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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.

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lamborghini Joins Supercar Lineup

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lamborghini Supercar Lineup

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS is gearing up to be a supercar haven from October 20 to 23 with an impressive lineup that will be parked on the lawn. Fans of Lamborghini will be able to see two of the brands creations out on the lawn at Raffles Marina, overlooking the luxury yachts that will be on display.

One of the supercars is be the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder. Boasting a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine packing 610 horsepower, the supercar is able to hit a top speed of 324 km/h. The design of the car is best described as a combination of the brand’s “innovation, performance and appeal of the Huracán coupé.” Well you could just take a look below, or better yet, drop by yourself to the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lamborghini Joins Supercar Lineup

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder

The second supercar from Lamborghini’s range calling the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS home, is none other than the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (main picture). Packing 700 horses and a top speed of 350 km/h, the Aventador is a lightweight creation that provides high-revving pleasure with low-end torque.

With this much in store during the fun filled weekend, it would be a shame to give the event a miss. To purchase your tickets for the highly anticipated luxury lifestyle event, visit SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

To mark coachbuilder Touring Superleggera’s 90th anniversary, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (the Italian National Motor Museum or ‘MAUTO’) in Turin is hosting a retrospective exhibition of the Milanese car design and coachbuilder’s work. When the show opened to the public over the weekend, the work shown was in the form of 11 of the company’s greatest automotive creations. These ranged from the 1930s to the present day alongside sketches, design blueprints, photos and video footage.

“There is no better venue to celebrate our first 90 years than MAUTO. Not only is it the most important national car museum in Italy, but Turin was the cradle and the industrial heart of the Italian car industry,” said Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring Superleggera.

Mancardi has been overseeing the company’s fortunes since it turned its attentions from designing mass-production models – Touring’s last production car design commission was the quixotic Jensen Interceptor – to creating truly bespoke commissions for the most demanding of car collecting clients and creating cutting-edge concepts for the likes of Mini and Maserati.

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The Jensen Interceptor R. © Jensen International Automotive

But times and technological processes have changed over the automobile’s first 130 years, with design and development moving in-house. What the exhibition, co-curated with MAUTO itself, aims to show, is how much influence a single coachbuilder has had on the appearance of cars over that 130 years, particularly those of Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati.

“MAUTO is pleased with having participated in the development of this exhibition which, following the museum’s guidelines and applying a tutorial approach, develops the theme of creativity and its evolution in car design,” said MAUTO’s director, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi.

The very first Lamborghini, the 1963 350 GT was a Touring design, as was the Aston Martin DB5, the most iconic British car in history, thanks to James Bond. Between 1948 and 1953 the firm designed five Ferraris, and undertook most of the marque’s production including for the 166 MM Barchetta, the vehicle that in 1949 laid the foundation on which the Ferrari legend was built (pictured top).

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1963 Lamborghini 350GT. © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

And all of these iconic cars will be present as part of the exhibition, as will a 1956 Maserati 3500 GT, a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport and a 1939 BMW 328 Berlinetta Aerodinamica Touring.

“We chose to showcase Touring Superleggera’s design progress through a series of cars which we feel best represent our capability in adapting to the evolution of the automobile industry in rolling chassis, materials and production techniques, often allowing us to dictate new styles and trends ahead of their times,” said Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design.

And that’s why the final elements of the show will consist of the company’s latest designs including the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring which has been turning heads and emptying wallets since making its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

“Touring Superleggera: Ninety Years of Forward-Looking Elegance” runs until November 20 at MAUTO, Turin, Italy. More images of the iconic Touring Superleggera cars follow below:

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5. © Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport ‘Villa d’Este’ © Touring Superleggera

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante By Touring. © Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera srl

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

BMW 328 Berlinetta Aerodinamica Touring from 1939. © Touring Superleggera

Ford GT

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

When we think about supercars – and hypercars too of course – the names that come to mind are typically European, with the notable exception of the Ford GT. You know the names of course – Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin and McLaren. The news that the Saleen S7 is rolling back into extremely limited production after nearly a decade reminds us though that American automakers have indeed made valuable contributions to the world of supercars.

