With the sensational new Lamborghini Urus still fresh in our minds, we recently found ourselves looking back at some of the extreme concept cars and special editions that Lamborghini have given us over the years. Here are just a few of our favourites!
With exhausts coming out of the rear wing, seats that were nothing more than padding added to the interior structure and a curb weight of just 999kg, the Sesto Elemento had to feature on a list such as this.
Powered by a 570hp V10 power unit and permanent all-wheel drive, Sesto Elemento boasted a 0-62mph sprint of just 2.5 seconds and a power-to-weight ratio of 1.75kg per horsepower.
Restricted solely to the world’s many racing circuits, Sesto Elemento used uncompromised carbon-fibre reinforced plastic design to combine extreme acceleration with nimble and direct handling.
Arguably one of the most extreme Lamborghini concept cars to appear in the last couple of years, Terzo Millenio reminded us all exactly what Lamborghini are all about. Developed alongside MIT, Terzo Millenio aimed to rewrite the book on how super sports cars should be.
Using technology such as a supercapacitor for energy storage, Terzo Millenio was all about demonstrating the future of electric cars done Lamborghini’s way.
The result was extreme power, aesthetics straight from the Hot Wheels play book and an exterior material that used nanotechnology to give it self-repairing powers. You should definitely read more about this one.
Now, if Terzo Millenio is one of the most extreme Lamborghini concept cars in the last couple of years, then Egoista has to be one of the most extreme of all-time. Built to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary, it was developed by Walter De Silva – Head of Volkswagen Group Design.
Borrowing design from the world of fighter jets, this 5.2-litre V10 powered one-off featured 600hp, stealth capabilities and a cockpit taken straight from Top Gun.
In order to access Egoista, the ‘pilot’ would need to climb through the orange dome in a set way before attaching the steering wheel. For many, Egoista truly represents everything that we love about Lamborghini’s design DNA.
Compared with some of the other concept cars and special editions on this list, Aventador J doesn’t seem all that outrageous. When you look deeper, however, you start to see that this beautiful one-off car really is something special.
With a 700hp V12 sat at the rear, Aventador J showcased at-the-time innovative technology, materials and solutions in a package that was, to quote Lamborghini, “a radically open automobile”.
With no discernible windscreen for driver or passenger and absolutely no roof, we find ourselves agreeing. Either way, we’re sure that you’ll agree when we say that it’s a work of art!
When you think Lamborghini, a plug-in hybrid grand tourer probably isn’t your first thought. Well, that’s exactly what Asterion is – our first demonstration of Lamborghini’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology.
Whilst Asterion doesn’t feature Terzo Millenio’s supercapacitor technology, it does feature 910hp thanks to a hybrid power system that combines three electric motors with a 5.2-litre V10.
Could we be seeing the same hybrid system in a Huracan one day? Your guess is as good as ours but we certainly hope so! Read more about the Lamborghini Asterion here.
Of course, this is just a small selection of the audacious concept cars, one-offs, show cars and special editions that Lamborghini have made over the years. Is your favourite on the list? Let us know which one it is or what else we should add to the list on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.
All images from Lamborghini.