Lamborghini Unveils Veneno in Geneva

Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its $4 million 50th anniversary special at the Geneva Motor Show.

Yesterday’s early reveal of the Veneno may have softened the impact of the unveiling of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary hypercar, but these live shots and official details of the Raging Bull marque's most extreme machine to date will still leave a lasting impression. In keeping with the brand’s tradition, the name Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull. In this case, one of the strongest, fastest, and most aggressive ever, which gained notoriety in 1914 when he killed a famous matador.

The ultra-exclusive Aventador-based supercar packs a 750-horsepower version of Lambo's latest 6.5-liter V12, taking it from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds on to a top speed of 221 mph. To give the Veneno the hard-core performance of a racing prototype, Lamborghini kept the weight to a minimum by crafting the monocoque and body from its proprietary carbon-reinforced polymers. As a result, the Veneno comes in 125 kg lighter than the Aventador with an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/hp, putting it in the same league as the Pagani Huayra and Bugatti Veyron.

While carrying Lamborghini signatures like scissor doors and Y-shaped lights, the Veneno's dramatic arrow-shaped front- and rear-end styling has been optimized for aerodynamics and high-speed cornering stability. Features such as the oversized diffuser, central fin, adjustable rear wing, and six wedge-shaped openings on the engine cover all work to keep the car planted to the road, drag to a minimum and the engine running cool. Even the alloys keep the carbon-ceramic brakes cool with a turbine-like rim. Like it or hate it, all three examples have been sold at $4 million apiece, with this example to remain at Sant'Agata.

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