Upon its debut in 2007 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Lamborghini Reventon was the most exclusive, extreme and expensive piece of art Lamborghini had ever crafted. As a matter of fact, the Reventon was way ahead of its time.
The Reventon’s structure was based on its predecessor’s (Murcielago LP640) platform while its body styling was inspired by the Lockheed martin/Boeing F-22 Rapto. The result was a master craft that is highly regarded till this day, almost 10 years later. As is the norm with Lamborghini, the name Reventon was derived from a bull, in this case one bull which was owned by Don Rodriguez. This bull killed Felix Guzman, a famous bullfighter in 1943.
Only 20 units were produced making it one of the rarest supercars of all time. Read along to find why this piece of engineering (fighter jet on four wheels) from Lamborghini is still held in high regards;
Lamborghini Reventon Exterior
Many automakers turn to airplane designs to help them improve their vehicle’s aerodynamics so as to perform better especially for sport cars. Of late, the auto industry has even started using similar materials to what airplanes are manufactured with such as fiberglass and carbon fiber. While this is pretty impressive, Lamborghini went a step further in crafting the Reventon; the automaker crafted the interior and exterior of the supercar based not on just a plane but a fighter jet (F/A-22 Raptor).
The exterior design of the Reventon was slightly different from its predecessor the Murcielago but their proportions and dimensions were similar. Various tweaks such as its air intakes on the front, arrow-shaped hood gave the Reventon the unique fighter jet look which made it stand apart from the Murcielago.
Wheelbase: 2665 mm / 104.73 in
Overall length: 4700 mm / 184.71 in
Overall width: 2058 mm / 80.88 in
Overall height: 1135 mm / 44.61 in
Front track: 1635 mm / 64.26 in
Rear track: 1695 mm / 66.61 in
Front overhang: 1080 mm / 42.44 in
Rear overhang: 955 mm / 37.53 in
Weight: 1665 kg / 3671 lbs
The hood was made from glass laminate while its body was made from carbon fiber composite translating to a strong, light and super fast automobile. Its innovative exterior lighting system was quite impressive. It featured bi-xenon headlights and LED indicator and hazard lights (this technology was quite an innovation at the time). At the rear, the vehicle also featured LED tail lights which were placed near its exhaust system. To make this possible, the automaker had to make special heat-resistant LEDs to sustain high temperatures from its tailpipe. Like all Lamborghini’s starting with the 1974’s Countach, the Reventon doors open upwards.
Lamborghini Reventon Interior
Sliding inside, one is straightaway hit by the fighter jet feeling making one feel like a fighter pilot. Some quarters even referred to the Reventon’s cabin as a “cockpit”. The cabin mostly features an “army green” color trim which enhances the vehicle’s military feeling.
It features a TFT liquid crystal display screen behind the steering wheel similar to ones used in airplane instrument displays. Its instruments console which is set on a solid block of aluminum features three different display modes of the vehicle’s information.
However, the most unique of its instruments is a G-Force-Meter that displays information on the vehicle’s longitudinal and transversal acceleration. This technology is mostly used on Formula One racing cars and also…you guessed it right… on airplanes.
Engine Specs and Performance
When the Diablo hit over the 200 mph mark, there was no turning back for Lamborghini. With each model after the Diablo, the automaker strived to raise its speed even further.
To keep up with this trend, the Reventon was powered by a 6.5 L, V12 engine which pumped out 650 hp at 8,000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque, paired with 6-gear transmission. This power enabled the Reventon to make the 0-60 mph run in only 3.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 221 mph.
The engine is combined with a permanent 4-wheel Viscous Traction drive system which gives the supercar excellent traction at all times.
As said earlier, only 20 units of the Reventon were built. Upon its debut, the model had a price tag of $1.5 million.
These are sort of cars one might never see in his/her lifetime unless a rich chap in your area decided to add one in his/her fleet of expensive 4-wheeled “toys” which is also difficult considering their rarity.