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21 August 2017

The Kode 0 is a Lamborghini Aventador reimagined

Enzo designer builds new one-off supercar with a retro look

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Ken Okuyama is a designer. He's penned 300kph bullet trains, robots, furniture and tractors too. But to us of the automotive realm, there are only two designs that mean something to us. Okuyama is the one who designed the Ferrari Enzo and the Maserati Quattroporte.

It's no small feat to have designed the car that holds the name of the founder of Ferrari himself and Ken did a really good job of it. He used to work with GM and Porsche before he moved to Italy to take the role of creative director at Pininfarina. He still designs one-off supercars under the name of Kode and he's just made a new one.

Unveiled at the Quail Motorsports Gathering, it's the new Kode 0. A retro inspired supercar reportedly envisioned to capture the automotive design emotions of the 1970s. The design pays tribute to Marcello Gandini, the man who sketched all-time classics like the Lancia Stratos Zero, Lamborghini Countach and Lamborghini Miura (arguably one of the best looking cars of all time).

Its wedge-like appearance, especially with that custom front splitter seems mildly reminiscent of the ramp car from the Fast and Furious movie franchise. Or maybe that's just us.

The Koda 0 is based on the Lamborghini Aventador. It's pretty light too, using Lamborghini’s carbon fibre monocoque and yet manages to be lighter than the vehicle it is based on with Okuyama claiming a kerb weight of 1550kg. It has 20-/21-inch forged alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zeros. The rear though seems to carry more of a modern look, particularly the Lexus LFA with its triangular shaped quadruple exhaust centrally aligned in between a large diffuser. The 70s supercar theme continues on the inside too with shiny silver leather seats with a cross-stitch pattern and green accents on the dash. It gets scissor doors, an obvious prerequisite for an attention-grabbing one-off supercar.

There is nothing 1970s about the power though, as the Kode 0 uses a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 which is capable of 690bhp and 690Nm. The engine is paired with the Aventador’s 7-speed ISR transmission, which lets the Lambo reach 100kph from standstill in 2.9 seconds. The Kode 0 being lighter, should be able to match that if not be quicker, even with the revised aero.

So, what do you make of it?


Tags: lamborghini, lamborghini aventador, supercar, maserati quattroporte, ferrari enzo, ken okuyama, kode 0

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