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PostHeaderIcon Craziest Thing This Week: The Pope Blesses a Lamborghini Huracan

Pope Francis is no stranger to receiving gifts. That comes with the territory of being the leader of the Catholic church and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. But the famously frugal pontiff isn’t one who enjoys the lavish side of life so when he recently took possession of a one-off Lamborghini Huracan, a gift from the Italian automaker itself, the pope did what the pope usually does: he donated it away.

It’s a bitter blow for papal paparazzi who were hoping to see the pope roar around the cobbled streets of Rome, aviator sunglasses in tow. But the pope’s preference for the simple things in life isn’t anything new. This is a man who traditionally opts to get driven around in Fiats and Fords when he’s on the road so getting inside a Lamborghini is a non-starter to begin with. So instead of taking ownership of the one-off Huracan, the pope decided to receive it from Lamborghini out of courtesy, sign the hood, and give it to RM Sotheby’s, which will then auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities. Considering how much value is placed on items that carry the pope’s signature, expect this one-off Lamborghini Huracan to fetch way more than it’s usual price of $200,000.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Nothing out of the ordinary for Pope Francis


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“RM Sotheby’s will auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities”

You have to admire Pope Francis for resisting the urge to take ownership of this Lamborghini Huracan. I certainly wouldn’t do it, though I suppose that’s why he is who he is and I am who I am. Acts like this aren’t entirely new for the men who have assumed the role of the papacy. Francis himself has given away plenty of gifts in the past, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2013. Just like with the Huracan, Francis declined to receive the gift, opting instead to sign it and send it to a Bonhams auction. That bike ended up fetching a whopping $327,000 with the proceeds going to a hostel and soup kitchen for the homeless at Rome’s main train station.

And who can forget St. John Paul the Great (formerly Pope John Paul II) declining Ferrari’s gift of a 2005 Ferrari Enzo? It wasn’t just a “standard” Enzo either; it was actually the 400th and last Enzo ever built. The provenance alone propelled that particular Enzo to sell for $6.05 million at an RM Sotheby’s auction.


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“This one-off Huracan features a a predominantly white body with matching papal gold trim all throughout.”

It’s hard to estimate how much this one-off Huracan is going to sell for, but I expect it to handily exceed its retail price of $200,000. Apart from the fact that it has Francis, signature on the hood, this particular example also went through the Italian automaker’s Ad Personam division. That’s why it’s wearing a predominantly white body with matching papal gold trim all throughout. There hasn’t been any mention of it wearing any badges or decals signifying its association with Pope Francis, but if it did, those are going to drive the price up even more.

Let’s not forget either that the Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces north of 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Yep. Underneath all that provenance is a car that can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. It’s still a supercar, folks, so bid accordingly.


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“The Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces north of 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.”

Besides, the higher the figure the Huracan sells for, the better it’s going to be for the three charities that will likely split the proceeds. One of these charities helps rebuild homes and churches for Christians who were displaced out of Iraq by Islamic State terrorists while the other two focuses on providing medical aid in Africa and helping migrant women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Gifted to Pope Francis, To Be Auctioned for Charity

If we were to name the most hedonistic brands of automobile, Lamborghini would definitely be in the top 5. That is what makes what you are about to hear a little out of the norm. They went ahead and gifted a brand-new Lamborghini Huracan to Pope Francis, probably as an act of repentance for providing thousands with intense worldly pleasures!

The Holy Father blessed this white Lamborghini Huracan with gold stripes with a wave of his hand – talk about superpowers – during the handover ceremony in Vatican. Pope Francis is not going to drive the car, although you never know with this one. He’s done some cool un-Pope-like stuff before. But the main purpose of this affair is for the Huracan to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Pope’s charity programs, most of which help Christians in need around the globe.

As far as celebrity endorsements go, the Pope pointing at the car and murmuring some Latin words is up there with previous ownership by Elvis Presley. That is going to guarantee a goodly sale when this holy Lamborghini Huracan goes under the hammer at an RM Sotheby’s event on May 12, 2018. The buyer will also appreciate Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino cplor scheme,done by Ad Personam department as a tribute to the colors of the flag of Vatican City.












Pope Francis Charities to receive the Huracan money include:

  • The reconstruction of the Nineveh Plain under the patronage of the Pontifical Foundation “Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre” (Aid to the Church in Need). The aim of the project is to ensure the return of the Christian community to the Nineveh Plain in Iraq by rebuilding their homes, public edifices and places of worship.
  • The Pope John XXIII Community, which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of trafficking and other abuses on the 10th anniversary of the passing of Father Oreste Benzi and the 50th anniversary (in 2018) of the founding of the Community, “Progetto Casa Papa Francesco” (Pope Francis House Project).
  • Two Italian associations that carry out activities mainly in Africa: GICAM, headed by Dr. Marco Lanzetta, and “Amici per il Centrafrica” (Friends for Central Africa), have worked for many years in the region on initiatives dedicated primarily to aiding women and children in need.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Urus Off-Road Capabilities Previewed in Teaser

Next month we will finally, after what now feels like a decade, see the new Lamborghini Urus SUV in full production trim. Trying to build some hype for the occasion, Lamborghini is showing off the good things about the Urus in short teaser videos, each time revealing a feature of the SUV. Here we get a sneak peek at the Urus’ off-road capabilities. 

