Earlier this year at the Geneva motor show it was hard to grab a slice of limelight, with global debuts from Bugatti, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Maserati, McLaren, Pagani, and Porsche.
Sant’Agata, of course, hopped over to neighbouring Switzerland with a star of its own. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth, the house of the raging bull presented a heavily reworked V12-engined Aventador in the form of the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4. Limited to just 20 examples, the celebratory model sold out immediately with a price tag of over $2.0 million or Dh7.3m.
If you missed out on one of those it’s all right - there is an even better, even more expensive (by a neat million dirhams), even noisier open-top version now out, also limited to 20 examples worldwide. Oh no, hang on, they’ve just all been sold too…
Too bad - the naturally aspirated V12 in the back of the Centenario Roadster makes 770 very loud horsepower, which is a power to weight ratio of around 500bhp per tonne. The car utilises carbon fibre for its monocoque and body, and touchscreen tech for the infotainment system featuring internet and vehicle telemetry.
The colour - a silver called Argento Centenario - was developed exclusively for the car giving it a matte finished look. Rear-wheel steering is onboard for extra stability and downforce is taken care of largely by the active rear wing which can extend by up to 150mm and rotate by 15 degrees. The windscreen is designed specifically to lower drag and turbulence in the cabin with the top down, so you can hit 350kph and keep the combover in place.
Designed in-house by Centro Stile Lamborghini, the Centenario Roadster sits on staggered 20in and 21in wheels wrapped in Pirelli tyres of course, as was every Lamborghini going back to 1963 and Ferruccio’s original 350GT. At the rear the giant diffuser dominates, flanked by Lambo’s Y-shaped LEDs, with three exhaust pipes in the centre. The sound at the V12’s raised rev limit of 8,600rpm (standard, it revs to 8,350rpm) must be something to behold during the Centenario Roadster’s 2.9-seconds sprint from 0-100kph.