It’s no secret that Lambo has huge plans for its 50th anniversary and that the Aventador is due to lose its top in the U.S. market… officially. The Italian automaker decided why not just kick them both off at the same time, which it did today in Miami and we were there to witness it all.
The day kicked off at noon today in Miami, and began with a press conference across from the Breakwater Hotel and a 40-car parade down Collins Avenue. During the press conference, Lambo unveiled the much-anticipated Aventador LP700-4 Roadster to us media folk and it was definitely worth the wait. Have a look at our collection of images and you can see just how sexy the car really is.
On top of the official unveiling of the drop-top supercar, Lambo also satisfied our appetite for some speed. It accomplished this feat by closing off a runway at the Miami International Airport – the first time MIA has ever close a runway for an automotive event – to allow 12 Aventadors to run wild down the long straight stretch, peaking out at over 180 mph.
Generally, we don’t like to focus on design concepts, but this particular one caught our attention because it is simply amazing, and it gives us something Lamborghini-related to look at until the company unveils the Gallardo Nova at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
This new concept is called the Lamborghini Perdigon and was designed by Ondrej Jirec, a final year Transport Design student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The concept car was named after a famous fighting bull to follow along with Lamborghini tradition and was designed to compete with models like the ever-sumptuous Bugatti Veyron.
Jirec styled his Perdigon Concept after the Lamborghini Reventon which took its design inspiration from stealth jets. He then took that inspiration a step further adding sharp angles and polygonal surfaces reminiscent of aircrafts like the F117 Nighthawk and the F22 Raptor. The vehicle also features a very unusually large air intake mounted just below the windscreen. The futuristic look of the exterior continues on the interior, where inspiration was taken from fighter jet canopies.
We can ogle this concept car all we want, but truth of the matter is it will never make it to production.
In recent years, Lamborghini has made so many strictly-limited production vehicles, they’ve almost become its specialty. Case in point, the Aventador J and Reventon Roadster.
As we’re sure you know, the Lamborghini Aventador J was created in just six weeks, ahead of its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. With only one unit being built, it’s literally as rare as a car can be. Based off the standard Aventador, yet featuring an array of visual changes, the Aventador J is the ultimate expression of what the Italian firm is capable.
In a similar fashion, the Reventon Roadster based off the Reventon coupe, which was based off the Murcielago, was limited to just 20 units through its production run and seemingly served as quite the influence on the design of the eventual Aventador.
As a result of the extreme exclusivity of both of these cars, coming across one of them on the streets would be downright amazing, but both at the same time? One can only dream.
Or can they?
Well our dream was actually the reality of many onlookers in Marbella, Spain when both of the aforementioned cars were spotted together on a ‘dark night.’ Get it? Because the Aventador is in the new Batman movie…….never mind.
Nonetheless, this is a might impressive spot and if you can cope with the horribly grainy footage, then it’s definitely worth checking out!
Okay, so we wrote a nice review about the Arrinera Venocara supercar hailing from Poland and we make the observation that this car “looks a hell of a lot like a Lamborghini.” Apparently, the Polish media thought the same, as Jacek Balkan outright accused Arrinera of building this new supercar from a Lamborghini kit available through Polish kit car manufacturer Bojar. Later, Arrinera’s CEO Lukasz Tomkiewicz adamantly denied all accusations and even addressed the usage of an Audi A6 C5 air conditioning panel and instrument cluster.
We can admit that the resemblance between the Lambo and the Arrinera Venocara is striking, but the automotive world is chock-full of copycats and information sharing, so it may just be happenstance. We are not prepared to pass judgment until we put all three of the vehicles in question, the Lamborghini Reventon, the Bojar El Toro Kit, and the Arrinera Venocara on trial in TopSpeed court.
We will closely examine all of the evidence on each car and come to our final ruling as to whether or not this truly is a slightly modified kit car to help boost the blossoming company’s stock, or simply a case of copycatting gone too far.
Click past the jump to view the entire TopSpeed trial…
Now that Lamborghini has officially unveiled the new LP700-4 Aventador, it seems many people have forgotten about the Reventon - one of the coolest supercars launched in the past few years. But, while others have ousted the Reventon from their minds, Media Merchants - a Canadian company that specializes in projection based technologies - has unveiled a very cool video featuring this spectacular sports car.
Don’t think for one second that this video is all about revving engines and high speeds; the nature of this company’s work alone should tell you it’s definitely not going to be that kind of video. What you’ll see is some creative minds at work with their computer.
This may just be the perfect way to promote a car. Let us know what you think after watching it! Enjoy!
