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by Adam Lynton
Ignoring the countless special editions made for the Gallardo, we pick our favorite unique Lamborghinis that have been created over the years.
Over the years, Lamborghini has released an assortment of special edition models, with its best-selling Gallardo receiving the most attention and the Far East being well commemorated with a host of anniversary and limited edition models. Here we have focused on special editions of other Sant'Agata Bolognese-built supercars, leaving the Gallardo for another day. And look forward to seeing Lamborghini's next special edition model that will be rolled out at Geneva in March to mark its 50th anniversary.
Celebrating the company's twenty-fifth anniversary in 1988, the 25th Anniversary Countach was the final evolution of the car. The styling for this edition was handled by the new company Pagani Composite Research, founded by former Lamborghini designer Horacio Pagani, and drew mixed reviews. For many the strakes on the intakes appeared to simply copy those on the Ferrari Testarossa. In fact, they improved the engine's cooling, which was always a problem with the Countach. It also featured the widest tires on the road at the time. The Anniversary was produced through 1990 before being replaced by the Diablo.
Limited to only 20 units, the Sesto Elemeto ("Sixth Element" in Italian) boasts an extremely lightweight construction thanks to advanced carbon-fiber technology and has an overall curb weight of just 999 kg, making it the lightest Lamborghini ever. Its name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, which is used extensively in the supercar's build. Power comes from the Gallardo's 5.2-liter V10 good for 570 horsepower and just under 400 pound feet of torque, and can sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds. In addition to its incredibly quick acceleration, the Sesto Elemento has an electronically-limited top speed of around 186mph. Each model costs a cool $2.2 million and all have been sold out.
The Aventador J was introduced to the world at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and the sensational one-off speedster was later sold for $2.74 million. It took Lamborghini a little over six weeks to go from blank sheet of paper to road-legal homologated supercar, and while it appears to be a stripped down Aventador, apart from the hood, front fender and headlights, all other panels on the J are bespoke. The 700-hp V12 from the Aventador is mated to a stripped-down 1,575kg body, while the "J" is short for "Jota," the Miura-based racer that is still regarded as Lamborghini's wildest, most iconic creation.
In 2004, Lamborghini celebrated its 40th anniversary with the release of a limited run of 50 40th-Anniversary Edition Murciélagos. Noteworthy enhancements over the stock Murci included a limited-edition blue body color dubbed "Jade-Green", carbon-fiber exterior detailing, new wheels, a revamped exhaust system, and a numbered plaque on the inside of the rear window. Unique leather trim also adorned the interior.
The Murciélago LP 640 Versace was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Available as a coupe and roadster in either white or black, only 20 were produced. Sporting the standard V12 engine, stylists from Versace and Lamborghini's Ad Personam program joined forces to create custom interiors finished in two-toned Versace leather complete with Gianni Versace logo plaque. Each model came with matching Versace luggage, driving shoes, gloves and a matching watch from Versace's Precious Items department.