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Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué discusses the Future for the makers of Excalibur

 

 

Roger Dubuis – Lamborghini Squadra Corse – Partnership Reveal Sant’Agata 2017

When we first met Jean-Marc Pontroué early 2012, he was a man full of vitality and a mane of black hair. Over the years, the energy levels of the  indefatigable Chief Executive has remained while his crowning glory earned its Clooney-esque salt and pepper stripes. Appointed to the top position at Roger Dubuis, Pontroue inherited a retinue of challenges which he has since, in true Arthurian fashion, surmounted and slain. Jewel in crown, there’s no greater victory than a milestone, history changing event – a noble marriage like those of old.

Sensing the need to create an easily understood icon without the baggage of lengthy explanations, Pontroue’s strategy of deep partnership between Lamborghini and Roger Dubuis elevates the commitment beyond mere arranged marriage but instead heralds a new dawn for the realm while keeping familiar trappings of lineage and legacy.

 

Behold New Avalon: Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué discusses the Future for the makers of Excalibur

If you need to write two pages on why the partnership works, you should forget it. It’s like getting married, if you need to explain why you’re in love with a lady, you should forget it. – Pontroue on why Roger Dubuis worked with Lamborghinii

Why did Roger Dubuis choose Beijing to launch?

It is important to choose countries where the brand has depth and significance; we were working with FFF, a  Chinese racing team for Lamborghini and we decided to use the underground parking space of SKP, the leading departmental store in Beijing to do a cool party. The beauty is to find venues which aren’t the usual areas, we hate restaurants and hotels, Roger Dubuis is positioned to be unpredictable. It also follows our huge launch event in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Emilia-Romagna where we had cleared the machines to place tables, so that over 100 people could dine on the factory floor with the supercars.

There’s a clear direction towards motorsports for the brand, how did this become an important angle for Roger Dubuis?

It has been a strategy of envy. We were doing dinners with customers where they revealed to us that their favourite cars were Lamborghinis. This revelation was coming up repeatedly, so we decided to have a meeting with the carmaker to see what we could do together. At the time, we weren’t aiming for a partnership, we have never had one so far. First, we learnt about the FFF, one of the leading Chinese teams in the Super Trofeo championship and we partnered with them in 2016, our foot in the door of motorsports. Second, we partnered with Pirelli and finally, Lamborghini. These are the three key ingredients to build a genuine motorsport collaboration: specific editions of Lamborghini for inspiration on specific calibres and models, Pirelli for the straps on certain models and finally, an authentic culture of racing, backed by racing professionals.

Roger Dubuis – Lamborghini Squadra Corse – Partnership Reveal Sant’Agata 2017

Have you met Lamborghini enthusiasts who are not yet owners of Roger Dubuis watches and do you see any specific characteristics in them?

We have done 15 events with Lamborghini in places like US, Japan, Switzerland, UK and France and we found that the Lamborghini owner is the same kind of animal. The profile is mainly male, young and people who want to live an exceptional life. For them, a car is not about going from point A to B. If they want to tell time, they’re going to go with something cool like a Roger Dubuis. They have a heart and mind for something special and unique and not informed by advertising like the “most-seen” brands; Roger Dubuis is not a mainstream watch and Lamborghini is not a mainstream car.

We are two small brands in two corporate giants, Lamborghini in Volkswagen and Roger Dubuis in Richemont, we are very agile, very creative and extreme forward thinking, without barriers of history. There are no rules. We create things which do not exist in the industry. We don’t care about the price, we just want to know that it hasn’t been done before. We are not in a price competitive environment. For us, the prime directive is creating something which doesn’t exist in cars and watches. The typology of our two audiences are very close together – a love for crazy products and lots of personalisation and to meet others with similar drive and passion.

When you’re a young brand, one year of development counts as a lot of history. When you’re 300 years old, what’s one year? Roger Dubuis always wanted to breed a new generation of watchmakers, he didn’t want to create yet another classic high-end brand, the market is saturated; the successful brands today are high end and disruptive. – Pontroue on shaping Roger Dubuis’ strategy and message

Roger Dubuis himself was known for his Sympathie Bi-retrograde calendar and now we see many watchmakers tying up with carmakers to do collaborations, so for the people who don’t understand what the brand is about, there might be a sensation that there’s too much emphasis on design, do you feel that this distracts from the efforts and the advances that the brand is making?

Roger created the brand with two principles: first, to create crazy movements within crazy designs. When Richemont acquired the brand, we worked on redeveloping the brand and improving the efficiency of the movements. Now, we believe its time to re-inject more creativity into our events and products. I believe it’s still the same brand that Roger Dubuis has created, and while he focused on movements and case shapes, we have added materials to the equation. When you’re a young brand, one year of development counts as a lot of history. When you’re 300 years old, what’s one year? Roger Dubuis always wanted to breed a new generation of watchmakers, he didn’t want to create yet another classic high-end brand, the market is saturated; the successful brands today are high end and disruptive. Lamborghini is globally selling out 3-4 years in advance, we are in the same business, Geneva (manufacture) cannot produce 10,000 pieces tomorrow. We produce 4,000 annually, this makes us exclusive.

Before deciding to collaborate with Lamborghini, did you go and study the other failed partnerships, like the one with Ferrari? Did you learn something from their mistakes?

In the realm of corporate partnerships, there are more failure than successes. We studied many across industries and learnt that a partnership only makes sense if you don’t have to explain it. If you need to write two pages on why the partnership works, you should forget it. It’s like getting married, if you need to explain why you’re in love with a lady, you should forget it. The same principle applies – it’s a love story.

First, customer experience – we wanted to give Roger Dubuis customers added value by giving them something unusual. For the Lamborghini customers, what could we give them beyond the thrill of a new car? A watch launch is pretty much like any other watch launch but if you add the supercar touch, it brings a different perspective. For Lamborghini, a new complication intimately associated with supercar architecture brings something new to the equation.

Second, we also didn’t want to have a branded product. The watches are not branded Lamborghini, what the other failed collaborations have done is taken an existing product and merely dressed them with a logo and then write two pages to justify the partnership. For Roger Dubuis, we have no identifiable brand markings other than the innovations we have on the Aventador edition specific to the collection, you will not find this movement in any other Roger Dubuis product – if you want this calibre, you will only find it on the Aventador S edition. The innovations found on the Huracan edition launched at SIHH 2018, will only be found in that line. It’s creating the ultimate customer experience and the combination of creative applications from the same materials used in motorsport engineering to inspire concept and creation of our watches.

A great partnership is something you don’t have to explain. I have met customers worldwide who tell me it all makes sense, even without knowing our brand before. There are over 700 watch brands in Switzerland and only two to three  brands by typology, architecture and price-point which fit the level of Lamborghini.

Can you tell us more about how the original idea for the watch came about and what is the appeal to a Lamborghini driver?

