There are two models that we have all been awaiting to debut at Geneva. The first of those two models has been teased to the point that we pretty much already know what it will look like – the F70 by Ferrari – and the other has remained relatively mysterious. This mysterious model is the 50th anniversary vehicle from Lamborghini. Well, now the script has been flipped on its ear, as the official details on the new Veneno supercar have been released with just a few hours before its Geneva debut.
Like with all the other Lambo supercars, the new Venevo takes its name from the fighting arena: Veneno is one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever. In 1914 he wounded the famous torero José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight in the arena Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s, Andalusia, Spain.
Even though we are sorry to do it, we have to start this good news with bad news: the new Lamborghini Veneno will be limited to only three units, and despite its huge price tag of €3 million ($3.9 million at the current exchange rates), the model is already sold out!
Updated 03/11/2013: Today we have added a series of new images for the Veneno taken on the Geneva floor, plus a new video shot at the same show. Enjoy!
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The new Veneno brings one of the most extreme exterior designs we have seen on any supercar coming from Sant’Agata Bolognese. While rumors suggested it will be based on the Aventador, it turns out the new Veneno has nothing in common with the previous supercar.
The car’s front features a large aerodynamic wing with huge channels that allows the air to arrive in the front hood, front of the windshield and the front wheels. A first on a Lamborghini model are those Y-shaped angular headlamps that run deep into the fenders and the scissor doors.
When viewed from the side, the new Veneno received enormous sills and even larger wheel arches on the front and rear. For the rear, Lamborghini installed a substantial diffuser hiding the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. There are also large openings that provide better ventilation to the engine bay and, of course, an adjustable rear wing inspired by the company’s experience in motorsport. The rear lights also feature a Y-shaped design, while the engine cover features six wedge-shaped openings that help cooling the V-12 beast.
Each part of the supercar’s exterior is made of carbon fiber combined with an all-new, grey metallic-look color for the rest of the body. The model that will be displayed in Geneva, which will remain property of Lamborghini, will display all three colors of the Italian flag, while the three units offered to customers will offer each just one color of the flag.
The use of carbon fiber continues on the interior where Lamborghini lets the carbon-fiber monocoque remain visible in the area of the central tunnel and the sills.
The new Veneno is equipped with two lightweight bucket seats made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite, and the cockpit will be made in woven carbon-fiber.
The instrument panel has been completely redesigned and features aggressive graphics and some additional features, like the G-meter, which provides all necessary information to the driver for control of the car.
Under the hood, the three lucky owners of the Veneno will get an improved version of the 6.5 liter V-12 engine found in the Aventador. The engine receives enlarged intake paths, optimized thermodynamics, a slightly higher rated rpm and an exhaust system with even lower back pressure that all add up to an output of 750 horsepower.
The new Veneno is also 275 pounds lighter than the Aventador, so its performance numbers are quite stunning: 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 221 mph.
The engine is mated to an ISR manual gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive - all specifically adjusted to meet the demands of the Veneno.
| Engine || 6.5-liter V-12 engine |
| Horsepower || 750 Horsepower |
| 0 to 60 mph || 2.8 seconds |
| Top speed || 221 mph |
The new Lamborghini Veneno is priced at €3 million ($3.9 million at the current exchange rates). It will be limited to only 3 units and all of them have been already spoken for.
Finding a competitor for the new Lamborghini Veneno can be pretty difficult because it is not every day you have the chance to see a supercar priced at almost $4 million. And to be completely honest with you, there is no point discussion the competition when it’s clear no one will actually be driving it.
Still, for the rest of the world - except of course - those three lucky people, there are a few other alternatives when it comes about high-performance supercars.
Not as exclusive as the new Veneno its true, but the F12berlinetta delivers pretty much the same output and it does not have the same exorbitant price: it is priced at "only" $370,000. The F12berlinetta is powered by a V-12 engine with an output of 740 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm. Its goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.
The new Veneno is another supercar built by Lamborghini just to prove us what amazing things it is capable to develop. The problem is that pretty much no one will be able to enjoy the car, but still, we can appreciate a great thing just by watching it.
Lots of carbon fiber
More powerful, fastest Lamborghini ever
Just three units
In the year of its 50th anniversary Automobili Lamborghini is presenting an extremely exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Lamborghini Veneno will be built and sold. Its design is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability, giving the Veneno the real dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet it is fully homologated for the road. With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 355 km/h. It is priced at three million Euros plus tax – and all three units have already been sold to customers.
The Lamborghini Veneno features a twelve-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 6.5 liters, an extremely fast-shifting 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. Above all, however, the Veneno benefits from the very special expertise that Automobili Lamborghini possesses in the development and execution of carbon-fiber materials – the complete chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin of this extreme sports car. The inside, too, features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.
