There are no wrong choice, really

Like most people who eat, sleep, and breathe cars, I often find myself going to online classifieds to see which cars are up for sale. It doesn’t matter the price, the location, or even my ability to actually buy them. I just like looking at them and wonder who’ll end up paying that much money on what effectively are second-hand cars. This week though, I chanced upon two vehicles that don’t count as traditional cars. Heck, “traditional” isn’t even the word I’d use to describe them as supercars. These two ungodly beasts - a Lamborghini Veneno and a Ferrari Sergio - fall into categories unto themselves.

It doesn’t even matter that one of them is being sold for a price of $9.5 million whereas the other costs a “far more affordable” sum of $6.1 million. What got me is that they’re being sold roughly the same time, though not exactly by the same seller. So I thought that, if I had the money to purchase either of these two cars, which one would I buy? Would I splurge on the Veneno or the Sergio? There are obviously no wrong answers; it’s just a matter of taste, preference, or in the case of the Sergio, saving a little over $3 million in the process. Better yet, I asked my colleagues the same question. Given a choice, is it the mind-numbing Veneno or the no less spectacular Sergio?

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Tale of the Tape

Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom
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Before we dive into our thoughts and choices, it’s important to see what the Lamborghini Veneno and Ferrari Sergio are and why they command such exorbitant price tags.

It quickly lived up to all of it, thanks in large part to boasting one of the most extreme designs of any Lamborghini ever created.

The Lamborghini Veneno was launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to much fanfare. Well, it quickly lived up to all of it, thanks in large part to boasting one of the most extreme designs of any Lamborghini ever created. Say what you will of Lambo’s myriad of one-offs and special editions, but nothing has come close to approaching to how radical the Veneno was, and still is. Super aggressive design notwithstanding, the Veneno also packed ridiculous power to the tune of 750 ponies courtesy of what was then an improved version of the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V-12 engine. More recent Lamborghinis may have eclipsed it in power - the Centenario barely edges the Veneno with 770 horses on tap - but nothing has come close to exceeding the overall package of insanity that was the Veneno. It stands to reason then that four years after it was launched with a tear-jerking $4 million price tag, the three-unit Veneno can justify carrying a price tag of almost $10 million.

Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom
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Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom
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While still a concept at that time, the Pininfarina-designed, Ferrari 458-based concept was destined to be produced in equally limited quantities: six in total.

Not one to be outdone by its cross-country rival, Ferrari also brought the hammer at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Ferrari Sergio. While still a concept at that time, the Pininfarina-designed, Ferrari 458-based concept was destined to be produced in equally limited quantities: six in total. Like the Veneno, the Sergio also adopted a completely different look compared to the car it was based on, all thanks to the magic pens of Pininfarina. In fact, its design was so unique that you could’ve forgiven Ferrari for only outfitting it with a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 engine that packed 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t come close to approaching what the Veneno has in this department, but thanks to its limited volume and Pininfarina’s involvement, nobody raised a curious eyebrow when Ferrari announced that it had priced the production version of the bespoke supercar at a little over $3 million. And, now, just as many are fretting over the supercar’s current asking price of $5 million.

Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom
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Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom
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Now, as far as the versions of the Veneno and Sergio are for sale, would-be buyers should be happy to know that neither supercar has any significant mileage on them. The Veneno only has a shade under 112 miles on its odometer, and there’s even less on the Sergio with just a shade over 73 miles on it. Neither vehicles have ever been involved in any accidents and, while the Sergio in question is located in the Netherlands after first being delivered in Switzerland, the Veneno that’s on sale is actually here in the United States. Now that we’ve been armed with these sit-reps, it’s time to choose. But first, a quick table to see how both cars compare to another, by the numbers.

Model Horsepower Torque 0 to 60 MPH Top Speed Mileage Location Initial Price For Sale Price
Lamborghini Veneno 770 horsepower n/a 2.8 seconds 221 mph 112 miles Switzerland $4 million $9.5 million
Ferrari Sergio 596 horsepower 398 pound-feet 2.8 seconds 3.0 seconds 202 mph USA $3 million $5 million

Kirby’s Choice - Give me the $9.5 million hypercar!

Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom
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Since, I’m working here on the criteria that I have a bajillion dollars in my bank account, a $9.5 million Lamborghini Veneno is a drop in the bucket. I’ll spend the money for it even if it’s more than double its asking price. I know you think it’s crazy that I’m picking the three-piece Lamborghini over the Ferrari, which by the way has a higher potential of appreciation than the Veneno. Still, I’m undaunted and resolute in my position that the Lamborghini Veneno is the sickest supercar I’ve ever seen, regardless of how much power it makes. Just take a look at it and tell me that you’re not mesmerized by how it looks. The raunchy front end gives way to an even raunchier rear, and every space in between is defined by pure, unadulterated aggression.

There’s no mistaking what the Veneno is here for, unlike the Ferrari Sergio, which admittedly has a more contemporary and classic style to it. If I wanted a truly unique Ferrari masterpiece that will last the test of time and taste buds, I might have picked the Sergio and saved myself $4 million in the process. But, I’ll save that rationale for my colleagues because I’m all about the thrill here. I’m all for showing up and making everyone around me turn their necks towards my car. Then I’ll speed off in a blaze of glory, leaving them all wondering what kind of monstrous machine of mayhem and destruction it was that they just saw. Move over, Nessie. It’s all about creating the legend of the Veneno from here on out.

References

Lamborghini Veneno

2013 Lamborghini Veneno Exterior AutoShow
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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Veneno.

Ferrari Sergio

2015 Ferrari Sergio Exterior High Resolution AutoShow
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Read our full review on the Ferrari Sergio.

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