Lamborghini has shown off its maddest, most brilliantly extrovert side with a 759bhp, 217mph, £1.64million special-edition hypercar.
The Centenario is being built in a run of just 40 units to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Based on the Aventador platform, the pared-back Centenario has 19bhp more from the 6.5-litre V12 mounted behind the two seats, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 499bhp per tonne – 7bhp higher than the already lightened Aventador SV.
Zero to 62mph is said to be conquered in 2.8 seconds, with 186mph knocked on the head in just 23.5 seconds. That’s half a second faster than the Aventador SV.
All 40 have already been sold to a collection of the company’s most dedicated customers, each of whom will be free to customise the car to their heart’s content.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said, at the launch of the new model at the Geneva Motor Show, that the car is built as much for heritage as for technology.