Celebrating 100 years in style: this is the Lamborghini Centenario, an homage to Ferruccio

Some people may be happy with only a cake, family and friends around it to celebrate a birthday. But others do that in great style. Ferruccio Lamborghini is no longer around us, but he must be smiling wherever he is with the Centenario. This is the way the company he found, currently controlled by Audi, has used to celebrate his 100th anniversary. And what a way it is: simply the most powerful Lamborghini ever created. And one of the mos exclusive.

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Only 40 units will be produces: 20 hard tops and 20 convertibles. The Centenario is 4.92 m long, 2,06 m wide, 1.14 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.70 m. It has a dry weight of 1,520 kg. It is powered by a 6.5 V12 engine that produces 566 kW at 8,500 rpm and 690 Nm at 5,500 rpm. Basically the same one used by the Aventador, the car over which the Centenario has been developed. The only difference is the limit in engine revolutions. In the Aventador LP 700-4, maximum power appear at 8,250 rpm. In the LP 750-4, at 8,400 rpm. In Centenario, named LP 770-4, at 8,500 rpm. The new car’s limit is 8,600 rpm.

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Performance number are quite similar to the ones presented by the Aventador LP 750-4. The top speed is 350 km/h (the Aventador could supposedly go beyond that). Acceleration times from 0 are the same up to 200 km/h: 2.8 s up to 100 km/h and 8.6 s until 200 km/h. While the Aventador takes 24 s from 0 to 300 km/h, Centenario gets there half a second faster, in 23.5 s. So what is the point? Exclusivity. And investment.

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Anyone able to pay 1.75 million euros on one of the 40 Centenario cars will be able to sell it for much more money in a few months. Probably for much more than that in a few years. Even if the owners of this special Lamborghini do not care for money, they care for status. They will know for sure only other 19 guys will have a car that bears the same body as theirs. You don’t even have to show your Centurion American Express card, also known as the Black American Express, to impress. You just have to park your Centenario outside. Got it?

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.