With visceral performance provoked from a 570-horsepower V-10 engine and a 2200-pound weight, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept first shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show showed that supercar manufacturers weren’t about to wither away and die just because fuel economy and emissions regulations were becoming tighter. But at the time, no one knew whether Lamborghini was insane enough to go ahead and put the knife-edged track-ready supercar into production.
As it turns out, Lamborghini is that insane. And as of an announcement at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the Sesto Elemento will go into ultra-limited production of just 20 units.
Weighing a half-ton less than the Gallardo, the Sesto Elemento should provide drivers with a frenzied look of terror as they pilot this all-wheel-drive monster on the road or track. The name Sesto Elemento means “sixth element,” referring to Lamborghini’s use of a completely carbon fiber chassis. The light weight material allows the Sesto Elemento to rocket to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds — the same as corporate cousin Bugatti’s equally insane Veyron. However, the Lamborghini will have a significantly better power-to-weight ratio than the 4126-pound Bugatti.
Expected to reach customers at the beginning of 2013, the Sesto Elemento follows the Lamborghini Reventon as the next of the brand’s small-batch hypercars. Even with a price tag expected to be in excess of $1 million when it debuts in production form, expect Lamborghini to have no problem selling each car as quickly as it can make them.