To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Italian automaker, Lamborghini unveiled a supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in 2013 that embodies everything we love about Lamborghini while providing the public with a glimpse of what the future might have in store. A total of four examples were produced with only three examples being released to the public. The remaining Veneno is a demonstrator car that has been retired to Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Keeping with the Lamborghini tradition of naming models after famous prize fighting bulls, the Veneno was a ferocious animal known for being one of the strongest to ever compete. Veneno gained a reputation of viciousness and power after infamously gorging a matador to death in 1914.
The Lamborghini Veneno is a road-legal supercar that is based off of the Aventador LP700-4. The base 6.5- liter V12 powerplant of the Aventador has been upgraded to produce an addition 50 hp over the standard 691 hp found on the LP700-4 for a new power output of 740 hp. The additional power was made possible by the addition of significantly larger air intakes that allow the Veneno to rev much higher. Extensive upgrades and modifications to the exhaust system have also helped to push the total horsepower north. Proudly displaying a top speed of 220 mph, this hypercar remains one of the fastest in its segment.
Ultra-quick shifts are made possible by the seven-speed, single-clutch automated ISR transmission that includes a track-ready “Corsa” setting. Both the Veneno and the Aventador share the same permanent 4WD and inboard pushrod suspension. One of the most important features of the Veneno has to be the lightweight design of the carbon fiber frame that creates a power-to-weight ratio of 4.23 CV/lbs.
Aerodynamics plays a crucial role with the Veneno. The rear of the body has been optimized for underbody aerodynamics and stability when cornering at high speeds. A large rear wing helps to round out the appearance of the back of the vehicle while increasing downforce. Much of the styling features found on the Veneno are a deviation from recent production models while paying respect to some of the older members of the brand. The Wheel arches along with elements of the head- and taillights resemble the forward thinking Countach more than they do elements found on the Gallardo.
All three examples of the Veneno carried a price tag of approximately $4 million with all three examples being sold before the first was produced. Each example made was dressed in a single color of the Italian flag – white, red, and green – making each of the three examples one-of-a-kind.