Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Headed for Limited Production Run

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Front View

Lamborghini teased everyone endlessly in the lead-up to the Paris International Auto Show in September. While many expected to see the debut of the much-rumored Murcielago replacement, dubbed Jota, something entirely different came instead. Lamborghini’s big debut at the show was the Sesto Elemento Concept.

The car showed a new approach for Lamborghini, focused on lightness and acceleration rather than just top speed. The emphasis on lightness also comes as the company looks to find ways to reduce emissions without cutting power and hurting performance.

To achieve goals of lightness, the concept displayed an extensive use of carbon fiber, hence its name. Carbon is the sixth element in the periodic table, resulting in the name Sesto Elemento, which means sixth element in Italian.

Clever, isn’t it? While it appeared at first that the concept was more like a one-off or preview to the Gallardo successor, reports now are swirling that it could actually see production as a limited-run model.

World Car Fans says the car will be produced at the very top of Lamborghini’s lineup, with a price of around $3,500,000.

At that price, only limited run of about 12 units maximum would be produced. That would make the car rarer and more expensive than the Murcielago-based Reventon.

The Sesto Elemento’s use of carbon fiber has resulted in a startlingly low curb weight of just 2,200 pounds. That enables the car to sprint to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, all while using the 570 horsepower V-10 engine from the Gallardo.

Also, carbon fiber won’t just be a limited-run model endeavor at Lamborghini – expect it to play a major part in future volume models across the lineup.

Lamborghini is heavily investing in composites, with development taking place at its ACRC (Advanced Composite Research Center) and the ACSL (Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory), working in concert with experts in the field like Boeing.

The Sesto Elemento promises to be the most expensive and exclusive modern Lamborghini yet. Hopefully a lot of traits from the car will appear in the forthcoming Murcielago replacement as well.

1 Comment on "Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Headed for Limited Production Run"

  1. Toolman

    Lamborghini already previewed a road-going LP700 (note: Winkelmann did not disclose the model name as yet), their Murcielago replacement a couple of week’s back to selected clients in Singapore. The entire chassis is made of carbon fiber, with a much larger jet fighter-style side air-intake, slightly slanted scissor doors, lots of sharp curves, a 2-step 7-speed gearbox and an instrument panel from he Reventon. 0-100km/h in 2.9sec. Production already underway in factory and delivery will start mid-2012. Car will be unveiled during next year’s Geneva Motor Show sans engine and gearbox.

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