- This Reventón, one in every of simply 20 bought, is a uncommon mix of Lamborghini’s previous and current.
- Combining stealth-fighter styling and a lusty V-12 powertrain, this flagship Lamborghini led the best way for the creation of the Aventador.
- Bidding has already gone into seven figures with six days to go on the on-line public sale at Deliver a Trailer.
Immediately impressed by the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, the Lamborghini Reventón did something however fly underneath the radar. A extremely restricted version based mostly on the V-12–powered Murciélago LP640, it featured distinctive carbon-fiber bodywork in a flat grey that enhanced the stealth fighter appears to be like. The Reventón made its debut in 2007, and all 20 automobiles have been snapped up by collectors earlier than the general public even noticed them (one further automotive was reserved for the Lamborghini museum). This one is now up for public sale on Deliver a Trailer—which, like Automotive and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos—and it is a chance to personal a Reventón for anybody who missed out the primary time round.
Honest warning: It will not be low-cost. With six days to go, bidding on this particular Lamborghini has reached $1.4 million, the primary Lamborghini product to crack the million-dollar barrier on the location. Then once more, an F-22 Raptor prices roughly $143 million. This factor’s a cut price!
If you happen to’re considering there have been a number of hints on the then-upcoming Aventador’s styling within the Reventón, you are proper. In some ways, it was a roadgoing idea automotive, exhibiting the best way ahead for Lamborghini’s V-12 machines.
Right here, that V-12 displaces 6.5 liters and produces 641 horsepower at 8000 rpm, barely greater than within the Murciélago. Notice that this was one of many final examples of the first-generation Lamborghini V-12, which might stretch its bloodline all the best way again to the delivery of the corporate, and the handiwork of Giotto Bizzarinni.
And, on the identical time, the Reventón smashed any neo-retro nostalgia Lamborghini’s designers might need been toying with. One yr earlier than this all-angular automotive emerged, the 2006 Miura idea hinted on the potential for Lamborghini to look to its previous for inspiration. The client and public response to the Reventón helped Lamborghini hit the afterburners on an ever-wilder, knife-edged design.
You possibly can see the following evolution of that design within the just-released Revuelto, Lamborghini’s hybridized substitute for the Aventador. Many particulars on the Revuelto might be traced again to the limited-run Sián, which adopted within the Reventón’s hoofprints in serving to Lamborghini bridge the hole between fashions.
This instance is extra art work than automotive, with simply 457 miles on the odometer. Automotive quantity 5 of the 20, it has been pushed sparingly however maintained, and consists of the military-style bag that got here with the automotive on its unique supply to prospects.
Being that there are solely 20 automobiles on the market (plus 15 roadster variations that adopted), the chance to personal a Reventón does not come alongside daily. As Lamborghini strikes in direction of an ever extra electrified future, this combustion-powered, combat-aircraft-inspired machine appears destined to solely develop in worth, even when the following proprietor places a number of extra miles on it. This is your probability to take it out for a sortie when you nonetheless can. The public sale ends on Wednesday, April 12.
Brendan McAleer is a contract author and photographer based mostly in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He grew up splitting his knuckles on British vehicles, got here of age within the golden period of Japanese sport-compact efficiency, and started writing about automobiles and folks in 2008. His specific curiosity is the intersection between humanity and equipment, whether or not it’s the racing profession of Walter Cronkite or Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s half-century obsession with the Citroën 2CV. He has taught each of his younger daughters shift a handbook transmission and is grateful for the excuse they supply to be perpetually shopping for Scorching Wheels.