If you had to imagine what kind of car the pope drives, a Lamborghini would probably not be the first car to come to mind.
This specific Lamborghini Huracan was given to Pope Francis by the Lamborghini automakers themselves. It is a special edition version of their Huracan sports car, with unique white and gold paint to match the pope’s robes.
The pope announced that he will donate the car to charity, with the proceeds from the auction of its sale going to three separate causes: the restoration of villages and Christian communities destroyed by ISIS in Iraq, assisting victims of human trafficking, and missionary work in Africa.
The Lamborghini currently makes two cars, the Huracan and the Aventador, with the Huracan being the “cheaper” of the two with a starting price of $250,000.
The Huracan has a V10 engine that makes 570-630 horsepower depending on which version you get. The standard Huracan is four-wheel drive and has 602 hp and a top speed of 213 miles per hour. It can accelerate from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds.
The pope’s Huracan is rear wheel drive and slightly less powerful, with 572 hp and a top speed of only 198 miles per hour.
The more expensive (about $400,000) Aventador has a V12 engine with 690 hp and a top speed of 220 miles per hour. It accelerates from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Both the Huracan and Aventador are mid-engined, meaning the engine is behind the driver and passenger for the best possible weight distribution.
The Pope Francis even put his signature on this special Lamborghini. It’s a good thing Lamborghini stopped making the V12 “Diablo” in the early 2000s, otherwise a pope-themed Diablo might not go together all that well.