The lamborghini Reventon, a Hypercar without equals
The lamborghini reventon is a mid-engine sports car that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the most expensive Lamborghini road car to date, costing one million euros (~US$1.5 million, or ~£840,000). Only 20 were produced with one additional car (marked as 0/20) produced for the Lamborghini Museum. Although early rumors indicated the total number would actually be 100, each Reventón is clearly stamped with its number in the sequence of 20 between the driver's and passenger's seats.
Inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the lamborghini reventon has even the speed to match it. Its top recorded speed was recorded in Los Angeles, California at 340 kilometres per hour (211.3 mph). The lamborghini staged a race between a Reventón and a Panavia Tornado fighter plane on a 3 km long runway. The Reventón was in the lead for most of the race, but the Tornado caught up "in the last few feet" of the race.
The name Reventon comes from a fighting bull in tradition with lamborghini for naming cars after famous bulls. The bull, raised by the Don Heriberto Rodríguez family, was best known for killing famed Mexican bullfighter Félix Guzmán in 1943. Reventón means "explosion" or "burst" in Spanish, when used as a noun. In the vernacular, it is also used to define a very large party or a night in town. In automotive terms, it means "blowout, flat tire" when used as a noun. When it was used as the name of a bull, however, it was intended to be interpreted as an adjective, a quality or property of that bull in particular. In this last sense, Reventón means "he who seems to be about to burst".
Inside, the cabin is completely new with fighter-plane style gauges and a two-tone Alcantara interior. Lamborghini fit three TFT liquid crystal displays that can replay a multitude of customizable electronic instruments. One is the G-Force-Meter that gives the drive forces, longitudinal acceleration and braking within a topical sphere. The instruments are housed in a structure milled from a solid aluminium block, protected by a carbon fibre casing. The seats of the Reventón are black leather and brown Alcantara.
Although it is based on the extraordinarily successful Murcielago LP640, the Reventón features an all-new carbon fiber exterior. The front end of the lamborghini reventon is characterized by the acute angle of the central 'arrow' and by the powerful forward-facing air intakes supplying cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs and 6-piston calipers.
The doors open upwards. Below the doors, the asymmetric spoilers highlight the method with which a Lamborghini fulfills its function: the spoiler on the driver's side is large to increase the flow of oil to the radiator. On the right side of the vehicle, the spoiler is flat because here it only has to ensure the smooth airflow below the floor. The aerodynamically optimized under-floor structure terminates at the rear with a diffuser featuring an accentuated shape.
Lamborghini has also picked up some of parent company Audi's design language. It is the first Lamborghini to incorporate daylight running lights into the headlamps. Seven light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at each headlamp flank the bi-Xenon main beam and stay lit whenever the car is in movement. Due to the high temperatures in the rear lower part of the car, special heatproof LEDs are used for the indicator and hazard lights, stoplights and rear lights with a triple arrow optical effect.
All Reventóns have the same exterior color, described as "mid opaque grey without the usual shine."
This opaque grey is also featured on the wheel rims, especially created for the Lamborghini Reventon. Brilliant carbon fins are screwed onto the opaque black aluminum spokes, not only creating a visual effect but a turbine effect also ensures optimum cooling for the powerful ceramic brake discs.
The engine hood made of glass laminate with open ventilation slits offers a glimpse of the beating heart of the twelve cylinders of the super car. The glass also features the marked arrow angle that characterizes the design from the front to the rear spoiler. The Lamborghini designers love for detail is beautifully illustrated by the fuel tank lid: a small mechanical work of art, achieved by milling a solid aluminium block.
The engine is the classic twelve-cylinder engine with 6.5 litre displacement. Only for this car, Lamborghini guarantees, an astounding 650 HP (478 kW) at 8,000 revolutions per minute (rpm). The huge torque, equal to maximum 660 Nm, ensures a powerful switch from any number of revolutions: even the slightest pressure on the accelerator is spontaneously transformed into thrust.
The robotized e.gear changes gear faster than even the most expert driver. In addition, the permanent Viscous Traction four-wheel drive system ensures that every force is constantly translated into movement.
According to the official release, the Reventón accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the same time as the Murciélago LP640 (3.4 seconds), and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of over 340 km/h (210 mph). Using the internal speedometer, the recorded top speed was displayed as 356 km/h (221 mph).
A roadster version of the vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car would use the engine from the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. Production was set for a run of 15 units, with a MSRP of €1,100,000. The Lamborgini Reventon Roadster has a slightly lower top speed than the Reventon, its top speed is 205 mph and it takes just 3.3s to reach 62 mph.
With just 20 produced, each 1 Million Euro (without taxes) Lamborghini Reventon is a symbol of extreme exclusivity, yet still offering the extraordinary performance that makes the Reventon so unrivaled: under the completely autonomous design, the Reventon is a true masterpiece.
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