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Lamborghini Centenario Celebrates Centennial in Style

Limited run of 20 coupes, 20 roadsters planned.

by on Mar.01, 2016

The new Lamborghini Centenario celebrates the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini.

How do you celebrate the centennial of your founder? You could throw a party and put plenty of candles on the cake. But Lamborghini has a different way of celebrating the 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The Italian maker is showing off the long-rumored Lamborghini Centenario, a super-exclusive, 770-horsepower version of its top-line Aventador two-seater. For those looking to crash the party, Lambo officials told a media audience they plan to produce just 40 of the hypercars: 20 coupes and 20 roadsters.

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Suggesting the one-off model allows his company to “transcend some of the constraints” of regular series production, outgoing Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said, “The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. It looks to the future while honoring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini.”

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Geneva Brings Debut of Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce

The “purist incarnation of a Lamborghini to date,” claims maker.

by on Mar.02, 2015

The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce boasts a V-12 pumping out 750 horsepower and a top speed of 220 mph.

Take all the Lamborghinis that have come and gone since Ferruccio Lamborghini launched his eponymous company back in 1963. Now boil them down and what might you come up with? According to the Italian automaker, it’d have to be the new Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, which it claims is “the most pure incarnation of a Lamborghini to date.”

It certainly is one of the fastest and most powerful, its big V-12 pumping out 750 horsepower, enough to launch the Superveloce to a top speed of 350 kmh – or just about 220 mph.

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The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce made its debut on Monday night during a sneak preview ahead of the official opening of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The unveiling comes four years after the introduction of the original Lamborghini Aventador. (more…)

First Look: Lamborghini Urus Super-Ute

Expect to see Lambo take the LB736 racing.

by on Apr.23, 2012

Lamborghini is going off-road with the Urus.

Four years after hinting it had an SUV in mind with the Estoque concept vehicle, Lamborghini is indeed getting into the game.  After a few feints and dodges, the maker has officially confirmed that its oft-discussed third model line will be a sport-ute known internally as the LB736.

But eager buyers will get to know the new offering – which debuted today at the Beijing Motor Show – as the Lamborghini Urus.  And, yes, that’s in form with Lambo naming tradition, Urus a type of bull.  No, not that kind, it’s the ursine equivalent of a draft horse.  And the Italian maker is deadly serious about the launch of the new SUV.

Lambo styling chief Filippo Perini has come up with a design that’s distinctly different from the other SUV offerings from the other Volkswagen AG luxury brands, notably the Audi Q7 and the, er, controversial EXP 9 F concept from Bentley revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month.

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“The Urus is a very concrete idea for the future of Lamborghini – as a third model line and as the perfect complement to our super sports cars,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “SUVs stand for freedom and emotion. SUVs make up one of the most successful market segments worldwide. The Urus is the most extreme interpretation of the SUV idea; it is the Lamborghini of the SUVs.”

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F12 Berlinetta – Fastest, Most Powerful Ferrari Ever

Is this the world’s sexiest supercar?

by on Mar.06, 2012

The new Ferrari F12 makes its Geneva debut.

For some makers, function drives form.  Ferrari has traditional argued that when it comes to an Italian supercar, both matter.  Take the slick new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which Ferrari revealed at the Geneva Motor Show today – and which is earning buzz as not only the fastest Ferrari ever, but also the sexiest.

The replacement for the outgoing Ferrari 599 – originally expected to get a 620 nameplate — is the fastest, as well as the most powerful automobile ever to wear the prancing pony badge.  Its 6.3-liter V12 will be able to launch the Ferrari F12 from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds – with a top speed of more than 310 kmh – or nearly 200 mph.

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The new model will land in an increasingly crowded supercar market that will feature the likes of the function-over-form McLaren MP4-12C and the extreme-styled Lamborghini Aventador, so the opportunity to deliver anything but extreme performance would have been minimal.

The F12 is slightly smaller than the outgoing 599, with a lower center of gravity.

