Specialness, story, and a whole lot of speed
There’s one in every group. That one friend who steals the spotlight the moment they walk into a room. The one who makes even the dullest of situations exciting and memorable by adding a little flair and drama. The one that wears black to a party when the entire room is wearing white. I think you get the idea.
You have one. We have one. And in the car industry, there’s only one — Lamborghini.
History of Lambo
Right from the start, the history of Lamborghini began with a little drama. Ferruccio Lamborghini, a strong-willed, confident, wealthy man, had some feedback regarding the clutch on the Ferrari he was driving, so he decided to reach out to Enzo Ferrari himself.
By this time Ferrari was already at the top of his game, and he didn’t appreciate a fellow manufacturer telling him what to do.
As the story goes, Ferrari sent Lamborghini on his way, though some will say Ferrari snubbed Lamborghini, and others say he insulted him. It depends on who tells the story. This one event launched a rivalry that has delivered some of the most classic, magical, and epic car brands in history.
Here are a few special editions from Lamborghini — and the stories that make each car unique.
Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
The Lamborghini Veneno is a limited-production high-performance supercar based on the Aventador LP700-4. The first Venemo was released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini brand.
A barely street-legal racer, the Veneno features a 6.5L, naturally aspirated V12 engine, seven-speed automated manual transmission, and full-time all-wheel drive.
So how fast is the Lamborghini Veneno? Accelerating zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and packing more power than the already-fast Aventador, the Lamborghini Veneno’s reaches an impressive top speed of 221 mph.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster doesn’t look like any Lamborghini you’ve seen before, but yet everything about this limited-edition high-performance sports car screams Lamborghini, even more than the “regular” sort.
Inspired by LMP1 race cars, the Lamborghini took the best elements from the track and put it into street-legal Veneno. From the arrow-shaped front to the sleek, tight surfaces, and the angular headlamps that draw your eyes towards the fenders, the Veneno is designed to keep drivers close to the road while driving fast.
There are only a handful of Lamborghini Veneno models on the road, so seeing one is almost like spotting a unicorn — mysterious, unbelievable, and breathtaking. And with its state of the art aeronautical design, driving a Veneno is an other-worldly experience. One that will leave you feeling like you’ve been flying a jet rather than driving a car.
Lamborghini has had a long tradition of naming cars after fighting bulls. This naming practice is an accurate reflection of the fighting spirit of the Lamborghini Reventón.
The Lamborghini Reventón goes zero to 60 in just 3.4 seconds and flies at 205 mph at top speed. This special edition Lambo looks more like an F117A Blackhawk than a fighting bull, complete with a stealth paint job.
How special is the Reventón? Just 20 were built and sold, plus one currently sitting inside the Lamborghini Museum.
If you’re wondering how much a Lamborghini Reventón costs, well you may want to take a seat for this one. The price tag for a Lamborghini Reventón is about $1.5 million.
Brush up on your Italian and learn how to pronounce Lamborghini Centenario. The Centenario honors Lamborghini’s founder, Ferruccio, on his 100th birthday.
Designers were challenged to create an open design that embodied the progressive qualities of the car company’s visionary founder. This was no easy feat, considering Lamborghini already has a long history of redefining the style and elegance expected from high-end super sports cars, and more recently, super SUVs.
Ferruccio’s commemorative series did not disappoint. The Roadster embodied a new design direction for Lamborghini but still stayed true to its core identity.
The Lamborghini Centenario hits 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Unfortunately, there’s no need to ask how much a Lamborghini Centenario is — none of the 20 produced are available for purchase.
So if you see one driving past you, know the driver paid a pretty penny. The Lamborghini Centenario had a price tag of $1.9 million.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The Sesto Elemento name references the atomic number of carbon (six); no fighting bulls in this one.
With a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, the Sesto Elemento borrows a 5.2L V10 engine from the Gallardo Superleggera, generating 570 PS of torque.
A closer examination of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento specs reveals chassis, body, driveshaft, and suspension components made of carbon fiber, making it comparable to the weight of an average subcompact.
The top speed of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento reaches beyond 217.2 mph, accelerating to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. Because it’s a track-only car, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is not road legal.
So unless you’re on a race track, you won’t be able to feel the speed of a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.
You would think the Lamborghini Veneno was a big enough birthday present for an iconic brand celebrating its 50th Anniversary. It wasn’t.
Lamborghini took every bit of confidence, flash, attitude, and futuristic features one giant leap further. The result was the Lamborghini Egoista, a concept car that features a 5.2L V10 engine producing 600 horsepower. With a carbon fiber body and aluminum to keep it light, it resembles a modern airplane.
The name Egoista translates into “selfish” in seven languages. One look at the unique exterior shows that’s about as fitting as it gets when it comes to Lambo’s naming practices.
After its debut, the lone Egoista went straight from the 50th birthday party to the Lamborghini Museum in Sant-Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Go ahead, drive a Lamborghini
If all this talk about special edition Lamborghini models has you dreaming of climbing into a Lambo, or you’re looking for a way to make some noise in the least subtle way possible, it’s time to drive a Lambo.
While these special edition Lamborghini models are akin to rare, mythical creatures, it’s not impossible to get behind the wheel of one of these storied vehicles.
Sure, you could try to find a Lamborghini rental, but why do that when you can skip the rental counter altogether and book with a Turo host sharing their Lambo?