Video of the Day: Deciding to Build the Lamborghini LM002 and Lamborghini Urus
Back in the ‘80s, Lamborghini went about building the large-and-in-charge LM002 SUV, an absolute bruiser of a vehicle that was completely at odds with the Raging Bull’s speed-laced history. Affectionately dubbed the “Rambo Lambo,” the LM002 was the off-shoot of the Italian supercar-maker’s “Cheetah” program, which was originally tasked with creating a new off-roader for the military. Only a few hundred were ever produced, but Lambo never forgot about it, and in December of 2017, the manufacturer unveiled a spiritual successor - the Urus.
It’s a fascinating story, and our friends over at Fifth Gear got a chance to sit down and hear it told by Lamborghini’s insiders, including Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO at Automobili Lamborghini, and Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s Head of Design.
Not only does the video include some fascinating perspectives on both the LM002 and the Urus, but it tosses in a number of truly epic shots of both vehicles out and about in their natural environments, plus the all-important exhaust note rumblings from both the LM002’s 12-cylinder and the Urus’ twin-turbo V-8. And, just for fun, there’s some nice side-by-side shots of the LM002 cruising alongside its contemporary sports car sibling, the Countach.
So then, if you want to learn a bit more about the LM002, or perhaps the DNA that makes up the Urus, or you just want to indulge in the glory shots of these menacing Raging Bulls, this 7-minute, 22-second video is for you.
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.
Start Preparing for a World Where Plug-In Hybrid Lamborghinis Exist
It’s official. Lamborghini will replace the Aventador and Huracan supercars with plug-in hybrid successors. The two models are scheduled to arrive sometime in 2020 and 2022, respectively. That should be enough time for Lambo purists and old-school fans alike to come to grips with the future direction of the Italian automaker. Don’t feel too bad, though, because naturally aspirated V-10s and V-12s will remain part of Lamborghini’s powertrain equation. They’ll just get some form of hybrid assistance to help Lamborghini cut back on its emissions output.
Lamborghini Aventador SV Jota Spotted On The Nürburgring; Is Porsche’s Record In Danger?
Remember the mean, camouflaged Lamborghini Aventador we spotted on the road last week? The Italian supercar is back into the wild, but this time around it was spotted on the Nurburgring track. It sure seems Lambo is readying something really hot and maybe even a new record for production cars on the German track. As we mentioned last week, this beefed-up version of the Aventador is supposed to sit atop the incredible SV. Word has it Lambo will use it to revive the Jota name, first used on a prototype and limited-edition version of the Miura and then on a limited-edition of the Diablo SE30.
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 Aventador Successor Could Go Hybrid
In the latest sign of the changing times, Lamborghini is now looking into a future where hybrid powertrains will play bigger roles in shaping its future portfolio of supercars, one that includes the successor to the Lamborghini Aventador. The company’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, said that government emissions regulations will play a big part in determining the future of Lamborghini’s engine offerings. That’s not to say that its trademark V-12 engines will bite the dust, but it is indicative of the changing landscape that’s affecting all segments of the auto industry.
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.
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.
14-Year-Old Gets a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo for His Birthday
So, what kind of presents did you get when you were 14 years old? Based on my recollection, I got a Ralph Lauren cologne, a VHS tape of Braveheart, and a $20 bill. It’s safe to say then that 14-year old Steven Aghakhani received a much better gift for his birthday than what I hauled in back then. The budding race car driver was surprised by his father in his 14th nameday with a Lamborghini. It’s not just any Lamborghini, though. It’s a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo, the Italian automaker’s newest eater-of-worlds racer.
Aghakhani took delivery of the car when his father surprised him with a visit to O’Gara Beverly Hills. Unsure of what was going on, the 14-year old got the shock of a lifetime when his dad walked him up to a covered car and lifted the sheets, revealing a car many of us will only own in our dreams and imaginations.
Unfortunately for the birthday celebrant, he won’t be able to take his new Lambo home and drive it to his high school anytime soon. The race car is built specially for track use so if young Steven wants to drive his new pride and joy, he’s going to have to do it on the track or during racing competitions. Still, it’s a good problem to have, don’t you think?
Cheapest New Lamborghini Ever... Found on Craigslist
Lamborghinis typically cost north of $250,000, and that’s just for a base unit of the entry-level Huracan. Most of us are immediately priced out of buying one, but if you’re desperate, there is one Lamborghini that’s up for sale on Craigslist that you can afford. It has sexy styling, street-park cruising capability, and a Bluetooth wireless speaker. Best of all, it only costs $159! This is one Lamborghini we can all get on board with.
