The images of this car have been leaked a few days before the official unveil at the Volkswagen VIP event ahead of the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, but I waited for the actual press photos to be available from Automobili Lamborghini SpA to publish them ... showing the bright yellow Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario limited edition.
Only 100 of these brand new styled Aventador will be available, all showing a very nice albeit aggressive styling up front finished in matte black, the side sills get the same dark treatment while the entire rear section has been replaced with a new design that boasts some serious influences from both the Aventador J and the recently unveiled Veneno.
Just look through that center 'honeycomb' grill and you'll notice an almost identical cross member with triangular openings as the one used on the Veneno ... and it looks right at home on this yellow Aventador too ... this specific shade is called Giallo Maggio by the way, May Yellow ... selected to honor the fact Automobili Lamborghini SpA was founded in May 1963 and the shade which has adorned most of the Raging Bulls that left the factory since the Miura.
Apparently yellow has been the most popular color on a Lamborghini since 1963, you might expect red, white ... or more recently grey and black, but Giallo took the crown, so it was the obvious choice for the '50th Celebration' model for 2013.
Each of these Aventador LP720-4 will receive a beautiful Forged Composite® badge showing the stylish '50' script ... and a serial number that further emphasizes the fact this is a new milestone in the production of the Aventador, a carbon fiber monocoque model with a powerful V12 engine ... which in case of this LP720-4 has been uprated a little to deliver 720hp (20 more than the standard Aventador LP700-4) driving all four wheels (hence the -4 denomination) ... this power increase has been achieved by using a new engine calibration.
The well-known ISR transmission is still present on the Aventador LP720-4 Anniversary edition and thanks to stupendously fast gear shifting this new evolution of the V12 flagship can reach 100Km/h from a standstill in 2.9 seconds and runs all the way up to 350Km/h before the Bull settles down ...
The new front and rear design on the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversary isn't looks only, in fact the entire front splitter has been enlarged and extended to offer better handling at high speeds, the small upright fins on the sides do increase stability at speed too while drag characteristics haven't been impacted ... actually this new design results in a 50% increase of the aerodynamic efficiency over the standard Aventador LP700-4.
At the rear the very impressive mesh and matte black sections of the fascia all serve one purpose ... better engine cooling, and great looks are a very nice plus by the way. Also note the side sections just behind the rear wheels show a new design too, which happens to remind me of the Veneno again ... and this is also the spot for that nice 50th Anniversary badge ... which will also be installed in every Lamborghini model built during 2013 by the way.
The yellow shade has been developed specifically for this Anniversary model, it is in fact a pearl metallic yellow shade that might look like the Giallo Tenerife seen on the New Gallardo LP560-4 in Paris last year, but it is not the same shade. In fact the Giallo Maggio is a new shade with additional metallic flake in the top coat ... the Aventador LP720-4 really 'sparkles' in bright sunlight. Add to this the matte black section on the front, side and rear in combination with high gloss black wheels and you have a very impressive overall look. Still if you don't like this shade ... you can have the Ad Personam program finish your very own LP720-4 in just about any shade imaginable.
Inside the Aventador LP720-4 we find a new leather that has been developed specifically for this model, very fine, natural semi-aniline that went through a special tanning process to get the right grain look and still be as smooth as possible. The base shade for the interior is Nero Ade (black) in combination with a very nice, warm Terra Emilia brown shade ... as an option you can have the Giallo Querces seen on the press photos ... both shades offer the stunning looking Q-Citura stitching on the center parts of the seats, the door panels and the headliner.
At the Shanghai Motor Show Lamborghini is also showing a Gallardo LP560-2 50° Anniversario model, based on the successful V10 engine but offering rear wheel drive only this anniversary model is boasting a nice Bianco Opalis, sparkling white and gets a carbon fiber rear wing taken from the Superleggera model complete with the glass engine cover.
The official press release from Automobili Lamborghini SpA on Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario
The LamboCARS.com extensive specifications chart on Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario ...