Lamborghini Sounds In Singapore: Start up, revs, downshifts, accelerations.
Donnerstag, 31. Dezember 2009
Lamborghini Sounds In Singapore: Start up, revs, downshifts, accelerations.
LA RÉUNION — Another celebrity car crash makes headlines. Fortunately, this one did damage only to the expensive vehicle, a Lamborghini Gallardo belonging to soccer star Karim Benzema of the Real Madrid team. The car went off the road, sustaining considerable damage, on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion last week.
What's not in dispute is that the player and his friend, French rapper Rohff, had left the Villa Club discotheque on the island late at night after celebrating Benzema's 22nd birthday. Some sources say Rohff was at the wheel and Benzema was a passenger. Others say the soccer star was not in the car at all but in a Porsche.
A video posted on YouTube with French narration shows the car at the roadside being tended to by a tow truck. "The Lamborghini finished its drive on three wheels," says the narrator. A spokesman says Benzema was not in the Lambo but a passenger in a Porsche that traveled in front of the yellow sports car. The German car, according to this description, braked suddenly, causing the Lamborghini to leave the roadway.
The tow truck operator is shown in the video seated behind the wheel, smiling broadly and saying, "I don't know who was at the wheel [when the accident happened], but for the moment, I'm the one at the wheel...and I'm proud."
Back to the real world, Benzema rejoined his Real Madrid teammates on Monday and was quoted by the soccer Web site Goal.com as saying he is "ready for the great challenges that await in 2010."
Montag, 28. Dezember 2009
Rumor has it that Lamborghini is planning a hardcore version of the Gallardo LP560-4 called the Gallardo LP570-4 SV (SuperVeloce). Insiders say that the model will be stripped down but will only push out 10 more horsepower than the base model. The front suspension will also see some work and carbon ceramic brakes are aslo expected. You can also look forward to seeing some aggressive body design cues.
Lamborghini will show dealers and VIPs the car sometime next month with a public unveiling at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Deliveries should begin around May.
The folks over at TeamSpeed say that the Gallardo LP570-4 SV won’t be the last version of the supercar before it goes under a redesign in 2012. A hardcore rear-wheel-drive version is also expected to debut sometime in early 2011.
Samstag, 26. Dezember 2009
According to rumours at TeamSpeed a hardcore version of LP560-4 is planned soon. The name of the 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera successor will be LP570-4 SV and it packs less weight, only 10hp more and a stripped-down interior. Reworked front suspension and CC brakes are expected also.
The brand new supercar will feature a new front spoiler with similar style as the LP670-4 SV and a large rear wing like the Supertrofeo G. That is really it, nothing revolutionary.
Dealers and VIP customers will be able to see the hardcore version of the current Gallardo at a presentation event next January. The public unveiling is expected for the Geneva Motor Show 2010. Deliveries to customers start from May 2010.
But this isn’t the complete story! This SV-version will not be the last version in the Gallardo LP560-4 series, a fifth and final hardcore rearwheel drive version will come later next year or early 2011 to keep production running until 2012 when the Gallardo successor is expected.
So prepare yourself for a LP570-4 SV in 2010 and a LP590-2 SV in 2011!
Freitag, 18. Dezember 2009
Earlier this week we showed you the Ankonian Design Study a design by Slavche Tanevsky, a student at the university of Munich. Next to the Ankonian he also designed this hybrid Lamborghini and called it the Madura.
Again, Tanevsky carefully chose the name. Madura is an Indonesian island famous for bull races. Because this design study was created together with Lamborghini and Audi designers, we believe it may hold the key to future designs. So does Tanevsky:
"The Madura is a proposal for the first hybrid Lamborghini scheduled for 2016. Doing a car more efficient and more nature-friendly, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be exciting, good-looking and fast. (But) in my opinion this new propulsion system should be represented on the looks of the car."
In our opinion the design of the Madura doesn’t look too bad, although perhaps Lamborghini should start giving the Miura Concept further consideration. Let us know what you think.
