Lamborghini Invencible and Autentica: A Bittersweet Swansong

BY Sean Loo

It’s time to say goodbye to the V12 supercar era of Lamborghini, and what better way to send it off than to create two one-off monsters – a roadster and a coupé.

With just a few weeks to go before Lamborghini launches their brand new hybrid supercar, the Italian marque is celebrating its legendary naturally-aspirated V12 with a proper sendoff.

The Invencible coupé and Auténtica roadster are two unique and extreme one-off cars that truly highlight the marque’s DNA and represent the very peak of Lamborghini’s exclusive accent on personalisation, a process that involves the customer from the very beginning to create models that are truly bespoke.

“The V12 engine is one of the pillars of our history and our marque’s success,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO. “As we head towards embracing a new era of hybridization at the heart of our Cor Tauri strategy, this is the Lamborghini way of celebrating the naturally aspirated V12 with two one-off vehicles that perfectly represent our concept of excellence in personalization.”

The unique styling is done by Lamborghini Centro Stile and reflects distinct design cues that have contributed to the company’s iconic status. Elements of Sesto Elemento, Reventón and Veneno can be seen dotted around the cars, and the borderline crazy styling is what we come to love about Lamborghini.

Both new cars are adapted from the carbon fibre monocoque found in the Aventador. The imposing bonnet reprises that of the Essenza SCV12, along with the pronounced front splitter complete with vertical struts designed to manage airflow in the most efficient way.

The hexagon, a well-known motif of modern Lamborghini design, is integrated harmoniously into the distinctive visual elements of the car. These include the front and rear light assembly which is highlighted by innovative hexagonal LED running lights.

“We have created two one-off cars with their own unique character, inspired by track days and the high-octane circuit environment,” said Mitja Borkert, Automobili Lamborghini Head of Design. “They are designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, exerting maximum creativity on the V12 platform. These one-off designs draw on our unique design DNA while once again elevating our design heritage to a new level.“

The interior of both cars is dominated by clean lines, with a minimalist dashboard enhanced by hexagonal 3D-printed air vents and no digital clusters on the console. This is to minimise potential distractions whilst driving. The cockpit itself is framed in carbon fibre, with a digital readout featuring dedicated graphics for each car.

The Invencible coupé is characterised by the subtle contrast between the dominant shade of red and the carbon fibre-esque elements which are enhanced by red ‘flakes’. The Rosso Efesto bodywork is complemented by carbon sills and doorframes.

The brake callipers are also finished in a deep Rosso Mars, which sit behind single-nut wheels with carbon fibre fairings to ventilate the brake assembly. On the classic scissor doors, there are two prominent hexagonal tricolours, a fitting tribute to the Italian flag.

Feature similar elements while still maintaining its truly unique character, the Auténtica roadster features a Grigio Titans coat and a Giallo Auge livery, which is a colour repeated on the brake callipers as well as the main aerodynamic elements.

These include the front splitter and motorsport-derived rear wing flanked by a pair of fins. Two domes shape the car’s distinct roofline, with integrated rollbars inspired by open-topped racers of the past.

Sadly, the Invencible and Auténtica are the very last cars to be produced by Lamborghini equipped with a 12-cylinder 6.5-litre engine mounted longitudinally, hence the LP label. For those that don’t know, LP stands for Longitudinale Posteriore.

After this, Lamborghini will transition to a new hybrid era, ending 60 years of blessed ears and thumping engines. This final V12 hurrah delivers 770 bhp and 720 Nm of torque, and this symphony is mated to a 7-speed ISR gearbox.

Couple that with four-wheel drive, and Lamborghini’s Dynamic Steering system, and you have a combination that will be sorely missed in the years to come.