Lamborghini spits fiery venom with the Veneno


March 5, 2013

The Veneno is powered by a 750-hp 6.5-liter V12

The Veneno is powered by a 750-hp 6.5-liter V12

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For years, Lamborghini has been looking to the skies for inspiration. Fighter jets have inspired such releases as the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and even the Aventador. The all-new Veneno takes sharp, angular jet-inspired design to an extreme level. Lamborghini will build only a handful of these hardcore racecars-for-the-road.

If you've been following the evolution of Lamborghini's jet-inspired design, you may have wondered: How far can they take it? Well, it seems that the Veneno provides an answer. At least we hope it's the answer ... the only answer.

While past designs blended sharp, military-like lines with the usual sensuous Lamborghini curves and design sensibilities, the Veneno lets those lines run wild with no particular destination. The Veneno comes across as a visual amalgamation of an F1 race car, a stealth bomber and some type of Dyson-designed air conditioner. Frankly, the whole thing looks greatly overdesigned – if we didn't read the Lamborghini press release, we'd have thought we were looking at a design study from a student with no official connection to Lamborghini HQ.

As it enjoys doing, Lamborghini named its newest concept after a fighting bull, which it describes as one of the strongest, fastest and most aggressive ever. The word also means venom or poison in Spanish, which seems quite fitting for this particular design.

The looks are an acquired taste that we may never acquire, but the design has a purpose that extends well past the eyes. Lamborghini explains that every detail of the car "pursues a clear function - exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine." This is a racing prototype that happens to be homologated for the road.

Lamborghini didn't even need to explain that, as the Veneno tells the story rather concisely. The gaping grille and flaring nostrils are part of what Lamborghini describes as an aero-optimized front-end wing, serving to channel air through the hood and onto the wheels. The air continues over the bulging fenders, along the side sills and into the cavernous side intakes. Out back, a hulking adjustable wing, rear diffuser, splitter and air outlets finish the job. The only area of the rear-end that seals out airflow is the license plate holder. A "shark" fin over the rear engine cover improves braking efficiency and rear-end stability by delivering more downforce at high yaw angles.

Underneath the six cooling ducts of the engine cover, Lamborghini's 6.5-liter V12 engine enjoys a tune of 750 horsepower. That muscular bull pushes the 3,190-pound (1,450-kg) Veneno to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8-seconds – a tick faster than the Aventador but short of the ultralight Sesto Elemento's 2.5 seconds. It also packs the potential for sending the needle spasming to 221 mph (355 km/h). The engine works with a 7-speed ISR transmission, five driving modes and a permanent all-wheel-drive system. A racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units translates all that power into sharp handling.

The Veneno sits on alloy wheels (20-inch front, 21-inch rear). A carbon fiber ring that lines each rim acts as a turbine, shooting cooling air at the carbon-ceramic discs. The exterior is painted in a new metallic grey, save for some parts where Lamborghini let the naked carbon fiber shine through. The Geneva version includes Italian flag accents.

Similar to the Sesto Elemento, the Veneno uses a ton of composite construction. The monocoque chassis and body are made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and carbon design extends to the interior, where Lamborghini innovations like Forged Composite seats and CarbonSkin trim coat the cabin. The inside is more fully furnished than the minimalistic Sesto concept, but it does include evidence of the carbon monocoque on the center tunnel and sills.

The Veneno is part of Lamborghini's 50th anniversary celebration. Model number 0 makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will remain the property of Lamborghini. Lamborghini has already sold the other three models, each of which will be painted a different solid color from the Italian flag, to a few lucky individuals with the wherewithal to afford the €3 million (that's close to US$4 million) price tag.

Source: Lamborghini

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Same old formula, with a touch of Transformers to fit the current trends. Yes, its pretty I'll give you that, but hardly a breakthrough.

In this price range exotic elements are possible. Why not integrate the rear wing into the body. Perhaps something exotic with opening valves and ports like shark gills to redirect airflow Maybe a bit of AI in the vehicle to assist the driver, or some other mind blowing idea.

If one requires a vomitron capable of 100 in 2.5 or less there are plenty of better choices for under 200k. There would even be enough change to add a few garnishes for that Deceptecon look.


I think someone mistakenly let a cycling helmet designer into the shop. Vent holes as design mantra.


"Extreme vents" have been done nicely before in the TVR Sagaris, though they ended up filling them in after they found they were actually crap scoops.


When did John Hennessey start working for Lamborghini in the design studio?



Batmobile meets too-much-aftermarket-body-kits Honda Civic, has love child who takes performance enhancing drugs and then hooks up with Megatron. This is the result.


It's the first Lamborghini since the Countach that I have liked the looks of, but a thousand ponies is so easy to reach these days.


It looks so good from behind. I like the business of the design, The front is kinda ugly, But I guess it serves a purpose.

Van Sanhnikone

the backend is sexy, but really this is a honda with aftermarket crap on. I was a proud supporter of lambo i have witnessed how a murcielago is built (far better than ferraris plastic tupperware factory) OMG! lambo wipe the 458 splooge off your face and start again. Make it fly or something or a mr. Fusion - please its 2013 already! Fancy vents are meaningless, want my money? Then make it worth my while by doing something radical and magic.


I like the overall profile but so many air scoops just clutter up the beauty. The longer I look at it, the more I dislike it. It looks like a beautiful young woman who got old and wrinkled. It happens.


A detailing nightmare, I can just see all the wax that was missed. little kids will have dreams about this car

Jay Finke

Lamborghini peaked with the Reventon and blew it a bit with the Sesto Elemento (luckily it's not a car for regular production release) and then recovered with the gorgeous Aventador. A more moderate version of the Reventon as far as looks go, but still the best looker to come out of the stable of Lamborghini for production. It makes the worthy Murcielago look 20 years old.

The Veneno is about as bad as it can get. It looks like a late 90's Pontiac with way too much plastic (I guess CF in this case) cladding. Very unimaginitive. It's basically a Countach (how ridiculous that looks today) with more plastic frills.


OK now how does this thing survive a Speed Bump?

Joseph Mertens

To each his own I guess. I think its a beautiful car. Seats look a tad uncomfortable though for $4 million :)

Joe Sobotka

There isn't a driveway or city street in the world where this wouldn't bottom out with that 2 inch ground clearance. Not drive-able.


Just saw it in the flesh at the Geneva motor show. It was shockingly ugly in my opinion, looked like the type "supercar" a kid might doodle in the mid 80s, when sharp angles, boxy air intakes and huge out of proportion blown spoilers were the ultimate in supercar design.

Things have moved on..compared to the P1, LaFerrari, Veyron, Huayra it looks like an anachronism. They are all on a different planet styling-wise, showing what top sports cars are going to look like from now on. This will look like an even sicker joke in 10 years!

Having said that, there were a lot of crowds at the lambo stand...more than at mclaren and accounting for taste!



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