Ferruccio Lamborghini poured lots of fuel on automotive enthusiast’s souls with the launch of the Giotto Bizzarrini designed V12 engine that powered the Lamborghini 350 GT in 1963. Who could have imagined that 60 years later, Lamborghini would be building their final naturally aspirated V12 powered supercars, the Invencible coupe and Auténtica roadster. Only one of each of these tribute cars will be built. Lamborghini will soon unveil their first ever hybrid supercar.
“The V12 engine is one of the pillars of our history and our marque’s success,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO. “As we head towards embracing a new era of hybridization at the heart of our Cor Tauri strategy, this is the Lamborghini way of celebrating the naturally aspirated V12 with two one-off vehicles that perfectly represent our concept of excellence in personalization.”
The Invencible (Invincible) and Auténtica (Authentic) are based on the same carbon fibre monocoque as the Lamborghini Aventador. Powering these cars are 6.5 litre longitudinally mounted V12 engines pumping out a whopping 769 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than twice the horsepower generated by the naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V12 in the classic 350 horsepower 350 GT. A 5 speed manual sent power to the rear wheels in the 350 GT. A 7 speed ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) gearbox sends power to all four wheels in the Invencible and Auténtica.
“We have created two one-off cars with their own unique character, inspired by track days and the high-octane circuit environment,” said Mitja Borkert, Automobili Lamborghini Head of Design. “They are designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, exerting maximum creativity on the V12 platform. These one-off designs draw on our unique design DNA while once again elevating our design heritage to a new level.”
The 2021 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster can only travel 9 miles in the city on one gallon of premium gas, as rated by the US Department of Energy. That’s 26.1 litres per 100 kms. It can go 15 miles per gallon on the highway (15 l/100 km) and is rated at 10 mpg combined (23.5 l/100 km). That ranks as one of the lease fuel efficient vehicles sold in 2021.
Fuel efficiency, or lack therefore, obviously has no impact on the sales of these sculpted supercars. Lamborghini had another record year of sales in 2022, selling 9,233 vehicles worldwide through their 180 dealers in 53 countries. That’s a ten percent increase over the previous year. Demand for these cars is so strong they have an 18 month waiting list.
“Our trend of growth and development continues, and this shows that our direction is sound and our choices are on the mark,” said Stephan Winkelmann. “We have been able to carefully and meticulously manage an extraordinary order intake, pursuing a clear strategy with the primary objective of maintaining controlled growth to protect the exclusivity of our brand. 2023 is going to be a year of challenges and changes that we are ready to confront by always pushing ourselves beyond.”
Their top seller in 2022 was the Urus Super SUV with 5,367 units delivered, followed by the Huracán with 3,113 and the Aventador with 753 units delivered. The US remains in the top market with 2,721 vehicles delivered in 2022, up ten percent over the previous year.
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