Mittwoch, 16. Dezember 2009
Montag, 14. Dezember 2009
Designer Slavche Tanevsky must be really in love with supercars as well as all the curves they offer, hence coming up with the Lamborghini Ankonian concept which boasts an extremely aggressive design, making us wonder whether it has stealth features and is undetectable by radars. Apart from that, the Lamborghini Ankonian concept could certainly give the Batmobile a run for its money, boasting a narrow and complex-looking body couple with a pinch of GT proportions. Would the Italian supercar maker be inspired by this for their next, actual creation? Only time will tell.
Samstag, 12. Dezember 2009
The Lamborghini Toro LA690-4 – you are now looking at – is a conceptual study penned by independent designer Amadou Ndiaye. The Toro LA690-4 is a front-engined supercar created to compete against other exotics like the Aston Martin One 77 and the Lexus LFA.
The designer’s words express that the car’s LA 690-4 designation stands for ‘Longitudinale Anteriore’ or ‘Front Longitudinal’ in English, while “690″ refers to the V12 engine’s fictional output and ‘4′ to the car’s all-wheel drive system. The V12 engine is coupled to a seven-speed double clutch transmission. Ndiaye envisions that the chassis, body panels and other parts of the car should be made from carbon fiber and magnesium to save weight.
We must say the looks aren’t a true Lamborghini-styled design. The long nose with its negative angle and short back aren’t really design influences we see in current Lamborghini designs. The pictures show a LF-A look-a-like with some decent Lamborghini influences from current production and concept models. What are your thoughts on the design?
Freitag, 11. Dezember 2009
600 - 340 - 3.5... These are the three most prominent figures of the new edo Lamborghini Gallardo LP600/4. 600 stands for its power output, 340 for its top speed and 3.5 seconds is how long it takes to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a dead stop. edo competition has managed to improve performance by increasing power output to 600 horsepower at 7,970 rpm and the torque output to 572 Nm (422 ft-lb) at 6,845 rpm.
Another priority was to upgrade the suspension in order to improve drivability, driving dynamics and precision. edo competition achieved this by employing a newly developed sport suspension system, which is adjustable in compression and rebound damping. This technology allows for custom suspension setups that are ideally matched to a wide range of needs. The low friction shock absorbers and new spring rates were tested extensively on race tracks and high speed ovals, as well as on the road, because handling is not an area for compromise. The result has to be experienced to be believed...
Rounding off the sporty concept are 19 in. three-piece racing wheels with artificially-aged cast center-sections, hand-polished outer rims and 39 stainless steel screws. For the front axle the customer can specify stock tire dimensions or 235/35 ZR 19, while the rear wheels are shod with 305/30 ZR 19 Dunlop Sport Maxx rubber. With this solution edo competition enables its customers to reuse the factory tires on their new wheels.
Another, ever-intriguing topic at edo competition: „The voice".
The new stainless steel high-performance exhaust system with butterfly valves is an attractive proposition. Not only is the sound level adjustable via remote, the exhaust also frees up 15 horsepower and lets the driver enjoy a whole new aural experience. As a welcome side effect, the edo exhaust system weighs 12 kg (26 lb) less than the original piece.
As a result of years of experience with high speed tests, edo competition has reinforced the front end of the edo Lamborghini Gallardo LP600/4 with a new front spoiler lip, making 340 km/h (211 mph) runs into a relaxing affair.
Designed by Montreal student Amadou Ndiaye, the Lamborghini Toro LA690-4 was envisioned as a modern reinvention of the Lamborghini Espada from the late 1960’s. It also bears resemblance to the sharp, jet-fighter-inspired lines of the Reventon. The designer envisions drawing power from a front-mounted V12, which can be seen underneath the window panel on the hood. Keeping things light, the Toro uses heaps of carbon fiber and magnesium with an intended weight of around 3,300 lbs.
Donnerstag, 10. Dezember 2009
The Edo LP710 is produced in higher engineering standards along with Christian Audigier’s remarkable themes and unmatched colors. The design of the Edo LP710 is all set to make a change in the automotive design world.
The skin and the interiors of the car have been completely restyled. The center console and door panels have also been upgraded. In addition, several modifications are done to engine, wheels, aerodynamics and exhaust system. The interiors would be designed at the Edo Competition within a span of three months.