That Saleen S7 may just be able to lay claim to the title of the first true American mid-engine supercar but that is just a technicality. Despite a penchant for muscle over handling finesse, the Saleen is just the latest in a long line of supercars with an American helping hand.

1971 DeTomaso Pantera © by Sicnag Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1971 DeTomaso Pantera © by Sicnag Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The DeTomaso Pantera

It may have been built in Italy but it was designed by an American – Tom Tjaarda – and used American horsepower in the shape of the Ford V8 block. What’s more it was imported directly into the US by Ford who sold it at its Mercury dealerships and ironed out all of the issues that plagued all Italian built cars of the era. As a result of Ford’s direct involvement, within three years of production, the Pantera was a genuinely good car capable of challenging the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini on the track and on the road.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

The 1993 Lamborghini Diablo VT

Lamborghini Diablo

Another Italian supercar, this one was built while Lamborghini was owned by Chrysler. It was the first raging bull-badged vehicle to surpass the 200mph barrier and in its second iteration the first to get all-wheel drive to cope with those ferocious levels of power. Chrysler sold Lamborghini in 1994, but not before the two companies had worked together to create the phenomenal V10 engine that would power the Dodge Viper.

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Ford GT

Unlike the car that inspired it – the original GT40, this car was built from the start to be a road-going supercar. However, one thing remained constant, it had to surpass the benchmark set by Ferrari and that it did thanks to a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that delivered 550hp, a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and 205mph top speed. The result was a faster lap time than a Ferrari 350 Modena.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

A 2006 SSC Ultimate Aero

The SCC Ultimate Aero

This car – that no one outside the US had ever heard of – made global headlines in 2007 when it briefly beat the Bugatti Veyron to become the world’s fastest production car, setting a Guinness-verified 256.14mph. It managed this thanks to a twin-turbocharged Chevy V8 sitting in its middle but stealing Bugatti’s record simply made the VW-owned firm go back to the drawing board and return with the SuperSport, which took the record back. All versions of the Ultimate Aero went out of production in 2013.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

The Hennessey Venom GT

No list of US performance cars would be complete without the Venom which uses the nose and doors from a Lotus (to meet crash testing regulations) but everything else is 100% American mechanical know-how. Its twin turbo V8 in its latest state of tune is capable of outputting 1415hp and the Spyder version is currently the world’s fastest open top street legal car, having set a top speed of 265.6mph

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Salon Privé Celebrates Lamborghini Extravaganza

This year’s Salon Privé looks set to be a Lamborghini extravaganza. Held from 1 – 3 September, the most exclusive automotive garden party in UK will celebrate some of the Raging Bull’s most outrageous modern and vintage cars over the years, with more than 65 of the world’s best classic cars and 20 exceptional motorcycles on display at the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England.

Overseen by classic car expert Max Girardo and Le Mans legend Derek Bell MBE, who will also serve as master of ceremonies and chief judge respectively, the Concours D’Elegance event is hyped to be one of the best in 11 years. “It’s a genuine honor to be asked to present the concours cars on judging day, particularly given the exceptional quality on display,” said Girardo. “Cars like the Villa d’Este-winning Maserati A6 GCS and the Ferrari 500 TR Spyder are amongst the finest cars to be shown anywhere in the world.”

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage

You can expect to experience some of the finest examples of Lamborghinis. Besides coach-built pre-War classics and European grand tourers from the 1950s to 70s, the show will also have a category specifically for perfect examples of the Miura, as the original supercar celebrates 50 illustrious years. The show will also debut the Lamborghini Centenario (main image) for the first time in the UK. The special edition hypercar is a tribute to the company founder Ferruccio’s centenary, and only 20 examples of this car were produced, all of which have already found homes.

“It perfectly reflects Ferruccio Lamborghini’s passion for high performance without compromise,” said event organizer David Bagley. “We’re immensely proud to premiere such an important car at Salon Privé this year.”

