Pray to the Heavens That The Lamborghini L595 Roadster Becomes Reality
Four years ago, Italian coach builder Zagato unveiled the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, a one-off creation that spawned into a limited edition series because deep-pocketed customers couldn’t get enough of it. Fast forward to 2018, and we could be in for a case of déjà vu. Sitting on Zagato’s website for all the world to see is a rendering of the Lamborghini L595 Zagato, a droptop version of the 5-95 Zagato that we saw in 2014. It’s unclear if Zagato has plans to build this version, but the image was accompanied by “2018,” a sign that we could see this car come to life sometime this year.
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracan made its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It replaced the Gallardo, the company’s best-selling model as of 2018, in the lineup and became Lambo’s entry-level supercar. Slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the Huracan employs a different styling language compared to the Gallardo, featuring lines derived from the range-topping Aventador. The design includes sharper cues, more pronounced side skirts, and a more aggressive stance overall. Under the hood, the 5.2-liter V-10 was updated for more horsepower and improved fuel economy. In 2017, Lamborghini launched the higher performance Performante model, and a Spyder version broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Three years have passed since the Huracan was unleashed on public roads and the supercar is already highly popular, selling more than 8,000 units since its introduction. The Performante Spyder arrives to close the circle of the Huracan family, which now includes two coupes, two convertibles, and two race-spec models. The Performante name returns after long hiatus, as it was originally introduced on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, essentially a convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera. The high-performance drop-top was launched in 2011 and remained in production until the Gallardo was phased out in 2013. As you might have already guessed, the Performance Spyder adds infinite headroom to the Performante’s record-setting performance. And it’s almost as quick!
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Lamborghini Huracán Performante Goes Topless In Geneva
The Lamborghini Huracan proved itself as a worthy successor to the iconic Gallardo only a few months after it hit the market, but it wasn’t until the Performante version was launched that Lambo unveiled its true potential. Almost a year later and the record-setting supercar loses its top to become the Performante Spyder at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
The Lamborghini Aventador is crowned as Lambo’s most iconic model, and since its introduction in 2011, the family has grown considerably. After the base Aventador hit the road, it paved the way for models like the Aventador J, the LP 750-4 SuperVeloce, the Dreamliner Edition, and was even used as the basis for cars like the Veneno and Centenario. By the time late 2016 came around, the car that was responsible for the aforementioned models – and replaced the Murcielago in the lineup – was due for an update that brought about a revamping of the car’s aerodynamics and its chassis to go along with a mild update to power output as well. Now, in early September of 2017 – at least a month before the new 2018 Aventador S will be delivered to the first customers – Lambo has decided to present us with the Aventador S Roadster, a topless version of the new S that is destined to stand out next to its less-frisky counterpart by means of unlimited headroom packed into a head-turning package.
So that sounds good and all, but what does it really mean? Well, it means that the world’s only super sports roadster with a mid-rear V-12 is its own standalone model that’s highly customizable with five different interior configurations, and an unlimited choice of exterior colors via the Ad Persona program. It takes four-wheel drive to an all-new level alongside things like the active suspension system, four-wheel steering system, and Lambo’s classic LDS and LMS systems that were revised specifically for the Aventador S Roadster. So, even though the Aventador S Coupe is still fairly fresh in our minds, it’s time to take a good look at its topless counterpart. And, you better hurry if you want to be informed – this baby makes its first official debut to the masses at none other than the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Updated 09/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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While the collective population of the auto industry is transfixed at the imminent arrival of the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder Performante, the aftermarket tuning scene continues to move along, busy as ever in its attempt to create the next great tuning program. One tuner in particular probably doesn’t even have the Huracán Spyder Performante on its list since it just concluded developing a program for the standard Huracán Spyder. Yep, take a look at this new tuning kit from O.CT Tuning for the roofless Huracán that puts the supercar’s output up to an incredible 794 horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque.
