Lamborghini avoided the hustle-and-bustle of Pebble Beach at the weekend, preferring to join the annual ‘Motorsports Gathering’ at Quail Lodge and Golf Club (just down the road in Carmel, California) to unveil its $2.98-million Centenario Roadster.
Now in its 13th year, the Quail Motorsports Gathering is the most exclusive meeting of well-heeled motorsports and classic car enthusiasts on the planet... no better place to whip the covers from the latest limited edition supercar (just 20 will be produced) from Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Although nowadays part of the Volkswagen Group, this year the company is celebrating the centenary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini with a series of special cars so the Centenario Roadster now joins its fixed-roof sibling.
And here is a good starting point: the Centenario Roadster’s 566kW naturally-aspirated V12 is the most powerful engine so far from Lamborghini and the red-line has been raised to an ear-shattering 8,600rpm.
Carbon-fibre bodywork - in a new silver colour called Argento Centenario - matches a carbon-fibre monocoque and this obsession with minimal weight provides a dry weight of just 1,570kgs accounting for a power-to-weight ratio of 2.04kg/hp.
And of course aerodynamics were crucial - the rear wing can extend 150mm and rotate up to15-degrees, then there is the windscreen which is shaped to duct air around and above the cockpit so occupants experience little turbulence (while at the same time keeping cool for those hot summer drives down the Amalfi Coast).
There are even air-channels behind the seat headrests, the headlight surrounds and of course the wheelarches (Lamborghini says the Centenario’s rear wheelarches have been designed to accentuate its new rear-wheel-steering).
The central locking-nut alloy wheels themselves are works of art - 20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear - with carbon-fibre accents in the spokes masking fans to extract hot air from the carbon ceramic brakes.
Inside, customers can choose their desired colour and finish from Lamborghini’s ‘Ad Personam’ personalization program.
The Centenario Roadster shown at Quail ran light brown Alcantara ‘Terra di California’ with ‘Bianco Polar’ leather inserts.
And the 10.1-inch central touchscreen features internet browsing, Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation - you can even opt for the installation of two interior cameras (to record and playback whatever you’re doing inside your Lamborghini!)
The bad news is Lamborghini collectors have already snapped-up the entire 40-car production run of Centenario Coupes and Roadsters and are anxiously awaiting deliveries to commence next year.