The car is available in a limited version where five units would be manufactured. The purchased customers would get an opportunity to test drive the EDO LP710 at a high speed of 224 mph at the high speed oval Papenburg, Germany or at Nardo, Italy. This machine will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.1 secs and it cost around $690,000.
A spectacular vehicle from Germany, the 2010 Wheelsandmore Lamborghini Gallardo LP 620 Yarrow is the best choice for the rugged, powerful and sexy driver. A dead calm hushes the entire neighborhood since their jaws just dropped at the magnificent sight that is passing them by.
Who would not faint in disbelief the moment the monstrosity known as the 2010 Wheelsandmore Lamborghini Gallardo LP 620 Yarrow rips the engine and releases that ever sexy purr every Lamborghini is so much known for?
For a vehicle made in this speed and power needs a much power brake system that is strong enough to put it into a sudden stop. That is why the makers of the 2010 Wheelsandmore Lamborghini Gallardo LP 620 Yarrow created an 8-piston caliper, 14.96 inch brake discs in the front and a 6-piston caliper and 14.17 inch discs in the rear. Both discs have special high-end brake pads.
Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2009
We have told you before about the Twin Turbo kit by Underground Racing being implemented into a Lamborghini Gallardo. Just to set things straight the guys went to the Texas Mile Roll Race Event and became winner of the event.
Check out the video below for the runs they did and times & speed they achieved.
If you were shocked when Lamborghini unveiled a four-door in the form of the Estoque concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, then you know how enthusiasts must have felt when the Raging Bull took the wraps off the Espada in 1968. A four-seat Lambo? Shocking! But that's what they did, and the Espada entered into the history books.
Powered by Lambo's trusty 3.9-liter V12 that already appeared in the 350GT, 400GT and Miura, the Espada was the first Lambo to be offered with an automatic. In fact, it was the first automatic transmission – all two speeds of it – capable of handling that much power, and came on offer with the 1974 model. This model, however, was made in '72 – making it one of the last Series II models made before the Series III came along – and is equipped with a five-speed manual, along with four-wheel disc brakes and a fully independent suspension: cutting edge stuff for its time.
It's tan, it's had one owner, and from the looks of things, it's been kept in meticulous condition. The car's up for grabs on eBay by Lamborghini Houston. Bidding at the time of writing is up to a modest $20,200 and the reserve price hasn't been met yet, so if this is your idea of automotive heaven, stop on by and check it out.
Montag, 7. Dezember 2009
Abu Dhabi: Italy's luxury carmaker Lamborghini is expecting a marginal decline in its UAE sales this year, although they have been more or less steady in the second half of 2009, Martin Andrews, area sales manager for Lamborghini Middle East, told Gulf News on Sunday.
"We sold 60 vehicles in the UAE last year and this year we expect to sell more than 50," Andrews said in a telephone interview.
"In this region we have seen less impact of the global financial crisis compared with some other markets around the world. We have seen our sales recover in the UAE during the second half this year... we are ahead of our expectations," he added.
Lamborghini sells gasoline-powered cars in a price range of Dh800,000 to Dh1.55 million in the UAE. Lamborghinis can generate from 560 to 670 horsepower and are capable of reaching speeds of up to 325 km/h.
Lamborghini sells two variants — Gallardo and Murcielago. Its dealership here has been operating for 25 years.
In 2008, Lamborghini sold 2,546 vehicles worldwide. Comparable half-year sales volumes for the Middle East region were 84 cars in 2008 versus 60 units in 2009.
In the UAE, half-year volumes were 31 cars in 2008 versus 23 in 2009, the company said in an e-mailed statement.
"We sold this year about 45 cars in the UAE until November. Things are now more or less normal," Andrews said.
Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009
LOS ANGELES, December 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., today welcomed customers, VIPs and Lamborghini executives to the exclusive grand opening celebration of the newest Automobili Lamborghini Boutique, located in a luxury shopping center outside of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles fashion boutique will be the second Automobili Lamborghini boutique to open in 2009, after the Beijing, China store in November. Beijing and Los Angeles were strategically chosen for their locations -- Beijing as one of the world’s fastest growing markets and Southern California, traditionally one of the brand’s strongest regions.
