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Lamborghini Veneno: Art in Motion

If you were to design a military spacecraft for an unfriendly alien world, you could do worse than to base it on the new Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Veneno front view

The name of this intimidating new racer is the Veneno. Those who know at Lamborghini claim it was named after a notoriously aggressive fighting bull. The name also means “poison” in Spanish, which is quite apt for a car with looks to kill.

This is Lamborghini’s idea of a 50th birthday party, though, and in light of such a milestone, the Veneno is a fitting tribute. Its 6.5-liter V12 produces a dizzying 740 horsepower, which will get you to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. This may explain one element of the radically new design, specifically the huge (and, incidentally, adjustable) rear wing. That extra downforce is sure to come in handy if you ever get anywhere near the car’s top speed of 221 mph.

Lamborghini Veneno side view

Lamborghini Veneno rear view

Despite being a truly unique design and more menacing than ever, it’s still easy to see the outline of the Aventador underneath the new embellishments. It’s still identifiably Lamborghini, but the bad news is you likely will never get the chance to pick one out of a crowd.  To begin with, the price is a truly astronomical 3 million euros, or nearly 4 million dollars at current exchange rates.  On top of that, Lamborghini is keeping one then producing only three - one in each of the colors of the Italian flag.  The three have already been sold, with the new owners scheduled to take delivery late in 2013.

Even so, we can still enjoy the Veneno as an example of what a special dedication to engineering and automotive art can produce. It’s the fastest thing they’ve ever made, and one of the rarest. It’s more of a museum piece than a mode of transportation, so it looks like we’ll have to content ourselves with admiring it from afar.

- AutoandArt Staff