Koenigsegg Agera RS

The Koenigsegg Agera RS

As with Pebble Beach, Salon Privé will also serve as an automotive retrospective, while featuring brand new cars and concepts. Modern cars such as the Bristol Bullet, Koenigsegg Agera RS and Morgan UK 1909 Edition EV3 will make either their global or European debut at the show. To end the three-day affair with a bang, 68 classic and collector cars are set for auction at a Silverstone Auctions event. Besides a 1968 Shelby GT500 and 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster (with delivery mileage only), the auction will also see the best right-hand-drive example of the Citroen DS in existence (or so they claim).

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5 Luxury Concept Cars Dominate Pebble Beach

At Pebble Beach this year, there was an impressive display of classic and concept cars that would have kept motoring enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. The Concours d’Elegance was an opportunity to showcase luxury concept cars and limited edition automobiles to the public, and boy did automakers pull out all the stops. We take a look at five of the most impressive luxury concept cars that caught our attention.

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Clocking in at 6-meters, this all-electric concept car is an awe-inducing spectacle from Mercedes, representing where it thinks the storied Maybach name fits into the global automotive narrative. Fitted with an electric power train deliver 750 horsepower, the car is able to go from 1 to 100 km/h in under four seconds. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 comes on the heels of other concepts presented by the brand and is actually the first indication of what’s to come for Maybach, a marque we love to ogle. Obviously, it is set to pave the way for an upcoming model in the Maybach range.

Fisker Karma

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Henrik Fisker’s Fisker Karma cars are no more but the spirit of this marque gets its second wind here. Now christened the Karma Revero, the reborn plug-in hybrid is the first of Karma Automotives, complete with a new management team that focuses on the rather zen philosophy of cause and effect. It has inherited the same good looks as its namesake, and the solar roof is retained, which Karma Automotive boldly claims will generate enough energy to power the car.

BMW 2002 HomageThe BMW 2002 Hommage

Celebrating 100 years is a big deal and BMW is partying in many different ways, not least of which is this homage to one of its most symbolic creations, the 2002 Turbo. First created in 1973, the BMW 2002 was the first-ever road-going sports car that was equipped with a turbo charger. While the initial concept was unveiled at Villa d’Este in Italy earlier this year, Pebble Beach saw the manufacturer present a new version in orange and black — the original colors of the competition car that raced in the 1970s.

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British carmaker Aston Martin and Italian coach builder Zagato have dropped the top to present the American public with a convertible version of their Vanquish Zagato coupe. You’ve no doubt seen this dream machine before and it is certainly going into production although it may never reach showrooms anywhere. The production run for the model, which is equipped with a 592 horsepower V12 engine, will be limited to 99 copies.

Lamborghini Centenario RoadsterThe Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

At this year’s Pebble Beach, the Italian brand has opted to present the roadster version of its Centenario coupe. Unveiled earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland, the Lamborghini Centenario, which marks the centenary of the birth of the founder of the brand, Ferrucio Lamborghini, is the most powerful ever built, with 770 horsepower enabling it to hit 100 km/h in only 2.8 seconds. The production run for the convertible version will be limited to just 20. The regular Centenario is already sold out and we expect the same here.

Ferrari: Ultimate Collectible Cars?

Of the 10 most expensive cars ever to fall under the auctioneer’s hammer, nine are Ferraris. In fact, cars carrying the prancing horse badge make up 22 of the top 30. For comparison, the best Aston Martin can manage is a DB4 GT Zagato in 16th place, while there is not a single Lamborghini in the current top 100. But why does Ferrari create such a frenzy, leading us to return to the theme again and again (for those interested, we sum up the desirability of Ferraris in our auction reports of 2015 vs 2016 story)? “They are the longest standing and most consistent racing manufacturer,” says James Cottingham. “I’m not surprised at how important the Ferrari brand has become in the classic car market.”

Cottingham is acquisition consultant for DK Engineering, a British company that has been restoring, race preparing, buying, selling, storing and helping clients build Ferrari collections since 1977. Within the classic car market, aesthetics and awards are important, but a big driver is sporting prowess and in particular Formula One – a sport that Ferrari has dominated more than any other marque. “They’re always at the forefront of supercar and sportscar technology in every era,” explains Cottingham. “As a result, it has definitely become the brand to follow.”

