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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.

Lamborghini Races Past Sales Records

The boom in car sales continues in 2016 as Italian raging bull Lamborghini reports sales of 3,425 cars in 2015. This is a first in the luxury performance firm’s 53-year history and, believe it or not, it is already predicting that the sales pace will likely break records multiple times as 2016 progresses.

This strong and steady growth in sales, as CEO Stephan Winkelmann described can be attributed to the growing demand for supercars. We have already reported on this in several reports late last year but this one is the most relevant. As far as Lamborghini is concerned, the result of this success is an increase in its workforce and capacity to better serve its clients.

And this client base is about to get bigger and more diverse. “We are getting ready for groundbreaking changes with the introduction of our third model in 2018, which points to stable, sustainable growth for our company,” said Winkelmann of the Urus, a new sports SUV which, when it goes on sale will be marketed as the world’s fastest and most powerful off-roader.

However, that car is two years away from becoming a production reality, and, for the year ahead, all attention will be focused on Ferruccio.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the company’s charismatic founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, a man who in the early 1960s set out to redefine the concept of the grand tourer when he built the 350GT. However, thanks to a company full of youthful energy and optimism as well as a huge supply of talent, by 1966 he had instead created the concept of the supercar — the iconic Lamborghini Miura.

To celebrate Ferruccio’s centenary, Lamborghini is planning something special for the Geneva Motor Show. A limited edition supercar, expected to be called the Centenario, which will be restricted to just 20 examples.

It will boast an even more powerfully tuned version of the 6.5-liter V12 engine currently found in the company’s range-topping Aventador Superveloce. Internal whispers suggest an output of 760bhp and a 0-100km/h time of 2.5 seconds.

What has been made abundantly clear by Winkelmann is that the car will not be based on either the Huracán or the aforementioned Aventador. Instead it will be a “completely different” design and one that prospective clients have already seen and obviously love. No word of prices has yet been mentioned, but the suggestion is that all examples have already found a home.

Oversteer: Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2

As was widely expected, Italian automaker Lamborghini has revealed a new, more driver focused, two-wheel-drive version of its Huracán supercar at this year’s LA Auto Show. However, rather than simply decoupling a driveshaft so that power flows from that glorious V10 exclusively to the rear wheels, the Huracán LP 580-2 is to all intents and purposes a new car, complete with its own personality and styling cues.

“The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The rear-wheel drive model fits perfectly into our Huracán family, appealing to those wanting an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel-drive marques and aspire to driving a Lamborghini.”

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Horsepower is down — there’s “only” 580hp available but that is a serious amount of output to just two wheels and combined with the fact that the new car is 33kg lighter than its all-wheel-drive brethren and its mass is more finely balanced (60% over the rear and 40% over the front wheels) owners will be able to go from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds and on to a theoretical top speed of 320km/h, if a road long and straight enough exists.

Thankfully, the way that Lamborghini’s engineers and chassis experts have set this car up, it won’t matter if the road is straight or full of hairpins, it should always deliver and always entertain.

The aforementioned weight distribution means that there is less inertia on the front axle. The car’s redesigned front and rear not only improve airflow and brake cooling, but also downforce at the front, and the entire aerodynamics package is so effective that unlike the Huracán LP 610-4, this car doesn’t need a motorized, adjustable rear spoiler.

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The icing on the cake is the LPI (Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale) system that senses every movement the car makes in three dimensions, in real time and uses that information to inform the Magneto Rheological Suspension so that bumps disappear, there’s no rolling in corners, or lurching rather than launching off the line.

It also works in combination with the car’s three-mode ride and performance set up – Strada; for every day commuting, Sport; for quick progress; and Corsa for out and out racing. However, even here the system has been tweaked so that the car will offer entertaining oversteer or neutral handling.

“This is the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date, with class-leading technological refinements. It is a serious car for serious drivers: it is maximum driving fun,” said Winkelmann.

The Huracán LP 580-2 will cost €150,000 when it goes on sale in early 2016.

