Lamborghini has unveiled the world’s most expensive new car with an eye-watering £1.77 million price tag – but it is not even road legal.
The stunning Sesto Elemento is £170,000 more expensive than its closest rival, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
It can accelerate from 0-62mph (100kph) in less than 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of more than 200mph.
But to produce such astonishing speed, Lamborghini has bypassed the normal measures required to make the supercar road legal, making it a millionaire’s track toy.
Power will be delivered by a highly-tuned 5.2-litre V10 engine which will develop about 600bhp in a car which weighs less than one tonne.
This makes it 550kg less than a Lamborghini Gallardo and 850kg less than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Its incredibly low weight is thanks to its carbon fibre body, which is where the name ‘Sesto Elemento’ is derived from with carbon the sixth element in the periodic table.
The car was first unveiled as a concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show but bosses at the Italian firm have now given the green light to a limited production.
Just 20 of the cars will be built – but it’s unlikely they’ll have any problem selling them.
When the Italian car maker announced plans to build its £1 million Reventon concept in 2007, they sold the 35-strong batch in less than one week.
Mark Tisshaw, from Autocar, said: ”The Sesto Elemento is a fantastic technical showcase and it’s going to cost an awful lot of money, but Lamborghini will have no shortage of interest.”
World’s most expensive new cars:
* Lamborghini Sesto Elemento – £1.77 million
* Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – £1.6 million
* Koenigsegg CCXR – £1.5 million
* Pagani Zonda Roadster F – £1.4 million