Lamborghini Reventon – 2008

It’s much rarer than one in a million — just 20 Lamborghini Reventons were scheduled following the sensational revelation of Lambo’s most expensive road car to date at Frankfurt in 2007. Owners of this million-euro machine drive a car named after the fast fighting bull that killed ill-fated young torero Felix Guzman in the 1940s.

The Reventon is also rather swift. Mechanically, this extreme supercar is derived from the Murcielago LP640, although the 6.5 litre engine has been further tuned to give the Reventon more horses than its fellow bull. In practice this means little — the limited edition has a similar top speed and identical 0-60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration. The engineering was tried and tested in Lambo’s range-topper, but that wasn’t the Reventon’s rationale.

Its glory is an entirely new exterior that is a brilliant exercise in automotive geometry. The eye-catching bodywork has been artfully fabricated in a carbon-fibre composite material under the watchful eye of Lamborghini’s Style Centre, which fine-tuned every detail — the happiest marriage of form and function, with an extraordinary combination of flowing curves and hard-edged straight lines.

The front comes to a dramatic arrow-point above an asymmetrical spoiler, between two rectangular air intakes that cool the carbon disc brakes. Headlight arrays are long triangles on each side of a sharply etched pentagonal bonnet. Further back, the crouching cabin justifies the manufacturer’s claim that it is reminiscent of a fighter aircraft’s cockpit. Twin doors open upwards in classic Lamborghini style to reveal the finest of interior finishes and space-age liquid-crystal instrumentation.

The extended rear end maintains the angular design theme, sloping gently to further extraordinary geometric juxtapositions by way of a transparent engine hatch and zigzag patterning. Is this the most striking supercar ever? You can’t buy it, so believe it!

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Italy

FIRST MANUFACTURED:

2008

ENGINE:

6,496 cc 2xDOHC V12

PERFORMANCE:

Top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.4 secs

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

The very special new toy that Reventon owners were the first to enjoy was a G-Force Meter that showed a three-dimensional display of dynamic drive forces as the car went through its paces. This innovative in-car technology was borrowed from Grand Prix racing.

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