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Lamborghini Storms into Geneva with New Huracan LP610-4

“Revolutionary, yet easily recognizable.”

by on Mar.04, 2014

Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelman shows off the new Huracan LP610-4 during the Geneva Motor Show.

It was a Category 4 opening for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with Lamborghini staging the opening news conference and rolling out its all-new Huracan LP610-4.

The Huracan maintains the basic styling cues of the older sports car, a look that’s as much fighter jet as automobile. But there are subtle new details, some borrowed from the maker’s top-line model, the Aventador, most obviously the wedge-shaped silhouette. The Huracan adds side panels gently sculpted to channel air through scoops behind the passenger compartment for the rear-mounted engine.

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“It is revolutionary yet immediately recognizable,” suggested Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelman, as the covers were lifted off the new two-seater. (more…)

Lamborghini Unleashes New Huracan LP610-4

Long-awaited Gallardo replacement revealed.

by on Dec.20, 2013

No bull...the new Lamborghini Huracan is finally here.

Confirming a week of rumors and speculation, Lamborghini has unveiled the long-awaited replacement for its smaller model, the Gallardo, and it’s likely many will be calling the new Huracan LP610-4 the Baby Aventador.

The new two-seater borrows heavily from its big brother, starting with the now-familiar wedge shape, the sides sculpted to draw additional air in for the rear-mounted engine through scoops just behind the passenger compartment.

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For those who might want to plant this beast under the tree – or in the garage – for Christmas, your local Lambo dealer might be willing to take a deposit now but you’ll have to wait some months before deliveries begin.  The Italian subsidiary of Volkswagen AG has yet to reveal U.S. pricing, though the 2013 Gallardo starts at $181,900.


Lamborghini Marks 50th With One-Seater

Egoista pushes design envelope to the extreme.

by on May.13, 2013

The Lamborghini Egoista concept seats only one person: the driver.

Lamborghini decided to celebrate its 50th anniversary by unveiling a new concept car, dubbed the Egoista, which even Volkswagen Group’s top designers describes as “extreme.”

However, unlike some concepts its shown in the past, this one won’t be hitting the pavement as it doesn’t meet many safety requirements, such as 5 mph bumpers.

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“It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish),” explained Walter De Silva, head of design for the Volkswagen Group.


Ferrari Puts Brakes On Production

Move designed to ensure the aura of exclusivity.

by on May.09, 2013

Ferrari is cutting back on production this year to maintain the brand's exclusivity.

Nothing turns heads quite like the sight of a Ferrari roaring down the road. The excitement and awe stems from the fact there aren’t many around. To ensure that continues, Ferrari plans to cut sales to fewer than 7,000 vehicles this year to maintain that aura of exclusivity around the storied brand.

“The decision we have made to sell fewer cars this year despite stronger sales is due to protect brand’s exclusivity,” Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo told reporters during a session at the company’s fabled factory in Maranello, Italy.

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Ferrari produced 7,318 cars last year, he said.


Ferrari Goes Hybrid for Fastest Car Ever

New LaFerrari a nearly 1,000-hp replacement for old Enzo.

by on Mar.05, 2013

The new LaFerrari borrows heavily from the maker's successful Formula One race program.

If your idea of a hybrid looks something like the Toyota Prius, something that’s more fuel-efficient than fun-to-drive, you may need an attitude readjustment after getting a look at the new LaFerrari, the long-awaited replacement for the Italian automaker’s former flagship, the Enzo.

This is definitely not your typical gas-electric drivetrain, though the maker insists it will substantially reduce emissions and fuel consumption compared to a conventional drivetrain. Of course, there aren’t many out there that can churn out to nearly 1,000 horsepower.

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During a presentation at the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemelo described the new model as the “maximum expression of what defines our company….all the capabilities of our know-how,” adding that the LaFerrari “represents the future” for one of the world’s most respected sports car manufacturers.


First Look: 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

More power, updated looks.

by on Feb.20, 2012

Maserati will unveil the GranTurismo Sport in Geneva.

It’s been a good couple of years for Maserati, the Modenese maker finally getting some traction as it prepares for a wave of new products that could finally position it as a serious global luxury contender.

Among the new models on the horizon are a replacement for the flagship Quattroportes, as well as downsized version of the four-door nicknamed the “Baby” Quattroporte.  There’ll also be the Italian maker’s first crossover-utility vehicle – built in the U.S. and based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, albeit powered by a Ferrari drivetrain.

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But the roll-out gets a kick-off at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of an updated Maserati GranTurismo.  Dubbed the GranTurismo Sport, it will replace the Maserati GranTurismo S.

There are a number of attractive visual updates, starting with a new fascia and revised grille, which is now surrounded by larger air intakes. The headlamps go LED – as do the darkened taillamps.  The revised interior, meanwhile, features an updated sport steering wheel and seats.

The Sport package features a new front fascia, bigger intakes, revised lamps and lots more power.

But the big news is easier to feel than see, the GranTurismo Sport getting a beefed-up version of the old S-edition’s 4.7-liter V-8.  That translates into 460 horsepower, 26 more than before.