Pitched as the first real super sport SUV, the Lamborghini Urus will undoubtedly be a seriously quick car on the tarmac. But that doesn’t mean this expensive machine is going to be useless on anything other than smooth surfaces. Quite the contrary. The Urus benefits from an advanced terrain control system with more modes than one would imagine necessary. Basically, you have a tailored driving mode for every kind of terrain you might encounter. In short, the Urus will be just as home on the race track as it is the mud.

Here’s a look at ‘NEVE’ mode which is designed for snow and slippery surfaces, and ‘SABBIA’ which changes the parameters of the stability system as well as all-wheel-drive setting so that you can enjoy a spot of off-roading in the desert:

While technical specs of the Lamborghini Urus are still unknown, the automotive grapevine suggests it will get a twin-turbo V8 engine with around 650 horsepower. Styling-wise, the Urus will be pretty much identical to the concept version of many years ago, but the interior, by the looks of things, is going to be refreshingly different than what we are used to with this class of vehicles.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Urus Off-Road Capabilities Previewed in Teaser

Next month we will finally, after what now feels like a decade, see the new Lamborghini Urus SUV in full production trim. Trying to build some hype for the occasion, Lamborghini is showing off the good things about the Urus in short teaser videos, each time revealing a feature of the SUV. Here we get a sneak peek at the Urus’ off-road capabilities. 

Pitched as the first real super sport SUV, the Lamborghini Urus will undoubtedly be a seriously quick car on the tarmac. But that doesn’t mean this expensive machine is going to be useless on anything other than smooth surfaces. Quite the contrary. The Urus benefits from an advanced terrain control system with more modes than one would imagine necessary. Basically, you have a tailored driving mode for every kind of terrain you might encounter. In short, the Urus will be just as home on the race track as it is the mud.

Here’s a look at ‘NEVE’ mode which is designed for snow and slippery surfaces, and ‘SABBIA’ which changes the parameters of the stability system as well as all-wheel-drive setting so that you can enjoy a spot of off-roading in the desert:

While technical specs of the Lamborghini Urus are still unknown, the automotive grapevine suggests it will get a twin-turbo V8 engine with around 650 horsepower. Styling-wise, the Urus will be pretty much identical to the concept version of many years ago, but the interior, by the looks of things, is going to be refreshingly different than what we are used to with this class of vehicles.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept

2017 Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept

Just when you think that you have the auto industry all figured out, it still finds a way to make you question what you know. Very few automakers are as good at doing that as Lamborghini, and after bearing witness to the madness that is the Terzo Millennia Concept, I might as well just throw my hands up and admit defeat. I don’t know enough to know what Lamborghini knows because, if I did, I would’ve seen the Terzo Millennio Concept coming a while ago. But nothing prepares you for this kind of presentation, especially when the Italian automaker is involved. You just sit back, be amazed, and try not to piss yourself in the process.

The narrative surrounding the Terzo Millennio Concept is a pretty straightforward one. The concept is a joint creation by Lamborghini and some smart folks from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was created to showcase the future of the Raging Bull, or rather, the possibilities of what can happen in automotive design and engineering when smart people work together for a common purpose. History hasn’t always been kind to this innovative bullishness, but if there’s one automaker that has proven to be adept at bringing state-of-the-art tech to life, no matter how ridiculous they may be, it’s Lamborghini. All that is why the Terzo Millennio Concept is so intriguing beyond the fact that it proudly wears the iconic Sant’Agata Bull badge. The concept may be defined by tech offerings that don’t exist yet, but that’s not to say they can’t happen, especially when Lamborghini’s involved.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Terzo Millenio Concept.

  • Designed to be the super sports car of the third millennium
  • Futuristic technology
  • Body panels contain energy accumulation system, health monitoring, and self-healing technology
  • Four motors
  • Each wheel is designed around a motor to keep the body and powertrain separate
  • Four-wheel torque control, dynamic body control system
  • New architecture is said to “perfect airflow”
  • Shorter hood a first for Lambo
  • New lighting layout compared to traditional DNA
  • The true embodiment of future Lamborghini vehicles

Exterior


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“The concept is outlandish in so many ways, yet it’s no accident that it looks the way it does.”

Where do I even begin? I suppose the obvious place to start is the “Terzo Millennio” name, which basically means “Third Millennium.” It’s no accident that Lamborghini opted for that monicker since CEO Stefano Domenicali himself referred to the concept as “the future of the super sports car for the third millennium.”

