Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The Centenario is Lamborghini's 100th birthday present to founding-father Ferruccio. Well, it would be if he were still here, but he isn't... so we all get to share it instead. (Not literally, of course [that'd be brilliant], but more just, y'know, being aware that it exists.)
The car builds upon the Aventador platform to create a sort of rolling testbed for the next generation of Lambo hypercars. The 6.5-litre V12 - which idles at 850rpm and redlines at 8,500, in a neat numerical act of tidiness - produces 760bhp, which is 20bhp more than the Aventador SV. It's got insane aero too; a twin-deck front splitter channels the air up and over the sideblades, working in harmony with an active rear spoiler and colossal diffuser. You can reel out your own clichés about driving it on the ceilings of tunnels.
The Centenario is also the first Lamborghini to employ rear-wheel steering, and the whole thing's made of gorgeously weave-matched carbon-fibre that means, in spite of all the extra tech they've crammed in, it weighs 55kg less than an Aventador. And the car really is all about the numbers; 0-62mph in 2.8s, 0-186mph in 23.5s, 217mph top speed, 227kg of downforce at 174mph, 355-section rear tyres, 507lb.ft of torque... oh yes, and the small matter of £1,700,000. Happy birthday, Ferruccio!
Spotted at Salon Privé 2016 - more pics here.