Lamborghini has unveiled the new Lamborghini Egoista, which celebrates Lamborghini's 50th anniversary. "I am very attached to this Italian brand, being an Italian myself. I wanted to pay homage to and think up a vehicle to underline the fact that Lamborghinis have always been made with passion, and with the heart more than the head," said Walter De Silva.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has built the Lamborghini Veneno, which Lamborghini describes as "a racing prototype and road-going super sports car." Fully in keeping with the tradition of the brand, the name of the Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull. Veneno is the name of one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever.
Lamborghini is set to return to international motorsport by entering in the Asia Le Mans Series, Blancpain Endurance Series and the Italian GT3 Championship. To give us a peak of what we will see on the race track, Lamborghini has unveiled Gallardo GT3 FL2, which was developed with Reiter Engineering.
Earlier this week Lamborghini took the wraps off the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, which is the convertible version of the successful Aventador coupe. When it was unveiled Lamborghini said that the roadster would start at 300,000 euros in Europe, but now we have a price for the U.S. version.
VW may put its new Bentley and Lamborghini SUVs on hold, according to information from company sources. The growing Europe economic crisis is largely to blame for the delay of the two SUVs, which have yet to receive the official green light from VW.
Lamborghini has officially unveiled the Urus SUV concept, which is debuting this week at the 2013 Beijing Motor Show. The Urus concept borrows many styling cues from other Lamborghini models like the Aventador and Estoque concept. According to Lamborghini, "the Urus combines unique design, a fascinating interior and outstanding performance with versatility and everyday usability."
Lamborghini states that the Urus name is derived from the world of bulls. The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle. Urus bulls could measure up to 1.8 meters at the shoulder. According to Lamborghini, the Spanish fighting bull, as bred for the past 500 years, is still very close to the Urus in its appearance.
Lamborghini is going to unveil its upcoming SUV this month at the Beijing Motor Show. In preparation for its newest model, Lamborghini has sent out invitations to the event, which includes a sketch of the new SUV.
The sketch shows the profile of the new SUV, but no other details have been released. It's rumored that it will be dubbed the Urus and carry a price tag around $200,000.
Lamborghini has taken the Aventador supercar and created the roofless Aventador J that you see here. But before you label it as a radical concept car that will never be produced, think again. Lamborghini has created this one-off convertible Aventador that has already found an owner that paid a whopping 2.1 million euros for it.
"With the Lamborghini Aventador J, we have molded our brand DNA into its most definitive form to-date. This automobile is as extreme and as uncompromising as only a Lamborghini can be," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The new Lamborghini Aventador J is the most radical open supersports car of Lamborghini's history. Its name comes from our tradition and combines an unconventional design with technology innovation. Nowadays we are confronted with several regulations that we face in the spirit of challenge. The Aventador J is the proof that, despite the rules, Lamborghini will always make people dream, even in the future."
The Aventador J is based on the Aventador LP 700-4 and is powered by the same 6.5L V12 with 700 horsepower. You will notice that the Aventador J not only does away with a roof, but its windshield has been deleted. Even without a front windshield, Lamborghini claims that the Aventador J will reach speeds in excess of 186 mph. To save weight Lamborghini's engineers have created a new carbon fiber material that it's calling "carbonskin." It's made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a very special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft. The seats and complete cockpit are covered in carbonskin.
Unfortunately, Lamborghini has no plans to produce more than one Aventador J.
Over the weekend a total eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes were involved in a pileup in Japan. According to reports the accident was caused when one of the drivers lost control of his Ferrari while trying to change lanes. His supercar lost control and collided with the other cars. The accident occurred on the rain-soaked Chugoku Expressway in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the island of Honshu.
Fortunately no one out of the 14 cars involved was seriously hurt, although 10 were taken to the hospital. Sadly as you can tell from this video most of the cars involved are beyond repair. According to Bloomberg, the 60-year old man suspected of causing the accident could face up to three months in jail.
Check out the video after the jump...
It's been rumored for months, but now it's official. Lamborghini is going to build the Sesto Elemento concept. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently confirmed in Frankfurt this week that the automaker will build the supercar.
The Sesto Elemento is powered by Lamborghini's 5.2L V10 with 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft. of torque. Thanks to the heavy use of carbon fiber it comes in at a very light 2,200 pounds. The Sesto Elemento reaches 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed over 186 mph.
Unfortunately Lamborghini is only going to produce 20 units of the track-only model. Even worse is the fact that all 20 units have already been spoken for...
Lamborghini has apparently sent out invites to its press event at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The actual invite has surfaced online and it states that Lamborghini is set to debut a new "Lamborghini super sports car." What exactly could that be?
