Lamborghini Kode 0 by Ken Okuyama: Supercar Sunday

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Lamborghini Kode 0 By Ken Okuyama

The one-off Aventador created by one of the world’s best car designers.

Name: Kode 0
Debut: 2017
Engine: 6.5-litre V12
Specs: 690 bhp / 507 pound-feet
Price: $1,500,000+ (£1,160,000+)

Before we talk about the car, we first have to talk about the man behind the car: Ken Okuyama. If that name sounds familiar, Okuyma is a career automotive design pro who spent much of his career at Pininfarina. He's credited in helping create vehicles like the original Acura NSX, Ferrari 599 GTB, Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Birdcage 75th Concept, and even the fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Yes, that Camaro. 

But in 2006, Ken Okuyama left Pininfarina. And after a quick stint starting his own eyewear collection (dubbed Ken Okuyama Eyes collection), he created his first self-titled concept car: the K.O 7 Spider. He debuted the slinky, open-top two-seater in Geneva in 2008, kickstarting a lineage of impressive concepts and one-offs, including the one pictured here.

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The Lamborghini Aventador-based Kode 0 debuted at Pebble Beach in 2017. The fixed-roof successor to the equally stunning Kode57 Enji uses "dream car proportions" from classics like the Lamborghini Countach, Miura, and the Lancia Stratos Zero in its design. Okuyama implemented a "one motion" technique to create the Kode0's svelte profile. But aggressive details like the edgy front splitter, sharp LED headlights, triangular-shaped exhaust, and 21-inch wheels embody a stark contrast to the otherwise streamlined silhouette.

Lamborghini Kode 0 By Ken Okuyama
Lamborghini Kode 0 By Ken Okuyama
Lamborghini Kode 0 By Ken Okuyama

Hiding under that sleek contour is a Lamborghini-sourced 6.5-litre V12 good for 690 bhp and 507 pound-feet of torque. With it, the Kode0 sprints to 62 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds. The Kode 0 also weighs in at just 1,550 kilograms, making it much lighter than the Aventador on which it's based (1,852 kilograms).

One And Done

The Kode 0 was a hit at Pebble Beach. And it got even more attention visiting Jay Leno's Garage just a few months later; the video has garnered nearly 1.2 million views on YouTube. But Okuyama never intended to produce the Kode 0 on a mass scale. The lone Pebble Beach example cost its owner $1.5 million (approx. £1.16 million) atop the cost of a new Aventador (about £300,000), and surprisingly, hit the classifieds soon after in 2018 with just 1,368 miles on the odometer. Though its retailer never revealed the final selling price, our best guess is that it went for more well over one million dollars considering the original allocation cost. It is an Okuyama design, after all.