The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was first seen at the Paris Motor show in 2010, and is a no-nonsense, ultra-exclusive rendition of one of Lamborghini’s all time greats, the Gallardo. With striking looks and jaw-dropping performance, it’s one of the Italian Supercar makers finest achievements yet, and definitely one of my all-time favourites!
The name Sesto Elemento, literally meaning “Sixth Element” in Italian, stems from the car’s extensive use of carbon fibre, with carbon being the sixth element in the periodic table of elements. It’s mystique carries through from the carbon fibre body work through to it’s design and wheels, giving it the ultimate “stealth missile’ persona.
The Sesto Elemento makes use of the same 5.2 litre V10 engine found in the Gallardo producing 570 horsepower and 540 Nm of torque. The power, however, is not the draw-card of this beast. It is ultimately built to be the lightest lambo ever made, and due to extensive use of carbon fibre chassis, body, driveshaft and suspension, overall weight to a mere 999 kilograms, giving it a better power to weight ration than a Bugatti Veyron. As a result, Lamborghini claims a 0–100 km/h acceleration time of just 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
The Sesto Elemento is equipped with a 6-speed paddle-shift semi-automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system, which ensures that each one of these prized possessions remain on the tarmac!
Of course, you’ve already guessed that all this gear together with that historic Lambo badge doesn’t come cheap…and you’re right about that! Catering for their more elite clientele, Lamborghini will only ever produce 2o of these puppies, which comes in at a stratospheric price tag of $1.7 million, which with approximated taxes and import duties etc plus the conversion rate amounts to a whopping R21 million!
Adding to what might have given some a mild heart attack a minute ago…Lamborghini sources said “…It will never be road legal”. Similar to the programs currently being run with Ferrari’s Enzo FXX and 599 XX Evoluzione as well as Pagani’s Zonda R, the Sesto Elemento will be made for track use only and will be handled by Lamborghini themselves.
I must say that thinking of all of these variables together with the insane price tag, I’m sure many of you are thinking…”What the hell were they thinking of?”. But, I’ll also say this…Lamborghini have built their name on manufacturing some of the most flamboyant and outrageous cars the world has ever seen…it’s who they are. Thus, it’s pretty safe to say that the Sesto Elemento fits right in amongst its other family members. As Jeremy Clarkson once said…”that’s why i love Lambo’s, they’re all mental..”, and I share that sentiment with him 100%. Cheers to a living legend Lamborghini!