Even by aftermarket standards, those numbers are beyond reproach for a car like the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder. It doesn’t have that much in the way of exterior and interior upgrades, but with numbers like that, I think O.CT Tuning can be excused for focusing its attention on the Huracán Spyder’s all-natural 5.2-liter V-10 engine.
Remember, this is the same tuner that gave us the O.CT800 Supercharged program for the Lamborghini Huracán this time last year. That one may have had some decals with it, but the focus of that kit was also on the Lambo’s V-10 engine, and the results are right around what this kit can accomplish itself.
There might be other programs for the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder that offer more in terms of quantity, but when it comes to adding more power to that V-10, there is only a handful that can compete with O.CT Tuning.
We’ll keep the upcoming Lamborghini Huracán Spyder Performance in our thoughts until it makes its hyped debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The aftermarket tuning scene is filled with tuners that can make cars faster and more powerful, yet O.CT stands out.
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2018 Lamborghini Aventador S
The Lamborghini Aventador was unveiled in early 2011 and replaced the Murcielago as the company’s range-topping supercar. Its styling is inspired by the limited-edition Reventon and the Estoque concept car, while motivation is provided by Lamborghini’s second V-12 engine design in 50 years. Like its predecessor, the Aventador spawned Roadster and higher-performance SuperVeloce versions, with the latter gaining a drop-top variant of its own. The supercar was also used as a base for the Aventador J concept and the Veneno, a limited-edition model that stands out for its outlandish design and ludicrous price tag. In late 2016, Lambo unleashed a mid-cycle update for the Aventador, also adding an "S" badge to its name.
Spotted testing on public roads since early 2016, the Aventador S prototype didn’t have much to say about the changes Lambo had in store and it was believed that the update will be about minor nips and tucks. However, the Italian brand had completely different plans for the coupe, giving it a complete makeover in the aerodynamics and chassis department. It’s also significantly more powerful, moving very closer to the beefed-up SuperVeloce thanks to a 30-horsepower bump.
“This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,” said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”
The Lambo Aventador S will reach its first customers in Spring 2017 as a 2018-model-year vehicle.
Updated 01/25/2017: Lamborghini dropped a series of new images, plus a new video taken during the cars global debut at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia (Spain).
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2017 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder by VOS
The Lamborghini Huracán Spyder is a very special car that deserves the utmost care and affection. There are a variety of different ways to do that and one tuner in particular is making a very compelling case for going the aftermarket route to give the Huracán Spyder some love. The company calls it itself Vision on Speed, or as it’s more popularly known, VOS Performance. A lot of you might be familiar with VOS Performance’s work, having previously done kits for cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Lamborghini Huracán. Now it’s the Huracán Spyder’s turn in the tuning spotlight and VOS Performance is accommodating that in kind with a program that includes power enhancements to the tune of 630 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.
The output increase is pretty subtle but it’s also just a small part of the overall tuning program. For instance, VOS Performance also added a comprehensive aerodynamic body kit with pieces made largely from carbon fiber. Interior modifications are also included in the tuning menu with plenty of bespoke elements inside the Huracán Spyder’s cabin. Don’t sleep on the set of wheels and the suspension upgrades too.
Overall, VOS Performance’s program for the Huracán Spyder is impressively comprehensive. Sure, there are other kits available for the Huracán that offer more power gains than the one VOS is providing. But as far as body of work is concerned, VOS Performance accounted well for itself with a program that’s going to spell a world of difference for the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.
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Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder Goes Topless In LA
When Lamborghini unveiled the Huracan LP580-2 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, a lot of people immediately assumed that a topless version would soon follow. One year later, and at the exact same auto show no less, the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder has arrived.
The good news is that a lot of things about the coupe version of the sports car remains on the soft-top roof version, most notably the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 580 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Yep, it may have lost a hard roof, but it still packs the same amount of power as the coupe version.
More good news comes in the form of the tech, which is to say that the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder has loads of it, beginning with the Adaptive Network Intelligent Management system (ANIMA), which the driver can control through specific buttons on the steering wheel and choose among a slew of driving modes - Strada, Sport, or Corsa - to suit their preference.
A lot of things about the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder set it up to be the kind of performance-oriented sports car that its coupe counterpart is. That said, the spyder weighs 264 pounds more than the coupe version and that shows itself in the car’s performance times, specifically the 3.6-second time from 0 to 60 mph. That’s 0.2 seconds slower that the coupe version.
Still, everyone knows that the slower acceleration is the price you pay for having a roof retracting mechanism on the car. Either way, it’s still a blisteringly quick and it’s still a Lamborghini Huracan. That’s more than what other performance cars can say about themselves.
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Lamborghini Trademarks "Huracan Performante"
A recently applied trademark suggests that Lamborghini is working on a fourth iteration for the entry-level Huracan supercar. According to Auto Guide, the Italian firm has applied to trademark the Huracan Performante name. Given that the Performance badge has been previously used on a convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera, Lambo may be planning a similar version of the Huracan.
Already available in coupe and spyder versions, the Huracan has yet to receive the higher performance Superleggera treatment, but the vehicle has been spotted testing as early as 2015. The Superleggera is expected to break cover in late 2016 or early 2017 with an aggressive body kit and a beefed-up V-10 engine rated at more than 630 horsepower (versus the standard 602 horses). The Performante model should arrive with identical specs, but slightly different aerodynamic upgrades.
There’s no word as to when the fourth version of the Huracan might hit showrooms, but given that we have yet to see any test cars as of October 2016, the high-performance roadster is at least 12 months away.
It’s predecessor, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performance was announced in late 2010 and deliveries began in April 2011. Production of the Gallardo ended in November 2013, with the final example being a Spyder Performante.
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2017 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster
When the Lamborghini Centenario debuted at the Geneva Auto Show as a tribute to honor the Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday, there was one thing that was overshadowed by coupe’s debut. That was the fact Lambo also a Centenario Roadster in the works. What’s more, the 20-unit production run was already sold out ahead of the auto show. Like the Coupe, it was likely shown to prospective buyers as a 3D hologram during Monterey Car Week in 2015.
When speaking of the Centenario in general, Lamborghini’s President and 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.” He continued, “The Centenario is an opportunity for our designers and engineers to transcend some of the constraints of series car production to achieve an incomparable result: the Centenario has immediately proved itself as a desirable collectors’ car, while demonstrating new Lamborghini technologies and outstanding performance. It is the most fitting tribute to Ferruccio Lamborghini in his centenary year: a man who created an exceptional brand believed that anything was possible, and produced extraordinary, iconic cars. The Centenario is a super sports car for Ferruccio Lamborghini and the future he and we believe in today.”
It took more than a year for the Centenario Roadster to make its debut, but now that Monterey Car Week is well underway, Lamborghini pulled the sheet from its newest roadster. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at the new Centenario Roadster.
Updated 08/22/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation and the 2016 Monterey Car Week in California. Check the picture gallery to see them all.
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Lamborghini Partners With Waldorf To Give Guests The Huracán Driving Experience
Luxury begets luxury and no more is that in full display right now than the recent partnership between Lamborghini and the Waldorf hotel chain. In a lot of ways, it’s the perfect cocktail of hospitality and horsepower as the two esteemed companies are giving guests at any of the Waldorf hotels all over the world the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracán and have it all to themselves for a bit.
The program is called the “Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience” and those who take up the offer will be given 30 minutes to drive either the Huracán LP580-2 or the Huracán Spyder along a pre-planned route within the vicinity of the hotel. Naturally, a pro driver from Lamborghini will sit shotgun at all times in the event the driver needs assistance. All 12 Waldorf locations around the world won’t hold the program simultaneously as the program will move around to these locations, lining up with any popular events in a specific area.
For instance, the program will be available at the Waldorf in New York City from September 9 to 11, right around the same time as the U.S. Open tournament is playing in nearby Flushing Meadows. So if you’re in the Big Apple around that time, don’t be surprised to see a parade of Huracáns parked just outside the Waldorf Astoria.
