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Lamborghini Centenario debuts at Geneva, just 40 to be made

Now this is a supercar. It’s Lamborghini’s new Centenario and it has just stormed into the Geneva Motor Show and blown every other exhibit out of the water. It was created to help celebrate the 100th birthday of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Centenario-front

Just look at it. It showcases an all-new body design not featured on any other model, and not based on any other model. In fact, it features an all-new design language for Lambo, with lots of functioning air intakes, outlets and ducts – check out that rear diffuser.

The body stands just 1.43 metres tall, making it an extremely low-profile machine. It also measures 4.9m in length, or about 200mm longer than the Aventador. All body panels are made from carbon fibre for ultimate lightness, with a dry weight of just 1520kg.

Okay, so enough stuffing about. What about the performance? The engine is a 6.5-litre V12 taken from the Aventador, churning out 566kW of power. Some tweaks are made to increase the output from 515kW, and the rev limit is lifted from 8350rpm to 8600rpm.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 2.8 seconds, with 0-300km/h coming up in 23.5 seconds. If you’re game enough to keep it pinned, the Centenario can hit a top speed of more than 350km/h.

Lamborghini Centenario-back

Unique to the Centenario, aside from pretty much everything, engineers have developed an all-new rear-wheel steering system. This, according to Lambo, increases the turning agility at low speeds, and at high speeds the rear wheel turn in the same direction as the fronts to improve stability.

Unfortunately for interested punters, Lamborghini is planning to build just 40 examples of the Centenario – 20 in coupe and 20 in roadster form – and all of them have already been sold. These were priced from 1.75 million euros (about AU$2.66 million).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.