When we first started the discussion, we had approached Lamborghini engineers to see what the roots, ingredients and specifications are for the Lamborghini. The sound was obviously difficult to inject in a watch and so we turned to what are the principles and values of a Lamborghini. We found the engine bars, the structural supports, the inclined balance wheels like a V12, the materials from Sant’Agata, all combine to show a unique blend of materials which define its roots in supercar manufacture rather than something like planes or yachting. We will work deeper in the future with the Lamborghini team to see how we can create future calibres with even deeper association with all things Lamborghini. Even today, we have access to all the new Lamborghini products planned for the next 5 years so we will be planning our collections much in the same line. Having access to all this information allows us to prepare our assortment for the future.

Surely not all your brand strategies will be on motor-inspired watches?

The partnership business will represent less than 50% of the brands’ assortment but the communication will be 100% on the partnership because these touches create impact in the minds of people. We want to communicate research and development, avant garde calibres which communicate specific values for our brand and Lamborghini – that said, these values can be found across the brand.

From a Lamborghini standpoint, what is the brief in designing a Roger Dubuis timepiece?

First, it should be spectacular and leverage on all the assets of Roger Dubuis, like the design codes of the Excalibur. This range is the leading collection for the brand and for the next three years, will be the focus and icon for the family. Second, the movement has to be spectacular, it’s not just the mechanism to tell time but it has to be part of the design, the movement is the added value of the product, it has no dial. Most of our products today have no dial. Finally, it has to be special by limited edition and through the use of exclusive  materials. Ultimately, each new watch has to be a world premiere.

Does this mean a departure from the Swords and Sorcery type of story telling associated with the Excalibur?

Excalibur is by far our number one family. It is not so much as an end to the fantasy element but instead, it will be one better defined by motorsports. You can expect 100 new products in the Excalibur line encompassing women’s, high end, high jewellery and motorsport editions.

With the passing of Mr Dubuis, is there consideration of having heritage re-issues to celebrate his legacy?

We don’t intend to have a limited edition associated with Roger, but we have many customers asking us for this type of product and we are currently studying how we can develop something for the market. That said, no definite plans for the next SIHH.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Jean-Marc Pontroué has assumed the position CEO of Panerai effective April 2018

Ride a stunning new e-bike – by Lamborghini

Italian supercar-maker unveils its first ever E-Bike collection at the Sant’Agata Bolognese museum. These e-bikes are fit with advanced technology, conceived, designed, and built entirely in Italy in collaboration with Italtechnology.

 

After five extensive years of research and feature technological innovation, cutting-edge design, and four international patents, automaker Lamborghini launches their first E-Bike at the company’s museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

The E-Bikes will be available in two versions: (1) a mountain bike for a dynamic lifestyle and outdoor activities, and (2) a road bike dedicated to efficiently achieve the maximum speed by current regulations the ultimate road performance that efficiently reaches the maximum speed by current regulations.

Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program that’s offered on its supercars will also be available on these bikes, which will give the owners a choice to customize the scheme for their E-Bikes with paint colours otherwise reserved for Lamborghini automobiles.

The two versions of E-Bikes will be available online and selected specialized retailers worldwide in May. Prices and specific specs are to be advised by the company.

1969 Lamborghini Islero S V12 GT

1969 Lamborghini Islero ‘S’ V12 GT

This 1969 Lamborghini Islero S, is a classic survivor car from the 1960s, with the Chassis number 6351. It was the 54th example of only 100 GTS models ever produced worldwide. During 1969, another example of the same Lamborghini Islero V12 GT coupe was once driven by Roger Moore in the movie titled “The Man Who Haunted Himself.”

Under the bonnet features a higher horsepower ‘S’ variant V12 engine with a matching number drive-train that is able to produce a conservative 340bhp with six Weber carburettors (a device in an internal combustion engine for mixing air with a fine spray of liquid fuel), all mated to a five-speed manual transmission. While the exterior of the Lamborghini is finished in red, accentuating with the tan leather in the interior and showing 59,858 kilometres (37,194 miles) on the odometer.

Inside the car cabin shows the trimmed leather interior matching with the steering wheel and gear-shift covered in wood-grain accents. The original Marazzi production VIN tag is fitted on the dashboard and there’s also a sequence tag of 25179 fixed to the engine bay as well as the chassis plate.

The car is estimated to realise at approximately S$649K and it has covered only less than 120 km, which translates to 75 miles since the last mechanical rebuild. Other prominent features of the race car coupe include power windows, a four-wheel independent suspension and hydraulic disc brakes.

What the future owner of this car can expect is a 1969 Lamborghini Islero ‘S’ V12 GT presented in a “beautiful overall condition”, according to the private seller.

The car has gone through a cosmetic and mechanical restoration in 2010 by the marque’s specialist, Gary Bobileff of San Diego, according to the OEM specifications. Accompanied by car receipts, original sales brochure, owner’s manual and restoration records for authenticity.

For more information about the 1969 Lamborghini Islero S V12 GT and how to buy, make enquiries at LUXIFY, Asia’s leading online marketplace for luxury.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT

1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT

We know very little about this car in terms of the people who owned it in the early years, but we do know that this example is the 12 of only 80 GTs produced in 1999, with chassis number ZA9DE21A0XLA12333, which has extremely low mileage with only 276 km from new. At Monaco 2018, RM Sotheby’s will present this Diablo GT with a left-hand drive to auction off, which is bound to attract the most attention and charm coveted car collectors.

Rolled out of the automobile factory in 1999, Lamborghini has always been about beauty, power, thrill and most of all, experience. Built to an exquisite Italian design with an unmistakable roar from the supercar’s engine, the iconic 1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT is presented in shiny black with velvet interior and across the dashboard.

Inside, features carpet with Diablo GT imprint in yellow, two individual seats with leather and velvet upholstery combined, seats separated by a centre console (partially-covered with carbon fiber material), manual gearbox in metallic and a simple designed steering wheel to complete the design style of the interior cabin.

Maybe what sets this 1999 example apart from other Lamborghini models is the upward opening doors, which Lamborghini fans will appreciate a supercar that has a suave and muscular appeal with amazing performance.

Managed by a V12 engine and an increased horsepower at 575, nudging the supercar to traverse at a top speed of 215 miles per hour. The bodyworks had undergone changes to improve agility, speed and aerodynamics as well as to improve brake cooling ducts and better airflow to the V12.

When the 1999 Diablo GT first made a debut during the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini fans were most impressed by the great combination of the modifications of the GTs race car with the outrageousness of the Diablo, which offered serious road-racing performance and additional speed at extremely low mileage. In fact, the model was touted as one of the fastest supercars during that period.

For car enthusiasts, here’s your chance to bid for the desirable 1999 Diablo GT at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2018. It’s on the “Wanted-List!” so to speak.

Lamborghini SUV: Hot Pursuit

Lamborghini SUV: Hot Pursuit

For well-informed petrol heads, the Lamborghini Urus was a concept unveiled in Beijing back in 2012. Fans of the marque were eager about coming to terms with the materialisation of a production car – a bona fide Lamborghini SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). Fast forward to 2018, this dream has seen the light of day.

