Lamborghini is a name that it is synonymous with speed, progress, and forward design. One of the original supercar manufacturers, customers and car enthusiasts alike wait restlessly for new releases from companies with reputations like Lamborghini. The Veneno is touted as the car to represent the company’s 50th anniversary, and love or hate the new design, there is no denying that Lamborghini has once again changed the game.
New Looks for the Second Half of a Century
Entering into the second half of a century of production, Lamborghini was hoping to leave a big mark with Veneno. Even though the new supercar will be very expensive and very limited, there was still much clamor as to whether or not it would live up to its predecessor’s legacies. When it comes to new designs and concepts, it is a hit or miss process for the manufacturers. A totally new, redesigned concept can be accepted with open arms, or, just as easily, rejected and sent to the boneyard in pieces.
The Veneno is a completely new design for Lamborghini, drawing a little inspiration from its ancestors, however, remaining relatively autonomous. The headlights are large, and stretch vertically down into the bottom of the front fascia. The Veneno’s front has been designed to redirect massive amounts of airflow, and the aerodynamics of the car appear to let it slice through the track like a hot knife in butter. There are also massive air vents on the sides of the car to allow for more cooling than ever before to be redirected wherever it is needed.
There is extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the shell of the car. The huge rear wing was developed precisely to help with aerodynamics, and the vents down the back of the car give it a “bat mobile” feel. The entire design of the car is extreme, and the looks are aggressive. This car looks as if it could fly once the jets are activated and wings pop out of the sides.
The cockpit makes use of carbon fiber as well, as is apparent especially in the center console, door jambs, and dash. This two-seater uses the patented Lambo forged-composite seats for weight reduction, and those seats are one of the few design aspects that bring up memories of Lambos from the past. The remainder looks futuristic, yet fairly simple and straightforward. The red and gray design may vary in the production models, depending upon the color (drawn from the three colors of the Italian flag) of the exterior of the car.
Performance and Specs
The 6.5 Liter V-12 is a monster, producing 750 horsepower. Factor in that the Veneno is 250 lbs. lighter than the previous model, the Aventador, and you have a cocktail of power and speed that is tough to rival. The Veneno has a lightening fast 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of 221 Mph. The Veneno is also all-time all wheel drive, which has been precisely adjusted to fit the needs of all that power.
The Veneno is definitely the result of forward thinking and design, and whether or not you like it, there is no denying that Lamborghini has produced something different. In a world where the lines of creativity are often blurred and car designs can tend to look alike, it’s nice to see some variation. Add in the power and specs of the Veneno, and it becomes apparent that this car is serious business. On the downside, Lamborghini has announced production of only 3 units, priced right under $4 million. Despite this price, all three have been spoken for and production has already begun.
by Tyler Chambers