Of course, Ferrari also put a premium on luscious Italian styling, an advantage it figures it can leverage over the incredibly competent competition.  The good news is that much of its most distinctive styling elements also have a practical purpose.  That includes the new Ferrari F12’s Aero Bridge, a new concept that generates additional downforce by funneling air flowing over the hood to its flank.

Then there’s the Active Brake Cooling system, which uses active vanes to guide air, when needed, through ducts to improve brake performance.

While there may be subtle visual similarities to the outgoing 599, the Ferrari F12 is a completely new car, the maker insists, with an all-new chassis that features a slightly shorter wheelbase.  The engine, seats and other key components have been lowered to improve the center of gravity.

The new Ferrari F12 will make extensive use of active aero technologies.

Ferrari also concentrated on lowering the new supercar’s overall weight, which comes in at 3355 pounds, about 155 less than its predecessor.  That helps enhance acceleration, handling – and fuel economy, which is reportedly 30% than the old Ferrari 599.

Under the hood: a naturally-aspirated, 6.26-liter V-12 making 740 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque.  The maker says that will propel it to 100 kmh (62.5 mph) in 3.1 seconds, with 200 kmh (125 mph) in 8.5 seconds, with the top speed 340 kmh.  The F12 reportedly cut something on the order of 2 seconds off the laptime record for a production car at the Fiorano race circuit, at 1:23.

By comparison, the old 599 made 611 horsepower.

Lamborghini Reveals One-Off Aventador J

A hint of what’s to come?

by on Mar.06, 2012

CEO Stephan Winkelmann reveals the one-off Lamborghini Aventador J.

It’s definitely not the sort of car you’d want to take you back into downtown Geneva after the auto show winds up for the day but for a run through the Swiss countryside there’d likely be few things that could beat the Lamborghini Aventador J making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.

The 700-horsepower, one-off “comes from a different time,” suggested Stephan Winkelmann, the CEO of the Italian automaker, “a time when cars were lighter, and naked.”

We’re not sure about the naked part but you’re definitely exposed to the elements behind the wheel of the 700-pound roadster, which draws power from  a 6.5-liter V-12 that pumps out power through a permanent four-by-four system.

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Priced at $2.1 million – before  the unnamed buyer coughs up the additional VAT tax – the Aventador J was meant to underscore “one of the missions of Lamborghini,” suggested Winkelmann, which “is to fulfill dreams.  And as long as we do cars like this, our brand as a bright future.”

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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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Shelby GT500 Super Snake to Hit 800 Horsepower

New York debut for domestic supercar.

by on Apr.07, 2011

The 2012 Shelby GT500 bumps up to 800 hp.

Carroll Shelby has never been one to take a back seat in the muscle car race, so if a Lamborghini  is ready to settle with a mere 700 horsepower, it just seems somehow natural to expect the Texan’s team to weigh in with 800.

Yep, the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 in the Ford Mustang-based GT500 Super Snake will make an astounding 800 horsepower when the 2012 model rolls into showrooms.  That’s nearly 200 more ponies than the first GT500 made at launch in 2008 – but even more impressive, perhaps, it’s 100 more than you’ll get out of the new Lamborghini Aventador – for barely a third the price.

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All right, perhaps you won’t get quite the bragging rights or quite as sophisticated a platform as the raging bull offers with the carbon fiber 2-seater, but Shelby insists the Super Snake is more than just a gussied up Mustang.

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Audi Sets $196,800 “Base” Price for New R8 GT

Supercar now nudging the 200 mph mark.

by on Mar.17, 2011

Audi R8 GT: lighter, more powerful, faster and, yes, more expensive, too.

You’ll soon be able to buy the Audi R8 in three flavors: fast, faster and, “Oh, my god.”

But getting close to the 200-mph mark will nudge you ever closer to a $200,000 price tag.

When the slick 2-seater came out, a few years back, critics found little to, well, criticize, other than the lack of oomph from the stock 4.2-liter V8.  They didn’t have long to fret, however.  The addition of a 5.2-liter V10 – the same basic powerplant from the Audi GT3 LMS race car – bumped the pony count from 420 to 525 horsepower.

