Imagine for a moment that you’ve gone to an international car show, and on arriving discovered that John Deere has built a car. And not only that, but it is a super fast and exotic grand tourer, designed to take on the biggest names is GT carbuilding. You’d probably have to go home and lay down, but you would have also gotten an important insight into what it must have felt like to be at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. Because that is where Lamborghini, up until that point a company known for building tractors, unveiled the 350GTV. This was the prototype that would lead to the production 350GT, Lamborghini’s first production car.
The seed for the 350GTV was planted in 1958, when Ferruccio Lamborghini bought a Ferrari 250GT, the first of three 250s he would own. He liked the car, enough to own three of them, but he found the racing-derived machines to be lacking in interior amenities, and that the clutch would wear out far too quickly. The clutch was an especially big problem, since it required trips back to Maranello to have them replaced. Lamborghini tried to have this addressed, but Enzo Ferrari was famously too proud to listen to criticism, so Lamborghini decided to make his own GT car.
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The chances of seeing a production version of Lamborghini’s 2015 Lamborghini LPI 910-4 Asterion concept car are less than great now that the company is moving forward with production of the 2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV.
Lamborghini is in the process of doubling the size of its factory in Sant’Agata, Italy and hiring 500 new employees to accommodate Urus production. The aim is to build 3,000 annually, which would double Lamborghini’s current output. Given the massive investment, the bandwidth to produce the Asterion simply isn’t there, and Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann now says production in unlikely.
"It was built to show what we would do if the regulations forced us to have 30 miles of electric range as well as high-speed performance,” Winkelmann recently told Autocar. “Because of the weight of the batteries, we also took the opportunity to make the car bigger and roomier. We wanted to see customer reactions.”
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Although it launched the Gallardo in 2003, it took Lamborghini three years to develop a convertible version of its entry-level supercar. However, the 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder wasn’t the first drop-top iteration of the model. Before it, it came the 2006 Lamborghini Concept S, a show car that featured a divided cabin layout with separate windscreens. It was a modern interpretation of the single-seat roadsters of the 1950s and Lamborghini was rumored to build 100 units for select customers.
The Italians eventually decided to keep it as a styling exercise and came up with the less radical Gallardo Spyder. After 10 years, the Concept S is up for grabs via RM Auctions. The concept car will cross the auction block on November 18th, 2015, in New York. As it is with such vehicles, the Concept S is in tip-top condition and fully operable. What’s more, it’s also street-legal and it has been driven for only 112 miles.
There’s no estimate as to how much it’s expected to fetch, but considering we’re talking about a one-off factory vehicle in mint condition, it should change owners for at least two million bucks. The auction is still four months away, but we’ll be back with the result as soon as the hammer goes down. Stay tuned!
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It would be wrong to describe the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a classic car show. It is in a whole other league of classic car event, along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, though the Villa d’Este event is much older, and the model on which the Pebble Beach event was built. These events have become so popular that big that manufacturers now bring concepts, the same as they do for big international auto shows. Sometimes these are new concepts, but usually they’re cars that have been shown before, brought to give the mega-rich attendees of the event a closer look.
This year, Lamborghini brought the Asterion plug-in hybrid hypercar concept that was unveiled toward the end of last year. The video will give us a much better look at it, and we’ll hear the 5.2-liter V-10 (admittedly not a new engine) being fired up. We get some good looks at the details as well, although the somewhat questionable looks of the car are still very much present. But the car does look very much at home on the hotel grounds, which is surely why Lamborghini chose to bring it.
The virtual ink of our review of Zagato’s Lamborghini 5-95 hasn’t even dried yet and auto-razzi extraordinaire Marchettino already has a video of the supercar getting the superstar treatment at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. That didn’t take long, did it?
It’s hard to argue with those people craning their necks to get a good glimpse at the 5-95. The Zagato-built supercar is just that awesome. It has a drastically different design than the Lamborghini Gallardo the car that it was based on.
But the biggest thrill of Marchettino’s video was hearing the 5-95 bust out its throaty roar. Sure, it carries the same 5.2-liter, V-10 engine of the Gallardo LP570-4 that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. But the sound from its exhaust was not like that of the Gallardo. That’s the sound of a true one-off exotic, the kind that only a refined design house like Zagato can build.
