloy wheels (20 inches at the front and 21'' at the rear) with centre mountings and a carbon-fibre ring around the wheel rim to bring additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs.

 Interior

The carbon fibre continues inside, on the central tunnel and the sills. Lamborghini says that the two lightweight bucket seats are made from its patented forged composite material. The woven carbon-fibre "CarbonSkin" is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. This material is soaked in a special resin that stabilizes the fibre structure, while allowing the material to remain supple.

The Lamborghini Veneno interior.

The carbon fibre continues on the central tunnel and the sills.

The instrument panel has been completely redesigned, with specific graphics and additional features like the G-meter.

 The name

Honouring its usual naming policy, Lamborghini brought the Veneno name from the corrida history: Veneno was a "charming" bull, one of the strongest, most aggressive and fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting. Better: the name became popular when the Veneno bull fatally wounded the torero José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight in the arena Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s, Andalusia, Spain, 99 years ago.

Last but not least, the Lamborghini Veneno which was shown to the public at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show bears the number 0 and will remain property of Lamborghini, while the three other unique units of the trilogy will be produced and handed over to their owners within the current year.

 

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