From its inception, Lamborghini has always been a small-scale manufacturer producing cars only in the hundreds. These cars represent the wildest and most extreme designs from Lamborghini.
1. Lamborghini Reventon
The Reventon was the first car to start off what we know today as Lamborghini’s few-off series. The car is based on the Lamborghini Murcielago and has the same 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 making 650 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. It was offered with a 6-speed e gear transmission only which sent power to all 4 wheels via an all-wheel-drive system.
The interior of the Reventon also saw the application of the jet fighter-style design. This design has also been a part of every new Lamborghini after the Reventon. The Exterior design also showed cues of what the next generation Lamborghini would look like. This is one of the reasons why the Aventador was always thought to be the Reventon when it hit the streets.
Only 21 coupes were made, all painted in an exclusive matte grey color known as Grigio Reventon. 15 Roadsters were also set to be produced and painted in a lighter shade of grey than the coupes. Each car costs well over $1.5 million brand new with the roadsters being more expensive than the coupes.
2. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The Sesto Elemento was Lamborghini’s exercise in being lightweight with extensive use of carbon fiber. The Sesto Element means “sixth element” which is carbon in the periodic table. It is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and had the same 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 and mad 570HP and 398 lb-ft of torque. The Sesto Elemento only weighed 999kg (2,202 lbs) compared to the regular Gallardo’s 1500kg (3410 lbs).
The car was made entirely out of Forged Carbon Fiber from its exterior to bare-bones interior. Forged carbon is seen a lot on newer Lamborghini models but was first implemented on the Sesto Elemento. It doesn’t even have a dashboard and has a floating instrument cluster made out of Carbon Fiber. The seats are pads placed directly on the Chassis which is the only source of comfort. The exterior also features an all carbon fiber body which resulted in the car being extremely light even compared to today’s cars. All Sesto Elementos came in black Carbon color with red accents.
It could hit 60mph in 2.5 seconds via a 6-speed e-gear transmission via an all-wheel-drive system and hit a top speed of 221 mph (356 kph). The Sesto Elemento is a track-only car costing well over $2 million with only 20 planned to be made.
3. Lamborghini Veneno
The Veneno is still considered the wildest and most desirable modern Lamborghini road car. It is based on the Aventador platform and was launched in 2013 after the launch of the Aventador in 2012. It had the same 6.5 liter V12 but made 750HP and 509 lb-ft of torque which is 50HP more than the Aventador at the time but with the same torque.
The Veneno was built with maximum aerodynamics in mind which influenced much of the design. It also featured a very early version of Lamborghini’s ALA system used in the Aventador SVJ and Huracan Performante. Carbon fiber was also used on this car but not as much as the Sesto Elemento keeping the weight under 1500 kg (3300 lbs).
Only 5 coupes were made with 3 sold to the public all in gloss gray color with all having one pinstripe color of the Italian flag at their base. 9 roadsters were made all featuring different colors. Each car cost well over $4 million new and with each original owner refusing to sell them, these cars are worth double of what they were new.
4. Lamborghini Centenario
The word Centenario is Italian for the word Centenary which means “a hundred”. Unveiled in 2016, It was made to celebrate the 100th birthday of the deceased Lamborghini founder Ferrucio Lamborghini. The car is based on the Aventador SV platform but features a whole new body design and technology. It still has the 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 but makes 770hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed single-clutch remains as does the all-wheel-drive system.
It was the first Lamborghini to feature rear-wheel steering which helps to car maneuver tight spaces easily and improve high-speed stability. Gone was the old infotainment system, now replaced with a 10.1-inch vertical touchscreen. The exterior features a new design and aero profile.
The front is sleek and features Lamborghini’s new LED light design but the best design exercise is on the rear of the car. Lamborghini went nuts with the back end, the new light bar design is great along with a new bigger active rear wing for added downforce and reduced drag. But the diffuser is unlike any other found on a Lamborghini, it is huge and takes up 70% of the back end, and looks like they would easily cut through somebody. The car generates 227 kg (500 lbs) of downforce at 174mph (280 km/h). It can hit 60 in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.
