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All Lamborghinis are special, but some are a little more special than others...

By Dafydd Wood / Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Reventon is a curious beast. As Dan admitted when he drove it back in 2012, "I'd been ready to be a little snooty about the Reventon. Pointless! Just a rebodied Murcielago with too many zeros on the price! Too big for the road! Too heavy for the track! But when it inches out of the truck it's all I can do to stop clapping with excitement. And that's what supercars should do. Sod relevance."

As a limited-to-twenty (plus one example for Lamborghini's Sant'Agata museum) special edition, the Reventon made use of a lot of components from the LP640. In some respects that was no bad thing: the 6.5-litre V12 produced 640hp from 8,000rpm and a plentiful 487lb ft of torque, enough to propel it to 62 in 3.4 seconds and on to a 211mph top speed. Despite its hefty 1,660kg dry weight.

In other areas, though, it wasn't quite as appealing. The Reventon borrowed the rest of its platform and mechanicals from the Murcielago, too, leading some to claim it wasn't different enough from the 'mass-market' car. Its switchgear also came from the same Audi parts bin as other Lamborghinis of the era, while the automated manual transmission was hardly known for its swiftness.

There was plenty that was new to the model, though, not least its aggressive styling; a relative leap from what came before, the angular carbon fibre panels stood in stark contrast to the broad curves and sweeping lines of the Murci. Said to be inspired by the F22 fighter jet, it was a theme which continued into the cabin. There, a set of three liquid crystal displays were housed within a binnacle milled from a solid aluminium block, in tandem with a head-up display they mimicked the instruments which Raptor pilots used in the air.

A further 15 examples of the even more exclusive Reventon roadster were announced at the 2009 Frankfurt show. But then came the Aventador, which built upon the Reventon with a more powerful engine and an arguably more resolved design. Leaving the unicorn in a somewhat awkward position.

Having cost around £1,000,000 new, the price of today's Spotted represents a near-enough doubling of its value. But if it's drama, performance or kerb appeal that you're looking for, does a Reventon really offer five time more of it than an SVJ? As Dan said the best part of a decade ago, that's somewhat irrelevant at this point. A one-of-twenty Lamborghini, with a fighter jet-inspired design, which foreshadowed the styling that has come to define the brand in the 21st century, the Reventon still has the power to shock and awe. For brand aficionados with deep enough pockets, that'll be all that counts.

Engine: 6,496cc V12
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 640@8,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 487@6,000rpm
MPG: 13.2
CO2: 495g/km
Recorded mileage: 2,000
First registered: 2008
Price new: €1,000,000 euros (plus taxes)
Yours for: £1,950,000


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