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Lamborghini Centenario at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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In March 2016 the Lamborghini Centenario will come to the Geneva Motor Show, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ferrucio Lamborghini's birth.

The limited edition supercar will be distinguished from the Italian firm's Aventador and Huracan models by unique styling, which has apparently already been shown to customers. Industry rumour suggests something subtle and elegant rather than radically modern. Lamborghini claims the Centenario will combine innovation with tradition and is supposed to introduce a series of celebratory events marking the centenary of the firm's founder's birth on 28 April 1916.

Lamborghini will make 20 units of the Centenario, which is expected to use the firm's existing 6.5 litre V12 engine, albeit tuned for an upgrade on the 740bhp it produces for the Aventador Superveloce. If Lamborghini manages to squeeze out another 20bhp, the Centenario should be able to claim a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds. It will also be packed with all the modern technology that Lamborghini can muster, previewing future models from the brand.

The price for the Centenario has yet to be announced but the firm's CEO has indicated that it is being produced for lovers and collectors of the brand, and that Lamborghini had confirmed a good business case for its production before proceeding. So the likelihood is that the entire run will be sold out before the car has even been introduced to the public.

A jam packed 2016 for Lamborghini

Next year is, in fact, a very busy one for Lamborghini. First of all there are suggestions that a Superleggera version of the Huracan sports car is already on the way, a little ahead of the brand's usual schedule for model range additions. A carbon fibre adulterated Huracan has been spotted out and about with a massive rear wing and flared wheel arches, among other modifications to the standard Huracan. Alternatively the model caught in the spy shots could potentially be the Huracan GT3 racer being prepared in road-going format. Lamborghini has thus far remained silent about the meaning of the pictures.

However, one model which is definitely and very publicly in development is Lamborghini's Urus SUV, due to reach the road in 2018 and set to be powered by a twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 - a first from the brand. Lamborghini has been keen to stress that this doesn't indicate that turbo power will spread to other models in its line-up, and that this is simply the most appropriate way in which to power the SUV.

Interestingly, Lamborghini is claiming that the Urus will be the fastest and most powerful SUV on the market - a claim also being made by Bentley for the forthcoming Bentayga SUV. While stating its intention to out-engine Bentley, the Italian firm is also enthusiastically promoting how user friendly the Urus will be. Despite its super-SUV status, Lamborghini is developing the Urus as a practical every day driver.

The proposed V8 should ensure lower emissions and extra torque to help the Urus during off roading, although the SUV had been previously expected to use a hybrid powertrain. That's still a possibility for the future, after Lamborghini demonstrated a commitment to the technology with last year's Paris Motor Show's Asterion concept car.

A release date may still be a couple of years away but apparently the Urus is already close to completion, at least externally. Lamborghini claims that improvements have been made to the concept introduced at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show and that a working prototype has been tested. The Urus will be sharing a platform with the Audi Q7 and will be available in one body style only, suggesting a maximum of five seats.

With a planned production run of 3,000 units annually, Lamborghini is predicting that the Urus could double its annual sales volumes.

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