Maserati isn’t talking price or on-sale date, though we’d expect to see the new GranTurismo Sport reach U.S. showrooms soon after the Geneva Motor Show.

The GranTurismo, incidentally, is now in its fifth year. Though the design still looks surprisingly fresh, an all-new coupe is reportedly also in the works and likely will show up by around 2014.

First Look: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder

A star-studded preview.

by on Nov.17, 2011

This might have been the only view you'd get of the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder if you weren't one of the A-List celebs at Lamborghini's event.

One thing seems certain in L.A., even celebrities like the combination of free food, flowing booze and the introduction of fast cars, actors Lake Bell, Dominic Monaghan and others on hand for the evening launch of the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder.

Few makers are more skilled at getting out the stars than Lamborghini, which has made a regular habit of introducing something drool-worthy at the L.A. Auto Show each year, more often that not a convertible. Actually, to be more precise, Lambo likes to stage an even of its own off-campus to ensure a good evening attendance.  So it was again this year.

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“With the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder, we are expanding the Lamborghini lineup with a purist model that adds yet another dimension of driving pleasure,” said Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “In particular this model will appeal to a very special group of customers – many in Southern California – that enjoy a spirited driving style paired with the sheer exhilaration of open-air driving.” (more…)

First Look: Ferrari 458 Spider

Maker offers a tease before Frankfurt unveiling.

by on Aug.23, 2011

The new Ferrari 458 Spider gets a folding hardtop roof.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is still nearly a month away but we’re already getting a good hint of what’s to come at the most important European car show of the new model-year – including this first look at the Ferrari 458 Spider.

As its name suggests, it’s a drop-top version of the current 458, though Ferrari has opted for a folding hardtop design, rather than conventional canvas – and, in something of a surprise the Italian supercar maker claims that strategy actually saves a full 55 pounds.  More typically, metal fold-ups, like those found on a BMW 3-Series cabriolet, are the heavier option.

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Even with the origami metal, the Spider weighs in about 100 pounds more than the conventional Ferrari 458, adding about a tenth of a second to its 0 to 100 kmh time, which remains a still-impressive 3.4 seconds.  As for top speed, the 458 Spider will hit 198 mph compared to 202 for the standard 458.


First Look: Alfa Romeo 4C

Sports car likely bound for U.S. market.

by on Mar.02, 2011

The lightweight Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to help revive the Italian brand's U.S. presence.

With more than 60 new or significantly updated products making their debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it takes a real winner to draw a large crowd, but getting anywhere near the Alfa Romeo stand is a challenge, thanks to reveal of the maker’s striking 4C.

The downsized sibling of the 8C super car sold several years ago, the matte-finished, mid-engine sports car has the sorts of looks that might belong on a car in the six-figure price range, though word has it the Alfa 4C will be priced somewhere around $40,000 when it comes to market.

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And the good news for U.S. buyers is that the two-seater is expected to be one of the first of the Italian marque’s offering to cross the Atlantic as part of the effort to bring Alfa Romeo back to the American market.

Measuring about 158 inches, nose-to-tail, with a 95-inch wheelbase, the Alfa 4C will be powered by a turbocharged, Direct Injection 1.8-liter four making somewhere between 200 and 235 horsepower.  That will drive the rear wheels, fittingly, for a car designed to deliver some serious driving fun.

The mid-engine 2-seater will weigh in at less than 1800 pounds thanks to the use of aluminum and carbon fiber.

The engine might seem a bit on the down size but the new Alfa 4C weighs in at just 1784 pounds due to the use of various lightweight materials.   That includes not only aluminum but also carbon fiber.

Significantly, the latter material has not only wound up on a number of new offerings at this year’s Geneva Motor Show but is beginning to migrate down from supercar territory into the mainstream.  Mini, for example, is using carbon fiber on the Rocketman concept and could begin offering it on production models in the near future.

By holding down mass, that 1750 TBi powertrain is expected to punch the Alfa Romeo 4C from 0 to 100 kmh (62.5 mph) in just 5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 155 mph.

The Alfa 4C will go on sale in Europe in 2012.

First Look: Ferrari FF

A practical Ferrari?

by on Mar.01, 2011

Ferrari goes practical with the new FF.

A practical Ferrari?  If the very concept doesn’t scare you off, read on for more about the Italian automaker’s newest offering, which is making its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

There will be plenty who view the new Ferrari FF as an oxymoron, no doubt.  But there’s no question the maker from Maranello wanted to do more than just evolve the outgoing 612.  Instead, it has come up with a wagon, er hatchback, er shooting brake.  Well, expect a lot of different descriptions to apply to what might be thought of as Ferrari’s interpretation of the Porsche Panamera.

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While the looks might take a while to grow on you, the new FF otherwise lives up to its pedigree.  It’s the most powerful 4-seater the Italian marque has ever produced, a direct-injects 6.3-liter V12 under the FF’s long, low hood, churning out 651 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque.  You’ll see 60 in less than 3.7 seconds, Ferrari claims, on the way to a top speed of 208 mph.