Ultra-lightweight Lamborghini gets green light — and an ultra-high price to match

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed at the Frankfurt motor show that the Sesto Elemento concept car will make it into low-volume production of just 20 units.

Weighing just 999kg, the new supercar will hit 62mph in just 2.5sec thanks to its 562bhp V10 powerhouse. The acceleration figure matches that of the 1183bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

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To keep to this self-imposed and ultra-ambitious weight limit, and as previously reported in Autocar, the Sesto Elemento will have to stay within the confines of the race track. Its extreme nature, stripped-out cabin and highly experimental forged carbonfibre construction mean that homologation issues preclude the possibility of a road-going version.

The only thing likely to be more breathtaking than the way the Sesto Elemento gets around a race track is the amount of money Lamborghini will ask its customers to part with in exchange for one.

Winkelmann reiterated earlier statements that no more than 20 will be built — but revealed that instead of a price tag of around a 1m euro (£889,000), each Elemento will be sold for around 2m euro.

Read the full story on the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

That may seem expensive for a track-day car, until you consider that Lamborghini sold all 35 Reventons, which were essentially rebodied Murciélagos, within a week of the car being announced at a price of 1m euro plus local taxes.

Few would bet against Lamborghini being able to find 20 people on the planet prepared to pay twice as much for the most technologically advanced, fastest, maddest-looking model in its 48-year history.

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