2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Although critics initially derided the Gallardo as a copout for the Italian automaker, offering two fewer cylinders and a smaller on-road presence than the rest of the lineup, the “baby Lambo” quickly silenced the naysayers by selling well over 7,000 units in its first five years of production. Its performance was so impressive, the higher-ups from Sant’Agata Bolognese decided to usher in a new go-faster version for 2008, upgrading the Gallardo with fresh aesthetics and improved performance. The result was dubbed the LP560-4, and once again, customers flocked to dealers, catapulting the nameplate to the top of Lambo’s list of all-time bestsellers.
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1995 - 2001 Lamborghini Diablo SV
The Lamborghini Diablo arrived at a difficult time for the Italian firm. Barely out of bankruptcy and purchased by the Mimran brothers in 1985, Lamborghini began working on a successor for the aging Countach. Development took no fewer than four years, with the final car unveiled in 1990. Just like its predecessor, the Diablo was made available in various versions, including an SV model, reviving the Super Veloce name for the first time since the Miura SV was discontinued in 1973.
Lambo introduced the SV model at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, a full five years after the Diablo went into production. It was essentially a more powerful version of the regular Diablo. It had larger brakes but lacked the all-wheel-drive system in the VT. The Diablo SV was updated alongside the other trims when Lambo facelifted the supercar in 1998, but it became the lineup’s base model and was discontinued after just one year on the market, replaced by the GT. Production of the Diablo continued two years after the SV was retired until 2001.
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What’s in a Name? The Origin of the "Countach" Name Comes To Light
Lamborghini is known for naming its cars after famous bulls in history. The Miura, for example, is named after a Spanish fighting bull that was bred from the Miura Cattle Ranch Feruccio Lamborghini’s friend, Don Eduardo Miura. There’s also the Islero, which was named after a specific Miura bull that killed matador Manolete back in 1947. Then there’s the Murcielago, which is, quite arguably, the most famous bull in history, thanks in part to the myth that has grown from it surviving 28 sword strokes in a bullfight that took place all the way back in 1897. Of all the Lamborghinis that have made hit the road, only a handful carried names that weren’t connected to bulls. One of those models is the Lamborghini Countach, regarded as the first Lamborghini to break free from the automaker’s bull-naming tradition. So if the Countach’s name isn’t related to bulls or bullfighting, how did Lamborghini come up with the name? Well, we now have the answer, one brought to us by no less than the head of the Countach’s design team, Marcello Gandini.
One Man Rented a Lambo and Racked up $50k in Fines Over Just Four Hours
Dubai is known for a lot of things, but for enthusiasts like us, it’s all about exotic cars and excellent roads. However, there are some people who get carried away by this ‘high,’ and end up getting famous for the wrong reasons. Add this British bloke to the list, who racked up roughly $47,000 in fines within four hours while driving a rented Lamborghini Huracan. According to The National, the 25-year-old British tourist was snapped by speeding cameras 33 times in just over four hours!
The age of naturally-aspirated engines is slowly but surely nearing its end. Only a handful of supercar producers are seriously developing V-10 and V-12 beasts, with Ferrari and Lamborghini being at the forefront of that development. One of them only recently revealed the ultimate in terms of power, speed, composure, and dominance - the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - the ultimate representation of everything Lamborghini stands for. We have seen glimpses of it stretching its V-12 over the Nurburgring more than once, with its last effort actually being the most incredible one. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has become the world’s fastest production car to ever visit the Nurburgring.
To achieve such an extraordinary goal, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ received a number of exceptional improvements over the previous best Lambo - the Aventador S and the Aventador SV. I am listing must-know facts about the stunning Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Will be the Last Lambo to Sport a Stand-Alone V-12
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is making history every time it makes the news. Hot on the heels of setting the fastest lap time of a production car at the Nurburgring, the Aventador SVJ has a new historical tie attached to its belt. The 760-horsepower Lambo will be the last ever Lamborghini to proudly use a naturally aspirated V-12 engine without any electric aids attached to it. All future Lamborghinis from this point, whether it’s using a V-12 or a V-10 engine, will be electrically assisted.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks Nurburgring record!
It’s been only 24 hours since Lamborghini released a short video of the upcoming Aventador SVJ on the Nurburgring, and the Italian firm announced that the supercar set a new lap record for production cars at the Nurburgring. The Aventador SVJ lapped the German track in 6:44.97 minutes, a full minute quicker than the previous record holder.
