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First Look: Lamborghini Veneno

Track-ready road car markets Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary.

by on Mar.04, 2013

One of only three copies of the Lamborghini Veneno made its debut in Geneva Monday night.

Like a well-toned athlete, Automobili Lamborghini is aging gracefully, and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Italian maker will roll out the 222 mph Veneno.

That’s not the number that’s likely to take your breath away, however. Lambo plans to produce only three copies of the track-ready, road car – for 3 million Euros apiece, or roughly $4 million at the current exchange rate.

Launching from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds, the Veneno is “the fastest, most powerful on-road Lamborghini we’ve ever built,” said the maker’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann, during a Geneva Motor Show preview.

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In keeping with a half-century-old tradition, the name for the Lamborghini Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull – in this case one claimed to be among the fastest in the history of the ring, who gained notoriety in 1914 when he gored to death one of the most famous matadors of his day, Jose Sanchez Rodriguez.

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Lamborghini Readying “Everyday” Supercar

Is production version of Estoque on the way?

by on May.26, 2011

The 2008 Lamborghini Estoque offers a hint of what the maker might offer as an "everyday" car.

When the new Lamborghini Aventador was introduced, earlier this year, it included a feature that allows a driver to slightly raise the nose to prevent the front wing from scraping on speed bumps or steep driveways.

For the Italian maker, that’s about as big a concession as it has ever made for day-to-day driving – most owners pulling their Gallardos and Murcielagos out of the garage only on weekends or special occasions.

But that’s about to change, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who has confirmed an earlier report in TheDetroitBureau.com that the maker is developing what he has dubbed “an everyday car.”

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“We are going to have a third model,” the German-born, Italian-reared executive announced during a conference sponsored by the Reuters news service.  “It has to be an everyday car.  We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.”

What Winkelmann has in mind remains to be seen.  In fact, he told TheDetroitBureau.com at the recent Geneva Motor Show that final plans are still under review and likely won’t be completed for some months to come. But one possible direction was offered up by the automaker in the form of the Lamborghini Estoque concept car that was introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

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Sneak Peek: Lamborghini Jota

Lambo's sheet metal striptease.

by on Sep.07, 2010

Lamborghini does the dance of the veils as it prepares for a Paris preview of the new Jota.

Like a temptress doing the dance of the veils or, if you prefer, a siren taking tips at the local “gentleman’s club,” Lamborghini is doing a sheet metal striptease as it builds excitement for the upcoming revelation of its Murcielago replacement at the Paris Motor Show, later this month.

Tentatively named the Lamborghini Jota, the pictures seen here provide only a tiny, if tempting, glimpse at what’s to come, but we’ve nonetheless been keeping our ear open for insights into what’s coming as the Italian maker moves to replace its aging supercar.

You can expect to still see the raging bull hood ornament on this, the latest offering to roll out of the Lamborghini plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese.  And don’t expect to see the Jota go soft and squishy.  Lambo designers will retain true to form with the hard angles that have defined the brand since its founding, in 1963, by Ferruccio Lamborghini.

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But where the maker – now a division of Volkswagen AG (or, more precisely, VW’s Audi subsidiary) – has long relied on brute force to get the steel moving, expect a much more modern machine this time around.  Think a slightly smaller car, somewhere between the size of the current Lamborghini Murcielago and the compact Gallardo.

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Sneak Peek: Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce

This bull is raring to go.

by on Mar.03, 2009

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

You’re forgiven if you prefer to take a short-cut, rather than saying Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. That takes longer than the roughly 3.1 seconds this bellowing bull needs to launch from 0-60. Try SV, or SuperVeloce, if you prefer, which means “super fast,” in Italian, and is a direct reference to the brand’s classic SportVeloce.

Whatever you prefer, the emphasis is on lighter weight and added power when compared to the standard-issue Murcielago LMP 640, itself no slouch on the performance front. To develop the SV, which is making its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has made extensive use of exotic materials, such as the carbon fiber body panels, and a transparent polycarbonate engine cover, itself set in a carbon fiber frame. Even the navi/multimedia system has been jettisoned, helping the engineers at Sant’Agata slice off a whopping 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds.
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