Lamborghini Reventon: Italian Super Car Ready For Take Off
Motoring Channel Staff - 11/September/2007
Lamborghini's new Reventon is likely to be the
pin-up boy of the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show
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The new nose cone design is pure jet fighter
Ferrari loves curves, Lamborghini prefers angles
The interior is just as breathtaking as the
exterior design, with a dynamic display panel
Frankfurt, Germany —
Based on the Murciélago LP640, the new Lamborghini Reventon
is a sight for sore eyes. It's the secret weapon that
the Sant'Agata-based super car maker has rumoured to be working on
and now it's a reality.
A very expensive, very rare reality. Only
20 of these magnificent sports cars will be built by Lambo, all of which are spoken for. It's the kind of car that takes
performance and exotic luxury to a new level while dealing Ferrari a
curt slap in the face.
Lamborghini describes the new sports car as a road
vehicle with an extreme specification and, at the same time, a limited
edition masterpiece - a coherent style, angular with sharp lines,
inspired by the very latest aeronautics.
Most Lamborghini cars are named after fighting bulls and the same goes for the Reventon.
There is a real 'jet-fighter' theme going on with the new Lamborghini Reventon design.
From any angle the car is unmistakably a Lamborghini, but with an even
more angular design this exotic car that really does have an
aerodynamic jet fighter look and feel.
Lamborghini released a
statement to coincide with the launch of the stunning new sports car at
the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, in which it says aeronautics were the
inspiration for the wild new design."With
the Reventon the Centro Stile designers have coherently developed this
philosophy, inspired by another sphere where speed and dynamism reign
absolute: modern aeronautics, responsible for the fastest and most
agile airplanes in the world."
the front the Lamborghini Reventon features a space-aged 'nose cone',
which is flanked by two huge air inlets that help cool the large carbon
disc brakes. Almost every line and angle from it's donor car,
the Murciélago, has been exaggerated and it looks
superb. The angular nature of the design has left us stunned. It's as
menacing as it is beautiful.
Everything from the engine
cooling ducts just in front of the rear wheels to the new look rear
diffuser and LED brake lights have been sharpened and exaggerated
and the end result is quite possibly the most aggressive Italian sports
car ever conceived.
for the Lamborghini Reventon comes from
a 6.5-litre V12 engine that resides behind the driver. It develops an
ungodly 471kW of power (640hp) @ 8000rpm. Peak torque of 660Nm
propels the all-wheel drive Lamborghini Reventon from zero to 100km/h
in 3.4 seconds, while a top speed of more than 340km/h is entirely
speeds are possible because of the "completely new" body work. Just
like the base model, the exterior of
the second edition is made of CFC, or composite carbon fibre. According
to Lamborghini it is as "stable as it is light". Furthermore,the
airflow and the section of the
variable geometry air intakes of the engine and adjustable rear
spoiler have been modified to allow for more stability at higher
legendary Lamborghini Countach hit the road in the mid 1970s,
range-topping Lamborghini's have been equipped with scissor type doors
that open upwards and the V12 Lamborghini Reventon is no different.
ultra-cool design feature of this highly
desirable mid-engined Italian sports car is the glass
laminate engine cover with open ventilation ducts. This allows
passersby to view the huge 12-cylinder engine that gives the car its
prodigious power levels. Lamborghini's designers were given a mandate
to create this decades most exceptional exotic car, and their "...love
detail is beautifully illustrated by the fuel tanklid," says
Lamborghini, "a small
mechanical work of art, achieved by milling a solid aluminum block."
only 20 Reventon built for customers, this Lamborghini is expected to
be one of the most expensive road cars ever built and may even
challenge the formidable Bugatti Veyron on price. No exact numbers have
been quoted, but it is expected to fetch around €1.5 million.
will be available in only one colour, Grey Barra, and has a profusion
of LED lights both in the headlight and brake light designs. The
wheels, too, are impressive. Designed to complement the deep grey exterior finish, carbon fins are screwed
onto the opaque black aluminum spokes says the Italian company. This creates a attention grabbing visual
effect but a turbine effect also ensures optimum cooling for the
powerful ceramic brake discs.
cabin of this extreme sports car is one of the most sophisticated fit
outs this side of a jet fighter. Designed and created using Alcantara,
aluminium, and leather that comply with the top quality standards, the
interior is inspired by the next generation cockpits: just like in
modern airplanes, the instruments comprise three TFT liquid crystal
displays (LCD) with innovative display modes.
claims that at the touch of a button, the
driver can choose from three vehicle information display modes. The
instruments are housed in a structure milled from a solid aluminum
block, protected by a carbon fiber casting, and include a G-force
meter. This useful gadget displays the dynamic
drive forces (longitudinal acceleration during braking and
accelerating, transversal acceleration during cornering). These forces
are represented by the movement of a sphere within a circuit depending
on the direction and intensity of the acceleration, and systems such as
these were once popularised on the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R.
neat trick of this mind-numbingly rare sports car are the adjustable
speedometer on the Reventon resembles a road in which the current speed
is represented in a digital fade mode. The instrument on the left
associates the number of revolutions in the form of a luminous column
with the display of the selected gear, which should be enough to send
it's rivals scrambling to deploy similarly innovative systems.
Of course, by hitting a button the driver can switch to the second,
quasi-analogical display, where the classic circular instruments,
speedometer and tachometer are configured in the equally innovative way
and transformed into luminous pilot lamps with varying colors. The
G-Force-Meter naturally remains at the center of in this display mode.
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