The company is calling the Urus the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, leaving its competitors a little dumfounded by this new vehicle category. Lamborghini purists might bemoan the arrival of the Urus, but in reality, that’s the strategy for most marques these days. You cannot deny the revenues and metrics of what the Cayenne did for Porsche: it made a polarising debut in 2003 and fast forward 2017, it reported selling 237,778 cars and just 32,409 were 911s while 70,000 were Cayenne SUVs.

Porsche’s move into the SUV market was met with success and it forced competing brands such as Maserati and Bentley to create SUVs; even Aston Martin DBX is in the works and Land Rover – a solely SUV brand – was forced to shake up and relook into their model lines to stay ahead of the competition. So, is it the right time for a SUV from Lamborghini? We certainly think so!

Step Back in Time

Truth be told: the Urus isn’t the Italian marque’s first SUV. The LM002 was in fact the brand’s first “real” SUV, however, it cannot be compared to its much-faster automobile modern-day brethren. The LM002’s blocky aesthetics cannot be compared to the Urus’ car-like agility, speed, hyper-speed performance (i.e. Century sprint in 3.8 seconds) and edgy body styling, tempered with off-road worthiness. In a press release, Lamborghini claims the Urus to own a “dual personality” and is “multi-dimensional” in what it can execute or achieve. But where does it stand in a market already rife with luxury SUVs? However, Lamborghini has some nifty plans up its sleeves.

Super Power

As with any super car churned out from Lamborghini, the engine stats are going to be phenomenal. In fact, it is because below the hood lies a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol producing 640bhp and around 627lb-ft of torque. The power is channelled via an eight-speed auto and this All-Wheel-Drive with 40/60 torque-split front/rear (i.e. producing a maximum 87 per cent to the rear and 70 per cent to the front) is a force to be reckoned with. Undoubtedly, Lamborghini touted the Urus as a Super Sport Utility Vehicle and we can understand why.

The Urus features adaptive air suspension and active anti-roll bars powered by a 48V system. It is also fitted with carbon-ceramic brake discs, apparently, the largest of its kind for a production car (i.e. 440mm front and 370mm rear). Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D director, is responsible for the DNA of this Super SUV, where such ground-breaking stats are a fundamental criterion for a car to be considered a bona fide Lamborghini.

Uniquely Urus

The Urus, viewed from any angle, is a strong contender for being edgy and over the top. It offers a fusion of two styles – a jacked-up offroader design marrying razor-sharp lines of the Huracan or Aventador. While it is 5.1m long and 2m wide, it has a dominating mass. Even though it stands just over 10cm lower than the Bentley Bentayga and Audi Q7, its aggressive stance gives new meaning to the adage, “if looks could kill”. Ultimately, the Urus is a blend of off-roader abilities fused with traditional supercar cues. While it may have disparate ideas, its final union still channels Lamborghini’s DNA right down to the nth degree.

Head Turner

The Urus is definitely a showstopper from any angle. The geometric bumper and rakish fascia elements (i.e. hexagonal intakes and Naca cooling bit) allow it to have a low-line coupe body style fused with a taller stance and more ground clearance. This translates to “two-thirds body, one-third window ratio” for the exterior – the same proportion for its super cars. Other aesthetics include Y-shaped intake dividers and slim front lights sitting high on fender lines. It also takes some design cues from Miura and Aventador – a bulging hood line behind the headlights. There is also an element taken from the Countach, too – diagonal hood lines. The Urus looks like a mish-mesh of past Lamborghini’s greats; marrying retro elements into a modern, stylised design that commands presence.

Plush Inside

Stepping into the Urus, one is happily inundated with the Lamborghini blueprint for design: the heavy use of hexagons, hand-stitched leather details, metallic finishes, and plentiful use of carbon fibre. The hard-to-ignore wing-like centre console certainly draws the eye. Here, you’ll find two touchscreens, settings for audio/vehicle, navigation system, climate control, to name a few. Sitting below that are three levers and a start/stop button which are below the flip-up fighter jet cover.

Other Stellar Features

The driver is pampered with controls for handling: Strada, Sport and Corsa, plus additional options for Sabbia (sand), Terra (dirt) and Neve (snow). The wheels on the Urus come in two staggering sizes; 21 and 23 inches. Other exterior touches include aero blades on the outside rear window, floating rear wing, integrated rear spoiler and rear spoiler lip. For boot space, the rear cargo room offers 616 litres and flipping down the rear seats will provide up to 1,596 litres. However, SUV purists will lay claim that “If maximum practicality is high on your priorities, then this SUV isn’t for you. It is a car that offers speed and many facets of luxury.”

For more information, please visit www.lamborghini-singapore.com and www.eurosportsglobal.com.

Words by Joe Lim | Images courtesy of Lamborghini

Bonhams Auction: You can Own Paul McCartney’s 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe

Bonhams Auction is your chance to own Paul McCartney's 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe

Bonhams Auction is your chance to own Paul McCartney’s 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe

Together since 1958 and playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg since 1960, the trio including Paul McCartney, never knew just how popular they would become; that was until the unique combination of 1950s rock and roll, skiffle and experimental musical styles from cultural influences created a signature Beatles sound which snowballed into an avalanche popularity of “Beatlemania” in 1963. Eventually, it was time to enjoy the fruits of labour with Paul McCartney’s own 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe.

Bonhams Auction is your chance to own Paul McCartney’s 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe

Originally the property of Sir Paul McCartney, the 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe auctioned by Bonhams today was delivered during the peak of Beatlemania. Registered ‘SLF 406F’ on 16th February 1968, Paul McCartney’s ownership of the 1967 Lamborghini 400GT coupe was often mentioned in key Lamborghini tomes like Andrew Moreland’s Lamborghini Supreme Amongst Exotics and  ‘Lamborghini The Legend’ by David Hodges.

The 4.0L V12, Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 was consequently recognised among the ranks of the world’s best Grand Tourers, whether it was because of popular knowledge that such a sporty vehicle seated every member of the Fab Four (arguable) or the specs of the vintage supercar, the car remained in McCartney’s possession until 1979.

Provenance of the 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe according to Bonhams

Lamborghini’s first production car, the Touring-styled 350GT, debuted at the 1963 Turin Motor Show. The work of two of Italy’s most illustrious automobile designers, the Lamborghini 350GT featured a glorious 3.5-litre, four-cam V12 designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, housed in a chassis penned by engineer Gianpaolo Dallara, formerly with Ferrari and Maserati. This state-of-the-art engine produced 270 horsepower with a top speed in excess of 150mph.

