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Lamborghini Aventador Hot Dog Cart used to promote 2012 New York Auto Show

Lamborghini Aventador Hot Dog Cart used to promote 2012 New York Auto Show

Here’s something you don’t get to see everyday. In an effort to promote the 2012 New York Auto Show, event organizers decided to take a different route than conventional advertising.

Trust us, it can’t get any more different than the Lamborghini Aventador hot dog cart. The Italian supercar was parked in midtown Manhattan together with a cart of Sabrett hot dogs and anybody that walked up to it could get - wait for it - free hotdogs! Nothing gets New Yorkers more amped up than free stuff, then you add the obvious attraction that is the Aventador and you have the prefect blitzkrieg cross-promotion.

In the middle of all the gawking at the Aventador and the chowing done of the hot dogs, the tinge of irony surrounding one slogan in the cart that says "keep parks clean" wasn’t lost on us. After all, for all the positive messages and call to action the slogan is encouraging, it goes without saying that a Lamborghini Aventador is the farthest thing from what you’d describe as eco-friendly.

Nevertheless, the publicity stunt must have worked wonders for the organizers because the early returns on the 2012 New York Auto Show suggested that the event was one of the most successful stagings in the past years.

Maybe next year they’ll come up with a Ferrari F12berlinetta that dispenses free subway tickets.

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If You Can’t Own a Supercar, You Can Drive one for Under $100

At one point in every automotive buff’s life, he has a dream about driving a supercar down a racetrack. Then he wakes up, looks out the window and his 1993 Metro is staring him in the face. Well, you can hop into that Metro, drive to New York and live your dream for $99. Yup, an exotic car rental company that typically rents Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes, and other high-end cars for thousands of dollars per day is allowing people to take these monsters around a racetrack.

Gotham Dream Cars has taken its Dream Car Sprint program to the New York Auto Show, which opened up to the public today. The Dream Car Sprint program typically charges $249 for three laps around their parking lot-based racetrack, but at the New York International Auto Show they have brought along a Ferrari F430 and a Lamborghini Gallardo, and have discounted the three-lap price to just $99 + tax.

The track is roughly one-mile long and you have to drag an instructor along with you. This pretty much means that you can’t really have any fun in these supercars, but just to be behind the wheel is enough to make us happy.

As the auto show progresses, the Gotham Dream cars might add other vehicles to this program, but for now we only know of the Ferrari and Lamborghini. So, if you are over 21, have a valid driver’s license and car insurance, plus a spare $105.93, you can hop in one of these and see just how far the push these cars until the ride-along instructor stops you. We bet one of us could end that drive in about 15 seconds…

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Lamborghini SUV previewed in New York

The concept version of the upcoming Lamborghini SUV will be unveiled at the end of April at the Beijing Auto Show, but some lucky guests - aka select Lamborghini clientele - at the 2012 New York Auto Show were able to get a sneak peek at the concept. Lamborghini tried to keep everything secret until the concept’s official debut in China, but there were some people at the event who decided to share some information.

Those specific event goers reported that the car will have a silhouette similar to the BMW X6 and will be the same size as the Audi Q7. The concept will feature a carbon fiber body kit and LED headlights similar to the ones seen in the Estoque. At the rear, the SUV will feature four trapezoidal exhaust tips integrated in the rear bumper diffuser. The concept sits on a new set of 24" wheels with a carbon fiber design similar to the Aventador J combined with naturally carbon-ceramic brakes.

More details about the Lamborghini SUV Concept will be revealed during the car’s official debut in Beijing, so stay tuned!

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Porsche 911 Hauls in the World Performance Car Award

Porsche 911 Hauls in the World Performance Car Award

Just hours ago, we reported the somber news that the Porsche 911’s designer passed away, but this time we have some good news to pass along. This news continues to add to the legend that is F.A. Porsche, as his creation has been announced the 2012 World Performance Car.

The 911 S Coupe made it through a three-stage voting process, beating out some of the best vehicles in the world. In the final stage, the 911 faced off against two greats, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and the McLaren MP4-12C.

The WPC judges specifically pointed out that the 911 combines pleasant driving, raw performance, and even fuel efficiency. Let’s crunch the numbers here. The 911 S Coupe pushes out 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque from a 3.8-liter flat-6, while getting 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The Lamborghini has a 700-horsepower, 509 foot-pound producing V-12 engine that squeaks out 11 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. The McLaren gets 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway – close to the Porsche – and pumps 592 horsepower along with 443 pound-feet from its 3.8-liter V-8.

There are two other factors that would make us put the Porsche on top of the Lamborghini and McLaren. One is the fact that the Aventador is notoriously impossible to drive on even a freshly paved highway – yeah, it’s a little rough. The McLaren, on the other hand, has received some complaints that it tends to over-correct itself via its traction control system.

Add in the fact that the Porsche 911 S Coupe is only one-third of the Aventador’s price and just about half the price of McLaren, you have one impressive hunk of machinery there.

Hit the jump for the official press release.

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Batman’s Lamborghini to debut in New York

Well, actually not really. Will be more like a toy-replica of the real car. Rumors also say a full-sized car will be making a guest appearance at the Lamborghini gala for the opening night of the New York Auto Show as well. Well, we will wait an see, if not the full-size car, toy is also good!

The Dark Knight’s motorized steed is bound to wow movie goers when the new movie (featuring the late Heath Ledger as the Joker) hits theaters.

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2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

The baby Lambo loses its roof

Just five years after it was sold to Audi, Lamborghini realized its vision for a smaller, more accessible complement to the outrageous Murcielago monster. It’s called the Gallardo, and despite being labeled as the “baby Lambo,” it has every ounce of attitude needed to justify the Raging Bull badge placed on its nose. Behind the cockpit, Lambo mounted a V-10 powerplant pushing over 500 horsepower – enough to bless the coupe with a top speed of 192 mph. The car was a smash hit, so two years later, Lambo introduced a convertible variant – the Gallardo Spyder. Framed as a brand-new model thanks to its revised drivetrain, the Gallardo Spyder offered the same thrills as the rest of the Lambo totem pole, but added an unlimited blue-sky headliner. Simply put, it’s high-speed drop-top insanity – Sant’Agata Bolognese style.

What makes the Gallardo Spyder unique amongst its supercar competitors is its AWD drivetrain and high-class cabin, both of which are the result of Lamborghini’s position under the Audi umbrella. But the Gallardo is much more than just a restyled R8 – it leaps towards the horizon with a ferocious character that’s nowhere to be found in its more subdued German counterpart. At the end of the day, the Gallardo Spyder might share the same Audi genes, but it’s still very much a Lamborghini.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

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