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Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions

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On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions

Last year, after months of teasing a Paris-bound car long thought to be the Aventador LP700-4 (commonly called "Jota" at the time), Lamborghini was forced into introducing its Sesto Elemento concept just ahead of the Paris Motor Show. It was so forced by a French website that leaked the details of the Sesto ahead of the official reveal. Despite the leak, the world was quite impressed with Lamborghini's enthralling concept.

Well, if you liked that one, Lambo has no plans to stop. In a brief but telling sound bite, CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that Lambo is committed to developing exciting, limited run supercars.

One of the most impressive debuts at last year's Paris show, the Sesto Elemento is what happens when a premier automaker strips its car to the bone in an effort to save weight and boost performance. The car weighs 2,200 lbs., and though it uses a smaller Gallardo V-10, it beats the Aventador handily to 62 mph, with a Veyron-tying 2.5 seconds.

Lamborghini later revealed that it would sell the Sesto Elemento, and last week indicated it will offer just 20 examples for very well-heeled buyers. All the examples have already sold out.

But fear not, Lambo will build other special edition sports cars in the future. In a discussion with Autocar, Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed it: "Once in a while we should do one-offs or special editions. In this case we made the concept and then got enough interest in it to make a limited run. If the car meets the image of Lamborghini and there is demand, we will build them."

Winkelmann added that any future cars will have to meet the "emotional standards" of Lamborghini and will, of course, have to be profitable.

Predictably, future special editions aren't likely to get much lighter than the Sesto, unless Lamborghini's Advanced Composites Lab has some monumental breakthroughs. Winkelmann admitted that the 2,200-lb. Sesto was about as light as Lambo could go without incurring too much cost.

You don't have to be able to afford one to be excited about the idea of other special editions in the vein of the Sesto.




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