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How the Lamborghini Reventon Works

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Inside the Reventon
Step inside the Reventon -- just try your hardest not to act like a fighter pilot on the road, as carbon fiber composite bodies are fairly expensive to repair.
Step inside the Reventon -- just try your hardest not to act like a fighter pilot on the road, as carbon fiber composite bodies are fairly expensive to repair.
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Once you open the doors of the Reventon -- which open upward, like all Lamborghini models since the 1974 Countach -- and step inside, you'll feel even more like a fighter pilot. The press releases even refer to the interior as "the cockpit," so Lamborghini makes its efforts extremely clear once you're sitting in the driver's seat.

Most of the inside is "army green," further conveying that militaristic feel, but the console seals the deal. The display screens behind the driver's wheel consist of thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal, the same material used for LCD monitors, televisions and -- surprise! -- airplane instrument displays. Set in a mold carved from a solid block of aluminum, the instrument console offers three variations of vehicle information display modes. The highlight of these instruments is the new G-Force-Meter, which reads off statistics such as longitudinal acceleration (the forces you feel when accelerating forward or braking) and transversal acceleration (the force you feel when you drive around a bend in the road). Airplanes and Formula One racing cars use the same kind of technology.

The Reventon's Grey Barra hue paint is a completely new color specially developed by the designers at Lamborghini.
The Reventon's Grey Barra hue paint is a completely new color specially developed by the designers at Lamborghini.
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So is the Reventon really worth such a hefty price? Although the aerodynamic, eye-catching design is difficult to condemn, the been-there-done-that specifications from the Murcielago and the interior gadgets make it seem more like a flight school fanboy's toy than an entirely unique supercar. People have even raised environmental concerns. During the Reventon's exhibition at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, some criticized Lamborghini's ignorance of the show's environmental agenda -- among several cars (such as Toyota's iQ Car) attempting to battle engine efficiency, space and global warming in general, the Reventon did nothing but show off its incredible power and ability to burn high-octane gasoline. Either way, the Reventon is sure to be seen as some kind of work of art -- most likely due to its extreme rarity.

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