The 350GT’s four camshafts and all-independent suspension meant that it upstaged the best that Ferrari offered at the time, but to compete with his Maranello rival, Lamborghini needed a larger model, a four-seater. To that end, Lamborghini conceived the 400GT 2+2 coupe and it was launched in 1966. Technically based on the 350GT, the 1967 Lamborghini coupe used an enlarged – to 3,929cc – V12. This 4.0-litre unit had first appeared in 1965, finding its way into a handful of late 350GTs, this interim model being known as the 400GT.

The 400GT 2+2 retained the overall, and highly acclaimed, looks of the 350GT while contriving to be slightly taller in the interests of increased rear-passenger headroom. Bodies were now steel (the 350GT’s had been aluminium) and the 400GT 2+2 had the twin headlights that had already been adopted in place of the oval originals, largely to meet the legal requirements in the United States. This 1967 Lamborghini 400GT with 4 seats featured 320 horsepower, a gain of 50 horses over its 2 seat predecessor, an impressive technical feat at the time.

Compared to Ferrari, Lamborghini’s relative youth in the automobile industry was soon a non issue when Autocar magazine voted the 400GT 2+2 coupe as ‘better than all the equivalent exotic and home-bred machinery in this glamorous corner of the fast-car market’, inducting this 1967 Lamborghini coupe into the annals of the world’s best Grand Tourers.

The relaxed manner of its long-legged performance was reckoned the finest quality of the Lamborghini, its V12 engine being judged to have the broadest range of smooth torque the testers had experienced.

Heritage of McCartney’s 1967 Lamborghini 400GT coupe

Following Paul McCartney,  a well known motoring connoisseur and collector took ownership and quite unfortunately, changed the 400GT coupe’s livery to its present wine red which has remained unchanged since. During this period of ownership it was always taxed and registered, thus, one can surmise based on the usage, the Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 once owned by Paul McCartney always remained properly maintained. According to the documentation, the gearbox was completely rebuilt in 1988 and the rear suspension in 1994, while Four new Borrani wheels were fitted in the 1980s. Such was the affection of the owner that when he sold the 400GT in 1989, he soon reacquired in 1996 after much bargaining. It eventually passed into present ownership in 2011 where the vintage Lamborghini 2+2 coupe has been stored in a climate-controlled environment within the Lamborghini dealership in Hong Kong since.

Interiors are dressed in beige pigskin upholstery which remains exceptional condition as its exterior. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry bills, period sales brochures, copy parts catalogue, an old-style logbook, and a copy of the old UK V5 registration document will accompany this Bonhams auction. It should be noted that should you wish to retain Paul McCartney’s old UK registration number, ‘SLF 406F’ will need to be re-applied if the buyer keeps the vintage Lamborghini coupe in the United Kingdom.

For more information: visit Bonhams auction

Lamborghini Supercars Will Soon Go Hybrid

The Detroit Motor Show that took place last week was easily one of the most important for the auto industry to debut new and future cars. Let’s take a look at what some of the supercar manufacturers have unveiled which has led the crowds to Detroit this year.

Perhaps, there’s no need to canvass harder and find out more which direction an automotive company is headed. There seem to be a relentless march towards electrification these days. All types of automakers who did not have an SUV in its model line-up, have already, or will soon be producing its own when comes to the range so as to keep up in that part of the industry.

Luxury and supercar brands, such as Ferrari has confirmed that it will soon have its first-ever SUV by late 2019 or 2020, McLaren is already testing electric-only prototypes, Lamborghini has already taken on their SUV rivals with the premiere of the brand’s SUV Urus and the all-new Alfa Romeo SUV will be bringing electrification to the brand, Bentley will be launching its first-ever electrified model in the shape of the Bentayga PHEV and the new Jaguar XJ could debut this year with an all-electric platform.

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, both SUVs and crossovers were in the spotlight and the preferred choice for buyers due to a shift in consumer’s tastes for larger vehicles, and gasoline are offered at relatively low prices.

“They’re really riding what’s selling now,” said Randy Miller, global automotive and transportation leader at Ernst & Young, noting that profit margins on larger vehicles dwarf those of smaller vehicles.

When looking at car buying patterns among the luxury market brands, the only premium car maker that bucked the trend was Porsche. It too reported that 5,555 cars were sold, making it the best ever monthly sales figure achieved in the US. There were huge demands for sportscars; Porsche 911, 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster had driven a new US sales record. “Our two-door sports cars showed impressive double-digit growth versus last year,” said Porsche North America’s CEO Klaus Zellmer.

Image courtesy of Newspress/Lamborghini

Lamborghini considering hybridisation of next Aventador

The most anticipated offering for the luxury car brands will most probably be electrification cars which the industry is also going to figure in future plans. Lamborghini has already gone down the SUV track, and the next big thing on the Italian supercar manufacturer’s list of things to do that look pretty significant appears to be “hybridisation”, possibly with a future version of the legendary Aventador.

Speaking at Motor Authority at the Detroit Auto Show last week, Lamborghini’s head of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani said: “We must decide what will be the future of the super sports car in terms of electric contribution.”

According to AFP Relax News, it reported that “Some may assume the problem with developing an electrified powertrain for a car like the Aventador would be getting the kind of performance required for such a model, but the likes of the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 have shown performance isn’t an issue for hybrid supercars.”

Like the Terzo Millennio, which Lamborghini has envisioned the car to be the electric supercar of the future, shares a similar problem – the weight of batteries, which is a particular problem for the Aventador as it already weighs in at a whopping 1,853 kg. Mentioned the source, “In fact, weight is already such an issue with the Aventador that even a dual-clutch gearbox, which would seem like a must-have for a next-generation Aventador, isn’t going to be approved until it justifies the extra weight it brings over the present single-clutch unit.

Image courtesy of Newspress/Lamborghini

“The Aventador already uses lightweight carbon fiber for its bodywork, so the developers can’t drop a whole load of weight by changing what the car is made from.

“Even so, it’s really just a matter of when rather than if hybridisation comes to Lamborghini, and it’s much the same story with turbocharging. The Urus will almost certainly be getting a hybrid powertrain soon, and a next-generation Huracan is likely to go hybrid in 2022. As Euro 6 emissions aren’t getting less stringent anytime soon, it’s only a matter of time before the Lamborghini flagship has to adopt at least some level of electrification.”

Visit the official website of Lamborghini to view the latest car models.

Lamborghini Urus: World’s first super SUV

Lamborghini Urus: World’s first super SUV

Twenty-five years later, Lamborghini taps into the SUV market and introduces what the brand calls it the “World’s first super SUV”, made to be the best value-for-money model in the company’s current lineup. Despite the demand “for all things SUV”, Lamborghini has no plan of “breaking into this lucrative market at the very highest end”, however, it “wants to own it”.

Since the launch of LM 002 built for military purpose, which is fuel-saving and powered by a V12 engine that propelled the Countach, about 328 examples of these were sold throughout the seven-year lifespan.

