A very happy customer took delivery of a rare beast in California. Lamborghini Newport Beach played host to the first U.S-spec Centenario, which has just arrived on our shores.
The Italian automaker plans to build just 40 examples in total, with the build-out distributed between 20 coupes and 20 roadsters. Numero uno for the USA is shown here. It is finished a naked carbon-fiber body that's accented with blue bits of trim, and the result is rather stunning. We think it looks quite a bit better with the blue trim than the yellow as shown at the Geneva motor show last year.
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Equally stunning, of course, is the power and performance of this devilish looking machine. Nestled just ahead of the rear axle is a 6.5-liter V-12 engine. Similar to the engine you'd find under the skin of an Aventador or even the Aventador SV, the engine in the Centenario is re-worked to wring out even more power. Thanks to a revised engine limiter, new mufflers, and re-engineered intake manifold, the Centenario bellows forth with 759 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque.
Shifting is done via paddles that trigger a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. When the new owner jumps on it and clicks through those gears, he/she will be able to rocket from a standstill to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The top speed is 217 mph. The price tag is around $2 million. That's for the coupe, mind you. If you want the roadster, you'll have to pay a few ticks more. Both cost a lot more than the $400K or so for an Aventador SV.
You're also too late. All the Centenarios have been sold.