Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is a masterpiece of angles, light and dark

Lamborghinis are wild looking beasts, always a riot of outrageous shapes, angles and sharp lines. Their manic looks are backed up by off the charts performance and a thuggish sound.

The Sesto Elemento is all that and a lot more. Or a lot less, depending on how you choose to see things. You see, the Sesto Elemento is lightweight car making taken to the extreme. In fact, if Colin Chapman was alive today, the Sesto Elemento would probably be the Lambo he’d design.

Like Lotus’ past and present, the Sesto Elemento sees an absence of weight, not extra power, as the means to ultimate performance. To that end, the Sesto Elemento weighs just 999kg (2,202lb) thanks its state-of-the-art carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) structure — a fact it makes perfectly clear with its bare carbon fibre body. By way of comparison, the related Aventador standing next to it at the motor show weighs in at a portly 1,575kg (3,470lb).

Powered by a 5.2-litre V10 with 419kW (570hp) of power and 540Nm of torque on hand, the Sesto Elemento is capable of rocketing from 0 to 100km/h in 2.5 seconds (the Aventador lags behind as it requires 2.9 seconds).

Only 20 Sesto Elementos will be made and will be restricted to track work. The upwards-pointing exhaust pipes are made from Pyrosic, a glass ceramic composite that can withstand temperatures up to 900 degrees Celsius (1652 deg F).

And what does the name mean? Sesto Elemento translates to Sixth Element, which on the periodic table of elements is carbon.

The Sesto Elemento is on display at the Sydney Motor Show (or Australian International Motor Show, if you must) from 19 to 21 October 2012. After that it will be going on a tour of south-east Asia and will be replaced on the stand by the rather more pedestrian (in relative terms) Gallardo LP 550-2 Tricolore.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]