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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept Unveiled

Posted in Auto Show, Concept Cars, Lamborghini, Newsworthy, Paris Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | September 30th, 2010 | 6 Responses |
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Image: GT Spirit

After leaking a series of teaser photos since last week, Lamborghini has finally released details on their Sesto Elemento concept car. Sesto Elemento means “sixth element” in Italian, and the car’s name is a tribute to the extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle. Carbon, after all, is the sixth element of the periodic table, and there’s no such thing as too much carbon fiber if you ask me.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Image: GT Spirit

Thanks to the sixth-element-diet, the Sesto Elemento weighs in at just 2,200 pounds. Using the 5.2 liter V10 from the Gallardo Superleggera gives the Sesto Elemento 570 horsepower, for a motorcycle like power to weight ratio of 3.86 pounds per horsepower. Lamborghini claims that’s good enough to get the Sesto Elemento from zero to sixty in under 2.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed “well in excess of” 190 miles per hour. Since the car is built primarily of carbon fiber and doesn’t offer too many reflective surfaces, I’d bet it’s damn near invisible to police radar as well.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Image: GT Spirit

For now the Sesto Elemento is just a concept, but Lamborghini has sunk an amazing amount of time and effort into its development. I’d be very surprised if the car didn’t see production, perhaps with a slightly less aggressive (and controversial) body.

Source: GT Spirit, via Autoblog

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6 Responses

  1. Set says:

    If they brought this to market as is, this would be my favorite Lambo ever. If they changed it even a little, it’d be my least favorite ever. Just sayin’.

  2. ed the attitude dude says:

    the engines are getting better and better, the cars are getting lighter and lighter, whens it gonna stop when people start dying?

  3. Kurt says:

    ed, today’s stability control systems make up for a lot of driving errors. Even in a 2,200 pound car with 570 horsepower, you have to try REALLY hard to kill yourself.

    Besides, to me safety is plenty of horsepower, big brakes and predictable handling. I’d feel safer in the Sesto Elemento than I would in a Ford Excursion or a Chevy Suburban.

  4. eddie_357 says:

    thanks for setting me on the right path .i was suffering from some strange form of tunnel vision yesterday

  5. This is a very hot looking car, I hope Lamborghini produces it.

  6. Kurt Ernst says:

    They’re going to build a limited run, with each car selling above $1 million. Ouch.