Nothing great ever happens without innovation first, and Lamborghini happens to be one of the most innovative companies in the history of automobile manufacturing. Lamborghini has pushed the industry envelope repeatedly since Ferruccio Lamborghini first founded it in 1963. We’ve seen many super cars we wished we had, and we’ve also seen many cars we wished were real. One such car is the Lamborghini Zentorno. This vehicle has all the characteristics of an immaculate Lamborghini super car, and it’s exactly the type of vehicle that everyone gapes at upon first sight. Unfortunately, you can’t ever set your eyes on the Zentorno by driving on the road because it’s not a real car.
The Zentorno is actually a super car designed for the popular video game, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. GTA has long been known to have some of the most incredible car designs in video game programming, and the Zentorno is no exception. Although it’s often referred to as the Lamborghini Zentorno, this GTA super car is actually a Pegassi. Pegassi is another piece of fiction in this narrative. Pegassi is an Italian luxury car manufacturer in the HD Universe gaming world. It is largely based on Italian automobile manufacturers Lamborghini, Pagani, Ducati, and Piaggio. Interestingly enough, three out of four of those names are somehow connected. Horacio Pagani, the founder of super car manufacturing company Pagani Automobili S.p.A., was once the composite department manager for Lamborghini. Pagani worked on many of Lamborghini’s models before he decided to start his own company. In addition, Lamborghini bought out Ducati in 2012—an event that happened 4 years after the release of GTA IV.
The Pegassi Zentorno is based on an actual Lamborghini vehicle, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Lamborghini produced this limited edition high performance vehicle between 2011-2012, and it was designed as a track only production. Sesto Elemento literally means “sixth element” in English, and it stands for the car’s 6-speed automated electrohydraulic manual transmission or “e-gear." Elements of the Sesto’s exterior design can easily be depicted on the Zentorno. The Zentorno takes on the Sesto’s shape and style, and even the car’s default color scheme is representative of its real-life alternate. You’ll also find other Sesto features such as the back hexagonal vents, triangular hood vents, and twin roof scoops. The Zentorno also has design elements from another Lamborghini, the Veneno. The Veneno is another limited production high performance super car that was first introduced to the world during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Veneno is considered to be one of the world’s most expensive production cars, and it certainly looks the part. The Zentorno borrowed certain exterior aspects of the Veneno including the front fascia, the grille, the rear diffuser, and a few more.
Although the Zentorno is derivative of Lamborghini elements, it does have its own personality. Created as a high-performance vehicle, the Zentorno has some original aerodynamic designs to help it go faster. The front end of the vehicles has a number of intakes with carbon fiber frames. The headlights are unique, and the Pegassi emblem is original as well. The aerodynamic features extend to the sides of the vehicle. There are vertical intakes on the rear fenders, small intakes on the roof, and various concave details as well. The Zentorno has plenty of other carbon fiber parts including the bumper, the diffuser, and parts of the rear vents.
One striking feature that’s truly reminiscent of a Lamborghini is the scissor doors. The creators of the Zentorno have designed this super car to be hyper realistic, so even the way the door opens is quite impressive. The care has 10-spoke rims and standard colors, and there are upgrades available of course. When it comes to performance, the Zentorno has adept handling mechnisms, and it also mimics Lamborghini when it comes to speed. The Zentorno is faster than many cars on GTA including the Infernus, the Cheetah, and the Turismo R. Playing this game on a controller can prove to be challenging due to its handling capabilities. Many gamers find that using a keyboard might make it easier. However, that’s part of the challenge of driving the Zentorno on GTA. There can also be issues when it comes to grip as the car tends to spin easily after getting some air. The 4-wheel drive aspect helps that factor a bit, but gamers need to be careful of bumpy roads just in case.
The Zentorno runs on an incredible 6.8-liter V12 engine that can produce power of up to 750hp. It all sounds as if it’s a vehicle that can run on a real track today, but as for now, the Zentorno will stay on-screen as a game vehicle. There’s a little light of hope in the fact that Lamborghini is always on innovating mode. The company currently has a few concept cars that might even make it into production in the near future. Games such as GTA have some of the most creative vehicles you can find anywhere, and we wouldn’t put it past car manufacturers to find inspiration in gaming much like how gaming finds inspiration on the road. Lamborghini has an impressive fleet of manufactured vehicles that’s only gotten better over time. Cars are becoming faster and HP’s are getting higher. Gaming vehicles such as the Zentorno has realistic specs that doesn’t make it so far from reality. It’s only a matter of time before we see a car similar to Zentorno on the track. It’s not likely that Lamborghini will jump onto that platform, but there are plenty of other innovators out there that might take that chance. For now, we'll just be bringing out the controllers to enjoy a Zentorno drive.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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