New video claims the Lambo Aventador SVJ was designed to have the best handling
Lamborghini has already confirmed that the most hardcore Aventador yet will wear an "SVJ" badge, and it’s releasing new teasers as the public debut is getting closer. Rumored to have set a new record for production cars at the Nurburgring, the Aventador SVJ is now shown racing on the German track with the catchphrase "designed to have the best handling."
Video: Lamborghini Teases Aventador SVJ Run at the Nürburgring
Earlier this month, we reported a rumor that the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota may have reset the lap record for production vehicles at the Nürburgring, besting the Porsche 911 GT2 RS] by 2 ticks with a time of 6 minutes, 45 seconds. Now, it looks as though Lambo is teasing an upcoming announcement with a quick 28-second video clip titled “Aventador SVJ meets the Nürburgring”.
The video doesn’t provide much in way of info, instead giving us quick clips of the upcoming go-faster bull rampaging its way around the infamous German racetrack. However, all indicators seem to point towards something big on the horizon.
For now, the Aventador SVJ has yet to make its official debut, but a new lap record at the Nürburgring is certainly one way to go about it. Once it does make its official entrance, expect the Lambo to come with some rather lofty performance specs, including nearly 800 horsepower courtesy of a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V-12 powerplant. Power is sent to all four wheels, with top speed rated at 217 mph. Sounds like the right stuff for tackling the Green Hell, no?
Do you think this latest Italian monster has what it takes to best ze Germans on their home turf?
Lamborghini Still Eyeballing a Four-Door GT and Another Mid-Engined Supercar but Don’t Expect them Soon
Lamborghini has its eyes set on launching a fourth model, but it still doesn’t know what model is going to be. CEO Stefan Domenicali has identified the possibilities — a four-door front-engined GT and a third mid-engined supercar are both under consideration — but a final decision isn’t expected to be made until more market research is done. If one or both of these models do get the green light, production won’t even being until the middle of the next decade.
2019 Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar
We’ve heard rumors and rumination about a possible hybrid Lambo more than once before. For example, back in September of 2017, the brand’s R&D boss dropped a few suggestions that it was considering creating just such a thing, and then of course there was the Terzo Millennio concept that debuted in November of 2017. Well, word has it an initial prototype is already done and finished, with rumors pointing to a private showing at a party in Italy in June of 2018, as tipped by TheSupercarBlog.com.
Apparently, it’s codenamed the LB48H, and it could very well preview a replacement for Lambo’s current flagship model, the mighty Aventador. So far, Lamborghini is keeping its cards close to the chest, but if such a vehicle were created, what would it look like, both above and below the skin? To find out, we put on our thinking hats and did a little speculative review. Read on for the details.
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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Rumored to be New Production ‘Ring Record Holder
The up-and-coming Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota was already shaping up to be an absolute monster, rocking more power, less weight, and extra aero stick to result in one of the brand’s most potent track weapons. Now, however, it’s looking like this badass speed machine is aiming to put its talents towards securing a spot at the top of the Nurburgring record lap list.
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Lamborghini’s First Hybrid Supercar, the LB48H, Will Resemble the Terzo Millennio Concept
Lamborghini is in the process of cooking up a new one-off vehicle, codenamed the LB48H. The project is said to be far along in the development that a prototype was showcased at a private event in Italy a few weeks ago. The supercar is expected to carry a hybrid powertrain and will be launched sometime in 2020. If this car turns into what we think it is, this could be Lamborghini’s first venture into the world of hypercars.
Lamborghini Polo Storico restores the iconic Miura SVR
Lamborghini Polo Storico, the arm that handles Lambo’s classic models, has completed the restoration of one of the most famous Miura models ever built, the Miura SVR. Based on the Miura Jota, a prototype that was destroyed before it made into production, the SVR was showcased at Japan’s Nakayama Circuit before it was delivered to its owner.
Lamborghini is Skeptical About Battery-Powered Supercars
Lamborghini is considered one of the best supercar brands in the world, but don’t expect it to launch an all-electric supercar anytime soon. Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani doesn’t see that happening, in part because he thinks that all-electric supercars, or hypercars as we’ve come to know them, can’t match the pure performance abilities that supercars with traditional international combustion engines have.
Lamborghini’s Hollywood Cars Are Now On Display in Its Headquarters
Lamborghini may not have the same Hollywood roots as Ford or Aston Martin, but the Italian automaker has made its presence felt on the silver screen. Now, we get to see all of it in the same place at the same time. Head over to the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and take a trip to the Lamborghini Museum. That’s where you’ll find the exhibit, “Film Emotions — Lamborghini and the World of Cinema,” where you’ll see some of the most famous Lamborghinis that have been featured in Hollywood movies.
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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