Centenario: Lamborghini launches its most powerful ever car

New car is Lamborghini's tribute to its founder on his 100th anniversary

Ferruccio Lamborghini would have been 100 years old in 2016. Hence the name of the Centenario, an Aventador-based limited-edition model whose 759bhp makes it the company’s most powerful ever supercar.

By limited-edition, you’re talking 40 cars in total. They’ll cost £1.64 million each – or they would, if they hadn’t already all been sold.

Coincidentally, 1.64 million is also the approximate number of awestruck gasps one of them will provoke every time it gets taken out. Even by Lambo’s standards, it looks like a fantasy car – though Sant’Agata says its styling is chiefly functional, with huge carbon fins and ducts managing airflow across what the company calls a ‘permeable’ body.

That huge power output comes from a reworked version of the Aventador’s 6.5-litre V12. Max power comes at 8600rpm, and as well as a 0-62 time of just 2.8 seconds it’ll keep going to more than 217mph.

With four-wheel steer and carbon-ceramic brakes which Lambo says allow a 186-0mph stopping distance of 290 metres, the Centenario is every bit as track-focused as it is eye-catching. Its multimedia system has a telemetry feature and there’s a storage point behind the seats for a pair of helmets.

Your £1.64 million buys you a pair of interior cameras, too. So you can break Facebook with one of those hilarious videos of you terrifying a supermodel at Monza or round the back of the Wickes car park.

Lambo boss Stephan Winkelmann, on the other hand, would far sooner see the Centenario as ‘an opportunity for our designers and engineers to transcend the constraints of series production to achieve an incomparable result.’ Either way, he’s flogged the lot, so happy rich people all round.

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