By bringing the Urus SUV into the market, it “promises to be a true Lamborghini, in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments,” said Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The Lamborghini Urus took reference from the the infusion of Lamborghini DNA and transformed it into a versatile SUV. And if the car can attract SUV drivers by living up to its looks and specifications, it could very well make a great hit in terms of sales in the SUV market.

“[It] fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high performance car.” – Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Main highlights of the Urus SUV

The Urus is powered by a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine outputting a massive 650hp and 850Nm of torque, and traverse at a great speed up to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The four-door SUV has a four-wheel steering as standard that is comfortable and easy to manage, with sufficient luggage space and it is also built as a dedicated race model to withstand gravel sand or bouncing rocks.

However, the intelligent all-wheel drive system “promises to keep the car under control when the going gets tough”. If you are driving on challenging road conditions like the tarmac, the torque vectoring is meant to push power to the wheel when required the most.

Andrea Baldi, General Manager of Lamborghini Asia Pacific has this to share, “We’re extremely proud to showcase the Urus for the first time in Singapore, followed by other Asian markets.”

He added that “Singapore is one of the key markets for us and the debut reinforces Lamborghini’s long-term commitment here. The Urus is expected to drive significant sales volume in 2018. Feedback from our customers has been very positive and some have already placed orders for the first allocation of units in 2018.”

First customers in Singapore will receive the delivery of the Urus in Spring 2018, at the suggested retail price of S$798,000 (with COE excluded).

For more information about Lamborghini, please visit the site here.

Lamborghini’s Electric Car

Lamborghini’s Electric Car

Lamborghini in partnership with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has released the Terzo Millennio car concept, a third millennium sports-car, which operates on electricity instead of gasoline. With Terzo Millennio, the model car is the most important car to be launched as a fully electric car and as an embodiment of everything the brand stands for: Energy, Innovation in Materials, Powertrain and Vehicle Architecture, Sound and Emotion.

To make the most out of the benefits offered by electrification, the accumulation system is made to be power-oriented and symmetrical. Since today’s batteries are not enough and taking the plunge to innovate is needed: Lamborghini aims to develop an innovative super capacitor that is able to close the gap with conventional batteries in terms of energy density, preserving an outstanding power density.

Innovation in Materials: focus on performance, recovering potential energy loss and conduct its own health-monitoring

According to Lamborghini, it has two targets to achieve: first, to “reduce weight and to increase the availability of electric energy using structural electric energy storing composites as a rechargeable battery.” Thus, there’s a need to improve the nano material technology to “diffuse nano-charges in CFK-based panels able to store electric energy and in the meantime to form the body and structures of the car.”

Second, with the combined technology to monitor the whole carbon fiber structure and to provide for the Terzo Millennio the ability to conduct its own health-monitoring. This includes “detecting cracks and damages throughout its substructure, while limiting or reducing to zero the risks correlated to the presence and propagation of cracks in the carbon fiber structure.”

In terms of packaging, the Terzo Millennio enhanced its aerodynamics and subtract composite structural materials to improve the weight-to-ratio distribution of the chassis, and closer focus on performance for a much greater torque and agility. The new model, which is the car’s first to discard a 12-cylinder engine block and added an accumulation system to recover potential loss and maximise power and performance when needed.

Also, Terzo Millennio is constructed to be shorter, lower and with the mechanical all-wheel drive system of the Lamborghini to cope with the immense power at every tap. Each wheel has its own independent electric motor with the ability to find grip or to stop spins and skids, making driving off-track safer.

Pope Puts Lamborghini for Auction and Settles for Other means of Transportation

Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis signing a Lamborghini Huracan | Image courtesy of OSSERVATORE ROMANO / AFP

“Pope” and the specially-designed “automobile” seems like a brilliant idea for Pope Francis to make his pastoral trips and public appearances within the grounds and outside of the Vatican in a Pope-mobile.

There have also been questions as to whether the Pope had any special papal plane or special cars to make short trips. Other than the important features imbued in the Pope-mobile, aimed to provide optimal security, there has been no specific Vatican plane or car designated for the Pope.

Lately the Holy See has announced that French automaker Renault gifted His Holiness an electric car, called “white pope-carrier” to shuttle between places outside the Vatican and his summer home of Castel Gandolfo. The new pope-carrier was even custom-made to bear the pontifical crest of arms on its side.

Prior to that, when Lamborghini presented the Pontiff a Huracan sports car, said to worth around 200,000 euros ($237,000), it has brought about much hype on the internet. As Lamborghini is a bespoke luxury- and sports- car maker, the special edition of the pope-mobile was custom-designed to pair with the Pontiff’s white stole, making this one-off car model a precious gift from the automaker to the Pope.

The Huracan sports car is bespoke, featuring 610 metric horsepower with breath-taking V10 engine under its hood, offset by the gold-rimmed wing mirrors and wheels and gold-stripes running across the centre part of the exterior, completed in white finish.

Historically, the Popes have been moving around on a ceremonial “red silk-covered throne” which was carried on shoulders. Until the 20th century, the “red silk-covered throne” swapped to pope-mobile. “From 1930, the Popes have been using Mercedes-Benz vehicles when travelling and the car bears the license plate SCV1 (Vatican City 1),” according to the Vatican.

But for the Pontiff, it’s all about modesty over pomp.

This is not the first time he had received a high-speed gift; in 2014 he was presented a Harley Davidson motorbike and jacket, both of which he auctioned off to raise funds for charity. The motorbike was expected to fetch a sales price between $16,400 and $20,500 at Paris’ Grand Palais.

News reports also stated that “the famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses.” Instead of taking a limousine on the day after his election in 2013, the Pontiff opted to ride on the bus, and he did so even on a regular basis in his homeland Argentina instead of hailing taxis.

And so, it is the same for the high-speed Huracan sports car.

Image courtesy of Lamborghini / INSTAGRAM

The Pope penned his signature on its gleaming bonnet before sending it to Sotheby to put it up for auction to raise money in four charitable projects. Some of the money will channel towards rebuilding the homes and churches in Iraq, some will go to help sex trafficking victims as well as support vulnerable women and children in Africa.

Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Squadra Corse: Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

The Lamborghini Roger Dubuis Aventador S bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways comes in 88 limited editions

The Lamborghini Roger Dubuis Aventador S bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways comes in 88 limited editions

Between the cross-junctions of engineering and precision timing, motorsports (well, literally all competitions which involve speed) and watchmaking have long held a synergistic relationship; thus the collaboration between Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse and the birth of the new 88 (+8) piece limited edition of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is no mere happenstance.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition: Developed with Lamborghini

Super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

Super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

Stemming from a shared focus on aesthetics in their respective R&D driven approaches, Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse Excalibur Aventador S combines the respective design skills of Manufacture Roger Dubuis and the legendary Centro Stile R&D department of Lamborghini into a limited edition Excalibur watch which combines high horology with high material technology including multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon, same technology as that used for
Lamborghini super cars.

