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.
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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Rumors of a rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan have been flying around since 2014, when when CEO Stephan Winkelman said the Italian brand sees no reason to "not do a rear-drive option." More than a year has passed since then, and Lambo finally unveiled the RWD Huracan at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Dubbed Huracan LP 580-2, the new entry-level, rear-wheel-drive sports car is by no means a surprising move from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Much like the standard Huracan replaced the Gallardo, the RWD arrives as a spiritual successor to the Gallardo LP 550-2, which Lambo launched in 2010 as the lowest priced model in the Gallardo line-up. Just like its predecessor, the Huracan LP 580-2 is more than just a RWD version of the regular Huracan, having a less powerful engine and revised front and rear fascias.
Engineered and tuned for an even more intense driving experience, the LP 580-2 is described as "the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date." In other words, it is aimed at purists who would rather drive a tail-happy sports car than an AWD Lambo that’s safer, but less exciting to hoon around.
If the Gallardo LP 550-2 is any indication, the Huracan LP 580-2 should be followed by a roadster and a more powerful version. But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the very first RWD iteration of the Huracan.
Updated 01/07/2016: Lamborghini dropped a new video showing the rear wheel drive version of the Huracán Coupe in action on the race track. Hit ’play’ to watch it!
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Lamborghini is seriously considering the launch a rear-wheel-drive version of the Huracan, and if that plan proceeds without a hitch, we can expect to see the car as early as the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20, 2015.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman stopped short of officially confirming the RWD Huracan’s arrival, but his discussion on the subject with Autocar at the Pebble Beach Concours seemed to point to that inevitable conclusion. Winkelmann even pointed out a similar strategy the Italian brand did with the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Huracan’s predecessor. The RWD Gallardo ended up becoming a smart business decision for Lamborghini as it gave customers an extra option to choose from outside of the traditional four-wheel-drive variants. More importantly, the RWD version helped the Gallardo become the best-selling Lamborghini model of all time.
Basing it on that precedent, the prospect of seeing a rear-wheel-drive Huracan isn’t so much a question on ‘if’ Lambo will sign off on it as much as it is ‘when’ the company is going to do it. Turns out, we may get our answer soon enough.
There’s also that angle that Lamborghini has already decided on releasing an RWD Huracan and is just waiting for the right time to do it. Having the supercar make its debut in Los Angeles, a traditionally ripe market for Lamborghini, could be that time as it gives the company one last turn in the spotlight in 2015 before the calendar flips to 2016. That, in turn, should give the RWD Huracan enough time to get publicity ahead of the 2016 sales year as Lambo gears up for the Huracan’s second full year in the market.
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Back in 2009, Lamborghini unveiled the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni - a 550 HP special edition limited to only 250 units. This model was only offered in a coupe version, but at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lamborghini has brought out a Spyder version to offer a "stunning level of open-air driving fun that can come only from a super sports car with a folding roof and an unbelievably agile and spontaneous handling." The new roadster model has dropped the "Valentino Balboni" name and is simply called the "Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder."
"With the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder, we are expanding the Lamborghini lineup with a purist model that adds yet another dimension of driving fun. This will appeal in particular to a very special group of customers that enjoy a spirited driving style and also like to experience the sheer pleasure of open-air driving," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "This special model with rear-wheel drive is a logical expansion of our lineup of spyder models with all-wheel drive."
Just like the coupe model, the Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder uses a 5.2-liter V10 engine that delivers a total of 542 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. With a total weight of 3,351 lbs, the roadster will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 198 mph.
UPDATE 01/16/2012: Lamborghini has announced that the new Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder will go on sale this March at a starting price of $209,000, excluding the $2,995 delivery and gas-guzzler charge.
The open-top sports car segment has seen a lot of pretenders recently, cars that attempt to hang with the big boys only to be reminded that it takes another level of power and fast to be able to belong in elite group of open top sports cars. While other brands have had a problem designating which car belongs in what group, Lamborghini has had no problem doing so.
The Sant’Agata Bolognese-based automaker has finally released their latest exotic, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante. Based on the Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, the Gallardo Spyder Performante is what happens when Lamborghini engineers go the extra mile in further reducing the weight of an already lightweight supercar. While some may shun at the attempt, thinking that chopping off more weight would be next to impossible, the folks at Lamborghini set out to prove the naysayers wrong, reducing the car’s weight by 143 lbs, leaving it with a dry weight of just 3,274 lbs, which, in case you’re keeping score, makes this the lightest Lamborghini to be released in the open-top sports car segment.
This is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante.
UPDATE 07/11/2011: In the latest episode of Fifth Gear, the team wasted no time testing the latest Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, a car that has been built as a response to models like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C. In this video, Tiff Needell drives the car around the south of France and lets us know what he thinks about the supercar, as well as how it fares against its competitors. Check out the video after the jump!
Details on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante after the jump.
Among all of the states in the US, California holds the distinction of having the most exotics and supercars roaming around the streets. After all, the glitz and glamour that comes with being in California affords most people the moolah to get their hands on one.
So it comes with a tinge of irony that three of the biggest exotic makers – Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bentley – have all decided to skip the LA Auto Show
The news that three of the most prestigious manufacturers have decided to pass on LA when a spokesperson for the event told the Detroit Bureau that the decisions by Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini to skip LA hinged on the fact that they’ve decided to ‘put their resources to better use’.
Translation: “We don’t want to incur any unnecessary expenditures, like showing up for an event like the LA Auto Show.
Continued after the jump.
The Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder made official debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new LP 560-4 Spyder combines the Coupé’s design, performance and handling characteristics with the open-air pleasure only a soft top super sports car can deliver.
The Gallardo Spyder will be powered by a the same 5.2 liter V10 engine that is in the coupe version. It delivers 560 hp and over 380 lb ft. of torque to all four wheels. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4 seconds and can go up to 201 mph.
Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder adds a new, lighter transmission, which allows increased shift times by 40 percent (Corsa Mode), combined with an all-new chassis, suspension and Lamborghini’s permanent all-wheel drive system. Despite increased performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18 percent.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
Lamborghini is presenting the new version of the Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster benefits from the same extensive modifications to the bodywork and mechanics as the LP640 Coupé, as well as delivering its own distinct character.