Aston Martin 1960 DB4GT Zagato

Aston Martin 1960 DB4GT Zagato

But if racing pedigree equals desirability, what about Porsche? “Porsche has a huge following but they’ve been mass produced and this lack of rarity diminishes value,” says Cottingham. “However, what is interesting is how much the collectability of the Porsche brand has grown in recent years as a direct result of Porsche’s return to Le Mans. It has really added to the brand.”

In its 103-year history, Aston Martin has only ever produced 700,000 cars and it has won Le Mans so why aren’t people going as crazy for Bond’s carmaker of choice? Cottingham points to initial quality. “If you restore a 1960s Aston, very little of the original car is left when the restoration is over,” he explains.

While auction prices are starting to cool, interest in Ferraris isn’t. Classic car valuations and insurance company Hagerty has noticed that younger consumers are moving into the market. As a result, the value of Aston Martin DB9s and late 1970s Porsche 911s is on the up. But so are prices for Ferraris, most notably the Testarossa (up 98%) and the 308GTB and GTS (65%).

1964 Ferrari 275 GTBC Speciale

1964 Ferrari 275 GTBC Speciale

“These new owners of modern classics reflect similar habits and preferences as past generations of collector car owners — people that have an interest in collector car ownership tend to purchase cars that they grew up with. Consequently, cars from the ‘80s and 90s are now attracting interest,” explains Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty.

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Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Avio: Ready For Takeoff

The Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Avio might just be the closest thing to a fighter jet you’ll see on the roads. Unveiled in Hong Kong earlier this week, the limited edition car’s name, color and materials are a proper salute to the world of aviation and aeronautics.

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“The Huracán Avio pays tribute to the significant impact of the aviation world in shaping the evolution of Automobili Lamborghini,” says Albert Wong, Director of Lamborghini Hong Kong. “From the custom-developed aeronautic exterior paints and liveries, down to the smallest laser-engraved details in the interior, this limited edition Huracán represents a culmination of Lamborghini’s cutting-edge designs and technologies inspired by avionics.”

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True enough, the Lamborghini Huracan Avio borrows several stylistic features from the aeronautical world. It comes in five specifically developed color variants: the standard Grigio Falco with pearlescent finish, and four optional matte colors: Blu Grifo (blue), Grigio Nibbio (light grey), Grigio Vulcano (dark grey) and Verde Turbine (green). Fun fact: these colors are taken from the coats-of-arms representing courses at the Italia Air Force Academy. Contrasting double white or grey stripes run along the roof and down the front bonnet.

An L63 logo on the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Avio door panels sets the limited edition apart from the standard version, complete with a tricolor cockade, an aeronautics symbol distinguishing nationality. In its cockpit lies a suave amalgamation of black leather with a special black Alcantara that’s laser-engraved with a unique hexagonal motif. However, if you’re feeling something a bit more cheery, there’s always Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customization program.

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Like almost all other Lamborghinis, the Huracán is named after a famous Spanish fighting bull, and it had big shoes to fill after taking over the baton from the Gallardo. But the Italians have got that sorted out. The savagery that lives under its bonnet comes in the form of a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10. Combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and hybrid chassis in aluminum and carbon fiber, the car is capable of 610 hp, and will do 0 to 60mph in a whiplash-inducing 3.2 seconds. Flat out, it’ll oblige 202 mph.

The Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Avio is a limited edition of 250 examples, and this exclusivity will cost you a minimum of HK$4.48 million.

McLaren Boasts Record 2015 Sales

For an automotive company that’s spent decades developing Formula One and CanAm racing beasts, it is not much of a surprise that McLaren’s road-legal cars are also doing exceptionally well sales-wise, with a record-breaking 1,654 vehicles sold in 2015.

The record was barely established – the British automotive company scrapped past last year’s record of 1,649 vehicles with only a mere difference of five cars. What’s remarkable though, is the rate at which McLaren has established itself as one of the most prized marques despite only venturing into road cars five years ago. Of course, given the turbulent times we live in, any uptick in sales is impressive.

