Lamborghini Veneno: going to extremes

Date:24 April 2013 Tags:,

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, this racer for the road reaches a staggering 355 km/h top speed and is focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability. Naturally its power output is prodigious at 522 kW. Somehow, the Veneno transmits all that to the road to reach 100 km/h from rest in a mere 2,8 seconds. The production run of just three unique versions has been pre-sold. Price: 3 million euros (about R30 million) before tax. (The Geneva show car will continue as a test bed.)

The Veneno’s 6,5-litre 12-cylinder power drives all four wheels via a 7-speed transmission. The running gear features pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units, similar to racecar designs.

The complete chassis is produced as a carbon fibre monocoque, as is the outer skin, and the interior features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.

What’s in a name?
Like its Lamborghini stablemates, the Veneno name originates from a legendary fighting bull, said to have been one of the fastest in the history of bullfighting. In 1914, he fatally wounded the famous torero José Sánchez Rodríguez. Veneno’s fate is not recorded.

Read about more stunners from this year’s edition of the Salon International de l’Auto –in PM’s May 2013 issue – on sale 22 April.

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