Meet one of most eagerly awaited, and completely misinterpreted Lamborghini models to hit the automotive market at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, the extremely limited production Lamborghini Veneno ... one prototype and only three production models is all we'll ever see about this very, very aggressive looking Raging Bull.
It might not be the rumored front engine V12 two door GT model that was talked about last week, nor the actual 50th Anniversary edition model to celebrate the founding of Automobili Lamborghini SpA back in 1963, and even less the long awaited Gallardo replacement ... none of these rumors turned out to be anywhere close to the truth. As usual Lamborghini managed to keep this completely unexpected model a secret until about 36 hours before it would be 'unwrapped' at the Geneva Auto Show ... suddenly a hazy magazine scan leaked onto the internet showing a very sharp, unexpected design for a totally different Lamborghini, and they even published the name: Veneno.
The Lamborghini Veneno (which is Spanish for poison by the way) is a perfect ‘anti-venom’ to the many rumors that have been going around on the web in the weeks prior to the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, which this time had a lot of high profile, exotic super cars trying to get into the spotlight, both from the carmakers themselves and from tuners like Mansory ... and as impressive as the likes from Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche were ... none could even hold a candle to this Lamborghini Veneno!
Lets take a look at some specs: the Lamborghini Veneno takes the chassis from the amazing handling Aventador LP700-4, and you might even recognize the doors and roofline of the base car (the entire monocoque is most likely used to avoid a new homologation) ... but I guess that is where the similarities end and the Veneno takes over.
The 6.5 liter V12 engine for the Veneno has been tuned up to 750hp, so I guess we could be talking about a Veneno LP750-4 as power still travels to all four wheels, which in this case receive stunning central locking bolts, are 20 inch up front and 21 inch at the back, and get a totally new design featuring a carbon fiber ring that acts like a turbine … pulling much needed air onto the brakes, who need them when you are traveling at the top speed of 355 Km/h in the Veneno … just in case you are wondering about it … from 0 to 100Km/h takes only 2.8 seconds … that is race car territory, and with a seven speed ISR manual gearbox you just know this Bull means business.
The Geneva show car is finished in a special metallic grey shade combined with clear carbon fiber and features an amazing looking 'TriColore' stripe running from the front over the doors into the massive, wide rear air intake ... however only three of these Lamborghini Veneno units will be built. One to be finished in red, a second one in white and the third one in green ... which happen to be the three shades used on the Italian flag mind you ... so what about this grey car then?
This is the development and test car, which isn’t for sale ... most likely it will spend the remainder of its life on display at the factory museum in Sant'Agata after it has been transported around the world to various events held this year celebrating the 50th Anniversary. However rumor has it the Veneno production number 0 (Zero) will be used for further development of Lamborghini’s know how in the carbon fiber fabrication process.
We already knew Lamborghini was intending to show their most powerful production model ever at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, and the Veneno is just that ... not only does the 6.5 liter V12 engine deliver a staggering 750hp to reach 100km/h from standing still in a mere 2.8 seconds but this new Raging Bull doesn’t get out of breath before reaching a top speed of 355 Km/h (220 Mph). All thanks to a very intricate design to enhance the aerodynamic ... the Veneno would feel right at home on the race track but it is still fully street legal, a perfect combination obtained by using lots of carbon fiber for the sharp and angular new design that has the entire car acting like an aerofoil, pushing down when you need the extra traction.
Up front we might recognize influences from the Sesto Elemento, the very sharp nose and large air vents in front of the windshield do bring back memories of the Sesto Elemento, a far forward stretching front spoiler receives a thin line of red paint to mimic a menacing look, just at the bottom of the fender we find a small air intake while the side of the front bumper receives vertical fins to improve stabilty... naturally all finished in clear carbon fiber.
The headlights on the 'hair splitting' fenders are pulled a long way down to the low front spoiler while also being carved backward into the fenders ... if you look closely you immediately recognize the by now typical 'Y' shape headlights seen on both the current Gallardo and Aventador. The fender doesn't meet the door but creates a large 'gap' between them, just like on a race car while a wide lower side sill connects the front wheels to the rear ones where a low mounted air outlet makes its appearance just ahead of the rear wheels.