Lamborghini preps rear-wheel drive Huracán for LA debut

Lamborghini is expected to freshen up its already quite fresh Huracán for 2016 with a list of new features but, ahead of this, it is also gearing up to take the wraps off a more ferocious, driver-focused version at this month’s LA Auto Show.

Lamborghini has been considering giving its latest entry-level V10 the same ‘Balboni’ treatment it gave to its predecessor, the Gallardo, for almost a year and it looks like demand among its biggest fans is sufficient to move forward with a production model.

In honor of its greatest test driver, Valentino Balboni, Lamborghini built a special edition of the Gallardo with rear-wheel rather than all-wheel drive. The result was a lightweight handful and something that more fully captured the essence of Lamborghinis of old in terms of performance and handling and exclusivity – it was sold as a 250-example limited edition.

The signs are that a rear-wheel-drive version of the Huracán, which is almost guaranteed to make its first public appearance on November 19 at this year’s LA Auto Show, will be equally exclusive but could be even more potent and extreme than the four-wheel-drive model, becoming the new flagship Huracán as a result.

But as well as a new halo model, the existing Huracán in hardtop or drop top form will also be getting some new features. From a performance point of view, the biggest of these will be a tweaked four-wheel drive system that will make the car feel even more neutral and natural to drive, so that the owner can feel more involved in finding grip and holding on to the line while cornering.

Also new for 2016 will be the cylinder deactivation system that made its debut on the Spyder. This cuts emissions to 283 g/km of CO2 and saves on fuel too at lower speeds by switching off an entire bank of cylinders at lower speeds.

And although the car is only running on five of the 10 cylinders, Lamborghini claims that the driver will find it impossible to tell the difference. What’s more, drop the accelerator and the entire engine will instantaneously fire back into life.

Other standard features include leather trim on the doors and across the dashboard and the option of specifying vents in a matte black finish. However, cruise control, storage nets and cupholders are still optional extras.

The LA Auto Show gets underway November 17 and is open to the public November 20-29.

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder launch invitation

Lamborghini confirms convertible for Frankfurt

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder launch invitation

The Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder will be making its global debut on Tuesday.

As the drop-top sibling to the company’s existing V10 ‘entry level’ compact supercar coupé, the Spyder is expected to offer almost identical levels of performance.

So that means over 600bhp, a top speed in excess of 320km/h and a 0-100km/h time of around 3 seconds. However, with the roof down it will all feel a lot more dramatic and exclusive.

The car will be lining up alongside Ferrari’s latest offering in the segment, the 488GTS, itself a drop-top and also making its global debut at Frankfurt. Then there’s a possibility that McLaren may also be prepping a convertible version of its latest affordable supercar, the 570S, for the same event.

It won’t take long to find out as the first press day for this year’s Frankfurt motor show is scheduled for September 15.

Lamborghini Superveloce Roadster

Lamborghini Debuting Hybrid Hypercar at Geneva 2016

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has reportedly announced plans to introduce a new hypercar at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The rumor regarding the existence of a Lamborghini hypercar is not new. In fact, the hypercar was awaited this summer at Pebble Beach and at the Frankfurt Motor Show but to no avail. Road & Track now reports that Lamborghini director Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed the car’s official world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show from March 3-13, 2016.

Little is known about the characteristics of the automobile but it has been suggested that it will be a hybridized vehicle equipped with an 800 bhp engine. Production will inevitably be limited to a mere dozen units.

The new model, which could be called “hyperVeloce,” should be similar to the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, Ferrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and Koenigsegg Regera — the supercar of all vehicles with a horsepower of 1500 bhp and the ability to go from 0 to 248 mi/h (400km) in 20 seconds.

Lamborghini’s most powerful Roadster revealed in the US

Lamborghini Superveloce Roadster

Meanwhile, Lamborghini has only just revealed the Roadster version of the Aventador LP750-4 SV (Superveloce) in Pebble Beach.

The 750 bhp vehicle will be limited to 500 units. Interested buyers will need to fork out close to 500,000 euros (550,000 dollars) to bring this jewel home come spring 2016. The Roadster should be able to reach a top speed of 217mi/h and go from 0 to 62mi /h in only 2.9 seconds.