“Opening an Automobili Lamborghini Boutique in Los Angeles further demonstrates our brand extension strategy towards high-end products consistent with the spirit of luxury sports cars,” stated Winkelmann. “The philosophy behind the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini fashion line is synonymous with the traits of each Lamborghini super sports car: Extreme, Uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. The Automobili Lamborghini Boutique embodies this culture to offer customers access to a more glamorous and exclusive world.”
In celebration of the opening, nearly 30 Lamborghini owners and their super sports cars gathered in Santa Monica, Calif. for an exclusive drive event. They were joined by Lamborghini executives, including Winkelmann, who led a convoy in a scenic drive to the grand opening of the Automobili Lamborghini Boutique. A Collezione runway fashion show introduced guests to new products from the Autumn/Winter 2009 Collection.
Positioned inside the high-end Westfield Topanga shopping center’s luxury wing, the Automobili Lamborghini Boutique will sell items from the Collezione fashion line, comprised of men's, women's and junior's collections for all four seasons. These collections include beautifully tailored Italian fashion and fine Italian leather accessories including hats, shoes, briefcases, and more; as well as Lamborghini crested t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories. The collection is tailored not only to Lamborghini buyers, but to the luxury consumer who values quality, style and elegance.
The Automobili Lamborghini Boutique will be owned and operated through Westfield Topanga by Tony Schwartz and Harrison Gray of The Auto Gallery. Collezione Automobili Lamborghini is also available at authorized Lamborghini dealers and www.lamborghinistore.com.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’ Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy and manufactures some of the world’s most sought-after super sports cars. With 29 dealerships in North America and 123 worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini has created a succession of dynamic and elegant super sports cars including the Miura, Islero, Urraco, 350GT, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago LP 640, Murciélago LP 640 Roadster, Gallardo SE, Gallardo Superleggera, Reventón Coupe, Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé and Spyder, Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni and the recently introduced Reventón Roadster. For more information on Automobili Lamborghini, please visit the Web site at www.lamborghini.com.
Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2009
Exotic police car ruined after traffic accident
Italian police have long been proud of their exotic cars but their collective ego took a hit this week when a crash put their Lamborghini Gallardo out of commission for good. A traffic accident ended with a SUV parked on top of the Lamborghini's roof. The $220,000 vehicle is now about a useful as a high-end paperweight.
Back in March we told you about the ASUS 16″ Lamborghini Laptop. Now its finally available to folks who have some extra dough. By extra dough, I mean a cool $3,000 and by folks, I mean those who shop at Saks Fifth Avenue.
It features bespoke speakers, a sewn leather palm-rest, a webcam with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens cover, lamborghini mouse, and a matching laptop case. After laying out all of that money, you’ll be cruisin’ Windows Vista, not Windows 7, with an Intel Core2 Quad Processor.
The laptop weighs about 7.71 pounds and comes in black or white.
Dienstag, 1. Dezember 2009
When the Italian police unveiled their state-of-the-art Lamborghini patrol cars, they cannot have been short of volunteers itching to take the supercars in pursuit of speeding criminals.
A team of elite drivers was trained to chase down speeding motorists and deliver urgently-needed transplant organs in the futuristic vehicles, capable of reaching more than 200mph.
What they apparently were not prepared for was a distracted motorist who pulled out of a petrol station without looking.
Today, a bandaged and bruised police driver may have had a tough time explaining how he managed to write off one of the force's prized Lamborghinis when he rammed it so hard into a line of parked cars that one of the stationary vehicles ended up on the police car's roof.
According to the police, the crash was caused by the driver of a slow-moving Seat Ibiza who emerged without looking from a service station, clipping the Lamborghini and sending the vehicle swerving into the parked cars.
The front end of the Lamborghini was crushed in the accident, near Cremona, and the driver and a passenger were injured, although not seriously.
The Lamborghini Gallardo, worth £130,000 and capable of reaching 62mph in four seconds, was one of a pair donated by the Italian manufacturer to the police to do battle on Italy's roads, where 1 million motorists are injured annually and 4,731 died last year.
Both cars include transmitters to send images back to HQ, a defibrillator for accidents and a fridge for transporting donor organs. The two officers were returning from a convention in Cremona, where they had been addressed a student audience on road safety.