While it hasn't been confirmed what we will see next month, the headline "Lamborghini: Racing Towards Frankfurt" could provide some more hints. Late last year, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann made comments about the Sesto Elemento concept, in which he suggested that if it were to be produced it would be destined for the track. It's light weight (2,200 lbs) and lack of airbags would not work for a street car. So could the "Racing Towards Frankfurt" headline be a clue about a track-ready Sesto Elemento?
The concept was powered by the 570-hp 5.2L V10 from the LP 570-4 Superleggera.
Bruce Wayne is going to get a new ride in the next Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises. In Batman: The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne got to drive the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, but in the next movie the Lamborghini Aventador will be his new ride.
A forum member over at Luxury 4 Play managed to catch the Aventador on the set of the next Batman movie, during filming in Los Angeles. The Dark Knight Rises is expected to hit theaters next summer.
Lamborghini is currently considering the idea of adding a third model to its lineup that will be an "everyday" model. Chief executive Stephan Winkelmann recently told Reuters, "We are going to have a third model. It has to be an everyday car. We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis."
Lamborghini was hit hard by the economic crisis. In 2008 Lamborghini sold 2,430 cars compared to only 1,302 in 2010. The new "everyday" car would not be the result of a partnership, but Winkelmann stated "We will use synergies where possible within the (Volkswagen) group."
Once the final decision is made it will take Lamborghini about four years to release the new model. This news provides more indication that the Estoque sedan concept could be produced.
Oakley Design is most known for its tweaked Ferrari and Porsche models, like the Ferrari 458 and Porsche GT3. The design firm has just released a preview of its modified Lamborghini Aventador, the Aventador LP760-2.
The Aventador LP760-2 features an awesome 760 horsepower engine that gets around 10% more power thanks to a retuned ECU and a modified exhaust system. That power isn't put to the ground via an all-wheel-drive system, like the standard Aventador. Instead all of that power is sent to the rear wheels. The deletion of the AWD system does save some weight. The modified titanium exhaust system and lightweight alloy wheels also help shave off some of the extra pounds.
Production is limited to only five units and it looks like three have already been sold...
Auto Motor und Sport has reportedly received confirmation that the limited production Sesto Elemento will start arriving in dealerships in the third quarter of 2011. Production is expected to be limited to 10-20 units with pricing around $2.8 million.
The Sesto Elemento is expected to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.2L V10 engine with 570 horsepower. It will reach 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds and have a top speed over 186 mph.
Lamborghini hasn't officially announced anything yet, but it's expected that a roadster version of its sold out Aventador will debut sometime next year and be released in 2013. If Lamborghini follows a similar schedule that it did with the Aventador's predecessor, the Murcielago, we can expect the roadster to launch two years after the fixed-roof version (the Murcielago Roadster launched two years after the Murcielago in 2004).
Lamborghini gave us our first official look at the Aventador LP700-4 at the Geneva Motor Show this month and it looks like buyers want it. Even though the Aventador is going for $379,700, Lamborghini has reportedly already received more than a year's worth of orders for the supercar.
The Lamborghini Aventador is powered by a 690-hp V12 and it reaches 0-62 mph in a very short 2.9 seconds.
The Aventador isn't the only new supercar that is sold out, the four-seat Ferrari FF is also sold out for more than a year.
Lamborghini officially unveiled the Aventador at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month and it looks like that model is already sold out for at least a year. Lamborghini is now said to be working on its next new models, which will include the carbon fiber Sesto Elemento, the four-door Estoque and a replacement for the Gallardo that may be dubbed the Cabrera.
First up is the Estoque, which was unveiled as a concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently hinted that the model could be moving closer to production. Since Lamborghini is officially part of the VW family, the Estoque will share its platform with the next generation Porsche Panamera, Audi A8 and Bentley Continental.
The Sesto Elemento was unveiled as a concept at the end of 2010 and will likely arrive before the Estoque.
Lamborghini also needs a replacement for the Gallardo and that could come in the form of a new model that may be called the Cabrera. According to the latest rumors the Sesto Elemento could see production as early as 2012, the Gallardo replacement will arrive in 2013 and the Estoque in 2014.
The Aventador is powered by a 690 horsepower 6.5L V12 that is mated to the new ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) transmission. All of that power is put to the ground via Lamborghini's Haldex 4-wheel drive system. It reaches 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. Even with all of the power on tap the Aventador is 20 percent more fuel efficient than the Murcielago.
There will be 13 different exterior colors available, including three matte colors.
What does it cost? Around $380,000.
We've already seen the new 700 horsepower 6.5L V12 engine that will power the super car and now we have a look at the chassis, which uses a lot of carbon fiber. Thanks to the use of carbon fiber, the chassis only weighs 324 lbs.
Come back for more next week...
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 Bicolore is powered by a 560-hp V10 engine mated to an all-wheel-drive system and it reaches 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds. The Bicolore edition comes in an exclusive two-tone paint finish with matching interior. Buyers have a choice of five colors: Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Bianco Monocerus and Blu Caelum. From the window-line upwards (including pillars, roof, engine hood and rear spoiler), the vehicle is decorated in Noctis Black.