40 Centenarios were made (20 coupes and 20 roadsters) all sold to selected customers at over $2 million each.
5. Lamborghini Sian
The Lamborghini Sian is the first hybrid vehicle from Lamborghini unveiled in September 2019. It has the same 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 in the Aventador SVJ. It now makes 785 HP from its engine and combined with an additional 34 HP from its supercapacitor. Combined the car produces a total of 819 horsepower. Power is sent through a 7-speed single-clutch transmission to all 4 wheels same as the Aventador SVJ. The hybrid setup makes the shifts faster and smoother in the Sian.
This car is a testbed for the future Lamborghini hybrids as well as future electric vehicles to be made. Sian is a Bolognese word that means lightning representing the hybrid power train. It was made to celebrate the year Lamborghini was founded in 1963 and has a big 63 badge on its side doors.
The Sian’s exterior design is inspired by the wedge shape of the Lamborghini Countach with new aero designs and an all-carbon Fiber body. The headlights are also inspired by the Terzo Millenio concept. The interior is also heavily based on the Aventador but now made more modern and tidy with 3D printed parts which are a first for Lamborghini. The car also features an updated version of the touchscreen that was first found in the Centenario. Only 63 coupes and 19 roadsters were made and all were sold out upon launch with a starting price of over $2 million.
6. Lamborghini Aventador J
The J is a one-off vehicle made by Lamborghini and was a Barchetta that featured every mechanical component as the Aventador. It was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in 2012 months after the Aventador was shown. The J stands for Jota and was built with reference to the one-off Lamborghini Miura P400 Jota built in the 1970s. Only this car was made and sold to a buyer for $2.8 million.
7. Lamborghini SC18 Alston
The SC18 Alston is a one-off but this time commissioned by a Lamborghini customer and shown in November 2018. It is a track-only car built by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and based on the Aventador SVJ. It features racing elements from the Huracan GT3 and Super Trofeo Evo race cars.
The engine still makes 770hp like the SVJ but features a new front-end design, a new aero profile, a fixed rear wing like the Veneno, and lights reminiscent of the Lamborghini Centenario. It even features Veneno-styled wheels which look really great on the car. The color scheme is also reminiscent of the Sesto Elemento.
8. Lamborghini SC20
This is the second one-off creation by Squadra Corse and was equally commissioned by another wealthy customer. It was shown in December 2020 and follows the ethos of the Aventador J. It is painted in a beautiful bespoke white color called Bianco Fu with Blu Cepheus Accents from exterior to interior.
The engine is the same 6.5 liter V12 from the SVJ with 770hp. The lights look like a heavily updated version of the 2nd generation Gallardo headlights and the taillight design is borrowed from the Sian.
9. Lamborghini Essenza SCV12
Unlike the former 2, the SC V12 is not a one-off, Lamborghini plans to build 40 of this limited edition track car. This car takes the SVJ’s platform and turns it up to the max. The 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 now produces 830 horsepower. It ditches the single-clutch transmission in favor of a 6-speed sequential manual and rear-wheel drive only. It is also 136 kg (300 lbs) lighter than the SVJ and has an FIA-approved carbon fiber crash structure and monocoque.
The design takes cues heavily from the Diablo GTR but at the same time is unique to this car. The completely new fixed aero and bodywork help the car generate 1200kg of downforce at 155mph (249 kph). The interior features race-spec parts from the bucket seats to the steering wheel and full Alcantara. Lamborghini still features its Y-shaped design on the dashboard.
Since the SCV12 can’t participate in any official races, Lamborghini has decided to create a customer series for it. A club of 40 0wners to drive their cars on the world’s most iconic tracks organized by Lamborghini. Each car can also be stored and serviced by Lamborghini with the option of customers being able to take their cars whenever they want. Ferrari has been offering this program for a long time with its XX program. Finally, Lamborghini customers can have the same experience. This is the ultimate Lamborghini for those who want the full raw experience. Prices are expected to be over 43.5 million each and are all sold out.
Lamborghinis have always been about outrageous designs and performance and these cars are the ultimate versions. The price tags are high but the exclusivity may be worth it to the right buyer. This is an exciting time for the brand and we can’t wait to see some of the newer designs make it to regular production cars.