Pope Francis Gets His Lamborghini

Pope Francis has a new Lamborghini. A bespoke, one-off, striped Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2, to be precise. The Italian automaker presented the supercar to the Pope at a ceremony at the Vatican.

Pope Francis is a humble man of modest means. His tenure as the leader of the Catholic church has so far been marked by a tendency to be frugal with the church’s money and scale back on the luxuries enjoyed by previous popes.

The $199,800 Lamborghini is set to be auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s next year on May 12th, which will then be split between three charitable causes: restoring villages on the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, helping victims of human trafficking, and supporting missionary work in Africa.

The Lamborghini Huracán RWD donated to the Pope is created in homage to the Vatican, also thanks to the idea promoted by the agency Riptide, Milan. The car was realized by Lamborghini’s customization department “Ad Personam”. The special edition model pays tribute to the colors of the flag of Vatican City, painted in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino decorated alongside the Huracán’s silhouette.

Historically, popes moved around on a “sedia gestatoria”, a ceremonial red silk-covered throne which was carried on shoulders until the 20th century, when it was swapped for the popemobile.