Californian debut for passionate Lamborghini Centenario Roadster
The seductive limited edition supersports car sold out months before official debut
Centenario Roadster has been finally revealed at "The Quail" during the weekend. There were no general surprises and the car is exactly what we have expected: an open top variant of the sensational coupe version. Just like the latter, the production of the roadster is also limited to 20 units, which have been already sold out, each priced at 1.75 million euros.
Both the coupe and the open-top variant are honoring the centenary of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. These special commemorative series express at an ultimate level the freedom given to the designers in their task to create an open design with progressive characteristics. The essence of their work can be expressed with the motto "form follows function", which is core to brand's iconic DNA.
With clean forms and mono-body shape, made entirely from carbon fiber, the roadster is dressed in a special matte silver exterior paint finish, "Argento Centenario", which further accentuates the curvaceous profile.
Lamborghini said that one of the core values of this car is that it features enhanced aerodynamic design, because of its extended rear wing and the mandatory rear-wheel steering. Hence there is more agility and stability at hand. Note that with a dry weight of just 1,570 kg (3,461 lbs), the Centenario achieves a weight-to-power ratio of 2.04 kg/hp.
Advanced aerodynamics are very important especially when it comes to open-top cars, so that the turbulence and air recirculation for the cabin passengers to be at its minimum. This optimal design and function is achieved with the implementation in the rear wall, in the back of the headrest.
Centenario runs on Pirelli PZero tyres, which were specifically developed for rear-wheel steering, and are coupled with 20"/21" front/rear forged rims. Even the spokes' fan shape is accented in carbon fiber! An integrated rear diffuser defines the back of the car, and it is accompanied by the ‘Y'- shaped LED lights that stretch the full width of the rear.
On the inside, this Lambo features a luxurious cabin in light brown Alcantara Terra di California with Bianco Polar leather inlets. There is decorative stitching and piping and detailed cross-stitching on the seats, dashboard and rocker cover. The company has included new fully connected infotainment and innovative 10.1 inch touchscreen system that allows fast internet browsing and featuring Apple CarPlay.
Power and performance
The V12 driving the Lambo is actually the most powerful engine produced by Lamborghini up to date. It produces 770 hp (566 kW) from 8,350 rpm to 8,600 rpm, which is enough to make the roadster accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in mere 2.9 seconds. The top speed is over 350 km/h. But more impressive is the braking capability of Centenario: from 100 the 0 km/h the car needs just 31m (102 feet) to fully stop.
Lamborghini's new rear-wheel steering system dominates the model. It actually strengthens the three driving modes: Strada, Sport and Corsa, and in particular - the lateral dynamics. Maximum responsiveness and driver feedback is provided by Lamborghini's magneto rheological suspension and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS). Faster gear shifting is ensured by the Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox.
At last, the Italian supercar brand announced that it will continue its strategy of producing one-off cars and exclusive limited editions like this one. So, what's next Lamborghini?