“Like Lamborghini, we deliver ‘engines’ distinguished by their extreme quality and cutting edge performance. But like the owners of such exceptional Italian hypercars, our customers are above all interested in standout aesthetics that ensure instant recognition matched by ultra exclusivity and rarity. Combining our in-house talents to deliver exceptional timepieces and unique experiential value naturally implies shifting into high gear, our favourite mode of operation.” – Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué

In terms of styling, the challenge in creating a sophisticated, sporty aesthetic fell to Roger Dubuis engineers and designers to jointly create a power control display in the middle of the watch face and calibre, much like the central signature of your regular (if such a pedestrian term was appropriate) super sports car.

Excalibur Aventador S Wristshot

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is indeed driven by an outstanding ‘engine’ in the shape of the specially developed Duotor calibre – this Lamborghini-exclusive Roger Dubuis movement embodies an ongoing evolution of the Maison’s expertise and budding relationship with super automobile manufacturer; tying the relational aesthetics of the Limited Edition Excalibur Aventador S with the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo beginning with the signature engine strut bars by revisiting the architecture of the iconic Roger Dubuis Astral Skeleton and incorporating the exposed “engine module” but essentially the power reserve indicator of the RD103SQ calibre with Skeleton double sprung balances in homage to the V10 5.2 litre naturally aspirated 620 hp of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.

In terms of functionality, the new Excalibur Aventador S is no mere three hand time-only timepiece. The latest Aventador S comes with not just the eye-catching power reserve indicator but also a nifty “jumping seconds” or dead seconds complication which served as a progenitor for chronographs in terms of “to-the-second” timing precision.

RD103 duotor calibre lamborghini

Recalling the performance-enhancing longitudinal placement of Lamborghini engines tailored to the design of the sleek, streamlined cars, the double balance wheel is inclined at a similar angle, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies.

The mew Excalibur Aventador S is available in two limited edition interpretations epitomising the “Dare to be rare” concept: An 88 piece collection bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways while a remaining, super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition Price & Specs

Case 45mm Skeletonized Excalibur multi-layers carbon with titanium container overmolded with rubber, water resistant to 50m
Dial Skeleton dial with rhodium plated, black and yellow or orange flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous Superluminova
Movement RD103SQ Caliber: Skeleton double sprung balances
Strap Bi material strap with black rubber base and black rubber-tech inlay and matching stitching
Price For the 88 piece Aventador S EX613 with yellow accents US$185,000, and the 8 piece Aventador S EX624 with orange accents is priced US$205,000

 

Spot Lamborghini Huracan Rear Wheel Drive Coupe at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

The folks over at Singapore Rendezvous 2017 just gave LUXUO the head’s up that the new Lamborghini Huracan Rear Wheel Drive Coupe will be showcased at Singapore’s premier luxury lifestyle event. According to Lamborghini Singapore, the new Huracán RWD Coupé will provide the most exhilarating driving experience possible thanks to newly developed technology which will give you full control of your car, turning a regular drive into a natural endorphin-releasing experience.

Lamborghini Huracan Rear Wheel Drive Coupe at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

When launched, the original Lamborghini Huracan powertrain was designed as an all-wheel drive, today, Lamborghini’s most affordable super car has been made even more affordable thanks to the latest RWD or Rear-Wheel Drive coupe variant of the Lamborghini Huracan. Have no fear, none of the heritage nor potent legacy of the Huracan has been lost, returning is the same 5.2-liter V-10 set within a  rigid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis for some of the most exciting rear-wheel-driving of all time – the result of the new Lamborghini Huracan Rear Wheel Drive Coupe strikes the perfect balance between agility, steering response and drivability with less two wheels driven.

The Lamborghini Huracan RWD coupe is a high tech, thoroughly modern super car turned into a relatable driving experience – in short,  a super sports car which happens to be really fun to drive thanks to the development of Lamborghini’s Adaptive Network Intelligence MAnagement or ANIMA system, which allows you to adjust the performance characteristics of the Huracán RWD Coupé to your driving needs.

New Huracan RWD coupe: ANIMA Explained and the Driving Experience

The new Huracan RWD coupe’s Adaptive Network Intelligence MAnagement or ANIMA system comes with three pre-set modes: SPORT – for enhanced oversteering behaviour if your looking for some thrills during an otherwise routine drive. CORSA – for true race driving as you push the Lamborghini RWD coupe for maximum performance. Finally, there’s STRADA, a mode of driving for the latest Huracan RWD best suited for comfortable driving with maximum grip for simple travels and commutes.

Beyond the Huracan RWD coupe’s ANIMA system, you have the raw engineered power and acceleration of a longitudinal mid-mount naturally aspirated V-10 engine, where you can take advantage of other technologies such as the Lamborghini Double Clutch (Lamborghini Doppia Frizione – LDF) transmission and rear wheel drive, which you can use to create the exhilarating drive you desire and do so in a way which keeps you as safe as possible thanks to the new EPS system. EPS or electromechanical power steering is Lamborghini’s way of giving you the same finesse and control of the Huracan Rear Wheel Drive coupe at low speeds as you do at higher speeds and thus adaptable to a wide variety of driving conditions. An optional add-on is also available in the form of an innovative Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) system dynamically varies the steering ratio so you always have the ideal steering response for all driving conditions.

Featuring new front and rear bumpers, exhaust pipes, rear grills and 19″ Kari rims, Lamborghini’s latest Huracan is more aggressive than ever. Every line and detail was designed for not just taking the driver’s metaphorical breath away but also literal re-direction of wind across the Lamborghini’s plane surfaces for performance aerodynamics.

Beneath the surface, the latest Huracan Rear Wheel Drive coupe enjoys a chassis of carbon fiber and aluminum: adding to the incredible characteristics which contribute to the driving experience thanks to the lightweight chassis matched by incredible torsional stiffness.

Furthermore, the double wishbone architecture of the latest Huracan Spyder suspension system offers the perfect balance between day-to-day convenience and sports performance.
In addition, an optional magnetorheological shock absorber system is available, designed to adjust the damping effect almost instantaneously on the basis of three factors: driving style, road conditions, and the selected driving mode.

 

Lamborghini Huracan Rear Wheel Drive Coupe Technical Specs

Engine V10 90°, MPI (Multi Point Injection)+ DSI (Direct Stratified Injection)
Max Power 580 CV (426 kW) @ 8.000 rpmv
Max Torque 540 Nm (398 lb.-ft.) @ 6.500 rpm
Power to Weight Ratio 2,39 kg/CV (5.28 lb/CV)
Transmission Rear wheel drive system with rear mechanical self-locking differential
Acceleration 0 to 100 kmh 3.4 s
Max Speed 320 km/h (198 mph)

 

 

Lamborghini Centenario makes a stunning debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

The Lamborghini Centenario has made its public dynamic debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 28. First unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the limited-edition supercar was made in honour of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday.

