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Lamborghini spits fiery venom with the Veneno

Lamborghini spits fiery venom ...
The Veneno is powered by a 750-hp 6.5-liter V12
The Veneno is powered by a 750-hp 6.5-liter V12
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2013 Lamborghini Veneno
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2013 Lamborghini Veneno
Inside the Veneno
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Inside the Veneno
The Veneno debuts at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show
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The Veneno debuts at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show
The Veneno is the latest extreme special edition from Lamborghini
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The Veneno is the latest extreme special edition from Lamborghini
Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
Lamborghini will produce just three Veneno sale models
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Lamborghini will produce just three Veneno sale models
The €3 million euro (US$4 million) Venenos already sold
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The €3 million euro (US$4 million) Venenos already sold
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 2.8 seconds
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0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 2.8 seconds
The Veneno is powered by a 750-hp 6.5-liter V12
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The Veneno is powered by a 750-hp 6.5-liter V12
The Veneno packs aerodynamic-shaped performance
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The Veneno packs aerodynamic-shaped performance
Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
The Geneva Veneno includes Italian-themed detailing
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The Geneva Veneno includes Italian-themed detailing
Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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Lamborghini introduces the Veneno
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For years, Lamborghini has been looking to the skies for inspiration. Fighter jets have inspired such releases as the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and even the Aventador. The all-new Veneno takes sharp, angular jet-inspired design to an extreme level. Lamborghini will build only a handful of these hardcore racecars-for-the-road.

If you've been following the evolution of Lamborghini's jet-inspired design, you may have wondered: How far can they take it? Well, it seems that the Veneno provides an answer. At least we hope it's the answer ... the only answer.

While past designs blended sharp, military-like lines with the usual sensuous Lamborghini curves and design sensibilities, the Veneno lets those lines run wild with no particular destination. The Veneno comes across as a visual amalgamation of an F1 race car, a stealth bomber and some type of Dyson-designed air conditioner. Frankly, the whole thing looks greatly overdesigned – if we didn't read the Lamborghini press release, we'd have thought we were looking at a design study from a student with no official connection to Lamborghini HQ.

As it enjoys doing, Lamborghini named its newest concept after a fighting bull, which it describes as one of the strongest, fastest and most aggressive ever. The word also means venom or poison in Spanish, which seems quite fitting for this particular design.

The looks are an acquired taste that we may never acquire, but the design has a purpose that extends well past the eyes. Lamborghini explains that every detail of the car "pursues a clear function - exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine." This is a racing prototype that happens to be homologated for the road.

Lamborghini didn't even need to explain that, as the Veneno tells the story rather concisely. The gaping grille and flaring nostrils are part of what Lamborghini describes as an aero-optimized front-end wing, serving to channel air through the hood and onto the wheels. The air continues over the bulging fenders, along the side sills and into the cavernous side intakes. Out back, a hulking adjustable wing, rear diffuser, splitter and air outlets finish the job. The only area of the rear-end that seals out airflow is the license plate holder. A "shark" fin over the rear engine cover improves braking efficiency and rear-end stability by delivering more downforce at high yaw angles.

Lamborghini will produce just three Veneno sale models
Lamborghini will produce just three Veneno sale models

Underneath the six cooling ducts of the engine cover, Lamborghini's 6.5-liter V12 engine enjoys a tune of 750 horsepower. That muscular bull pushes the 3,190-pound (1,450-kg) Veneno to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8-seconds – a tick faster than the Aventador but short of the ultralight Sesto Elemento's 2.5 seconds. It also packs the potential for sending the needle spasming to 221 mph (355 km/h). The engine works with a 7-speed ISR transmission, five driving modes and a permanent all-wheel-drive system. A racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units translates all that power into sharp handling.

The Veneno sits on alloy wheels (20-inch front, 21-inch rear). A carbon fiber ring that lines each rim acts as a turbine, shooting cooling air at the carbon-ceramic discs. The exterior is painted in a new metallic grey, save for some parts where Lamborghini let the naked carbon fiber shine through. The Geneva version includes Italian flag accents.

Similar to the Sesto Elemento, the Veneno uses a ton of composite construction. The monocoque chassis and body are made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and carbon design extends to the interior, where Lamborghini innovations like Forged Composite seats and CarbonSkin trim coat the cabin. The inside is more fully furnished than the minimalistic Sesto concept, but it does include evidence of the carbon monocoque on the center tunnel and sills.

The Veneno is part of Lamborghini's 50th anniversary celebration. Model number 0 makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will remain the property of Lamborghini. Lamborghini has already sold the other three models, each of which will be painted a different solid color from the Italian flag, to a few lucky individuals with the wherewithal to afford the €3 million (that's close to US$4 million) price tag.

Source: Lamborghini

16 comments
Nairda
Same old formula, with a touch of Transformers to fit the current trends. Yes, its pretty I'll give you that, but hardly a breakthrough. In this price range exotic elements are possible. Why not integrate the rear wing into the body. Perhaps something exotic with opening valves and ports like shark gills to redirect airflow Maybe a bit of AI in the vehicle to assist the driver, or some other mind blowing idea. If one requires a vomitron capable of 100 in 2.5 or less there are plenty of better choices for under 200k. There would even be enough change to add a few garnishes for that Deceptecon look.
Silversalty
I think someone mistakenly let a cycling helmet designer into the shop. Vent holes as design mantra.
Synchro
"Extreme vents" have been done nicely before in the TVR Sagaris, though they ended up filling them in after they found they were actually crap scoops.
estelja
When did John Hennessey start working for Lamborghini in the design studio?
sk8dad
Boo! Batmobile meets too-much-aftermarket-body-kits Honda Civic, has love child who takes performance enhancing drugs and then hooks up with Megatron. This is the result.
Slowburn
It's the first Lamborghini since the Countach that I have liked the looks of, but a thousand ponies is so easy to reach these days.
Van Sanhnikone
It looks so good from behind. I like the business of the design, The front is kinda ugly, But I guess it serves a purpose.
MasterG
the backend is sexy, but really this is a honda with aftermarket crap on. I was a proud supporter of lambo i have witnessed how a murcielago is built (far better than ferraris plastic tupperware factory) OMG! lambo wipe the 458 splooge off your face and start again. Make it fly or something or a mr. Fusion - please its 2013 already! Fancy vents are meaningless, want my money? Then make it worth my while by doing something radical and magic.
Bob
I like the overall profile but so many air scoops just clutter up the beauty. The longer I look at it, the more I dislike it. It looks like a beautiful young woman who got old and wrinkled. It happens.
Jay Finke
A detailing nightmare, I can just see all the wax that was missed. little kids will have dreams about this car