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Needless to say, that wasn’t quite enough for some folks who have gotten caught up in the numbers game.  So, while the new R8 GT isn’t quite in the same rarified air as the new, 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador, it still has enough to challenge the best of the supercar breed by adding yet another 35 horsepower – 560 in all.

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Lamborghini Seeking Balance Between Performance and “Social Acceptance”

Smaller, third-model, possibly even a hybrid could come from Italian supercar maker.

by on Mar.08, 2011

Lamborghini offsets the added performance of the new Aventador with the use of super-light carbon fiber.

If you want anything faster you might have to hitch a ride off an aircraft carrier.  The new Lamborghini Aventador’s 700-horsepower V12 can propel the supercar from 0 to 100 kmh (62.5 mph) in just 2.9 seconds, about as fast as a skydiver accelerates during freefall.

Performance is the watchword for the Italian brand, whose emblem is a raging bull – indeed, the new Aventador was named after a legendary fighting bull.  Yet for all the emphasis on power and speed, the Volkswagen subsidiary cannot ignore the issue of what CEO Stefan Winkelmann calls “social acceptance.”

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“We can’t turn the clock back” to the days when brands like Lamborghini could ignore mounting concerns about the environment, Winkelmann tells TheDetroitBureau.com.  “We have to do something about social acceptance.”

And that could lead to some surprising moves by the supercar maker, perhaps even the introduction of a hybrid-electric powertrain as it moves forward with plans to add a third model to its current, two-platform line-up.

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Mini Exploring Carbon Fiber Applications with Rocketman Concept

Show car makes extensive use of weight-saving composites.

by on Mar.03, 2011

The Mini Rocketman concept uses a strong, super-light carbon fiber spaceframe.

Mini’s newest concept vehicle could help it rocket into the future by showing the brand the potential for ultra-lightweight carbon fiber.

The Mini Rocketman concept vehicle, unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is nearly the smallest vehicle the British maker has ever come up with, just inches longer than the original Mini crafted by Sir Alex Issigonis a half century ago.  But it’s also a very different and much more modern vehicle, company officials stressed.

There is the high-tech infotainment system that has become the requisite on today’s show cars.  But perhaps more significantly, the Mini Rocketman uses a carbon spaceframe to keep the vehicle small, light and roomy.

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“It captures the spirit of originality” pioneered by Sir Alex, proclaimed Ian Robertson, the BMW AG Board Member who also supervises Mini sales and marketing, during the British marque’s Geneva news conference. (For more on the Mini Rocketman itself, Click Here.)

In a subsequent interview with TheDetroitBureau.com, Robertson emphasized the interest of both Mini and BMW in the use of carbon fiber.  The German parent company has, in fact, has “invested heavily” in recent years to improve the technology and expand its production.

The Lamborghini Aventador also goes with carbon fiber for its underlying monocoque.

The material “has a number of elements” that are attractive, including its tremendous strength – many times greater than steel, pound-for-pound – and light weight.  That’s particularly attractive for Mini, a brand that has put an emphasis on sustainability.

That said, Robertson cautioned that carbon fiber is still extremely expensive to produce, which may make it difficult to introduce in the relatively mainstream price segments where Mini competes.

Indeed, today, carbon fiber is largely limited to some of the most expensive products on the road, such as the all-new, $350,000 Lamborghini Aventador, which also was introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show (Find out more – Click Here.) Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winklemann told TheDetroitBureau.com that cost considerations likely limit the use of carbon fiber on other Lamborghini products.

But the spate of research underway has some experts betting that carbon fiber can move down-market in the coming years.  Toyota, for example, has been exploring ways to use the company’s historical ties to the textile industry to “weave” carbon fiber, instead of using traditional hand-production processes.  And BMW is also making strides towards mass production.

What could drive demand for the material is the industry’s move into electrification.  Vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt carry 100s of pounds of lithium-ion batteries onboard, and carbon fiber, said BMW’s Robertson, may be needed “as a trade-off to offset heavy batteries. Carbon fiber,” he concluded, “has a significant role to play in the development of motor vehicles in the future.”