There’s something to be said for an aftermarket company that can just roll out of bed in the morning, decide that it wants to build a concept model based on a Lamborghini Aventador, and then proceed to envision what it would do with it when it decides to make it.
That’s how it goes over at DMC these days. During a recent interview with LamboCars, the supercar tuner was asked what it could whip up should a customer say he wants a heavily modded Aventador without any budget constraints.
And this is what DMC came up with; an indescribable piece of engineering that we don’t even know where to begin. It’s already been christened as the Lamborghini Aventador LP1200-4R and in true Lambo nomenclature, the "1200" on its name is representative of the 1,200 horsepower DMC is capable of getting out of the exotic’s 6.5-liter, V-12 engine. Doing that, though, will constitute adding twin-turbos, as well as increasing the displacement by 1.2 liters to a mammoth 7.7-liter engine.
To be clear, this is still a concept, and there are no hints of it being built and developed in the future. But when the company said that it could build a $2.5 million program for the Aventador and it shows something like this, clearly DMC isn’t joking.
But get this; that 1,200-horsepower output it can get out of the Aventador doesn’t even compare to what it can do when a customer really wants a missile on his hands. According to DMC, if somebody really wants to push all the boundaries of speed and power, 2,000 ponies is attainable.
As far as the aerodynamics of the car are concerned, DMC has also prepared a list of new components it would want on the project, which includes a new body kit, stronger air intakes, more air vents, an adjustable-fin air brake system, an adaptive ride height, gold-plated intakes and a new set of 20- and 21-inch wheels on the front and back.
All told, the Lamborghini Aventador LP1200-4R is being touted as having 1,200 horsepower and 671 pound-feet of torque, while weighing just 3,473 pounds. When it’s fully stretching its legs, the concept is capable of hitting 62 mph in 2.3 second to go with a top speed of somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 mph.
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Pretty much everyone in this world has a different idea about a dream job; but everyone who visits TopSpeed probably dreamed about being “racecar driver” some day. Many of us still have that wish.
But racing is not a practical career ambition for most, so what to do?
Being a Transporter like Jason Statham might be fun, but the risk of death from a drive-by shooting is quite high. So what is a real-life supercar and track junky left to envision?
Luckily, there are many other options for how to get paid for driving fast. At least in Italy at the country’s famed supercar brands.
Being a professional test racer for Lamborghini or Ferrari is pretty close to the bulls-eye dream job for would-be racers.
Consistency and feedback on every aspect is mandatory, and hard to do. It also really helps if you grew up within walking distance of the Ferrari or Lambo compounds in Italy.
While most of us will only dream about this, Lamborghini’s test driver Giorgio Sanna gives us a day in his life.
Sanna is Lamborghini’s chief R&D and motorsport test driver, so nothing ships without his settings and preferences applied to production cars. He must be quite busy with the Cabrera still under heavy wraps.
For a peek behind the curtain at one of the world’s coolest jobs, Lamborghini’s driver profile video is a great piece. It shows his best talents as well as highlighting all the hard work that goes along with burning rubber professionally.
Just when we thought that we knew all there was to know about Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary celebration, they go ahead and unveil a completely unexpected one-off model. This new model, which is dubbed the Egoista, was shown to a select group of 350 faithful customers at a special dinner that the Italian supercar builder held.
The first thing that strikes us as odd, sans the wild styling, is the name, which translates to “Selfish;” that’s quite an unusual name for a car. The Egoista obviously borrowed a lot of its design language from the recently launched Veneno, with its F1-style nose and angular body.
The Egoista’s constructed mostly of carbon fiber and aluminum that is coated in a radar-absorbent material to help keep the cops from clocking you while flying down the highway – fortunately, this is only a concept, so Lambo can do as it pleases with the coating. Orange highlights the car in various areas, including the super-styled wheels and inside the intakes. The oddest of the orange accents is the orange-tinted front windshield.
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UPDATE 5/13/2013: Lamborghini has released additional information and images of the Egoista. See more after the jump.
