The Reventon isn't exactly a completely new car. Although the look, feel and price tag of this particular Lamborghini are unique, its basic qualities actually stem from an earlier car, the Murcielago LP640. This has disappointed a few enthusiasts following Lamborghini's efforts -- some argue that the Reventon is simply a hyper-expensive version of the Murcielago model, without many changes aside from a few superfluous bells and whistles.
The technology in the Murcielago includes a V12, 640-horsepower engine -- it can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds and achieve speeds of 211 mph (339 km/h). Information in the press releases for the Reventon appears to vary, but the supercar looks to perform at about the same level as the Murcielago. Only the horsepower listing changes, increasing slightly to 650 hp. The base cost of the LP640 is around $280,000, so those paying the extra $1.2 million for the Reventon better really want their cars to look like fighter jets.
The exterior design of the Reventon does manage to set it apart slightly from the Murcielago before it. Although the dimensions and proportions are similar, small touches like the arrow-shaped hood and the air intakes on the front give the Reventon its earthbound fighter jet look. The intakes aren't just for show, either -- an increased amount of air flow is necessary to cool the Reventon's carbon disc brakes and six-cylinder calipers (the parts that squeeze brake pads against a car's wheel). The hood of the car is also made of glass laminate, and, like the Murcielago, the body of the Reventon is made of a carbon fiber composite (CFC), making it strong yet light.
The exterior light system is one of the Reventon's technological innovations, as the car is fitted with bi-xenon headlights and a series of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, for the indicator and hazard lights. The rear LEDs are the most impressive feat, however. They're located near the car's exhaust system, and an engine performing at 640 hp will produce a lot of heat -- up to 120 degrees, according to Lamborghini. In order to make rear LED lights possible, Lamborghini developed special heat-resistant LEDs to sustain the high temperatures coming from the Reventon's tailpipe.
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