Recently at Up and Coming Cars, we talked about the Egoista Concept. Released a few years ago, the insane concept vehicle was conceived to kill. With a fighter jet-like appearance, everybody lost their mind. It was all about craziness, lavishness, and violence. But before the cutting-edge beast was born, there was another bull on the lineup. A more practical one, by the way.
Back to 2008, we knew the equally-insane (at least, in that moment) Reventon. Being extremely exclusive, all the specialized media and fans love it at first sight. As we can all suppose, this was the beginning for the highly popular Aventador. Remember, in those times, everything we had were the Gallardo and the Murcielago.
Then, Lamborghini was making a huge step to the bright future they enjoy today. The 2008 Reventon was sexy and powerful enough for being a crushing hit, being sold-out in no time.
Let’s take a closer look to this unique supercar.
Powertrain and Brawny Specs
The 2008 Reventon featured a massive 6.5 L V12 powerplant, previously present on Lamborghini models. In terms of transmission, the fortunate and wealthy clients could choose between a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox and a highly entertaining 6-speed manual. With this setup, the 3617 lb (1665 kg) supercar was able to go beyond 211 mph. Some say that the 2008 Reventon pushed its boundaries in hands of an Arab owner, hitting 221 mph (355 km/h).
The all-wheel-drive layout performed and excel like never before in a Lambo vehicle. It’s also known that most of its perfection comes from being widely based on the Murcielago LP 640 platform, getting most of its mechanical specs.
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Unique Aircraft-Style Design
Debuting during the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2008 Reventon was the sensation. Just like the hardcore Egoista Concept, the Reventon’s design was inspired by airplanes. Especially, fighter jets and other warlike aircraft. That’s one of the solid reasons for being so aggressive and violent in its form.
The first thing we notice when we see it is its particular paint job. Its pale gray finish is mainly due the whole body kit is made of carbon fiber. This fact, at the same time, allows the Reventon to be extremely lightweight. Thanks to this, there wasn’t big restrictions in terms of convenience items inside the cockpit.
It is important to notice that the 2008 Reventon is the first supercar in the Lamborghini’s lineup to feature daylight running lights. After this one, we saw a lot of this good-looking feature. The LED technology’s advancements allowed the industry to establish a stronger use of it.
The exterior design and lighting pattern of this exclusive supercar was used later for the final version of the unbelievably successful Aventador model. And while the exterior was really cutting-edge, inside the cockpit everything looked quite dated, with an undisputed air of the Murcielago.
Brown Alcantara and black leather conform the lavish upholstery on the sports bucket seats. The instrument panel is composed by two TFT LCDs, surrounded by an aluminum structure and carbon fiber elements. The whole cabin, as expected from an Italian exotic vehicle, transmit a colossal feeling of luxury and opulence, despite being based on the Murcielago, an outgoing model.
The Bottom Line
20 of the 21 units of the 2008 Reventon produced were sold to high-profile, elite Lamborghini clients all over the world while the extra unit was built exclusively for the supercar company’s museum. As usual, Lamborghini selected the name after a famous bull, honoring and resembling its power, fierceness, and merciless behavior.
The price tag was between US$1.5 million and US$2 million.