The spectacular Reventon was in many ways a dry run for the Aventador. It is also much, much rarer…
By Cam Tait / Monday, 11 July 2022 / Loading comments
Lamborghini has finally called time on the mighty Aventador, but it won’t be long – or, at least, it shouldn’t be – until the next V12-powered flagship comes along. Naturally, many of us have been trying to piece together what the car’s successor will look like based on Lamborghini’s mad creations of late. Will it take the 1960s-style race car silhouette of the Centenario? The hexagonal elements from the Sian? Or perhaps, even, some throwbacks to Lamborghinis of old as we’ve seen on the new Countach.
There’s good reason to look back for clues about what might come next from the Italian marque. Back in 2007, Lamborghini launched a radical limited-run version of the Murcielago and, little did we know, it would essentially serve as a design study for the Aventador. Called the Reventon, meaning “burst” in Spanish (according to Google Translate), the supercar was about as close as you could get to a jet fighter on wheels. Not only did the flat surfaces resemble an F-15, but it was also a stark contrast to the sleeker lines of the Muricelago.
Clearly, Lamborghini was returning to its wild side. The front end closely resembles what we’d come to see on the Aventador, albeit in a slightly simpler form on the Reventon. We also saw the basic design of the rear end carried over, too, though the Reventon has a pair of giant fans below the brake lights that are taken from the Murcielago. Best of all? Most of the panels are made of carbon fibre, with the only difference being the steel doors.
The jet fighter inspiration continues on the inside. For instance, the dashboard doesn’t have any dials and instead features two digital columns that look a little bit like a landing strip. This hasn’t been seen on anything Lamborghini has released since. The rest of the cabin is the usual sea of Alcantara and carbon fibre, with the Reventon name embroidered onto the door inserts and there’s a small commemorative plaque between the seats.
The car initially launched in coupe spec, with a Roadster variant hot on its heels and there are more differences between the two than you may think. The Roadster is powered by the same 670hp 6.5-litre V12 as the Murcielago LP670-4 SV, offering a bit more poke than the LP640 motor in the coupe. The extra power helps offset the added 25kg for the strengthening needed to compensate for the missing roof, with both versions going from a standstill to 60mph in just 3.4 seconds.
You’re far more likely to see even the rarest of Aventadors on the road than a Reventon. Only 20 exmaples of the coupe were released and a further 15 were launched in Roadster form. Remarkably, Lamborghini put the effort in to building a very limited amount of right-hand drive examples, making a notoriously tricky to drive car that little bit easier. Only three were produced, including the one we have here.
This example has only covered 1,100 miles with two owners over the past 12 years. It’s recently undergone a service from Lamborghini, too, so it’s ready to go if you want to bump up the numbers. Speaking of numbers, there’s a very big one tied to the price tag. It will set you back £1,399,950, a slight increase on the million-pound cost it originally carried in 2010. Yes, that’s a lot of money to spend on a car that, to some, doesn’t look all that different to an Aventador. But it’ll make you feel like you’re a fighter pilot without having to go through all the training. Or, you know, leaving the ground.
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