2006 Lamborghini Concept S

Lamborghini Concept S going up for auction

2006 Lamborghini Concept S

A unique hardcore Lamborghini convertible concept is expected to provoke hardcore bidding action when it comes up for auction in November in New York with initial estimates ranging between $2-$4 million.

The Gallardo is the best-selling Lamborghini in the company’s history. Over 14,000 were built and sold over its 10-year lifespan.

Lamborghini Concept S photo

Yet, when it first launched in 2003, dedicated Lamborghini clients felt that it was too safe, too predictable, too ‘German’ and therefore lacking in Italian flair. The company had been taken over by Audi and many Audi parts were used in the car to ensure reliability.

The Concept S was a visual rebuke to these criticisms. A Lamborghini should make people smile when they see it.

Lamborghini Concept S

And when this Luc Donckerwolke-designed concept debuted at the Geneva motor show in 2005, it did just that.

An extreme interpretation of an open-top sportscar, it featured two cockpits, separated by a central dividing spine, and to ensure aerodynamics, the rearview mirror even disappeared into the body when not in use.

Lamborghini Concept S side

Reaction was such that the company attempted to put it into production, managing to build one working, completely road-legal model before the program was canceled due to the time and expense involved.

And it is this model that will be going under the hammer at the RM Sotheby’s, Art Automobiles sale in Manhattan on November 18.

Lamborghini Concept S back

The Concept S only has 180km on the clock, most of which were a result of testing, and has been with the same owner since new. It has an initial estimate of $3 million but expect the price on the day to go much higher.

Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce

Lamborghini Aventador SV is sold out

Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce

Launched less than three months ago at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show , the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce is reportedly sold out.

That’s the word from Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, which claims that all 600 units of the Aventador SV have been spoken for.

WATCH: AVENTADOR SV RUNS THE ‘RING IN 6:59!

Of the 600 supercars sold globally, 200 units will be delivered to North and South America, while 200 examples will land with enthusiasts from the Asia-Pacific region.

The remaining 200 cars were sold to customers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Europe, the Aventador SV was priced from €327,190 ($364,000) before options.

Via Top Speed

Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce

Lamborghini joins the sub-seven minute Nürburgring club

The company has published a video purportedly showing its latest hypercar, the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce as only the third production car in history to complete a lap of the ‘Green Hell’ in under seven minutes.

Unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor show, the LP750-4 Superveloce is the ultimate Lamborghini Aventador in terms of power, performance, exclusivity and price tag. It produces 740bhp, can race from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and onto a theoretical top speed of 217mph.

Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce

When it was presented to the public, the company described it as the “fastest” and most “sports-focused” production Lamborghini ever and now, if the video Lamborghini has just posted to YouTube is to be believed, those words weren’t simply a sales pitch. That’s because the car has just completed a lap of the Nürburgring in under 7 minutes — 6 minutes, 59.73 seconds, to be precise, making it the third fastest production car in history to lap the infamous 12.8-mile (20.6km) circuit.

The Nürburgring, christened the ‘Green Hell’ by racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart because of its combination of ferocity and stunning scenery, has in recent years become almost as synonymous with supercars as paddle-shift gear boxes and bold colors. It is now the de facto proving ground for any car that has sporting aspirations and wants to be taken seriously.

James Abbott (GBR) Radical SR8

The current lap record holder is the Radical SR8 LM. The tiny, barely road legal V8 racing car completed the circuit in a remarkable 6:48s but although it’s fast, the car would be challenging to live with in any setting other than a circuit — no roof, no doors, marginal ground clearance.

The same can’t be said about the car in second place, the wonderfully exotic Porsche 918 Spyder. The hybrid supercar, which uses a petrol and a battery engine together as well as four wheel drive to generate 875bhp and environmentally responsible acceleration, posted a time of 6:57 seconds — barely two seconds quicker than the Lamborghini.

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One car that won’t be joining the club soon is the McLaren P1.

