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Lambo Reventon: One serious Bull

2007-09-13 07:15
Lamborghini's handsome new beast is called Reventon. This is about as close as many will ever get to the car - its entire production run has been pre-sold.

Reventon is probably one of the most extreme supercars produced, described by company head Stephan Winkelmann as "a true automotive superlative".

Based on the already-extraordinary Murcielago LP640, the car's exterior is completely new. Constructed from a lightweight carbon fibre composite, glue is used to affix exterior components to the carbon fibre and steel body structure.

The engine cover is made from a glass laminate that allows a cheeky peek at the car's twelve cylinder powerplant, which is unchanged from the standard LP640.

Displacing 6.5 litres, the engine produces 478 kW at 8 000 r/min and has a peak torque figure of 660 Nm.

Reventon accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds.

Permanent Viscous Traction four-wheel drive ensures impeccable handling and road holding.

Large front airdams cool the ceramic brake discs and six-pot calipers; important components in a car capable of topping 340 km/h.

Rims with opaque carbon fibre fins have been created especially for Reventon and are designed for optimum cooling of the brake discs.

For the cabin, attention to detail is evident in the Alcantara, carbon fibre, aluminium and leather trim used throughout.

Described as rivaling that seen on modern airplanes, three LCD displays provide information and the driver can change choose between two information display modes at the touch of a button.

New on this car is a G-Force Meter that uses a 3D grid to display drive forces, longitudinal acceleration under acceleration and braking, and transverse acceleration while cornering.

Reventon is equipped with an automated e-gear transmission controlled by using two steering-wheel levers.

Following Lamborghini tradition, the car is named after Reventon, listed as one of the most famous bulls ever. He famed for killing star bullfighter Felix Guzman in 1943.

All 20 units will be produced at Lamborghini's Sant'Agata facility.

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