In a recent interview with the German Magazine Automobilewoche, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that Lamborghini is planning to launch a hybrid Gallardo.
Winkelmann said that, while Lamborghini is planning to go green, it isnâ€™t about to forget about performance and the pleasure of owning a supercar.
The new hybrid will consist of a small electric motor for slow moving urban traffic but will switch to its V-10 or V-12 engine when on the open road.
Lamborghini’s profits plunged in the first six months of 2009, but in contrast to many car manufacturers it is still making money.
Lamborghini reported a first-half profit of $7.6 million, down from $49.5 million in the same period last year. Turnover was $222, down 43.3 per cent.
The company, which has launched several new models in the past year, said worldwide vehicle sales dropped 37 percent, from 1,309 to 825 cars.
Check out the brandnew film for Lamborghini featuring Valentino Balboni, the world’s most famous testdriver and the Gallardo special edition, especially made for him and presented by him.
This documercial, made by the agency Philipp und Keuntje weaves a compelling brand story, showing a human side to this amazing piece of machinery.
With 552 hp, a body to die for, and a 0â€“60 time of 3.2 seconds, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 has little room for improvement.
But there is room for variation, and perhaps the most significant is the new Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.
The LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is named after Lamborghiniâ€™s esteemed test driver, who was hired by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself in 1967, and who has been instrumental in developing the dynamic attributes of every Lamborghini model introduced since 1973.
Thanks to the recession, those surviving in the super-rich category will not have to wait so long for their dream car as luxury sports producer Lamborghini halves its delivery time.
Stephan Winkelmann, chief executive of the Italian car maker, told Financial Times that sales so far this year were down 30 per cent, obliging Lamborghini to reduce the waiting period to six months from one year.
Lamborghini, which built a record 2,430 cars in 2008, helps maintain its brand prestige by keeping production levels below demand, as does its rival Ferrari.
With the LP670-4 SV thereâ€™s an end to the beautiful Lamborghini MurciÃ©lago story (it was introduced in 2001 as the successor to the Diablo).
A new Lamborghini flagship can be expected within the upcoming four years.
Designers like Emil Baddal are helping the Santâ€™Agata Bolognese engineers with ideas for a new Lamborghini.
If you happen to have a passion for cars and cigars, then this limited edition carbon fiber cigar humidor called â€œThe Cylinderâ€ from Lamborghini is for you.
The high laquered rosewood carbon fiber design is finished in leather and premium kiln-dried Spanish cedar and is crowned with the symbolic Bull Crest.
Several compartments in this furniture unit hold somewhere around 150 cigars will great care and style. Price: $330
China will overtake Italy as the second-biggest market behind the United States for iconic sportscar maker Lamborghini within three to five years, the group’s chief executive said on Wednesday.
The Chinese associate luxury more with chauffeur-driven cars than sports cars because of bad road conditions, traffic congestion and driving standards, Stephan Winkelmann told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit.
But the sports car culture will gain ground in China, he said, as road infrastructure develops fast and Chinese consumers aspire to own well-known European luxury brands.
Richard Moriarty bought this 1974 Lamborghini Countach 10 years ago, paying a collector $60,000.
Now, sick and tired of having it towed due to stalled engine, he decided to hang it on his wall as art.
All that took was a 70-ton crane, a five-man crew, about an hour to get it into the house, & a steel-reinforced wall with fasteners of half-inch-thick steel cable.
Prindiville Prestige is a company that creates bespoke cars to an individual clientâ€™s precise specifications: handcrafted bodywork, interior retrimmed in ostrich hide, the latest entertainment and communications technologies are just a few features.
Their latest creations is Lamboghini MurciÃ©lago by Prindiville. Itâ€™s daringly designed and stylishly aggressive.
South of Fifth and Lamborghini Miami join forces to create the ultimate luxury experience and the result is that only seven of the 28 South of Fifth residences remain to be sold.
If you want to purchase one of the these last seven ocean front units you will receive a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder 2008, valued at 260,000 dollars.
