At about £2 million, the Sesto Elemento was as expensive as you would expect when it first came out in 2011. All 20 models were sold before Lamborghini even introduced the car, meaning that anyone not included in that list of 20 people will likely have to pay even more than that to own this stunning car. Still, if you can afford it, this seems to be something special, even compared to other limited-run exotics.
There are lightweight supercars, and then there’s the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. This limited-production, hyper-expensive supercar is all about saving weight. With an engine borrowed from the comparatively budget-priced Gallardo Superleggera, the Sesto Elemento trades on its use of high-tech, lightweight materials to justify its astronomical price. Fittingly, then, the car’s name translates to “Sixth Element,” (which I’m sure we all remember from chemistry class is carbon), touting the car’s widespread use of carbon fibre.
Bits of the suspension are made of carbon fibre, as are the body panels, wheels, chassis, and even the driveshaft. That means that this 562-bhp supercar’s kerb weight is a mind-boggling 999 kilos. Let that sink in. A high-performance, all-wheel-drive car with a 5.2-litre V10 weighs approximately as much as a Fiat 500. Of course, that means that the V10 is an entirely different animal than it is in the much-heavier Gallardo. With 350 fewer kilos to push around, those 560-odd horsepower push the car around with brutal force. Acceleration is Bugatti-like, with 0 – 60 coming in 2.5 seconds, on to a top speed of over 210 miles per hour.
Beyond the performance, there are other areas of note with the Sesto Elemento, starting with its electrifying design. The unpainted carbon-plastic body has been shaped into extreme angles and curves, with hexagonal holes cut out of the back to aid in engine cooling. Hollywood wouldn’t have to change a thing if they wanted to use this as the next Batmobile. Inside, things are just as exiting, with a brutally simplistic design that manages to look amazing, despite the scarcity of luxury features. There is no AC or radio, and there aren’t even seats, really, with the cushions just stuck directly onto the structure of the car. The skeletonized dashboard is like nothing you’ve ever seen, consisting of a T-shaped protrusion from the firewall with the steering wheel, gauges, and instrument panel stuck onto it.