The ultra-rare $2.9m Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will never be seen in the US for one reason

  • The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is a lightweight carbon fiber supercar, which is why it has the name “Sixth Element”, referring to carbon fiber in the periodic table
  • Weighing just 999 kg, it’s one of the lightest Lamborghinis ever made
  • With a 5.2-liter V10 under its hood, the Sesto Elemento can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds, hitting a top speed of 221 mph

Published on Nov 13, 2023 at 8:14 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Nov 16, 2023 at 3:49 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

The ultra-rare $2.9m Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will never be seen in the US for one reason

Lamborghini is without a doubt one of the most recognizable and famous supercar manufacturers in the world.

When you think of the Italian brand, supercars like the classic Countach or even the iconic Diablo, immediately spring to mind.

But the company’s also famous for its super exclusive special edition supercars, one of which is the incredible Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

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To say the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is rare would be an understatement.

Only 20 units were produced, and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see anything like it again.

Especially in the US, where the Sesto Elemento didn’t meet requirements to be street legal.

With manufacturers setting their sights on going fully electric, supercars like the Sesto Elemento are consigned to the history books – but it’ll always remain a truly special Lamborghini.

The Sesto Elemento was all about taking the Lamborghini supercar recipe and reducing the weight as much as possible.

However, it still featured Lamborghini V10 power under the hood.

It features the same fearsome 5.2-liter V10 found in the Gallardo Superleggera, providing 562 horsepower, making it easily one of the most powerful Lamborghinis of modern times.

The performance figures help the supercar to stand out, with a ludicrous 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 2.5 seconds.

For a car that was made back in the early 201s, that still holds up great.

A top speed of 356 km/h (221 mph) also gives you somewhat pf an ideas just how potent this the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was.

The Sesto Elemento is one of Lamborghini’s lightest supercars (999 kg), with virtually every major component made out of carbon fiber.

Which brings us nicely onto the name “Sesto Elemento”, which translates to “Sixth Element”, as in the sixth element of the Periodic Table, carbon.

The supercar’s bodywork is devoid of normal paint, instead it’s made from a special plastic and carbon fiber composite covered in a thin layer of glossy paint with reflective micro-crystals incorporated.

This material was developed through a collaboration between the Lamborghini ACRC (Advanced Composites Research Center) and the Boeing laboratories in Seattle, Washington.

The monocoque and frame were also made of carbon fiber, as well as the main suspension elements, the rims, and the drive shaft.

Another means of keeping the weight down was essentiality, that’s why the interior was devoid of any of the typical comforts of a road car.

Only the steering wheel, the digital speedometer, and just a few controls inhabit the cockpit.

There aren’t even any seats; in their place cushioning fixed directly to the bodywork to form a seat.

Ever since Lamborghini confirmed that the Sesto Elemento wold reach the production line in 2011, the supercar has remained notoriously hard to see in the flesh.

All 20 examples were immediately snapped up, each selling for 1.8 million euros ($1.9 million).

However, a few have since popped up at auction, selling for as much as $2.9 million.


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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.