See the $2.5 Million Lamborghini Centenario Hit the Streets in Italy

One intrepid YouTuber waited outside the Lamborghini factory for hours to see the supercar.

byBen Keeshin| PUBLISHED Jun 24, 2016 12:30 PM
See the $2.5 Million Lamborghini Centenario Hit the Streets in Italy

You don't need to have taken Latin to know the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario has something to do with the number 100. The extremely-limited edition, 3300-lb, 759-hp Lamborghini was created in celebration of what would have been Ferruccio Lamborghini's hundredth birthday. Were he alive, Ferruccio would surely be gifted one of the 40 examples being produced—and presumably given free reign of Lamborghini's test track, in order to test out the car's 217-mph top speed.

As is the nature of oxymoronic "one-off limited edition" Lamborghinis with the power-to-weight ratios of a superbike, all 40 examples were sold before they were announced, so your odds of buying one are basically one in zero . But as one YouTuber discovered, your chances of seeing one of the yellow-paint-and-louver-flecked beasts are infinitely better. Maybe a fraction of a percent, but still. One great way to raise those odds towards the double digits, though? Linger outside the Lamborghini factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

YouTube user "TheStradman," moments after posting a Snapchat wishing for a sight of the carbon-fiber confection, was greeted by the one-of-40 hypercar, growling and whirring as you'd expect. After its driver pauses at the gate, scissor-door ajar, the car speeds off, with the low burble of its 6.5-liter V12 transitioning to a shriek even at what looks like less than 40 miles per hour. Sure, comparing sports cars to planes is a tired metaphor, but how else to describe something so sleek and aerodynamically optimized, its engine changing timbre as it accelerates, its flaps and wings contracting with speed?

The Centenario is the fourth in a line of recent Lamborghini special creations, many of which were test beds for the company's carbon-fiber manufacturing processes. The Reventon, Sesto Elemento, and Veneno, like the Centenario, were all based on existing Lamborghini platforms, albeit with lower weight, more power and cartoonishly rakish shapes compared to the production Aventador and Gallardo they were based upon.

Happy belated, Ferruccio, you bastard. All this writer got for his last birthday was a Chili's gift card.