Lamborghini has released the first Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce promotional video.
The short film was shot in a hangar in Hamburg, Germany and shows the supercar drifting in a cloud of smoke with a light that underlines its aggressive line and elegant design.
Lamborghini presented the limited edition Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, more powerful, lighter and faster than the Murcielago LP 640, an icon of the Italian brand.
The extreme supercar of menacing character and brutal power features the 6.5 liter V12 raised to 670 bhp and a weight reduction of 100 kg, enabling a top speed of 342 km/h (212 mph) and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds.
The new design is quite aggressive with a large air intakes for the front brakes more powerfully emphasized and a new rear, an innovative engine bonnet and a choice of two aerodynamic set-ups featuring either a small or large rear spoiler.
Iulian Bumbu, a Romanian car designer, created this study of a 2-seater mid-engined Lamborghini Insecta Concept.
“The idea was to create an extreme race-oriented supercar with a style that introduces softer and more organic lines and integrate them into the geometrical style of Lamborghini” said Iulian Bumbu.
Lamborghini Insecta Concept features the brandâ€™s styling cues with inspirations that came from insect exoskeletons, particularly in bugs.
Iulian Bumbu used carbon-fiber for the body structure and panels. The powertrain is the same adopted on the Gallardo.
Do you love original shoes? If your answer is yes, please donâ€™t fall in love with this pair of Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera inspired, carbon-fibered high heel shoes! This model isnâ€™t made for walking, but itâ€™s just a funny idea of Tim Cooperâ€™s creative mind.
The photoshop artist used over a hundred Lamborghini Gallardo images for having this stunning result.
Tonino offers a brand new collection of cigar lighters and cutters for those folks who own a Lamborghini or at least may want to look like they own one.
We found these photos that are shot by photographer Carlos LeFiÃ¨vre that are all about Miami. It really captures the sleese value that Miami all really has to offer. Fun place to party in just not to live in !
While most of the automotive companies are focused on the crisis the auto industry is facing today, Amosu Luxury is into something new for those who really love luxury at its best no matter what.
This luxury customization company, known for customizing such items as cellular phones, cameras, and phone and ipod cases and incorporating them with diamonds and gold, has shifted its focus to doing such customization to the Lamborghini key fob.
Amosu decorated it with 183 little diamonds for a total of 2.02 carats, focused on detailing the Lamborghini logo. The diamond-studded key is priced at Â£7,000 (approximately $10,500). Just play with it in your hands and see how every body begins to see green !
Other than Lamborghini, Amosu Luxury has also produced similar items for Mercedes Benz, Ferrari and Bentley.
A private ceremony was held on friday at the Viminale Palace where Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. donated a police version of the company’s newest super sports car, Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia, to the head of the Italian State Police.
The new Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia, which replaces the previous Gallardo in use by the Italian police force since 2004 has a 560 horsepower engine that can reach speeds of up to 203 mph.
The car will begin service with the Lazio Highway Police Department in order to continue accident and crime prevention to sustain security on the Italian roads.
A rich Arab paid $47,000 to have the oil changed on his Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
To make sure the maintenance was performed right, he had his luxury oil change done in London. He sent his Lamborghini on a 6,500-mile round trip from Qatar to Britain just for the oil change !
The supercar which is the same model as the one driven by Batman in The Dark Knight and costs about $380,000.
The Sun reported that his black-and-gold supercar costs Â£3,552 ($7,000) to service at an approved dealer â€“ on top of the Â£20,000 ($40,000) to freight from Qatar to Britain.
Evans, of pressure group Plane Stupid, said: â€œThis horrifies me. It is another example of how rich people exploit and pollute the planet because of their money.â€
But David Price, of Lamborghini Club UK, said: â€œIf an owner wants to service his car in that way, it is his choice. Iâ€™m not surprised. Thankfully the age of excess in some areas continues.â€
Copyright : The Sun / 2008 News Group Newspapers Lt