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.
From Hater to Lover: Richard Hammond and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Of the three The Grand Tour hosts, Richard Hammond is arguably the most sensible of them. He rarely dives into hyperboles, and his criticisms always come from a fair point of view. That was the case when he admitted to being underwhelmed by the Lamborghini Huracan because, in his mind, Lambo compromised the Huracan’s soul by developing in the name of sales volume. A few years and a new car show later, Hammond once again found himself in the seat of a Huracan, except this time, it was the all-conquering Huracan Performante.
On the surface, the Huracan Performante doesn’t stand head and shoulders above its standard counterpart. Hammond notes that it only has an extra of 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque over the standard model. It’s hard to justify spending £50,000 ($70,000) on a car with incremental power gains. But judging the Huracan because of its extra power is like judging the taste of a cake by sampling the frosting on top. There’s more to the Huracan Performante than what the numbers show. Hammond found that out quickly when he pushed the pedal down. The ear-piercing roar coming out of the new exhaust is the sound a proper Lamborghini makes.
All the gaudy numbers and lap time records the Huracan Performante has - it’s currently the king among production cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife — doesn’t paint the entire picture of what it feels like to actually experience the car. Once a skeptic, Hammond had nothing but praise for the Huracan Performance, claiming that the Huracan Performante is what the standard Huracan should’ve been all along. It’s a fair point, one that’s hard to argue against.
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.
Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad
The Kia Forte and the Lamborghini Aventador are two cars that couldn’t be more different from each other. One is a compact four-door sedan while the other is, well, you know what the Aventador is. On the surface, the Aventador beats the Forte in just about every meaningful discussion. But is the Lamborghini really that much better than the Forte? Kia (obviously) doesn’t think so, and believe it or not; it actually makes a compelling case for its own sedan.
Go ahead and watch the video. Tell me you didn’t get a good laugh out of it. I certainly did. Kia’s justifications for the Forte are all fair. The sedan does have two more doors than the supercar. It also has a big advantage in rear seating, cargo space, touch-screen capability, and wireless charging. It even has the Aventador beat in fuel efficiency and cost. It’s true that you can buy a Forte for a tenth of the price of an Aventador. You can even use the money you saved on something else, including that villa in Italy the voice-over guy suggested. By these metrics, the Forte wins hands down!
In all seriousness, the “rivalry” between the Forte and Aventador is tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor. Give credit to Kia for thinking outside the box with the angle for this commercial. It takes a certain kind of confidence to roll out an Aventador opposite a Forte, and then actually make a compelling case for the latter as the better car.
Well done, Kia. It’s a great commercial, though, I think it would’ve probably been better if you saved this one for Super Bowl LII. Just a thought.
A Lamborghini Urus Pickup Truck? Yes Please!
Lamborghini ended 2017 on a high note by unveiled the Urus, its first utility vehicle since the LM002. The Italians are calling it the world’s first SSUV, as in super SUV. And I can’t blame them for doing that. It’s mean, it’s awfully powerful and incredibly fast. Sure, it doesn’t have the V-10 or V-12 engine found in the Huracan and Aventador, but it’s pretty cool with a twin-turbo V-8 too. And word has it a hybrid version might follow soon. But what if Lambo decided to give us a spiritual successor to the LM002 and build a pickup truck version of the Urus?
Lamborghini Fires Up Urus Configurator; Time to Have Some Fun!
Launched in December 2017, the Lamborghini Urus is as fresh as they get. And it’s quite impressive too. Not only the first SUV made by Lambo (the LM002 was a pickup truck) and the company’s first turbocharged production model, the Urus is also the world’s fastest crossover, boasting a top speed of 190 mph. Mind-boggling to say the least! It’s also pretty quick as well, needing only 3.6 seconds to hit 62 mph. That’s quickest than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S! Finally, it’s the most powerful production SUV, besting the Bentley Bentayga by a whopping 50 horsepower. But it’s also very expensive at $200,000, not counting the many options you can have. Speaking of which, Lamborghini just fired up the vehicle’s online configurator, so if you’re planning to place an order, you can choose your options in just a few minutes.
The configurator doesn’t give access to pricing, but it lists every single option available. This is actually something new, as previous configurators had scarce information and you had to go to a dealer to find out more. Now you can go beyond the usual exterior colors and interior upholstery and pick between various trims, carpets, contrast stitching, and a ton of technology and convenience features. It’s actually a nice way to spend a few minutes on this car even if you don’t have over $200K in your bank account.
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