Lamborghini is in the hot seat right now following its decision to recall 5,900 supercars worldwide due to fire risk. The legendary Italian automaker's notice includes 12 ultra-rare, 12-cylinder $4 million Veneno coupes and roadsters. After the emission scandal, this development is another blow to Volkswagen Group which owns the Lamborghini brand.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed the fire risk to the possibility of a contact between the gas tank and hot exhaust system components, especially during maneuvers such as engine over-revving at idle. No injuries so far have been reported relating to the fire.
The Lamborghini recall notice affected about 1,500 Aventadors in the U.S. Three Veneno hardtops and nine Veneno Roadsters are also part of the recall. The former costs $4 million while the latter has a ballpark price of $4.5 million. Seven cases of fire worldwide were reported.
The ultra-rare Venenos command astronomical prices due to their value which is seen by supercar-enthusiasts as works of art. In 2013, only three Venenos went to customers for four million U.S. dollars. One mega-rich customer paid $11 million in March 2016, according to Automobile Magazine.
The Veneno is a limited production supercar that had its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary. It was based on the architecture of the Aventador LP700-4 and was then the most expensive production car in the world.
The street legal racer boasts of the incredible L539 6.5-liter V-12 engine, which can produce 740 horsepower. Under the hood, the Veneno features a seven-speed, single-clutch automated ISR transmission which channels the power to the all four wheels.
Lamborghini is one of the Volkswagen Group's best-selling automotive brands. It had record global sales in 2016, with 3,457 cars delivered.
The company advised owners of affected vehicles to take their cars to a dealership to fix the issue. It will take two days to complete the upgrade of the cars' evaporative system.