"With the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore, Lamborghini demonstrates once again the extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian nature of our brand. The super sports cars from Lamborghini combine volcanic energy with design that is as unique as it is stylish," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
Unfortunately the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore is only available in the European and Asia-Pacific markets. Lamborghini has applied the Bicolore treatment to the LP 550-2 for U.S. consumption.
We were all excited when reports surfaced that Lamborghini had given the green light to the Sesto Elemento, but now it looks like Lamborghini is going to produce the model in limited numbers, but only for track use.
The Sesto Elemento is extremely light (2200 lbs) thanks to the use of a new material, called forged carbon. According to Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann, due to its unique construction and lack of airbags, the model will only live on the track.
Winkelmann also told Autocar that no more than 20 units will be built.
To create the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, Lamborghini's engineers started with the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder. They managed to shave off 143 pounds from the regular convertible by using exterior and interior components made from carbon-fiber.
The Spyder Performante is powered by a 5.2L V10 that puts out 570 horsepower and reaches 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 201 mph.
The new 6.5L V12 puts out 700 horsepower and 509 lb-ft. of torque.
"This new power unit is not only the crowning glory of our product range, it is also part of our enormous investment in the future of the Lamborghini brand," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
In addition to the new V12, Lamborghini also unveiled a new transmission it's calling the Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission. It features dual shifting rods and shifts up to 50 percent faster than a dual-clutch transmission.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept car was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and now Lamborghini has given the green light to the concept according to French automotive program Auto Moto's website.
The Sesto Elemento (Sixth ELement) concept was powered by the 570-hp 5.2L V10 from the LP 570-4 Superleggera. The engine is mated to standard all-wheel-drive. 0-62 mph is reached in a very short 2.5 seconds and the concept has a top speed above 200 mph.
Production is going to be limited to only 7-10 units with pricing around $3.44 million.
Lamborghini has taken the wraps off the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera, which is the new top model in the Gallardo lineup and is the successor to the Superleggera (Italian for superlight) that launched in 2007.
Compared to the Gallardo LP 560-4, the Gallardo Superleggera is 154 pounds lighter, which is largely thanks to the use of carbon-fiber on the exterior and interior of the car, which saved 88 lbs. The car is powered by a 5.0L V10, which puts out 570 horsepower. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and reaches 124 mph in 10.2 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph. The V10 engine is mated to the six-speed e-gear transmission operated via steering wheel paddles.
"It has come to the point where acceleration equals consumption," said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of the Italian automaker. "More consumption means increased CO2 emissions."
According to Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini's R&D chief, stated that once a vehicle reaches a top speed of 211 mph there is a declining rate of return for each additional horsepower needed to push the car faster. Additionally there are very few places in the world that a driver would be able to drive a car over 200 mph, so Lamborghini is going to shift its focus to acceleration instead of top speed. The most effective way to improve acceleration is to reduce weight.
"The weight-to-power ratio will be the key factor," Reggiani said. "We will use composite materials in the right place, when it also has the right cost, stiffness and mechanical characteristics."
The updated version of the Murcielago LP670-4 SV now has 30 more horsepower for a total of 670, a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds and is 220 pounds lighter.
"No one can really tell 30 horsepower was added, but everyone can feel how much lighter the car is," Reggiani said.
Lamborghini has unveiled Reventon Roadster, which features the same jet fighter styling as the coupe. The roadster version is also powered by the same 6.5L V12 engine, which propels it from 0-62 mph in a very short 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph.
Only 20 Reventon Roadsters will be produced with a starting price of 1.1 million Euro. Deliveries will start next month.
Maurizio Reggiani, Lamorghini's head of research and development stated "The timing and market conditions are just not right for an additional model line."
The Estoque concept was a four door, four seat concept that featured a front/mid engine layout with standard all-wheel-drive.
According to Reggiani, the Estoque has been put on hold for the time being, which means that the project could be restarted once the economy improves.
The convertible version of the Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupe is powered by a 560 horsepower 5.2L V10 engine. It reaches 0-62 mph in 4.0 seconds and has a top speed of 201 mph.
On the outside the Spyder features new headlights with LEDs and a completely redesigned tail. The top that can come in black, blue, grey or beige can be lowered in 20 seconds.
The Estoque Concept borrows a few design elements from the Reventon supercar like the huge air intakes in the front bumper. It's now being rumored that the concept is going to have the same 5.5L V10 engine as the Gallardo LP 560-4 mated to an all-wheel-drive system.
Stay tuned for the actual press release from Lamborghini.
Details remain scarce about Lamborghini's newest model other than the fact that the coupe is going to be built on all-wheel-drive architecture and will be powered by Audi's 5.0L twin-turbo V10.