Recaffeinated, I grab the SV with the prototype rear-wheel steering and am relieved to find myself sticking with the Centenario. The difference isn’t just the additional 49bhp but the stability and responsiveness of the car. Where the Aventador felt large and brutal, the SV feels predictable and nimble. It’s a genuinely eye-opening comparison, and the laps pass with addictive repetition.
After more coffee, I finally lower myself into the familiar, yet subtly different surroundings of the Centenario’s cockpit. With only 40 being made, the lucky owners are able to be more demanding regarding the personalisation of their slice of Lamborghini history, and the carbonfibre-clad interior of our car (no. 0) is exquisitely executed. It’s hard to know what a £1.7m interior should feel like, but this feels close, helped in no small part by the bespoke 10.1-inch portrait screen which occupies the centre console and features an all-new infotainment system Lamborghini describes as its take on the connected car. It comes with suitably angular graphics and features the usual suspects (media, nav, car set-up) plus telemetry that logs your lap times, gear selection, throttle inputs and braking points – all of which will be reviewed by the development team and its boss, Maurizio Reggiani, following the laps. No pressure, then.