In 1998, Lamborghini went under full ownership of Audi and the last vehicle to be developed by Lamborghini as an independent company was the Pregunta - a concept car designed in cooperation with the Italian Studio Heuliez-Torino. While all the other models in Lamborghini’s lineup were named after famous bulls, the "Pregunta" got a simpler name: "pregunta" is the Spanish word for "question."
With the Pregunta, Lamborghini wanted to develop a vehicle that was "new, original and impossible to confuse with any other." The concept was unveiled in 1998 at the Paris Auto Show and shown again at the 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Pregunta was limited to only one unit and you can imagine that the chance to actually drive one is pretty rare. Now, the concept has been put on sale by British web site classicdriver.com and can be yours for €1.6 million (about $2.1 million at the current exchange rate).
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Lamborghini has been planning expand its lineup with a new model for quite some time now, but when it comes to a production version of the Urus concept, Lambo CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, reported that we will have to wait a few more years. However, a set of patent drawings from the leak-happy Chinese patent office revealing the production version Urus makes us believe that we could see the SUV on the market sooner than expected.
As you can see, the production version will remain basically identical to the concept version, with the only updates being the exterior mirrors, which seem to be a little bigger than on the concept.
If built, the production-version Urus will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-boosted V8 engine that will pump out just about 600 horsepower. Previous rumors suggested the model will be offered as a 2017 model year and will be priced from about $200k.
We don’t know if Lamborghini saw the hype being generated by the expected debut of the Ferrari F70, but whatever their reason is, it looks like they’re prepared to bring a showstopper of their own to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
It’s no secret that Lamborghini is bringing something to Geneva; the only question is what model is it going to be.
Well, according to company CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, the Geneva-bound Lamborghini is going to a be a front-engine, V12 GT.
Talking to Edmunds, Winkelmann alluded that the car will carry two doors, two seats, a V12 engine, and a different underpinning than what was used on the Aventador. All this points to a supercar that will carry a front-mid-engine set-up similar to the Ferrari F12berlinetta.
From these descriptions of the car, we’re more than interested now than ever before to see what Lamborghini is bringing to Geneva. If there’s truth to what Winkelmann claims that "something truly extraordinary that’s based on the V12" is being prepared as part of the company’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, then don’t crown the F70 as the jewel of Geneva just yet.
Note: Photo is of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
With its acquisition spending-spree apparently over – for now – Volkswagen has turned its attention to developing its current models, which are plentiful. Two models, however, are likely receiving the wrong kind of attention, as Reuters is reporting the Lamborghini and Bentley may see their respective SUVs – the Urus and EXP 9 F Concept – delayed.
As we all know, the European market has been ravaged by the crash of the global economy and VW has been one of the handful of European automakers to succeed in these dark days. This delaying of the two limited-production SUVs would help VW stretch its funds farther with its more productive lineups, like itself, Audi, and Seat. VW is planning a spending review and the final answer will not come until November 23rd, so we’re stuck waiting on an answer for at least a month.
Also up for a potential delay is the upcoming Bugatti sedan, which, just like the Bentley and Lamborghini SUVs, will only be produced and sold in very small numbers. We’ll keep an eye on this situation, as VW inches toward cutting its manufacturing by a reported 300,000 units.
We’ll bring you more information as it comes across the wire.
Lamborghini’s “entry-level car,” if you want to call the $187,000 Gallardo “entry level,” is getting on in age and we already know that a successor is due out in 2014. We also know that the Gallardo came in a dizzying amount of formats, trim levels, body styles, and special editions, which tended to confuse the casual Lamborghini buyer and was somewhat intimidating.
In an interview with Car and Driver, Lamborghini America COO, Michael Lock, let us know that the Gallardo’s successor, which may be named the Huracán, will be a much simpler lineup to navigate. It’s not that Lambo will eliminate all of the options, but rather streamline them into precise packaging. The basic configurations — coupe, convertible, all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and lightweight — will be available, but you will not be able to walk into a dealership and pick a Lamborghini that meets every spec (i.e. convertible, all-wheel drive, and lightweight).
