The year is 1963, the aim of the newly founded company is to manufacture the best Gran Turismo vehicle under the sun, and this should be the 350 GTV, presented as a prototype in Turin in October of the same year. The car attracted attention and clearly demonstrated that Mr Lamborghini had started out on the path to ever-increasing success.
2016 marks the magnificent 100th anniversary of the car manufacturer. The current designer in chief Filippo Perini gave the new 770 bhp car from Sant’Agata Bolognese manufactured by the luxury Lamborghini brand aggressive lines with unconventionally modelled aerodynamic surfaces. Under the bonnet of the Lamborghini Centenario, the “Italian bull”, seethes an engine in the form of a 6.5 l V12 powerhouse positioned lengthwise in the middle of the car. The all-aluminium, non-turbocharged unit with DOHC gears produces 566 kW and the rev limiter was moved from 8,250 to 8,600 revs/min. With a weight of 1,520 kilogrammes, the Italian carbon fibre super sport achieves 1.97 kg/bhp in a weight to power ratio. The car can do 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of more than 350 km/hour. Among other things, a technical speciality of the car is a rear axle which turns. This Lamborghini is manufacturer in two versions – 20 of the roadster and 20 of the coupé.
The design of this car is absolutely futuristic, precisely as is the habit with Lamborghini. In the Centenario we can find certain elements in common with the Aventador. This is clear in particular on the bodywork and also in the interior, although with alcantara and exposed carbon, the cockpit comes across as almost hostile. The colour scheme adds to the car’s dynamism and ferocity – a combination of black or dark grey with yellow features is a luxury affair.
Even if we had saved CZK 65 million in our piggy bank, all of the cars have already been sold. With regards to this, the technical director himself disclosed that customers had already bought all of the coupés and roadsters before they had even seen them. So maybe next time.