Despite extensive testing on the track and purportedly completing a circuit in a remarkable 6:47s, the company has decided against publishing or officially verifying its time for fear that the competition it inspires could lead to a potentially fatal accident.

McLaren P1 supercar photo

 

Aventador Pirelli Edition

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition revealed

Aventador Pirelli Edition

 has revealed a new special edition Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition to celebrate the 50-year association between the two firms.

The supercar comes with its special 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in equally special versions of Pirelli’s P Zero tires.

Available in both Coupé and Roadster versions, the Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition sports a two-tone color scheme in two options.

Owners will be able to specify the car with a matte black roof, pillars, wing mirrors, and air intakes along with a contrasting gloss finish for the body.

The second option has gloss black paint on the “upper parts of the car” which is contrasted by one of four matte finishes – Bianco Canopus, Nero Nemesis, Grigio Adamas or Grigio Titans – on the body.

Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition

Regardless of two-tone finish, all cars will feature a thin red pin-striping detail that follows the roofline contour, and engine bay and outlines the front air intakes and the wing mirrors.

Red embroidered Lamborghini and Pirelli logos also feature on the seats, and there’s a Pirelli special series plaque on the dash.

The changes for the Pirelli Edition are entirely cosmetic so you’ll have to make do with the same 700hp and 217mph as a boggo Aventador.

The Pirelli Edition is described as a ‘special series’ by Lamborghini but without a fixed number of units for production. There’s no word on pricing but the first deliveries are scheduled for early next summer.

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

Lamborghini Asterion Plug-In Hybrid Concept Debuts

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

The Italian supercar maker has taken the wraps off a new, more environmentally friendly concept at the Paris motorshow, which it claims creates an entirely new category of dream car.

The Asterion is called a Hyper Cruiser because it’s too fast to be a GT car and too spacious and borderline practical to be a supercar or hypercar.

Whatever the company wants to call it, one thing is clear, even though it is a concept, it is aesthetically flawless, from its curved nose that evokes memories of the Miura and 400GT to its three-section rear engine panel and rear light cluster that ties it into the company’s current design language and the lines of its current flagship Aventador V12, the platform of which was the starting point for the Asterion.

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

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But as well as attempting to coin a new category, the car’s drivetrain is also a first, for Lamborghini anyway, because it is a hybrid.

Up front there are two electric engines, one powering each of the front wheels, while power to the rear wheels is derived from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10. When running in unison the result is 910hp.

That means a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 320kmh. But it can also drive on electric power alone –for 50km anyway and at speeds of up to 125km/h.

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Front

As such, it is the last of the dream car builders to adopt hybrid power. At last year’s Geneva Motor Show the supercar stars were all hybrid — the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

However, Lamborghini believes that hybrids aren’t the answer to keeping both the supercar industry and the Earth alive. It thinks that continuing to cut weight and using turbochargers is the way forward.

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Interior

“Lamborghini continues to focus on weight reduction as a means to reducing CO2, for example through the investment in carbon fiber engineering, which also contributes to our quest for the best super sports car handling and performance.”

“To significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment however, plug-in electrification is the best option for us, because for Lamborghini such a car must still provide a truly emotional driving experience,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini as the car was unveiled to the world’s media on Wednesday evening.

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Rear

In the past the company has called for special dispensation for supercars, saying that they shouldn’t have to meet the same emissions and environmental legislation that normal cars have to, because they’re special.

Even now, as beautiful as the Asterion LPI 910-4 – LP (to give it its full name) is, it’s something of a compromise: it’s bigger and roomier because the powertrain takes up more space and that larger, more spacious cabin changes the car’s driving dynamics. Hence calling it a Hyper Cruiser.

Lamborghini Paris Motorshow 2014 invite

Lamborghini teases new mystery car for Paris

Update: Automobili Lamborghini has revealed the company’s first plug-in hybrid, the Lamborghini Asterion LPI910-4 concept

Lamborghini Paris Motorshow 2014 invite

 has revealed the first teaser shot of a concept car that it will be unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in early October.

