The track-only hypercar arrives in Shanghai.
The lure of this year's Shanghai Auto Show was too strong for Lamborghini to ignore. Last summer it announced it'll stop attending international auto shows because they "no longer aligned with our philosophy." Given that Shanghai is the only live show happening so far this year, the opportunity to present three stunning vehicles couldn't be missed.
We're sure glad Lamborghini had a change of heart because the track-only Essenza SCV12 is now being publicly displayed for the first time. Shown in the Verde Selvans, Grigio Linx, Nero Aldebaran Gloss, and Arancio California launch livery, only 40 examples are planned. With over 830 horsepower on tap courtesy of the naturally aspirated V12, the Essenza SCV12 isn't for the faint-hearted.
This engine is the most powerful of its kind ever installed in a Lamborghini. The carmaker says the car is a "direct decedent" of icons like the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR. Other elements, such as the large rear wing, side fins, and front splitter are inspired by the components used on the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO race cars. The Essenza SCV12 is also the first GT car developed to meet FIA prototype safety standards.
But it wasn't the only Lambo on display at the show. A Lamborghini Urus in matte Bianco Monocerus with the optional 23-inch Shiny Black Taigete rims and red brake calipers was on the stand as well.
Making its Asia-Pacific region debut is the Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule finished in Verde Shock. Additional bold and bright exterior colors include Arancio Livrea, Celeste Fedra, Arancio Dac, and Giallo Clarus. All can be combined with matte black details and colored accents.
And lastly, there's the Lamborghini Huracan STO. Essentially a road-going Super Trofeo, the Huracan STO is making its Chinese public debut as well. To recap, it's powered by an NA 5.2-liter V10 with 631 hp and 417 lb-ft, good enough to send it to 62 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds flat.
Does attending Shanghai mean Lamborghini will reverse its no-show decision? We definitely hope so because future auto shows wouldn't be the same without the Raging Bull in attendance.