Eager enthusiasts at the annual motorsports festival bore witness to the stunning sports car in all its locomotive glory: powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine, the Lamborghini Centenario boasts a 770-horsepower that allows it to accelerate easily to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 2.8 seconds. Built with a body and monocoque entirely of carbon fibre, the supercar features an extending rear wing that keeps it to the road as it races to speeds of up to an impressive 350 km/h (217 mph).

All 20 models of the €1.75 million coupé, as well as 20 Centenario convertibles, have been sold out. Deliveries to customers worldwide are already underway, and US customers can expect theirs to arrive sometime this year.

The Lamborghini Huracán Performante was also showcased for its first public debut in the UK. Launched earlier this year, the Hurcán Performante is the proud record holder of a 6:52.01 minute lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The limelight was also shared with the Lamborghini Aventador S. The stellar coupé was marked by exciting new features — think rear-wheel steering — and an improved performance thanks to an updated aerodynamic design, redeveloped chassis and suspension and an increased 740-horsepower.

All three Lamborghini cars come with a naturally-aspirated V12 engine and can be customised through its Ad Personam program to cater to the personal tastes of each customer. The program was created keeping in mind founder Ferruccio’s vision of personalization to grant customers an extra special touch to their limited-edition coupés.

Top 5 fastest production cars: From the Lamborghini to Porsche, which cars boast speed around the lap?

We’re all astonished by the recent smashing of the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. This amazing lap time means that Lamborghini now holds the title for the fastest performance car, shaking up the circuit’s all-time leader board in the process. So with that in mind, this is how the all-time top five fastest production cars look with Lamborghini newly installed at the summit.

1. Lamborghini Huracán Performante: six minutes, 52.01 seconds

Although the car is expected to be much lighter and have a more aggressive aerodynamics package, we won’t know exactly how the latest Huracán achieved this phenomenal time. To put it into perspective, only five cars in history (two of which were single-seat, open top road-legal racecars) have ever achieved a sub-seven-minute lap of the 20.6km circuit.

2. Porsche 918 Spyder: six minutes, 57.0 seconds

When the hybrid hypercar set its time in 2013 it was the first proper car to complete the course in less than seven minutes and, considering the technological complexity of the Porsche — electric motors filling in for turbo-lag, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering — many believed that the time would never be beaten

3. Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce: six minutes, 59.73 seconds

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Proving that a normally aspirated V12 engine sitting in a carbon fiber frame can still cut it with the best of cutting-edge automotive tech, the company’s then flagship model was driven to a sub-seven-minute time by Marco Mapelli who, incidentally was also behind the wheel of the Huracán for its record-braking lap.

4. NextEV Nio EP9: seven minutes, 5.12 seconds

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When the Nio EP9 set its time in 2016 it became the world’s fastest electric supercar. In recent weeks the company has also set a record for the fastest ever lap of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Race in Texas as a piloted car and as a driverless car.

5. Nissan GT-R Nismo: seven minutes, 8.68 seconds

The most affordable car on the list, Godzilla, as it’s nicknamed, may only have a twin-turbo V6 engine but it also has four-wheel drive and a host of cutting-edge technological driver aids to ensure that no matter how hard it’s pushed, it never comes unstuck. This time was set in 2015 in what is now the outgoing model and Nissan is expected to head back to the track this year to ensure the new version picks up where this one left off. But will its techicians be able to shave 12 seconds off its lap time?

Honorable mentions

The Mercedes-AMG GT-R: It comes in sixth place but, with a time of seven minutes, 10.92 seconds, set in January, it can claim to be the world’s fastest rear-wheel-drive car.

Radical SR8LM: If lap times are all that’s important, nothing has ever bettered the six-minute, 48-second lap set by this little racing car in 2009. However, that turn of speed will mean making a host of sacrifices such as living without doors, a passenger seat, storage space or even a roof.

New supercar launch in Singapore: Lamborghini Aventador S boasts more power and improved technology by the Italian luxury car maker

© Lamborghini Singapore

Long known as one of Lamborghini’s speediest steeds, the Aventador series is now six years old. With increased power and a rehashed tech interface, the Aventador makes a comeback with the Lamborghini Aventador S. This new model of the Aventador sure does make a statement with its debut. As the next generation of the V12 Lamborghini flagship, the new design features a sleeker, more aerodynamic performance. The supercar manufacturers, promising an exquisite ride, dub the new additions to this the “Four Masterpieces”.

The first of these masterpieces is the Four Wheel steering, that is seen for the first time on a series production by the luxury car maker. The result is an enhanced lateral control. For those who may not be familiar with this, it means that the supercar is agile at low and medium speeds and is also more stable at high speeds. With the Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) combined with the front axle and the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering (LRS) on the rear axle, the supercar is able to boast a five millisecond reaction time to the steering movements, ensuring it to be easy to manoeuvre at both low and high speeds.

The next features include a four-wheel drive and a function that allows the driver to choose between four driving modes: the STRADA (comfort and daily use), SPORT (rear-wheel drive), CORSA (maximum track performance) and EGO to be exact. The last option provides additional and individual set-up profiles, customizable by the driver. Here, you can experiment with all four different modes, finding the one that is most suitable to your tastes. With all driving modes recalibrated in the Aventador S, ESC integration is improved.

Active suspension on all four wheels wraps up the list of ‘masterpieces’ brought by Lamborghini. A real-time variable damping system reduces caster and load on the car, maximizing balance and ground stiffness, coupled by new rear springs that contribute to the car’s balance.

© Lamborghini Singapore

Though it has inherited the V12’s engine, the Aventador S has a 40hp hold over its predecessor at a stunning 740hp. With maximum engine revs of up to a whopping 8,500rpm and a top speed of 350km/h, the Aventador S embodies unprecedented driving dynamics. The Aventador S rests on a specially developed set of Pirelli P Zero tires, specifically designed to respond to the dynamic behaviour induced by the LRS. Not to mention, the interior specifications of the Aventador S are completely customisable thanks to Lamborghini’s Personam customisation program.

“This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”

The Lamborghini Aventador S is priced at SGD$1,628,000 excluding COE and options. Reservations for the Aventador S can be placed with Eurosports Auto, the authorised dealer in Singapore.

Luxury car auctions: Classic car collectors favour modern day editions from Mercedes, Ferrari and Aston Martin

The collectible classic car industry has long been one that gets your heart pumping. With the prospect of collecting an item so elusive you’re one of the few ‘lucky ones’ to obtain, classic car connoisseurs are known for their deep passion in the industry. Despite talk of bubbles, and of Ferrari fatigue, the classic car market is in extremely good health as 2016 becomes 2017. Yet, we ask ourselves what makes a car collectible? The very definition of what makes a car collectable or desirable is changing faster than a classic Ferrari’s 0-100km/h time.

On the whole the market has remained very strong,” begins RM Sotheby’s Peter Haynes. “Probably the thing that came out of 2016 most clearly is a shift towards what the industry is calling the modern classic.” By modern, Haynes says that interest in automotive exotica from the late 80s and 90s is now huge. “It’s really hard to account for this change unless what we’re seeing is the beginning of a sustained shift in the market — the passing of one generation and a new generation of buyers coming in,” he says.

