The Lamborghini Reventon (pronounced: reh-ben-TON) is a mid-engined sports car that debuted at the 2007. In 2008 it was the most powerful and expensive Lamborghini road car to hit the road, costing one million euros.
Although the Lamborghini Reventon exterior is all new, almost all the mechanical elements (including the engine) are taken directly from the Murcielago LP640. The exterior styling was inspired by the F-22 Raptor.
The 6.5 L V12 may receive a power boost of approximately 10 horsepower (7.5 kW), bringing the new output to 650 horsepower. In spite of this, and the car's carbon fibre components, the Lamborghini Reventon accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the same time as the Murcielago LP640 (3.4 seconds). The car is capable of reaching a maximum speed of over 340 kilometres per hour (211.3 mph).
The instrument panel in the Lamborghini Reventon comprises three TFT liquid crystal displays (LCDs) with two different display modes. The instruments are housed in a structure milled from a solid aluminum block, protected by a carbon fiber casing. The G-Force-Meter is completely new and it is one of the talking points of the Reventon. It displays the dynamic drive forces, longitudinal acceleration during acceleration and braking, as well as transversal acceleration around bends. These forces are represented by the movement of an indicator on a graduated 3D grid depending on the direction and intensity of the acceleration. Formula One teams also use a similar device to analyze dynamic forces.
By simply pressing a button, the driver can switch to the second, quasi-analogical display, where there are the usual circular instruments; speedometer and tachometer. The G-Force-Meter still remains at the center of this display mode.
Lamborghini has also picked up some of parent company Audi's design language. The Lamborghini Reventon is the first Lamborghini to incorporate daylight running lights into the headlamps. Seven Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) at each headlamp flank the Bi-Xenon main beam and they stay lit whenever the car is in movement.
The Lamborghini Reventon is named after a fighting bull in keeping with Lamborghini tradition. The bull, owned by the Don Rodríguez family, was best known for killing famed bullfighter Félix Guzmán in 1943. Reventon means "explosion" or "burst" in Spanish, when used as a noun. In automotive terms, it means "blowout, flat tire" when used as a noun. When it was used as the name of a bull, however, it was intended to be interpreted as an adjective a quality or property of that bull in particular. Then Reventon means "he who is used to making things burst".