That will be a relief to most buyers, as is the much needed elimination of the aging Gallardo. We will continue keeping an eye out for news on the upcoming Gallardo replacement and let you know as soon as we hear something. We expect to start seeing a lot more details rolling down the pipe by the end of this year and we should see an actual production concept sometime in early-2013.
Also addressed in the meetup was the manual transmission option making a return in the Gallardo’s replacement. It was confirmed by Lambo’s COO that the manual option will not return in this model, or ever again to the Lamborghini lineup.
As if Lamborghini needed any more help developing super-fast cars that can nearly keep pace with F1 racecars, it is now dedicating an entire facility to developing and researching new cars. Yep, Lamborghini has just opened up its Prototype and Concept Development Center – that’s Sviluppo prototipi e vetture pre serie in Italian – to help it develop and test its new concept cars.
An important feature to this facility is that it also houses a miniature assembly line. This allows engineers to monitor exactly how new cars come together and what flaws develop in the manufacturing process. This small assembly line will also be responsible for running off Lamborghini’s limited production models, like the upcoming and non-street-legal production Sesto Elemento.
This is truly an impressive show of dedication to manufacturing only the best vehicles that are as flawless as they possibly can be, but also looks like a huge waste of money. Then again, who are we to question Lamborghini’s ways? There is obviously reasoning behind this dedicated factory, we just don’t see its real-life purpose just yet.
On an aside, Lamborghini reps are also touting the construction of the building itself, as it is the first ever multi-story industrial building that earned a “Class A” energy certification. So, not only will this building build some of the baddest concept cars ever made, but it will conserve energy in the process.
Ever since Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that the stunning Sesto Elemento was in fact heading to production in very limited numbers, very little news about the car has been released. Until now.
Before we get to the juicy details, let’s just recap what we have already known for months. First and foremost, we can confirm that the Sesto Elemento will be produced in a run of just 20 units, with each set to feature almost identical bodywork to that of the original concept. Additionally, we’ve previously confirmed that the car will feature the same 5.2-liter V10 borrowed from the Gallardo which the concept implemented.
Furthermore, we also know that the car should launch from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds, but apart from those aforementioned details, very little is known about the car. However, thanks to a report at Automobile Magazine additional details about the Sesto have finally come out of the shadows.
Previously, it was speculated that the production variant would be road-legal, but if AM is correct, the Sesto Elemento will be limited to track-use and will hit a top speed of 219 mph, rather than the approximate 186 mph figure which was once expected.
Conjointly, Automobile Magazine reports that the Sesto will be priced at just under $2.5 million, rather than the previous $3.44 million rumored figure, although we cannot confirm the legitimacy of that claim.
Finally, the Sesto Elemento is expected to hit production in 2013, meaning a debut of the production variant is likely to be slated for late this year.
Rumors about a Lamborghini SUV were floating around for about five years before Lamborghini finally decided to ’fess up to the fact that the Italian brand was ready to jump headfirst into the SUV market. There was talk that a production Estoque was in the running as opposed to the SUV, but with the Porsche Cayenne’s growing sales and Bentley’s announcement of a future SUV, there was no way Lamborghini was going to miss out on the SUV honey pot. Now they have bought themselves some time before officially rolling out a production SUV by debuting the Lamborghini Urus Concept at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
Like with all other Lamborghini models, the new Urus name comes from the world of bulls. The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle. Urus bulls could measure up to 1.8 meters at the shoulder. How’s that for a little Discovery Channel information?
But back to the Urus Concept. The front end is clearly a mark of the Lamborghini brand and features elements already seen in models like the Aventador and the Sesto Elemento Concept. It also features the same red livery as seen in the previously announced Aventador J and the same coupe-like profile as seen on the BMW X6. Under the hood, Lamborghini has placed a 600 HP engine and has been promised that the Urus will offer the lowest CO2 figures of all comparable vehicles.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed that a production version will arrive in 2017.
UPDATE 02/18/2013: Four grey-colored images have leaked from the Chinese patent office, showing off what we think is the production Urus. Check out the images in the gallery.
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Even though car manufacturers try to conceal names of future models, possible options always manage to leak onto the net, with the latest name trademarked by Lamborghini already finding its way into our hands.
