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Lamborghini Celebrates Founder's 100th with a Cake on Wheels, the Centenario

Lamborghini brought a limited edition, one-off model to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Centenario.
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The car is an homage to Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the Italian brand. So, the engineers fitted it with the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine ever made by the company.

The V12 provides 770 HP, and the reduced weight of the vehicle brings the weight-to-power ratio to 1.97 kilograms/HP.

Thanks to its high-performance engine, the 1,520-kilogram (3,351 pound) model can go from 0-100 km/h (62 MPH) in just 2.8 seconds. The dash from 0 to 300 km/h (186 MPH) takes just 23.5 seconds.

Top speed is rated at over 350 km/h (207 mph). Lamborghini even posts braking figures: from 62 MPH (100 km/h) the Centenario will stop in just 30 meters (98.4 feet).

The design of the Centenario is flamboyant and polarizing at the same time. It’s not going to be appreciated by its beauty, like you would have with a Miura or a Ferrari F50. But it’s still a fascinating model.

The Italian company will only make 20 coupe and 20 roadster versions of the Centenario, and they are already sold out. Considering the 1.75-million euro starting price on a Centenario, that’s not an easy feat. However, it’s not a surprise in the modern world of supercars, and each of these examples will probably sell for more money whenever their owners decide they don’t need them anymore.

In case you’re wondering, Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28, 1916, and died on February 20, 1993. The first company founded by Mr. Lamborghini was started in 1948, just 68 years ago. However, they first manufactured tractors, while sports cars became of importance in 1963, with the founding of “Automobili Lamborghini.”

So, you can still save up to buy a centennial Lamborghini in 2063, as they might make a special edition model to celebrate 100 years since the company was founded. However, if you’re reading this today, that vehicle will be an investment for your offspring to enjoy, as that’s 47 years from now and you might not be able to drive it like you were able in your youth.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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