Every time a new Lamborghini comes out you feel like you’re lunged forward into the future as violently as it feels like when an Aventador charges you to sixty miles an hour in two and a half seconds. It’s a savage feeling, it slaps you back into the seat with every upshift and by the time you’re back at 0 you feel like throwing up… but in a good way. It’s a sadistically satisfying sick feeling. Well, the Terzo Millenio basically sticks a huge middle finger at subtlety and just explodes you into the future. Like, Thor tossing his hammer from Earth all the way to Asgard type of velocity. I mean, usually there’s this sort of progressive design language. As is custom with Lamborghini, with new models the lines are similar, yet newer, fresher, meaner. You notice advancement in design language and technology but still catch a glimpse of the previous generation supercar and where the inspiration came from. Well, the Terzo Millenio skipped entire generations of supercars. It literally made the current model Aventador S look a Ford Model T pulling out of the lot in 1909.
Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just, shocking. It very much feels like the futuristic Hot Wheels cars you used to play with as a kid (if you even played with them) except it’s a real-life specimen. This thing is just wild. It’s pleasant to see however that the heritage is still there. Just extremely radically different. Make no mistake however, this is still very much a Lamborghini product. The back LED’s which serve as tail-lights pretty much look like they came off of a Centenario or Veneno and were re-worked and made newer. Hopefully then it isn’t too far fetched to begin expecting that from future generation, standard-production members of the family.
The back-bumper is inarguably Lamborghini in design and the side vents look like a natural progression and evolution of current model offerings. Where the Terzo Millenio changes drastically is in the side profile and exterior cockpit design. It’s just a massive departure from its predecessors. This really gives it an ultra-futuristic look yet something that’s not unachievable at the same time.
Technologically, at the moment we don’t know much about the Terzo Millenio. The front looks like the back, the back looks like the front, it puts any current generation hypercar to shame, and it’s being co-developed by Lamborghini and mad-scientists, professors, and students at MIT. There’s a vision for the car that keeps in line with the spirit of Lamborghini. There is a wholehearted attempt currently underway at keeping the noise, abundance of cylinders, and driving emotion you’ve come to expect from Lamborghini. I’d like to think that if this is executed while looking the way it does… Lamborghini has literally crushed the competition within whatever hypercar space will exist within the next 5-10 years.
Everyone thought that Lamborghini was late to the game when it came to hypercar tech. You didn’t need to look far to notice there is no raging bull representing the brand within the holy trinity of production supercars. The space is presently suitably occupied by the LaFerrari, Porsche 918, and the McLaren P1. I mean hey, Lamborghini may have been late to this game, but they’re blowing away the competition for the next round. Although we do have a few other latecomers to the hypercar most recently the AMG Project 1, none have raised the bar as high as Lamborghini just has.
Undoubtedly so, there’s a long road ahead down the development pipeline for the Terzo Millenio. There’s much that can happen between now and then. Quite possibly the Terzo Millenio as we see it now may never make it into production. What we do know however is that Lamborghini has a three year contract with MIT and whatever comes next from the brand will absolutely inherit some of the tech that’s being brainstormed as we speak. And needless to say, that is something we’re very much looking forward to.
P.S. How epic is that name by the way. Lamborghini never disappoints when it comes to naming their products. Or maybe everything just sounds better in Italian? Photos via Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.