2010 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Lamborghini reveals Sesto Elemento concept car ahead of Paris auto show.
- The carbon fiber-rich supercar weighs just 2,200 pounds.
- Lamborghini says the Sesto Elemento has a top speed of "well over" 186 mph.
PARIS — The waiting is over: Lamborghini's long-awaited mystery car has been unveiled and named ahead of its 2010 Paris Auto Show debut. The exotic-looking Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Italian for "sixth element") is described by the automaker as a "technology demonstrator" and so christened because of its extensive use of carbon fiber (carbon is the sixth element in the periodic table).
One mystery remains: Is the Sesto Elemento, in fact, a sneak preview of the oft-rumored Murcielago successor, known informally as Jota?
So far, the company wants nothing more than to brag about how the application of carbon fiber in a wide variety of components has enabled it to lower the concept car's curb weight to just 2,200 pounds. In comparison, the ultra-lightweight Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera weighs just over 2,950 pounds.
The Sesto Elemento is fitted with a version of the 5.2-liter V10 that powers the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, mounted longitudinally behind the driver and delivering 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels through Lamborghini's e.gear six-speed automatic transmission, with manual gear changes performed via steering-wheel shift paddles. In addition to permanent all-wheel drive, the car features a central viscous coupling and a self-locking differential for the rear wheels.
Lamborghini says the Sesto Elemento has a top speed of "well over" 186 mph. More amazingly, the car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, which makes it considerably quicker than anything in the automaker's production stable.
Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) are used throughout the vehicle, including the exterior body panels, front subframe, major suspension components and wheels.
Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini CEO and president, said: "The Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look — extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun.... We will apply this technological advantage right across our model range. Every future Lamborghini will be touched by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento."
The car is finished in a "matte shimmer" clearcoat impregnated with fine red crystals to show off the CFRP structure underneath.
Edmunds.com says: Sounds like a good name for an Italian sci-fi flick. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent