Prepare to Spend Big if You Want to Own Pope Francis’ One-Off Lamborghini Huracan
Back in November 2017, Lamborghini decided to gift Pope Francis with his own one-off Lamborghini Huracan. The Pontiff graciously declined the gift, opting instead to donate it in the name of charity. Fast forward months later and the aforementioned one-off Huracan is now set to be auctioned off without a reserve price by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco on May 12.
Don’t Expect a Smaller Lamborghini SUV to Join the Urus
The Lamborghini Urus has been a resounding success for Lamborghini, so much so that the company would be forgiven if it’s suddenly getting a little trigger-happy in following that up with a smaller SUV. Porsche did it with the Macan. Bentley is reportedly doing it with the Bentayga. What’s stopping Lamborghini? As it turns out, Lamborghini is stopping Lamborghini. The Italian automaker has no plans to add another SUV to complement the Urus, saying that it would rather keep the brand’s exclusivity than capitalizing on the Urus’ success.
Lamborghini Aventador SV Jota Caught Testing
Get ready to bring the noise with full-throated Italian V-12 fury, because it looks like Lambo has something special brewing. That’s because the black and white camo’d test mule you see here is most likely a new top-trim Aventador dubbed the SV Jota, with hotness dripping from every winglet and crease.
The SV Jota name is plucked from Lambo’s past, specifically a limited-run edition of the Miura, which offered up racing-inspired modifications like weight reduction, stiffer suspension pieces, new aero bits, and extra muscle. We’re not sure how many Aventador SV Jotas will be see the light of day, but either way, every one of ‘em is most likely already completely sold out.
Regardless, look for a heady dose of V-12 power in the middle of the machine, possibly with figures as high as 800 ponies. The 0-to-60 mph should happen in the mid-2-second range, while top speed will be in excess of 220 mph. As a reference, the standard Lamborghini Aventador produces around 690 horsepower, while more modern versions like the Aventador S make 730 horsepower.
The SV Jota will also sport an enormous wing in the rear, plus a reworked exhaust system. Lambo will probably kick things off with this coupe hardtop version spotted here, followed later by a Roadster model.
Expect a debut some time this summer or fall.
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.
Lamborghini Toots its Own Horn Over the Huracan Performante Setting Records on a Handful of International Circuits
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is arguably one of the fastest cars in the world. Its combination of lightweight construction, enhanced power, and a dedicated chassis and suspension setup has allowed it to stake its claim in the record books. Lamborghini has not been bashful about celebrating the Huracan’s record-setting runs, which includes lap records in eight race tracks all over the world, all of which were set in 2017 by different magazine publications.
Lamborghini’s Successor to the Aventador Super Veloce Could Use "Jota" Moniker
The successor to the Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce may feature a designation that Lambo fans are very familiar with as a new spy image revealed that the car’s full name will be the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. We can establish that the first two letters of the suffix stand for "Super Veloce," but the last letter — J — could point to the return of the “Jota” moniker.
Pops’ Rants: The Chicago Auto Show Is Proof that Lamborghini Is Schizophrenic
Remember how Lamborghini staged an U.S. debut for the Urus at the Museum of Contemporary Art and then ditched the Detroit Auto Show, leaving just a Huracan at the Cobo Center? And how the Italian firm thought that the SUV was too special for the first major auto show of 2018? You probably do, but Lambo apparently forgot all about it, as the Urus is now on display at the Chicago Auto Show. It’s just sitting alone in the corner waiting for visitors that are there for mundane cars they can buy. Makes a lot of sense, right?
2019 Lamborghini Aventador Performante
It’s been around six months since Lamborghini upgraded the flagship Aventador to S specs, thus introducing the facelifted model, and the Italian firm is already testing a new iteration of the supercar. With the mid-cycle facelift and the high-performance SuperVeloce (SV) already on the road it might seem out of place for Lambo to test a new version of the current generation model, but the prototype our paparazzi caught testing on public roads doesn’t appear to be a next-gen car. Instead, it looks like Lamborghini is actually preparing yet another high-performance model.
There’s no official confirmation from the automaker as of this writing, but the general consensus is that Lamborghini will launch a Performante version of the Aventador soon. As you may remember, the Performante is a more extreme version of the Huracan that uses a more powerful engine and race-inspired aerodynamics. Oh, and it’s the fourth quickest car around the Nurburgring as well as the fastest Lambo on the German race track. Yup, it’s quicker than the Aventador SV, which is why a Performante version of the flagship supercar is actually a really good idea. Let’s find out more about it below.
Updated 02/02/2018: Based on the recent rumors and speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Aventador Performante.
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The Lamborghini Aventador Performante Has Been Spotted and it will be the Most Aggressive Yet
We already know that Lamborghini has big plans for the Aventador’s swan song. What we didn’t know was that those plans include building what might very well be the most ridiculous Lamborghini ever built. New spy photos of the car known as the Aventador Performante show some incredible design details, none more significant than the ridiculous amount of aerodynamic bits that the Italian automaker somehow fit into the supercar’s body.
It’s hard to make them all out with all the swirly camouflage, but if you look closer, you’ll see them in full bloom. The front section, for example, features a more dynamic interpretation of the tiered bumper and splitter combo that the updated Aventador introduced. The air intakes and the aero slits also look to have been revised. It’s a similar story in the side section where the side air intakes look larger, and side skirts look wider.
As fascinating as these observations are, the real magic happens in the rear section of the Aventador Performante. “Stunning” isn’t even a word I’d use to describe it. The diffuser sitting in the bottom section of the rear is ridiculous beyond compare. The exhaust setup appears to be similar to the Huracan Performante. And then there’s the rear wing, which is not only huge but actually adopts a strange design as well. I can’t tell if the lower part of the wing are brackets or uprights, but they do extend outward diagonally, then horizontally where they meet with the wing’s endplates. None of Lamborghini’s past creations, including limited-run versions like the Veneno, Aventador J, and Centenario have wings like this. It’s also worth mentioning that earlier spy photos of the Aventador Performante came without it. For better or worse, this new rear wing configuration is worthy of its own headline.
There’s no word yet on when Lamborghini plans to launch the Aventador Performante, but with the Aventador itself nearing its last legs, don’t be surprised if the Performante version makes its debut sometime this year.
Lamborghini Aventador Could be Replaced by Hybrid Hypercar but the Brand Will Avoid Self-Driving and All-Electric Tech
In yet another sign that times are changing in Lamborghini, the Italian automaker is reportedly considering a hybrid supercar to serve as a replacement to the Lamborghini Aventador once the latter’s life cycle ends. It’s not a foregone conclusion, but Lamborghini’s head of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, isn’t about to close the door on the possibility either. On the other hand, don’t expect the Italian automaker to start rolling out the red carpet for electric cars and autonomous vehicles. That’s not happening anytime soon because Lambo is still Lambo, and as such, it still has performance requirements to uphold.
The Raging Bull Is On Fire: Lamborghini Posts Record Sales in 2017
Lamborghini has been a fuoco in recent years. The Italian automaker came into 2017 having recorded six straight years of rising sales. Turns out, that streak remains alive and strong. As expensive as its cars are, Lamborghini posted another banner year in 2017 after selling 3,815 units throughout the year. That figure represents an increase of 10 percent compared to its numbers in 2016.
Video of the Day: Watch Lamborghini’s Whole Model History in Under Seven Minutes
If you’re only going to watch one car video today, my request is for you to watch this video. Prepared by YouTube channel Cars Evolution, this is a seven-minute video dedicated entirely to the history of Lamborghini’s models, dating back to the 350 GT, the automaker’s first-ever production car, all the way to the Urus, it’s most recent model. Along the way, you’ll also get to know some interesting facts about each of Lambo’s models. Think you know everything there is to know about Lamborghini’s mode history? Watch this video and find out.
Don’t Expect Lamborghini To Start Making More SUVs Now
2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Lamborghini. This is the year the Urus SUV goes on sale, becoming only the second Lamborghini SUV in history after the Hummer-like LM002 enjoyed a seven-year run from 1986 to 1993. To be clear, the expectations for the Urus are much higher than they ever were for the LM002. Lamborghini expects its new SUV to spearhead another record-breaking sales year, and by all accounts, the Urus is more than capable of doing that. Just don’t expect Lambo to start having illusions of building another SUV model to complement what it already has. That’s not happening, at least not in the near future.
Feeling Special: Lambo Unveils Urus at Museum of Art, Ditches Detroit Auto Show
The brand-new Lamborghini Urus, the super SUV that drove almost everyone crazy, made its North American debut in Detroit earlier this week. For a couple of hours or so, because the vehicle was displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art instead of the Detroit Auto Show. Specifically, Lambo made a separate event, invited a few people to see company CEO Stefano Domenicali give a speech, and then took the Urus away, leaving just an orange Huracan on the show floor. Why? Well, maybe it’s because the Italian firm is too special for the Detroit Auto Show.
Pirelli Has Six Different Tire Options for the Lamborghini Urus
The Lamborghini Urus is not your standard SUV so it’s not beholden to standard industry practices. That’s the case when it comes to choosing tires for the Lambo SUV. Whereas most tire makers prepare up to around two to three tire options for the standard SUVs, Pirelli doubled that number to six different tire options for the Urus to account for the SUV’s performance capabilities.
2019 Lamborghini Urus
The SUV assault continues, filtering into every niche of every market imaginable. With so much demand out there, just about every automaker on the planet is getting in on the action, including some with a history that deviates quite a bit from the SUV norm. That includes Lamborghini, which just unveiled the Urus, a follow-up to the cult classic LM002. This time around, Lambo is doing it right, giving the Urus super car-esque agility, speed, and performance, all with a sharp (yet jacked-up) body style crammed with luxury and even a little off-road worthiness. Lambo is calling it the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, but makes like Porsche and Bentley might have a few words to say about that.
Either way, this is a breakthrough moment for the Raging Bull. While the LM002 was arguably the brand’s first “real” SUV, you can’t really compare it to the hyperspeed Urus. While the old Ramboghini got square styling and somewhat plodding performance, the Urus looks and acts like a Lambo should. It’s also got the first-ever turbocharged engine in a Lambo. All told, Lamborghini claims this thing has a “dual personality” and is “multi-dimensional” in what it can do. But the question is this – where does it land amongst the bevy of fast luxury SUVs already on the market?
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Oops! Lamborghini Accidentally Showed Off the Urus in a Teaser
Lamborghini revealed a teaser video to show off the Urus’ “Corsa” – Race in Italian – driving mode, but someone is probably in a lot of trouble as there was a shot of the Urus SUV displayed ever so prominently on the infotainment display. As a part of this “accidental” leak, we get a fair look at the front end and the side profile of the brand’s upcoming Urus SUV – the model that’s tasked with pushing the brand’s production numbers beyond the 7,000 example threshold.
Craziest Thing This Week: The Pope Blesses a Lamborghini Huracan
Pope Francis is no stranger to receiving gifts. That comes with the territory of being the leader of the Catholic church and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. But the famously frugal pontiff isn’t one who enjoys the lavish side of life so when he recently took possession of a one-off Lamborghini Huracan, a gift from the Italian automaker itself, the pope did what the pope usually does: he donated it away.
It’s a bitter blow for papal paparazzi who were hoping to see the pope roar around the cobbled streets of Rome, aviator sunglasses in tow. But the pope’s preference for the simple things in life isn’t anything new. This is a man who traditionally opts to get driven around in Fiats and Fords when he’s on the road so getting inside a Lamborghini is a non-starter to begin with. So instead of taking ownership of the one-off Huracan, the pope decided to receive it from Lamborghini out of courtesy, sign the hood, and give it to RM Sotheby’s, which will then auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities. Considering how much value is placed on items that carry the pope’s signature, expect this one-off Lamborghini Huracan to fetch way more than it’s usual price of $200,000.
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Lamborghini’s New Pride And Joy Is Showing Off Its Capabilities In The Sand
We’ve already seen and heard everything we need to know about the Lamborghini Urus, or so that’s what we thought because it seems that there’s still more to Lambo’s new SUV than what we already know. Take its available driving modes for example. Whereas both the Huracan and Aventador have three modes - Strada, Sport, Corsa - available to them, the Urus has six at its disposal, including the aforementioned three performance modes. In addition, the Urus also has Terra (land), Neve (snow) and Sabbia (sand).
The first of two of those modes speak to the Urus’ capabilities of driving in challenging terrains, be it in the outdoors or in snow. The last mode though is the really interesting feature because as it turns out, the Urus is more than capable of tackling sand dunes, and Lambo has the video showcase to prove it. It’s only a 30-second tease and it was likely released to build up anticipation — as if it needed any — ahead of the SUV’s December 4 presentation - but it does show, clear as day, the Urus having an absolute blast terrorizing those sand dunes. I can’t speak on how fun that looks because I’ve never tried it myself, but I can imagine a lot of future Urus owners in the Middle East taking their new prized SUVs out for a nice sand dune adventure. Lamborghini should still a few treats in store for all of us when the production-spec of the Urus finally breaks in a few weeks’ time, but as far as serving us with a juicy appetizer of what’s to come, this Sabbia driving mode feature is a welcome surprise, something I imagine a lot of people will make full use of when they get their hands on the SUV.
2017 Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept
Just when you think that you have the auto industry all figured out, it still finds a way to make you question what you know. Very few automakers are as good at doing that as Lamborghini, and after bearing witness to the madness that is the Terzo Millennia Concept, I might as well just throw my hands up and admit defeat. I don’t know enough to know what Lamborghini knows because, if I did, I would’ve seen the Terzo Millennio Concept coming a while ago. But nothing prepares you for this kind of presentation, especially when the Italian automaker is involved. You just sit back, be amazed, and try not to piss yourself in the process.
The narrative surrounding the Terzo Millennio Concept is a pretty straightforward one. The concept is a joint creation by Lamborghini and some smart folks from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was created to showcase the future of the Raging Bull, or rather, the possibilities of what can happen in automotive design and engineering when smart people work together for a common purpose. History hasn’t always been kind to this innovative bullishness, but if there’s one automaker that has proven to be adept at bringing state-of-the-art tech to life, no matter how ridiculous they may be, it’s Lamborghini. All that is why the Terzo Millennio Concept is so intriguing beyond the fact that it proudly wears the iconic Sant’Agata Bull badge. The concept may be defined by tech offerings that don’t exist yet, but that’s not to say they can’t happen, especially when Lamborghini’s involved.
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An Autonomous Lamborghini? Forget About It!
The concept of zigging when everyone else is zagging is nothing new in the auto industry. Trends are always a big pull in the business, after all, but there are times when not buckling to them is in the best interest of a particular automaker. Take Lamborghini for example. While most of the industry is moving along into adopting different forms of autonomous driving technology, the Raging Bull isn’t joining the party. Not now. Not anytime soon.
Speaking with Digital Trends, Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s head of research and development, said that the Italian automaker has no plans of introducing autonomous driving to any of its cars in the future. It’s worth noting that Lamborghini also took the same line of thinking when discussing electric cars a few months back. Part of the reason for resisting the urge to go autonomous or electric is that by doing so, the company would effectively rob its customers of the same core principles of driving that it has stood for since, well, it began offering cars. At its roots, Lamborghini is a company that prides itself on giving its customers the most visceral of driving experiences. An autonomous driving Lambo not only removes that experience away from the driver, but it also cuts off the legs of the very principles that it has prided itself on showcasing each and every time a new model comes into the picture. None of this is surprising. There are companies that can embrace autonomous driving and there are those that can’t, or won’t. Lamborghini falls into the latter category, where it should be in the first place.
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Can Lamborghini Get Even More Extreme With Its Models?
There are some things in the auto industry that are completely indisputable, one of which is Lamborghini’s reputation for being the creator of some of the most extreme supercars in the world. In the past few years alone, we’ve seen Sant’Agata come up with the Aventador J, Veneno Roadster, and most recently, the Centenario. But what if I told you that Lamborghini can go even deeper into its maniacal side and come up with future cars that border on being complete lunacy? It could actually happen now that the company has announced a closer working relationship between its road car division and the Squadra Corse racing team.
News of this development arrived on the heels of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo’s launch, a car that could just as well serve as a preview of what we can expect from the tighter relationship between the two Lambo divisions. No less than the automaker’s motorsport aftersales boss, Silvestro D’Amico, hinted to Autocar the possibilities of what this kind of partnership could create for the brand. “We are still new to motorsport compared to other companies in this field, but already we are having our design department working more closely with the racing side,” he said. “There will be more exchanges of information and technologies.” Think of what these exchanges of information and technologies can do when they’re applied to road-going cars. This kind of thing has been happening in the industry a lot these days, most recently between Mercedes-AMG and the Mercedes Formula One team. We all know what came out of that, so is it possible that Lamborghini will eventually follow the same road?
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