Car and Driver recently broke the news and it seems pretty genuine to us. "Deimos" was trademarked by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. on March 5, 2012, and the name has left us scratching our heads just a tad. First and foremost, almost all Lamborghini’s ever produced (with the exception of the LM002) have been named after famous fighting bulls both Italian and Spanish, but ‘Demois’ doesn’t refer to any bull we’re aware of.
In fact, according to Greek mythology, ‘Deimos’ is a son of Aphrodite and represents terror and dread which seems a little bit strange to name a car after. The terror part does make some sense as this is a Lamborghini and their cars are famous for promoting fear and terror in their competitors, but the term dread seems less appealing.
After all, who would want to buy a car which name literally means ‘dread’?
Nevertheless, this trademark by Lamborghini may not actually relate to a future model or concept car as it could instead refer to a new line of merchandise or even a new system which could be fitted to future Lamborghini’s. However, with the new Lamborghini SUV (rendered above) expected to be released at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show in just a few weeks, rumors suggest that the successor to the LM002 may be dubbed the Lamborghini Deimos.
Another possibility could be the Gallardo replacement which is currently under development, and with the highly circulated ‘Cabrera’ name being nothing more than the work of an unnamed source, perhaps this future model could be the Deimos.
Either way, we’re excited by the prospect!
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Italian sports car brand, Lamborghini. In 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini started the company with the intent of creating supercars to compete with models from Ferrari. Now, as a celebration of this event, and as an homage to Ferruccio Lamborghini, Mark Hostler, a transportation design student at Staffordshire university, has created the Lamborghini Ferruccio Concept.
According to the designer, the concept is "a car that takes inspiration from the company’s lineage, and also showcases the current design language and innovations of the company in their trademark flamboyant style." The concept’s front end, bonnet, and super-wide rear end were inspired by the Countach. The front and rear wings were inspired by the Miura, while the sharp nose and mirrors, and aggressive air intakes across the body and roof take their inspiration from the current Lamborghini design language.
The concept was designed to use a small 5.0 liter V12 engine with two turbochargers and feature direct injection technology.
Hit the jump for a video of the Lamborghini Ferruccio Concept by Mark Hostler.
A few days ago, we reported that Lamborghini was bringing two vehicles to the Geneva Motor Show: the Aventador Spyder and another mystery model. At first, we believed that the company would be arriving in Geneva with the final say on what the third model in their lineup would be, but it now seems we have to rule that out. The good news is that Lamborghini has chosen their third model, but the bad news is that they have chosen to produce the SUV and won’t be debuting it until the Beijing Auto Show in China from April 23-24, 2012.
This news comes straight from Italian magazine, Quattroruote.it, which offered the first scanned images of the Lamborghini SUV Concept. From these images we can see that the SUV will adopt some design features from the Aventador supercar. It will most likely feature the same V10 engine from the Gallardo, but most likely, the production version will combine a combustion engine with an electric engine for a total of 700 HP.
The production version of the Lamborghini SUV will arrive in 2015 as a competitor for the upcoming Bentley SUV.
The Lamborghini Marzal is a concept car unveiled by Lamborghini at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. It was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, and like any other Lamborghini models, it was named after a strain of fighting bull. The Marzal was never put into production, but some of its design cues were used in the future Espada. As this is a one-of model it should not surprise you the fact that it was auctioned for an impressive €1.512.000, or about $2,100,000 at the current exchange rates.
The Marzal is powered by a transversely mounted 175 HP in-line six-cylinder which was essentially half of the Miura engine, the V-12 was cut in half lengthwise, and was mated to a standard five-speed transmission. The concept was built on a modified Miura chassis, extended by 120 mm in order to accommodate the extra two passengers.
A very impressive feature of the concept is a pair of long gullwing doors that were used instead of the usual four-door layout. But Ferruccio Lamborghini wasn’t very pleased about this kind of doors: "offer no privacy: a lady’s legs would be there for all to see."This feature offered the possibility of using windows which, combined with a lightly smoked glass roof, helped create a very airy feeling inside the cabin. The interior features a a hexagonal honeycomb theme on the dashboard and center console housing most instruments and controls.
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