$3.9 Million Supercar, Lamborghini Veneno, Unveiled

Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 09:17 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Lamborghini unveiled its $3.9 million, 750-horsepower Veneno supercar, which the automaker claims is legal to drive, Monday at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

In celebration of Automobili Lamborghini's 50th anniversary, the Italian company manufactured just three copies of the Veneno. Rumor has it two of them have already been sold, reportedly to two U.S. buyers, one of whom is said to own a Lamborghini dealership on Long Island.

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The Veneno boasts a 6.5-liter V-12 engine, seven-speed automated manual transmission, and permanent all-wheel drive. The supercar can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

Based on the company's Aventador model, the vehicle has similar architecture, but its carbon fiber body panels, including an adjustable rear spoiler, diffusers, and air ducts, are unique to the Veneno. The lighter carbon fiber makes the car 275 pounds lighter than the Aventador, for a total of 3,190 pounds. Lamborghini's goal was to make the Veneno as aerodynamic as possible by creating downforce to hold it on the road.

Keeping in line with the car manufacturer's tradition of naming its cars after fighting bulls, Veneno refers to a bull that was among the strongest and most aggressive bulls in the world, according to Lamborghini. The animal gained notoriety when it fatally wounded a famous matador, José Sánchez Rodríguez, in 1914.

The only production car that was more expensive than the Veneno was the Maybach Exelero, according to the Atlantic Wire. That car, which rapper Bryan "Birdman" Williams reportedly bought for $8 million, was the result of a design competition.

The Veneno's price tag blows the rest of the top 10 most expensive supercars out of the water, surpassing the $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron, the $1.85 million Aston Martin One-77, and its own $1.6 million Lamborghini Reventon.

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