Faceted like a cut diamond, there’s no mistaking the Sesto Elemento for anything else on the road—even other Lamborghinis. Sesto elemento is Italian for “sixth element;” if you don’t have a periodic table nearby, that’s carbon, a not-so-subtle hint that the body is composed entirely of the woven stuff. Regardless of what it’s made out of, the Sesto Elemento is primal and aggressive, studded with blinding red accents and show-stopping open rear bodywork from which the taillights and transaxle dangle precariously.
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Under the six red hexagons serving as outlets for engine heat resides the same 5.2-liter V10 found normally in the Gallardo, but considering that the Sesto Elemento is more than half a ton lighter than the Gallardo, performance is in another dimension entirely. Lamborghini claims the carbon-covered monster will teleport to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and that seems reasonable, if you can consider such wild acceleration reasonable at all. For truly elemental performance, look no further than this ultimate Lamborghini..
The Sesto Elemento's name means "Sixth Element" in English and is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, the sixth element in the Periodic Table, in recognition of the car's extensive use of carbon fiber. Due to the all-carbon fiber chassis, drive shaft, and suspension, as well as the bare minimal vehicle comforts of air conditioning and car stereo, the Sesto Elemento weighs only 2202 lb (999 kg). The Sesto Elemento is not street-legal.
The car features a 5.2L naturally aspirated V10 engine from the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, with 571 hp (426 kW) and 398 ft·lb (540 N·m) of torque. Air is released through ten distinctive hexagonal holes in the engine cover, while two intakes bring in cool air into the engine. The car is claimed to do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) within 2.5 seconds and exceed a top speed of 210 mph (338 km/h).
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is a lightweight car intended for track use. Its all-wheel drive drivetrain, in tandem with its very low weight of 2202 lb (999 kg), makes the Sesto Elemento one of the fastest-accelerating cars in the series, capable of 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, all without the threat of wheelspin. The Sesto Elemento also has exceptional handling performance due to its very sharp steering, lightweight chassis, and very efficient brakes, allowing it to take on technical race tracks much more easily than cars with higher power or slightly higher Performance Index numbers. The Sesto Elemento has a decent top speed of 214 mph (344 km/h).
Upgrading the Sesto Elemento with engine upgrades allows it to reach extreme top speeds and even faster acceleration, such as 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in less than 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 271 mph (436 km/h), all while still having very sharp handling and efficient braking without the need of aero upgrades. If appropriately tuned, it can complete a one-mile drag race in less than 20 seconds.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, with a price of $US2.2 - 2.9 million, became the most expensive Lamborghini car ever made until the introduction of the Lamborghini Veneno in 2013, which costs up to US$4.5 million (US$7.4 million for some Roadster variants).