Every once in a while, Lamborghini comes out with a special edition model that will knock your socks off. Back in 2008, it was the Reventon and in 2011, they debuted the Sesto Elemento, both limited to just 20 units. But Lamborghini seems to be far from finished.
In a recent interview with AutoCar, company boss Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that the company has plans to develop more special edition supercars.
"Once in a while we should do one-offs or special edition. In this case we made the concept and then got enough interest in it to make a limited run. If the car meets the image of Lamborghini and there is demand, we will build them."
"The key is that every car we build meets the emotional standards of our company, and that it is profitable. We build the cars of dreams for car lovers, and that must stay core to the brand."
Profitable may be one thing, but wildly expensive is another. Winkelmann also stated that Lamborghini has gone as far as they could with the Sesto Elemento: "To build something lighter with a car such as this would be too expensive."
You know how people immediately assume that combining elements from jaw-dropping vehicles and mashing them all up spontaneously nets them a wondrous piece of automotive engineering? Sure, it works sometimes. But for the most part, we’re left scratching our heads while looking at this ungodly sight, bemoaning the sheer lack of creative foresight by the people who built it.
Now, it probably isn’t as bad as it looks, especially at first glance. But once you take a minute and start examining the car, you’ll notice that a lot of what makes the car look the way it does is the elements found in the aforementioned supercars. The front end looks like a dysfunctional marriage between an Enzo and a Reventon, the interior seating lay-out looks to have been ripped out of a McLaren F1 – except that this one looks far more cramped - and don’t even get us started on why those taillights look suspiciously like the ones found on the G35. It’s because they are!
What happens when people want a car so bad, but don’t have enough money to buy it? Well, they start building replicas. Sometimes these things go well, but most of the time they go horribly, horribly wrong. This Lamborghini Reventon is probably one of the more severe cases of instances when the result is one of the ugliest and most unsuccessful builds to date.
There’s a man over in China that drives an old Nissan A31, but his dream car has always been a Lamborghini Reventon. He eye-balled his Nissan and found ways to convert his daily driver into his version of a Reventon. We say his version because there was no way his $13,800 and his homemade parts could ever match the precision and quality of a true $2.3 million Lamborghini.
He started by buying a scale model of a Reventon and day by day, his 1995 Nissan A31 took on some replica parts and some homemade parts resembling the pieces from one of the most exclusive cars on Earth. He dropped in a Lamborghini RB25 engine and 12 days later, had himself what he calls his Lamborghini Reventon.
Any time you have a garage that has its own Lamborghini section in it, you know that you’re a certified gearhead with probably one too many cars at your disposal. Of course, we might as well be talking about Jay Leno, one of America’s pre-eminent auto nuts and the owner of the aforementioned garage with the Lamborghini section.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the affable comedian shows us his Lamborghini collection, which includes two Miuras, a 1986 Lamborghini Countach,, and a Lamborghini Espada. For this particular episode though, Leno takes the time to get a closer look at one of the most exclusive Lamborghinis on the planet: the stealth black, jet-inspired Reventon.
Limited to only 20 units – the car that makes an appearance in the webisode was number 07 of 20 – the Reventon was essentially a re-bodied Murcielago LP640 and is considered a rare and exotic Lamborghini gem. It’s so rare, in fact, that even Jay Leno, the owner of thousands of cars, doesn’t even have one to call his own.
Even so, Leno was given a chance to take the Reventon out for a spin around the block and while he went easy on the supercar – probably out of fear that something bad would happen to it – the Reventon still left quite a bit of an impression on Leno’s obviously high standards. Then again, that’s what a sexy car with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 650 horsepower will do to you.
How much would you really spend on a toy? If you said somewhere along the lines of about $100 tops, then congratulations, you’re not as crazy as we think.
But if you shell out anywhere from €25,000 to €88,000, then forgive us if we start to question your sanity.
That’s how much it’s going to cost you if you ever decide to buy this 1/43 scale model of a Lamborghini Reventon. Don’t worry, it’s not like this collectible doesn’t warrant that stratospheric price tag. After all, some parts of the Reventon come with some pretty expensive pieces of jewelry. For starters, the cars come in three materials: silver, gold, and platinum. Then there are the tail lights that are rubies and the headlights that are diamonds. The silver model will cost you €25,000 ($35,000), the gold model will set you back €55,000 ($77,000), and the platinum model will be sold for €88,000 ($123,000).
So really, there’s some reason behind the madness. But if you ask us, spending something close to that amount when you can buy a pretty nice sports car is a no brainer of a decision. We’ll take the latter any day of the week as opposed to ponying up $123,000 on a car that even our fingers can’t get into.