Lamborghini – which recently announced that it is on track to sell 4,000 of its cars this year for the first in history – took 53 years to reach that point. McLaren, on the other hand, managed half that figure in only a fraction of that time despite staggering costs, while making profit. On this level though, it must be remembered that Lamborghini, Ferrari and the like began with very small runs that conservatively and tentatively built on gains – or struggled through losses – before emerging into the current reality. Just imagine how long it took the developed world – even tiny states such as Monaco – to reach its current levels of relative affluence versus how long a country like Singapore took to do the same.

Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flewitt, said: “2015 was a critical year in the development of McLaren Automotive. The launch of the Sports Series opens McLaren up to an entirely new audience and will be pivotal in developing our sales volumes from the 2015 levels of 1,600 to nearly triple that number by 2020.”

Fans of McLaren’s supercars can look forward to up to 15 new cars by 2022, in keeping with its promise to continue innovating and intriguing the market with unprecedented technological advancements. “We need to remain profitable but also continue to invest in our future product portfolio,” said Flewitt. “In 2015, this amounted to £124million, nearly 30% of revenues. This level of commitment to investing in future products is core to our business strategy.”

The most exciting offering, perhaps, would be a new flagship inspired by the original McLaren F1, which could potentially be unveiled at Geneva next year. Dubbed a “Hyper GT”, Autocar reveals it will be an exhilarating blend of power and luxury, just like the recently-launched S570GT. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting with bated breaths.

 

Lamborghini Hits Sales Records in 2016

We are only half way through 2016 but Lamborghini has already hit a milestone in its books. In the first six months of this year, the luxury car-maker sold 2,013 cars. The month of June saw them deliver 416 cars, which is a feat for a single month.

In 2015, the company sold 1,882 cars within the same period. The jump in sales, has been attributed in part to the expansion of the Huracán family, the introduction of the Spyder as well as the rear-wheel drive version to the international market. “With a solid order bank, not only for the Huracán, but also for our V12 model the Aventador, we aim to outperform the last year’s sales record yet again” said Stefano Domenicali, Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

The country with the highest call for Lamborghini’s came from the United States. Following closely behind the Amercian market, is Japan and the United Kingdom coming in third. Unsurprisingly, China stands as the fourth biggest market. The record sales performance tallies with the overall bullish tone in the higher end of the car market and follows Lamborghini’s own previous record achievement.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage Launched

The original supercar is back and already going up against a host of challengers… Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage will be limited to 50 examples and draws little other than external and internal styling inspiration from the legendary supercar, but don’t regard it as a cheap publicity stunt.

For a start there’s nothing ‘cheap’ about an Aventador. The standard model costs over $400,000 and as this will be a strictly limited, numbered edition expect it to cost much, much more.

However, for that premium outlay, owners will be getting a car that really is the modern interpretation of the original supercar in every sense.

The Lamborghini Miura was the car that inspired the term supercar, and as well as being responsible for the genre, is also responsible for the blueprint. Striking good looks, striking impracticality, impossible performance and a V12 engine somewhere in the middle of it all.

The world will be watching as the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage goes up against the Bugatti Chiron and the McLaren P1-GTR, among others.

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More than any other marque, Lamborghini has stayed true to this original definition, and the Aventador should be viewed as the Miura’s university educated grandchild.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage detail

Built by the company’s Ad Personam studio, its equivalent to McLaren’s MSO or Aston Martin’s division Q bespoke customization arm, it attempts to infuse the colors and materials associated with the Miura into the company’s latest flagship — so deep pigment solid color exterior paint finishes with a contrasting metallic tone and magnesium effect wheels. There’s also Miura anniversary badging while the interior is finished in keeping with the original car’s stitching patterns and leather choices too.

And despite the price tag, this car is an absolute bargain compared with a Miura, which can command as much as $3 million.

What’s more, the two cars share more than just a maker’s mark. The V12 engine that powers the Miura has matured into the block that gives the Aventador its ferocious power and performance.

The Aventador is also a better handling car, less likely to start leaving the ground in favor of the air as soon as the fuel tank hits the half-full mark.

But what it will do is rocket from standstill to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 217mph (350km/h), which 50 years ago, when the Miura was in its prime, was quite simply unimaginable of a vehicle built for the road.