From there, the program will travel to other unique locations, including the Trianon Palace Versaille in Paris from October 7 to 9 to go along with the Paris Motor Show; the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida from November 3 to 7 for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show; the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah from November 10 to 19 for the Dubai Motor Festival; the Arizona Biltmore from January 14 to 22, 2017 to coincide with the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale; and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago on February 17, 2017 for the Chicago Auto Show.
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2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder
Launched for the 2015 model year as a successor to the very popular Gallardo, the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 has already received a couple of race-ready versions: the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo and the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3. But to be able to replace the Gallardo completely, the Huracan needs to spawn even more iterations, including a Roadster and a lighter, Superleggera model. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Italians have finally unveiled the drop-top version, dubbed thee Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder.
With the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider already on the street and with Ferrari having just unveiled the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider as a successor to the iconic 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, Lamborghini had no choice but to bring its very own drop-top to the party earlier than it did with the Gallardo.
And so it did, as the Huracan Spider arrived only a year after the coupe broke cover, whereas the Gallardo needed about three years to receive an open-top version. Keep reading for the full rundown.
Updated 07/14/2016: Lamborghini dropped a new video showing the new Huracan Spyder in action at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hit "play" to watch Lord March, Goodwood Founder, and Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, riding the hillclimb behind the wheel of the latest Lamborghini supercar.
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McLaren 650S Takes On Lamborghini Huracán: Video
When you’re lining up a drag race between two supercars, it’s always best to have both cars be equal in terms of their power and performance numbers. Not only does it make for an even race, but it also helps answer questions on which car is faster to 60 mph or which car is faster to get to its top speed. In the case of this race between the McLaren 650S Spider and the Lamborghini Huracán, all the variables are there, except for the fact that the McLaren doesn’t have a roof.
Still, the two cars are considered direct rivals, and the while the McLaren has to make do with a retractable roof, it makes up for it by having more power than the Huracán. The 650S has 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque whereas the Huracán has 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of twist. Based on these numbers, the 650S has the advantage. That said, the Huracán is all-wheel drive whereas the 650S is rear-wheel drive. That helps the Lamborghini launch off the line quicker than the McLaren. It’s a clean and even race through and through, right?
Well, check out the video to see how the actual race unfolded. I’m not going to spill the details on who won, but based on the details about both cars, don’t be surprised to see, well, a few surprises. In the end, it really doesn’t matter because both the McLaren 650S and the Lamborghini Huracán are awesome supercars. You could pick one and I’d be happy with the other. It’s just that sometimes, there’s a need for bragging rights and in this case, the winner certainly deserved it.
Fifth Gear Drives The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: Video
It’s hard to pin down exactly what it means to be a “supercar,” but it seems like Lamborghini has the right formula. Spaceship-inspired exterior styling, a banshee wail from the exhaust, ungodly thrust when you lay into the throttle, and a mile-high price tag are all part of what makes models from the Raging Bull so special, and that’s doubly so for the ballistic land missile that is the Aventador. But while we’ve all seen the heart-stopping pictures, what’s it like to actually drive one of these things? Fifth Gear managed to steal one to find out.
“This car can be summed up in just one word – ridiculous!” exclaims Fifth Gear co-host Jason Plato. “It’s the most over-the-top, preposterous lunatic I think I’ve ever driven!”
Sounds about right. Emanating from behind the cockpit is 690 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, which comes courtesy of a 6.5-liter V-12. Properly applied through the high-performance AWD system, it’s enough muscle to catapult the Roadster to 60 mph in just three seconds.
That’s quick, especially for a road as tight and winding as the Black Mountain Pass in South Wales, where Plato just so happens to be conducting his road test. But for comparison’s sake, Fifth Gear decided to bring along a Toyota GT86 to demonstrate in dramatic fashion the kind of real-world speed you could achieve when you have almost a half-million dollars of Italian supercar at your disposal.
There is a big difference between a supercar and a hypercar in terms of performance, and drag races are quite revealing when it comes to acceleration and speed.
