Making its debut in Shanghai, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50º Anniversario is the latest in an ongoing series of unique vehicle reveals the Italian automaker is using to help celebrate its half century as a manufacturer of supercars. Lamborghini will create just 100 of these high-powered, high-profile Aventador variants, and all will carry a serialized "50º" badge made of Lambo's patented Forged Composite material.

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Visually, the LP 720-4 50º Anniversario raises the already lofty profile of the standard Aventador LP 700-4 to a new level. While buyers may specify any exterior color, the standard paint will be Giallo Maggio (May yellow), chosen as a tribute to the hue most preferred by Lambo buyers since the days of the original Miura. Offered exclusively on this limited edition, this all-new take on the tone incorporates a layer of translucent reflective particles that imparts a high sparkle effect and sets off the lower body areas that are rendered in matte black. The front and rear fascias have been redesigned to improve both aerodynamics -- by some 50 percent compared with a baseline LP 700-4 -- and engine/brake cooling. Key changes include a bolder splitter and larger air intakes in the nose, balanced by a far more aggressive diffuser out back.

Like its Aventador LP 700-4 sibling, the LP 720-4 50º Anniversario matches a carbon fiber monocoque, 6.5-liter V12 engine and 7-speed ISR automated manual transmission with a high-performance suspension and sophisticated all-wheel-drive package. However, a mild recalibration of the engine mapping on this commemorative model boosts output from 691 to 710 horsepower. That extra kick lets the car streak from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and head on to a top speed of 218 mph.

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The cabin of the LP 720-4 50º Anniversario displays an equally unique character, highlighted by exclusive semi-aniline leather in Nero Ade (black) and Terra Emilia -- a brown tone similar to the color of the ground in the Emilia-Romagna region that's home to Automobili Lamborghini's facility in Sant'Agata, Bolognese - or Giallo Quercus, a bright yellow that matches the car's exterior. Either choice brings exclusive diamond-pattern stitching as well as the special "50º" badge on the dash.

No word yet on U.S. pricing or arrival timing for the Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50º Anniversario. But anyone fortunate enough to be able to purchase one of these limited-edition offerings can expect to shell out well in excess of $400,000.


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