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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million

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On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million

When we finally laid eyes on the Sesto Elemento after weeks of teasing from Lamborghini, it was a moment of duality. On the one hand, we were excited and awed by Lamborghini's striking concept and by the fact of simply getting to see it after such an intense teaser compaign. On the other hand, it was one of those concepts that made our hearts drop for the fact that it was just that: a concept with no foreseeable likelihood of production. A very dynamic, intriguing concept to be sure, but just a concept.

Today that initial duality has merged into one clear feeling of jubilation. At least for the moment. A report out of French automotive site AutoMotos last week brings news that Lamborghini has approved the Sesto for production. Don't get too excited just yet, though; there will be a maximum of 10 units and each will cost more than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

The reasons for being intrigued by the Sesto and tickled by the fact that Lambo will build it are obvious. The car is something of a carbon fiber rocket, a completely different type of Lamborghini. Weighing just 2,202 lbs., the Sesto is built on top of a carbon monocoque tub, a tub to which Lamborghini added only minimal interior comforts in order to keep weight as low as possible.

Despite the fact that Lamborghini opted for a smaller 570-hp 5.2-liter V10 from the Gallardo rather than a bigger Murcielago/Jota V12, the Sesto Elemento is one of the fastest Lamborghinis ever: 2.5 seconds to 62 mph and a 217.5 mph top speed. Yes, that's the type of concept that gets our blood pumping.

Sesto Elemento translates into "Sixth Element," a nod to the carbon that is so integral in its design. At the time that Lamborghini introduced the Sesto Elemento, it didn't look too likely for production, though the company didn't close the door entirely.

CEO Stephan Winkelmann said of the concept when it was introduced: "The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look—extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun...We will apply this technological advantage right across our model range. Every future Lamborghini will be touched by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento."

If this rumor holds up, the first one of those future Lamborghinis will be the—Sesto Elemento. That spirit should be an easy transfer.

According to the rumor, Lamborghini will build between seven and 10 Sestos and will offer them for an exorbitant €2.5 million/$3.44 million.

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