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
chassis, aluminium front and
rear frames, engine, and transmission
(with many modifications of course, such as in the body panels and the
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
(including taxation, in France for instance) about 342 thousand
euros for the Aventador Coupé, and about 360 thousand euros for the
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
In more detail, the Veneno
a modified version of the Aventador's 6498cc (396.5 cubic inches), naturally aspirated
(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)
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
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).
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,
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,
lbs/hp, 5.03 lb/bhp or 6.74 lb/kW.
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,
lbs/hp, 5.2 lb/bhp or 6.96 lb/kW.
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
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
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.
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
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 carbon fibre continues on the central tunnel and the
The instrument panel has been completely
redesigned, with specific graphics and additional features like the
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.