The video you’re about to see stars one of the hottest vehicles of this decade, the Porsche 918 Spyder. The German hybrid goes up against an Italian exotic, the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, which may be a dying breed considering the fact that it still has a naturally aspirated V-12 engine under its hood.
Trying to find out which one is faster between the two is not rocket science. You have the Lamborghini Aventador, with its mid-mounted 690-horsepower engine, AWD, and a 7-speed single-clutch semi-automatic transmission. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes three seconds and top speed stands at 230 mph.
On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder uses a 4.6-liter V-8 mill and two electric motors for a combined output of 887 horses. The oomph also hits all four wheels, but through a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 2.5 seconds and it can go up to a top speed of 217 mph.
On paper, the German hybrid is the clear winner here. But is the Porsche the quicker supercar in the real world? Hit play to find out.
Ok, so the video above is only telling the half the story. A quick trip to our Facebook page tells the full tale of how this seemingly innocent Lamborghini ended up in flames on a bridge in Dubai.
To spoil the plot line, an apparent car connoisseur spotted the Lamborghini Aventador SV and his Ferrari 488 Spider-driving friend hot-rodding thought the crowded city streets and decided to capture the fun on his phone.
The trio of drivers come to a stop in the turning lane at a busy intersection, impeded by a traffic signal. The Ferrari and Lamborghini pass time by revving the snot out of their engines. As the Aventador SV’s 6.5-liter V-12 does on occasion, it started spitting flames from its center-mounted exhaust.
That’s when the naturally occurring Lambo pyrotechnics catch the rear bumper on fire. Yep, the 740-horsepower V-12 set itself ablaze. As the light turns green and despite the honking and hollering from the cameraman, the Lamborghini heads through the intersection – all the time fanning the flames.
It’s not long before the entire car is engulfed in fire. Though the video doesn’t exactly specify, it appears everyone involved escaped unharmed. Well, at least one man’s pride is severely bruised.
While it’s easy to make light of such a terrible situation, it goes to show how temperamental these high-strung hypercars can be. Let’s just hope he had insurance on this $400,000 bonfire.
Note: If you want to see how this all started check the video we shared on our Facebook page.
Lamborghini launched the SuperVeloce specification all the way back in the 1960s, first appearing on the Miura, the nameplate that basically introduced the world to the mid-engine supercar. Dropped when the Miura was discontinued, the SV name returned nearly 30 years later when Lambo showcased the 1995-1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, every range-topping Lambo has gotten an SV version. There was a Murcielago SV, and the Aventador SuperVeloce was presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
But while the SV badge has graced four different supercars as of 2015, not all of then have been offered as roadsters. The Miura was built as a coupe only (except for a one-off roadster), while the only drop-top version of the Diablo was based on the less powerful VT. The Murcielago was the first SV to lose its roof, which makes the Aventador only the second drop-top Lambo to carry the high-performance badge.
The car just broke cover at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which means it’s time to have a closer look at the most powerful Lamborghini ever to benefit from infinite headroom.
Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.
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Although its existence isn’t a surprise, it’s nevertheless exciting to see this undisguised prototype of the upcoming 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster running around the roads of Sant’Agata Bolognese. After all, who’s going to complain about having more variants of Lamborghini’s awesome V-12 supercar? These spy photos confirm Lamborghini’s announcement that the upcoming limited-production 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce will be losing its top as well.
The open-top Aventador SV shows off a removable carbon-fiber roof panel and a wingless tail. Whether that’s a feature unique to this particular prototype or if the Roadster just won’t have a spoiler isn’t known. The weight difference between the SV Coupe and SV Roadster is reportedly not great enough to make a difference in performance. It would have to be pretty significant to do so, considering the power on tap. Like the SV Coupe, the 6.5 liter V-12 produces a reported 750 horsepower it pushes through a seven-speed ISR transmission and all-wheel drive.
Expect a stripped-down interior similar to the SV Coupe, with soundproofing and other extraneous materials pulled out to save weight. The SV Coupe is just over a hundred pounds lighter than the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. When combined with the horsepower boost, the Aventador SV’s edge should be noticeably sharper.
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