And, as the car is limited to just 50 examples, one day it could be in just as much demand as the original Miura.

Lamborghini Reopens Museum, Kicks Off Miura Tour

With its renovated layout and displays, the new Lamborghini Museum was reopened on June 9 by Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Lamborghini. The opening coincided with the first stage of the Miura Tour that celebrates the well-loved model’s 50th anniversary this year.

Located at Sant’Agata in Italy, the exhibition space is pure supercar heaven with its display of the car manufacturer’s most prestigious and iconic models of past and present. This includes historic models such as the 1963 350 GT (the location’s first car) and LM 002, as well as concept cars such as a SUV set to debut in 2018.

Super Trefeo racing versions of the Diablo GTR, Gallardo and Huracán will also be on display at a race track-style garage, together with Lamborghini Formula One cars from 1990 and 1991.

The 20 surviving Miuras – all constructed between 1966 and 1972 – from all over the world will go on a journey from the regions of Emilia, and Liguria to Tuscany before completing the journey in Florence on June 12.

Lamborghini Miura Alfonso Borghi Exhibition

The Lamborghini Museum in Sant’ Agata Bolognese will be hosting a special exhibition by artist, Alfonso Borghi, made up of works inspired by the Lamborghini Miura. Titled “Velocità e Colore” or “Speed and Color”, the exhibition will be open to the public from April 28.

Standing at only 105cm tall, and with a top speed of 280km/h the Miura is not only considered the fastest car in the world but also an artistic masterpiece in the supercar world. Featuring ten works on 200cm by 150cm and 180cm by 18 cm canvases, the exhibition will take a look at the design language of the car manufacturer over the ages. The pieces explore topics such as Lamborghini’s unconscious revision of dynamic shapes and strong interplays of colour and three-dimensional effects.

The exhibition will run until June 30 and is one of many special high-profile events to mark half a century since the Miura was first created. Just last month, the company unveiled the original, restored SV specification Miura at the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Other events to commemorate the anniversary, include celebrations in June which will see current Miura owners drive their cars from Bologna to Florence via Parma, as a huge travelling party.

4 Cars to Watch at Techno-Classica 2016

Techno-Classica makes its mark again this year as the largest classic car show in the world. Until April 10, 1,200 exhibitors will have 2,500 cars spread out across 20 halls at the Messe Essen in Essen, Germany. Of course, such a volume of exhibits going on makes it hard to know exactly what to focus on. These are some of the cars to look out for in the event:

The restored Porsche 911 S/T

The restored Porsche 911 S/T

Among some of the cars Porsche has lined up are the 944, 928, and also the 914. Yet, the main star still happens to be a restored 911 S/T that took two years to return to its former glory. This was the 911 that won its Le Mans class in 1972.

A 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

A 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

For BMW’s centenary, the company will be marking out milestone models throughout their history, including a 502 “Barockengell,” the 1600 that repositioned the company on the automotive map in the 1960s, and the very first M car, the original M1. Alfa Romeo, too, will be celebrating an anniversary, with its 50th happening this year. They’ll be honoring their Duetto – the two-seat drop top immortalized on screen in the movie The Graduate. Other milestones to be celebrated includes the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1-2-3 Le Mans finish, and the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini.

This 1978 BMW M1 is to be auctioned at the 2016 Techno Classica.

This 1978 BMW M1 is to be auctioned at the 2016 Techno Classica.

Land Rover will be launching its “Reborn” restoration and sales initiative. Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “[It] represents a fantastic opportunity for customers to own a valuable and collectable automotive icon. Reborn showcases Land Rover Classic’s expertise in restoring and maintaining our loyal customers’ prized Land Rovers.”

Techno Classica will mark the world debut for Land Rover Series I 'Reborn.'

Techno Classica will mark the world debut for Land Rover Series I ‘Reborn.’

Alongside the shows, the show auction is also a notable event held by COYS on Saturday April 9. This year’s lots have a combined potential value of €15 million and potential highlights include a pristine 1978 BMW M1 (estimated at €550,000- €650,000), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C (€600,000 – €700,000) and a 1929 Lancia Lambada.

