If there’s one thing you are guaranteed with a special edition Lamborghini, it’s madness. In most cases, special editions that are either delivered in limited numbers, or are complete one-offs, are great ways for Lamborghini to unleash the madness that would perhaps be too overpowering for a more widely produced model. And in this blog, I aim to collaborate a list of 11 car that I believe to be the best special edition Lamborghinis.
While I will be including limited edition cars and concepts, I will be excluding prototypes - so I’m afraid that leaves the Countach LP Turbo S, and Countach Evoluzione out of the running. So, in no particular order, let’s start the show...
Designed to emulate the aesthetics of an F22 Raptor, the Reventon continues the jet-fighter theme inside with unique information graphics. Underneath the body sits the engine and underpinnings from the Murcielago LP640 - meaning it has a 631bhp 6.5L normally aspirated V12. Only 20 were made, all of them costing around the same as what you’d pay for a Veyron back in 2008.
The Concept S gave the old Gallardo a fantastic duel-style cockpit. While it may’ve been hopelessly impractical, it was a perfect example at how Lamborghini’s intrinsic madness could enrich more subtle models when it was allowed to flourish.
Rather than a symbol of madness, the Miura Concept was all about reminiscing in Lamborghini’s legendary past. With styling to echo the original Miura, coated in a layer of modernity, it was a stunner. A 600bhp version of the Gallardo’s 5.2L NA V10 sat beneath its body. With the 4WD and underpinnings coming from the bigger Murcielago, and a kerb weight of only 2425lbs (1100kg), 0-60mph happened in just 3.2 seconds! Flat out, you’d be doing 200mph!
I once listed the Veneno as the 9th ugliest car in all of automotive history - and that’s a verdict I stand by. Despite that however, I can still appreciate the madness that resulted in its birth. I still get goosebumps from the sound of the 740bhp 6.5L normally aspirated V12 that evolved from the Aventador. Ultimately however, I also still feel sick whenever I look at it.
The Egoista was a concept made for Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. With merely one seat inhabiting the cockpit, and a canopy door beckoning you inside, just like the Reventon, it feels like it has more in common with a jet fighter than a supercar. Despite its appearance leading people to believe that it’s only a show car, it’s actually fully functional thanks to a 600bhp V10 and underpinnings from a Lamborghini Gallardo.
The Estoque is a concept that came so incredibly close to production. Back in a time when the world was in love with executive super-saloons, it was set to use the Gallardo’s 5.2L NA V10, sending 552bhp to all 4 wheels. Unfortunately however, the global economy crashed, and when it picked up again, people’s interests had shifted to SUVs - hence, we now have the Urus. In my mind however, there’s no doubt that the Estoque should’ve been made.
Forever trying to find new and inventive ways of removing a car’s roof, Lamborghini created the face-bending Aventador J. Not only does it do away with a roof, but also a windscreen. And with 691bhp ready and raring to shove you along the road and into the path of unsuspecting insect life, the J is a car you wouldn’t want to drive without a crash helmet.
The Sesto Elemento proved to be one of the most literally named Lamborghinis in the company’s history. Translating to “Sixth Elemento” in English, it references the sixth element on the periodic table: carbon. Little else can be found throughout the Sesto Elemento, and as a result, it tips the scales at just under a tonne. The lack of weight results in the 562bhp V10 being able to launch it from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, and from 0-100mph in just 5.6 seconds. All things considered, it’s probably the greatest and most unfiltered driver’s car Lamborghini has ever made.
The Centenario was Lamborghinis way of honouring what would’ve been the 100th birthday of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. Underneath the crazy exterior beats a steroid-enhanced heart from the Aventador, tuned up to produce 759bhp. With 40 examples being made, the Centenario is actually one of the most common special edition Lamborghinis there is.
The Asterion concept could very well have turned out to be Lamborghini’s entry into the hybrid-hypercar royal family. It would’ve battled the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari with its combination of 602bhp V10, and 296bhp electrical boost. While it was dedicated more to luxury than the holy trinity - which showed in the Asterion’s 1.8 tonne bulk - I can’t help but feel it would’ve made the battle even more exciting.
With a name meaning “third millennium”, the Terzo Millennio is a car that’s very much looking towards the future, giving people an insight into what the company may be producing over the coming decades. While its looks may lead you to believe it roars, the car’s futuristic nature means it’s designed to use electric power. Happily, a hybrid hypercar that borrows from the TM’s aesthetics is expected to arrive next year.
But now I want to ask you guys: which special edition Lamborghini is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
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