Fully in keeping with the tradition of the brand, the name of the Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull.
Veneno is the name of one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever. He is also famous for being one of the fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting. His name became popular in 1914, when he fatally wounded the famous torero José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight in the arena Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s, Andalusia, Spain.
The Lamborghini Veneno brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine. Yet the Veneno is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sports cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese. That includes the extreme proportions, as well as the powerfully arrow-shaped front end and the interplay between razor-sharp lines and precise surfaces.
The entire front end of the Lamborghini Veneno has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. Large channels guide the air to the outlets in the front hood and in front of the windshield, as well as to the front wheels. Characteristic for Lamborghini is the Y shape of the angular headlamps that reach well into the fenders as well as the scissor doors.
The division of the fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of sport prototypes and optimizes at the same time the aerodynamic flow. The side line of the Veneno is therefore dominated by enormous sills and the mighty wheel arches front and rear. Here, too, sophisticated aerodynamics ensure perfect airflow to the large openings for engine cooling and intake air.
Just like the front end, the rear of the Veneno has also been optimized for underbody aerodynamics and high speed cornering stability. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter to increase the level of downforce peak. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and manage the airflow to the rear wing, with the only sealed area at the rear being reserved for the license plate. The rear lights, including brake lights, indicator lights and fog lights, pick up the Y theme as well. The engine cover sports six wedge-shaped openings, with the focus here, too, on optimum dissipation of heat from the engine. The engine cover extends into a large central “shark” fin, which improves efficiency during braking and rear-end stability, by delivering additional downforce at high yaw angles and thus increasing the high-speed cornering performance.
The adjustable rear wing’s design is the product of Motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure the best performance of rear wing interaction with rear diffuser air flow.
The exclusive alloy wheels measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear and are equipped with center mountings. Their design is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The Veneno is painted in an all-new, grey metallic-look color with individual parts gleaming in the black of the visible carbon-fiber structure. The only car to display all three colors of the Italian flag as an accent is the car shown at Geneva, the unit which will remain property of Lamborghini. The three cars sold to customers each feature a single color of the Italian national flag, together a triology in green, white and red accents and thus representing each a unique piece.
The Veneno is further proof of Automobili Lamborghini’s unique competence in CFRP-based lightweight design. A monocoque made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymer forms the basis of the Veneno. It is largely similar to the Aventador monocoque – as are the aluminum sub-frames front and rear – although its form has been adapted to the new design. All exterior parts are made from CFRP. The Veneno meets all safety and registration requirements worldwide, and naturally also incorporates a full complement of safety systems from airbags through to the adapted ESP handling system.
Carbon fiber dominates the interior of the Veneno, too. The carbon fiber monocoque becomes visible inside the car in the area of the central tunnel and the sills. The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The woven carbon-fiber CarbonSkin® is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. This unique material is soaked in a very special kind of resin that stabilizes the fiber structure, while allowing the material to remain supple. Like a hi-tech fabric, this extremely fine-looking carbon-fiber matting fits perfectly to any form, and it reduces weight.
The racing personality has been transferred also to the instrument panel. It has been completely redesigned and now, thanks to an aggressive graphics and to the introduction of some additional features like the G-meter, provides all necessary information to the driver for control of the car.
The systematic, carbon-fiber, lightweight design of the Veneno is not only visible, it is also evident on the scales: With a dry weight of just 1,450 kilograms (3,190 pounds), the Veneno is even 125 kilos (275 pounds) lighter than the already extremely lean Aventador. The highly beneficial power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/hp (4,25 lbs/hp) guarantees a performance that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Even the stunning acceleration figure of 2,8 seconds cannot adequately describe it. Despite an aerodynamic setup configured for extreme downforce, the Veneno possesses exceptionally low wind resistance which allows it to reach a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).
The twelve-cylinder with a displacement of 6.5 liters is a thrilling combination of absolute high-revving frenzy and phenomenal pulling power. Its output has been raised to 552 kW / 750 hp, facilitated through enlarged intake paths, optimized thermodynamics, a slightly higher rated rpm and an exhaust system with even lower back pressure. The ISR manual gearbox, permanent all-wheel drive and pushrod suspension have all been specifically adjusted to meet the demands of the Veneno.
The Lamborghini Veneno celebrates its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle on show is the number 0, the Lamborghini test vehicle. Its future has not been determined yet, but it will allow Lamborghini to continue its activity of testing and innovation, both on the road and on the race track. The trilogy made of three unique vehicles will be produced in the course of the year 2013 and handed over to their future owners.