With all that running on, the Techno-Classica show is the perfect spot for classic car fans who prefer nostalgia to high-end gadgetry. They’ll have much to gaze and wonder at.

Porsche 911 Reimagined, Lamborghini Miura Restored

No one likes to let a once-great thing go to waste and this is especially true for cars. With advancing technology and computer-aided design, even supercars lack character and get outdated with alarming alacrity. At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 11 though, there were a few old friends that came back with a brand new sheen: reimagined Porsches by Singer, and a restored Miura by Lamborghini.

Singer's North Carolina Car

Singer’s North Carolina Car

Singer, from southern California, is renowned for restoring and reimagining Porsches with an obsessive attention to detail. At Amelia Island, they unveiled the North Carolina and Florida – two of their newest commissions, and, among the very, very few of Singer’s 40+ commissions to date to head to US homes. Prices start at a not inconsiderable $500,000 for Singer’s services but they are in such huge demand within the global Porsche collecting community that, at any one time, there is a six-month waiting list.

Singer's Florida Car

Singer’s Florida Car

Both cars were 1990s Porsche 911s restored with carbon fiber exteriors and bespoke interiors. The Florida Car was finished in unique Hemingway Blue paint while the North Carolina Car is the first Singer recreation to boast clean sides – i.e. no striping or decals – as well as a more potent 4-liter flat-six engine.

“We began in 2008 with a vision to offer aficionados the opportunity to re-imagine their 911 without compromise,” said company founder Rob Dickinson. “And now, with more than 40 commissions completed, and a significant global following, we’ve expanded our promise to remain obsessive in the details and keep striving for more innovations along the way.”

Lamborghini’s restored Miura was unveiled as a part of the car’s 50th anniversary. The Miura debuted in 1966 and in doing so created the concept of the modern-day supercar, but the true peak of the model was when the Miura SV (Super Veloce) was shown at 1971’s Geneva Motor Show. The car on show will be the very model that wowed the crowds in Switzerland some 45 years ago.

Lamborghini's Restored Miura

Lamborghini’s Restored Miura

“This is a very important car,” said Enrico Maffeo, Head of PoloStorico Lamborghini, the company entrusted with the car’s complete restoration. “We are delighted to be able, with the consent of the owner, to show this car for the first time in its perfectly restored state, at the important Amelia Island event.”

These two callbacks to old times make the case for not giving up the classics. Nostalgic collectors will always find inventive ways to bring the past roaring back to life.

Lamborghini Launches Huracán LP 580-2 in SG

Last week, we had the opportunity to visit Lamborghini’s Satelitte Showroom in Suntec City, when the Italian car manufacturer unveiled the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 Coupé. Sitting in the middle of its spanking new home at Suntec City Tower One, the car is the two-wheel drive version of the Huracán coupe.Huracan-LP580-2_Side-Red_A3_300dpi

“What’s new about this Huracán?” you may ask. Well, it boasts a new design on the front and rear, a modern take that sets it apart from its four-wheel drive counterpart. This assertive look highlights the aeronautic styling and is the result of a close collaboration between Centro Stile designers and Lamborghini’s experts. Using aluminum and composite material, the designers created a body-shell that shines under the spotlight of the showroom.Huracan-LP580-2_Back-Red

Apart from its new design, the car is also lighter than the four-wheel-drive version. Fitted with a V10 5.2 I engine, the Huracán LP 580-2 has 426 kW or 580 horsepower coursing through to the rear axle. It even boasts a top speed of 320km/h and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds. To enhance the rear-wheel drive behavior and provide over-steering, the driver can choose between the three Lamborghini driving modes of STRADA, SPORT and CORSA.Huracan-LP-580-2_Interior-Wide

Much like the other Huracán models, the LP 580-2 has a cylinder deactivation system that improves its engine efficiency. The weight is distributed at a level of 40% on the front and 60% at the rear, in order to reduce the inertia on the front axle. Combined with the existing offerings of the Huracán, the LP580-2 brings along the all encompassing technology, experience of the four wheel drive LP 610-4 and the lifestyle appeal of the LP610-4 Spyder.