The entire lower section of the Lamborghini Veneno shows a clear carbon fiber finish while the upper section receives some perfectly applied paint over the carbon fiber bodywork ... just take a look at that upward sweeping section holding the large side air intake behind the still upward opening doors, needed to cool the engine down, it doesn't go flush between the rear fender and the engine cover but creates a 'tunnel' between them, again using clear carbon fiber for the most impressive visual impact ever.
Which brings us to a very large rear wing with fixed upright struts at either side while the horizontal fin between them is adjustable to get just the right amount of down-force you want when taking this lady out onto the circuit during one of those high speed track events ... one more thing to set apart the Veneno from everything else it might encounter on the open road is the roof mounted air intake that 'flows' into an additional vertical fin of the rear wing, something we've also seen on the Audi R18 race car and that actually helps to improve stability in fast corners … experience gained from motorsports.
One more design detail can be found on the wheel arches ... these aren't round like you would expect, but instead use a design we've previously seen on the Countach and Diablo ... after all we are talking about a car that is unveiled during the year celebrating 50 years of exotic super cars ... the Countach and Diablo are a major part of the history of the Raging Bull together with the Miura that actually paved the way that would lead up to the Lamborghini Veneno.
At the rear we get a triangular styled mid section similar to the one on the Sesto Elemento with Aventador style grilles on the extremities, stunning Y-shape taillights almost run from left to right while the lower diffuser looks like it came straight from a race car … all in all a very intimidating rear section, even more so by the use of sharply styled fins on the engine cover … creating an almost animal like style … you can almost hear the Bull roar just from looking at the photos … by the way, Veneno not only translates from Spanish into poison, but it was also the name of a ferocious bull from the Spanish bullfighting arena back in 1914 in Andalusia.
So the Lamborghini Veneno looks mangnificent on the outside, but what about the interior? Does it follow suit or not … well it does, and how. The seats are made from Forged Composite, a Lamborghini patent, with padding covered in Carbon Skin, another Lamborghini patent that’s actually an upholstery made from carbon fiber soaked in resin to create a leather like material … very high end, and extremely impressive inside the Lamborghini Veneno … a similar setup was used on the Aventador J last year mind you.
The Lamborghini Veneno has a carbon fiber monocoque … and sections of this chassis are visible on the central console and the sills, very nice and it just oozes race feeling from every angle, while the headliner and dashboard are covered in Carbon Skin … mind you as much as the Veneno is a race car with a street license it still offers all safety measures to keep the driver and lucky passenger safe with airbags and ESP for instance.
At first glance the dashboard cluster may look like an Aventador unit, but take a closer look and you’ll see the graphics are totally different, much more aggressive … and Lamborghini even installed a G-Force indicator … how cool is that? With all the special ‘gadgets’ inside like a triplet of switches on the central console hidden from view beneath three covers … finished in the TriColore shades … the Veneno still puts 125Kgs less on the scales compared to the already lightweight Aventador, the result is a power to weight ratio of 1.93kg/hp … you just have to experience the Veneno at least once in your lifetime, it will be mind-blowing, trust me.
Once again Automobili Lamborghini SpA didn't disappoint at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, this extremely intimidating Veneno took the spotlight from the day the doors opened and kept drawing most of the attention during the entire show ... most likely the most featured cover car of this year ... the Lamborghini Veneno, always different … always Lamborghini ... the Bull certainly roars again!
In case you are now looking for your wallet ... don't even bother, the Lamborghini Veneno has an MSRP (suggested retail price) of €3 million without taxes, which can hardly be called a bargain ... but keep in mind this is the ultimate showcase of Lamborghini's carbon fiber manufacturing skills, only three will ever leave the factory gates and these are even more exclusive as all three will be finished in a different shade ... unfortunately the Veneno is already sold out!
The 3 million Euro limited edition Lamborghini Veneno was shown out in the open air for the first time at the Blancpain Super Trofeo race in Monza
(added on April 16. 2013)
Only three Veneno will be built, green, white and red, however if you prefer a metallic yellow one you could turn to MR Collection ... it will be 1/18 scale
(added on May 6. 2013)
Footage of the impressive show surrounding the official worldwide unveil of the Veneno Roadster on top of an aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi
(added on December 2. 2013)
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, unveils the new Lamborghini Veneno at Volkswagen Group Night in Geneva.
(added on March 5. 2013)
Only nine of these Veneno Roadster will be built, and probably most will be finished in the special Rosso Veneno shade, but you can opt for another shade.
(added on November 3. 2013)
March 4. 2013
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