As a rule, collectors that buy with their heart rather than as an alternative to a hedge fund, will be drawn to those cars that have a personal, emotional significance.

“People are buying the cars they want to buy,” explains Robert Johnson, director of Classic and Sports Finance, a company that helps collectors track down and pay for exotic cars, whether at auction or through dealers. “It’s a case of what do I really want? What do I aspire to and what was on my bedroom wall as a kid?”

And in the 80s and 90s, bedroom walls were covered in pictures of the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 959 and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Over the past 12 months, prices for all of these models, and their successors have started climbing. At the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale on February 7, a 1988 Porsche 959 Sport went for a world record €1.96 million, but a 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet attracted a winning bid of €1.34 million.

And the auction houses are now changing the mix of lots on offer to cater for this changing taste. “A few years ago, it was very rare to find an auction house selling a new car,” points out Haynes.

Yet at this year’s Paris sale, some of the biggest lots were also the newest. A 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series went for €470,000, a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO for €450,000, a 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato fetched €750,400 and a 2016 Porsche 911R went for €515,200. These prices point to a second growing trend in the collector car space. The investors that would normally be buying up mid-1960s Ferraris are now looking to rare modern cars instead.

“A lot of people are now sniffing these cars out rather than going to classic car auctions,” points out Haynes. And at the moment there is no shortage of choice. McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini have all unveiled extremely rare, extremely expensive models over the past 12 months, from the Ferrari J50, to the aforementioned Porsche 911 R and the Lamborghini Centenario.

But in each case, the entire run has sold out before the first example has been built. “People are going to start clambering over each other to buy them,” says Haynes, who believes the cars will be stored for resale and never driven.

However, it could also be good news for everyone else. Some of the most desirable traditional classics, could soon be within more collectors’ reach. A 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal sold for just €78,400 at the Paris sale, a Maserati Bora for just €179,200 and a 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT L Series for €448,000 — that’s less than a 2016 Porsche or a 2012 Aston Martin.

Lamborghini Aventador S: Price, specs and availability for the new and upgraded super sports car

With new aerodynamic lines, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics, the Lamborghini Aventador S has been created to set a new benchmark for super sports cars.

The new iconic design of the exterior — with a more aggressive nose and longer front splitter in front and a black diffuser and vertical fins in the rear — focuses on aerodynamic performance. Inside the sports car offers a new four-wheel steering system, significantly enhanced suspension and electronics, and a more powerful V12 engine, outputting 740 hp and enabling acceleration from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h.

Customizable driving modes also allow the driver to select between four different choices — STRADA, SPORT, CORSA and the new EGO mode option, which provides several additional profiles that can be customized with the driver’s preferred traction, steering and suspension settings and saved within the STRADA, SPORT and CORSA modes.

AppleCarPlay is available as standard, allowing the driver and passengers to manage voice-activated communications and entertainment from their own personal Apple devices.

The Lamborghini Aventador S will be available from spring 2017 at a suggested retail price of $421,350 / €281,555.

 

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Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder: Pure Thrill

The newest member of Lamborghini’s club of supercars is the Lamborghini Huracán RWD (rear-wheel drive) Spyder, a supercar that is nonsensical in the best way.

The Huracán RWD Spyder, which made its debut at the LA Auto Show, boasts 572bhp going exclusively to the rear wheels, with a roof that goes up and down.

Rear-wheel drive is hardly the norm at Lamborghini, which has been mostly equipped with all-wheel drive (since Volkswagen took over the company). All-wheel drive wasn’t necessarily a bad decision because Lamborghini has been breaking sales records since then.

The choice of all-wheel drive adds 100% more traction, along with cutting-edge stability systems which made faster cars (every Lamborghini supercar goes beyond 200mph) while maintaining the driver’s safety. Some fans might bemoan the lack of pure fun though, which rear-wheel drive certainly supplies.

To satisfy its adrenaline-seeking fans, rear-wheel-drive-only set-up was designed for several Lamborghini supercars, starting with the 2009 Gallardo Balboni, to the compact V10.

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Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder © Automobili Lamborghini

But the Huracán RWD Spyder is more than just rear-wheel-drive. It also sports a drop top. You know, the bit that goes up and down.

“This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road,” said chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali. “It offers the lifestyle appeal of open-air motoring with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive engineering.”

Indeed, detaching the drivetrain from the front wheels offers the purist the tail-out Lamborghini experience of old and also saves over 30kg in weight.

However, to ensure that the corners of drivers’ mouths stay pointing up rather than down, power from that V10 has been dialed down from 600 to 572bhp.

To further avoid public embarrassment, the external aerodynamics have been tweaked to keep the nose planted to the ground at higher speeds, a new set of tires have been developed, and the steering has been recalibrated.

But even with these extra safety-focused features, the new Lamborghini will be able to go from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and beyond 200mph (320km/h) flat out.

Are Intelligent Lamborghini Supercars on the Way?

Are Intelligent Lamborghini Supercars on the Way?

Lamborghini has signed an agreement with the Italian branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the ultimate aim of defining the sportscar of the future.

People that know their automotive history will know how much the comparatively tiny Sant’Agate Bolognese company has already shaped the development of the motorcar.

Its first creation, the 350GT (unveiled in 1963) proved that a car could be both a genuine sportscar and a genuine GT and the Miura, which came three years later, became the blueprint for the supercar that is still followed religiously today – stunning low-slung looks, two seats, a V12 engine in the middle and power to the rear wheels.

And through this new partnership, Lamborghini wants to continue to have the same impact as the concept of the car itself begins to change at its fastest rate since Karl Benz submitted his first patent back in 1886.

“We want people to think of us more and more as a trendsetter in the super luxury and sports car segment,” said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “MIT has always been a pioneer in innovation and we are proud to have signed this general agreement with such an illustrious institution, which will lead to the study of issues of mutual interest relating to the super sports car for the 3rd millennium.”

Such an agreement might seem to go against the philosophy of a company that has a reputation for doing things its own way, often regardless of prevailing trends. For example, it is the only established super sports car company in the world without some form of hybrid powertrain in its range. It won’t even consider turbocharging as a means of upping power while reducing the amount of fuel burned for fear of diluting the driving experience.

But one of the secrets of Lamborghini’s endurance (despite several near business death experiences) is that its best cars have been produced by its youngest employees. The team that developed the Miura were all in their 20s.

When seen in those terms, the reasoning behind tapping the resources, intelligence and youthful vigor of MIT becomes clear.

“MIT-Italy is a two-way bridge linking MIT and Outstanding Names in Italian Industry. It is hard for us to imagine a better partner than Lamborghini, and we are looking forward to the projects that this partnership will help us develop,” said Serenella Sferza, Co-director of MIT-Italy Program.