Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

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The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (literally "Sixth Element" in Italian) is a two seater, V10 high-performance concept car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Sesto Elemento is equipped with a 6-speed paddle-shift, semi-automatictransmission and all-wheel-drive system, mated to a 5.2-litre V10 engine borrowed from the Lamborghini Gallardo, generating 570 horsepower and 540 Nm (398) ft-lb of torque.

The chassis, body, driveshaft and suspension components are made of carbon fiber, reducing the overall weight to a mere 999 kg (2,202 lbs), making it the lightest car Lamborghini has ever produced. Perspired air is released through 10 distinctive hexagonal holes in the engine cover, while two intakes funnel cool air into the mid-mounted engine compartment. The Sesto Elemento's high amount of horsepower combined with low overall weight translate to a power-to-weight ratio of 0.57 hp/kg (0.26hp/lb).

Lamborghini claims a 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of just 2.5 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph). Lamborghini sources said "...It will never be road legal". Autoweek Magazine said a "...A stratospheric price tag, perhaps about $2.8 million..." The car is featured in the video game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, in the downloadable content (DLC) pack Lamborghini Untamed, alongside the digitalized Lamborghini Countach and Lamborghini Diablo SuperVeloce. [1], and become a limited-buyable car in Car Town.

The Sesto Elemento's name stems from the car's extensive use of carbon fiber, carbon being the sixth element in the periodic table of elements.

The 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will also be making an appearance in the upcoming racing game Forza Motorsport 4.


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Lamborghini Murcielago

Italy's Lamborghini, you'll recall, is the sports-car maker that produced the legendary and iconic Countach, the supercar that, after its unveiling in the early 1970s spawned nearly as many male reveries and bedroom-wall posters as Farrah Fawcett. Today, that Countach DNA -- outrageous scissor-doors design, hulking V-12 engine, stratospheric price tag -- lives on in Lambo's current flagship, the fast and flamboyant Murcielago.

Power? Oh, yes: In "standard" form the 6.5-liter V-12 behind the driver's ears rocks with an asphalt-shredding 632 horsepower. If that's not enough for you (perhaps you're related to Wernher von Braun), opt for the limited-edition 670-4 Super Veloce edition, which bumps output to 661 horses (the same as Ferrari's new 599 GTO).

Both versions feed a full-time all-wheel-drive system through a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed E-Gear auto-clutch manual transmissions. And if the scissor doors are simply too outré for you, consider the Roadster edition, which also bumps horsepower slightly over the standard LP 640 (though you'll have to hurry as Lamborghini is building only 50 of the drop-tops).

The Range

Bodystyles: Coupe, convertible
Engine: 6.5L V-12
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto-clutch manual
Models: LP 640, LP 640 Roadster, LP 670-4 SV

What's New

Lamborghini introduced both the SV -- lighter and more potent than the standard Murcielago -- and the open-air Roadster versions for the 2010 model year. While the Roadster is rarer, the SV is juicier. Roughly 220 pounds lighter than the LP 640, the SV also sports the previously noted power bump, a revised bod (with larger, fixed rear wing), and carbon-fiber cabin trim.

Exterior

Look up the word "Murcielago" in the dictionary, and you'll find the following definition: "To arrive with all the subtlety of Pamela Anderson in a Saran Wrap bikini. To humiliate the weak. To own any valet stand."

Interior

Fire up the V-12, and suddenly you won't care that: (a) you can barely see anything behind you, (b) to back up you'll need a spotter, (c) climbing out can make you look like a circus clown.

Performance & Handling

Few automobiles on earth run like this one. The "regular" LP 640 scorches to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. The SV can do it in just 3.2. Top speed, claims Lamborghini, is well north of 200 mph (211 mph for the SV). Maximum grip hovers around 1.0 g, and the Murcielago is far lighter on its feet than its size might suggest.

Safety

The Roadster adds a measure of security with rollover bars that automatically deploy if the car begins to turn turtle. Otherwise, the safety extras are minimal (no side air bags, no stability control).

EPA Fuel Economy

LP 640, Roadster: 8 mpg city/13 mpg highway
SV: 9 mpg city/14 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Blistering performance
  • The V-12's howl
  • Sensational styling
  • Being treated like a rock star

You Won't Like

  • Outrageous price tag
  • Laughable rear visibility
  • Horrendous fuel consumption

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