As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Automobili Lamborghini held the worldwide premiere of what is considered the world’s most expensive car on board the Italian navy ship at Port Zayed in the UAE capital on Sunday night.
The event was attended by VIP guests from across the Middle East, including HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, singer Elena Bonelli and former Italian footballer Fabio Cannavaro.
Christian Mastro, Lamborghini’s Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Abu Dhabi pays a special homage to such a special and unique car.
“We have been selling cars in this region for many, many years, since the beginning of Lamborghini.”
Just nine of the stunning, 750bhp Veneno Roadsters will ever be sold, costing a cool 3.3 million Euros (Dhs16.5 million) before tax.
The car accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 355kph. It is powered by a 12-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5l and is equipped with a fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units.
Mastro said the car was designed with aerodynamics in mind, adding: “The thinking was going into downforce, air flows.”
The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing, while Lamborghini says the division of the rear fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of racing cars and optimises the aerodynamic flow.
At the back are four large exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. The large openings ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the adjustable rear wing, which is also the product of the Italian firm’s motorsport heritage.
The model on show in Abu Dhabi was in the new colour ‘Rosso Veneno’, developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, although each owner will be able to customise their vehicle to suit their preferences.
Carbon fibre dominates both the interior and the exterior of the car, keeping both the weight down and adding design touches, such as the monocoque being visible inside the car around the central tunnel and the sills.
Mastro said: “Carbon fibre is the keyword. The interior and exterior is using a massive quantity of carbon-fibre technology and this is proof of how Lamborghini can master carbon fibre.”
The lightweight design means the Veneno Roadster has a dry weight of just 1,490kg, and a power-to-weight ratio of 1.99kg/bhp.
Sunday night’s unveiling onboard the Cavour will be followed by another event in the UAE this month when Lamborghini holds a 50th anniversary owners meeting in Dubai, from December 15 to 17, when 50 owners will take their cars on a two-day driving experience around the emirate.