The Italian supercar company has sent out a press invite that simply reads: “Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it,” suggesting that it is planning to reveal a new four-seat model at this year’s event.

Lamborghini is the only established supercar company that doesn’t offer a 2+2 configuration. Ferrari has the FF, all standard specification Porsche 911s have a back seat and Aston Martin offers the Vanquish and the DB9.

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Lamborghini Espada

What makes Lamborghini’s absence from this segment of the market even stranger is that the company built its reputation as precisely that. It was offering a 2+2 in the form of the 400GT back in 1964.

And until the launch of the Gallardo in 2003, the company’s biggest-selling car of all time was the Espada, which boasted four proper seats and plenty of luggage space.

1968 Lamborghini Espada interior

At the Paris Motor Show in 2008, Lamborghini took the wraps off the Estoque concept, a beautifully styled, four-seat four-door super sedan and promised that the concept would become a reality within four years.

However, the financial crisis hit hard, plans were scrapped and the company’s focus shifted to extending the range with a sporty SUV instead.

Lamborghini Estoque

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Six years on, supercar companies are back to enjoying record sales and the time is right for a Lamborghini that offers fun for all of the family.

All will be revealed on October 2 when the Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the world’s motoring press.

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Top 10 most powerful production cars in the world

The Dodge Charger may be the most powerful four-door production car ever built, but where does it fall in the list when compared to production cars of all shapes and sizes?

1 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – 1200hp

Bugatti Veyron 16 4 Super Sport

This is the world’s fastest, most powerful production car. There are other companies, from Koenigsegg to Hennessey Performance, that currently offer vehicles with even more horsepower, but none of those cars meet the definition of a production car – 30 or more identical examples built.

The Koenigsegg 1:One is the most powerful car ever built, but the company will only ever build six, each of which will be different, whereas Bugatti has sold 435 Veyrons to date.

2. Ferrari LaFerrari – 950hp

2013 LaFerrari

A work of automotive art, the latest hypercar from the Italian masters uses a combination of a V12 petrol engine and an electric motor to deliver the fastest, most extreme driving experience of any Ferrari to date, while somehow being kinder to the environment.

3. McLaren P1 – 903hp

McLaren P1 supercar

Another hybrid, this time from UK supercar builder McLaren. All 375 P1s have already been snapped up and it’s not difficult to see why when you read the performance figures.

4. Porsche 918 Spyder – 795hp

porsche 918 spyder concept

You wait a generation for a hybrid supercar to arrive then, like a London bus, three turn up at once. Unlike the Ferrari or the McLaren, the Porsche also offers four-wheel drive and drop-top motoring, thanks to a removable roof panel.

5. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – 730hp

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta photo

No battery packs, no electric drive, just a phenomenally powerful yet smooth V12 and so much power and so much grip that you run out of road before you run out of performance.

6. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 707hp

Dodge Challenger SRT hellcat

Thanks to that supercharged 6.2-liter engine, the Charger and its sister model, the two-door Hellcat Challenger, are in sixth place on the list, ahead of the Lamborghini Aventador…

7. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – 690hp

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 back

…which finds itself in seventh place due to a 17hp shortfall. But what it loses in flywheel power it makes up for in looks, acceleration – 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds – and a 217mph top speed.

8. Ferrari FF – 651hp

Ferrari FF World Premiere

The only other car on this top 10 list to offer four seats and space in the back for suitcases, the FF is meant to be a family grand tourer and is the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive and integrated iPads.

9. McLaren 650S – 641hp

McLaren 650S supercar

The second McLaren on the list it is available as a hard top or convertible and was launched earlier this year at the Geneva motor show.

It has a glorious 3.8-liter V8 under its carbon fiber hood and is capable of going from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds.

10. SRT Viper – 640hp

2014 Dodge SRT Viper TA

The only other US car to make the top 10 is also a Dodge. The Viper is built to the same template as the original Shelby Cobra – a lightweight body with a huge engine. In this case a V10 that was co-developed with Lamborghini and that also found a home in the recently retired Lamborghini Gallardo.