One look at the Terzo Millennio, and it’s easy to see the reference. The concept is outlandish in so many ways, yet it’s no accident that it looks the way it does. There’s a purpose behind every aerodynamic detail to the car, from the massive LMP1-style wheel arches, the short hood, the expansive windshield, to all the carbon fiber panels that seemingly protrude on all sections of the concept from just about every direction.

The front section has hints of Lamborghini’s styling DNA, but there are some new aspects to it too. For one, I haven’t seen a Lamborghini with that kind lighting configuration before. The shortened hood is another new approach, and it is a little jarring to see the windshield extend all the way to the same level as the headlights. It’s also worth noting how close to the ground the concept is. At least that’s one feature that you can expect to remain in concept form.


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“Panels deemed unnecessary have been stripped out in the name of making the concept as light as possible”

Move to the side, and you’ll see one of the defining design traits of the Terzo Milennio. Panels deemed unnecessary have been stripped out in the name of making the concept as light as possible. You’ll see in a few angles that the traditional intakes in front of the rear wheels have been taken out completely. The result is a completely exposed section that gives the wind another area to blast through unimpeded. The concept also features two gills on each side – another nod to the unbridled focus on aerodynamics. It’s a similar story in the rear of the concept, though if I may be granted an opinion, this is my favorite section of the Terzo MIllenio. The stance alone is perfect. It’s brutish and elegant at the same time, kind of like how you’d describe a massive bull with muscles bulging from every body part but still moves with the grace that we humans can only dream of. It’s beautiful. It’s spectacular. It’s a work of art.

Here’s the really interesting part about the Terzo Millenio. I’ve rambled on about its design attributes, but I’ve yet to get to the defining element of the concept. Those body panels that make up the body of the concept aren’t just standard carbon fiber panels. They also store the concept’s power source. Yes, you read that right. The body panels themselves contain the batteries, specifically carbon fiber nanotubes that are malleable enough to to be shaped in such a way that they can be thin enough to be sandwiched in layers of carbon fiber, thus preventing the possibility of future Lambo owners getting electrocuted.


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And, you thought the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio was your typical run-of-the-mill concept? Well, guess again.

Interior

There’s not much to talk as far as the interior is concerned. What we do know at this point is that the concept only comes with two seats since, you know, weight savings. Other than that, there’s plenty to speculate on what kind of cabin the concept has. Knowing Lamborghini, I imagine something of a never-seen-before set-up that relies on some kind of advanced AI interface with enough futuristic mumbo-jumbo to make George Jetson proud.

Drivetrain


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“The concept uses four electric motors, housed at each of the four wheels”

If you’re dreaming about numbers, then continue to dream because neither Lamborghini nor MIT have any concrete power figures attached to the Terzo Millennio. Not that it matters because horsepower should be the least of our concern anyway. What’s important is the tech that comes with the concept, and as I mentioned earlier, it’s a doozy.

There are still elements about the drivetrain that speak to our language. One is the use of four electric motors, housed at each of the four wheels. Another is the use of advanced supercapacitors, something that Lamborghini has already fiddled with in the current Aventador.

But it wouldn’t be a Lamborghini concept without the inclusion of mind-blowing technology. This is where those body panels come into the equation. The idea is that instead of installing a clunky battery pack in the car – that’s added weight, among other perceived nuisances – the energy storage are built into the body panels of the car through that carbon fiber sandwiching process I alluded to earlier. Having this energy source in the body of the car not only helps in generating high amounts of power for the car, but also assists it through fast recharging, effective regeneration of kinetic energy, and slow degradation of the battery pack itself.


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“Lamborghini says that the concept will be able to monitor its carbon fiber structure and detect if there are any issues to any of its panels”

The technology itself is a definite shot into the future, but it isn’t without its real-world issues, one of which is the physical integrity of the carbon fiber. As durable as it is, it’s no vibranium, so there is a possibility that the material cracks or even breaks, especially when it’s subjected to a good amount of electricity literally flowing inside of it. To address that, Lambo and MIT are looking at a tech feature that essentially lets the carbon fiber material heal by itself.

I won’t blame any of you if your eyebrows start trending upwards, but this is still a concept so the thin line between reality is fantasy is understandably a lot more blurred than it should be. In any event, Lamborghini says that the concept will be able to monitor its carbon fiber structure – there’s that AI technology I’m predicting – and detect if there are any issues to any of its panels, be it cracked, or completely broken. In these instances, the Italian automaker literally said that “micro-channels filled with healing chemistries” will do the repairs by themselves. I don’t know what micro-channels are, and I’m pretty sure that the phrase “healing chemistries” is a good source of chuckles, but the possibilities are pretty fascinating, provided that you open your imagination.

In other words, when the world’s greatest minds collaborate on a concept like the Lamborghini Terzo Millenio, we’re going to need to give them some latitude on some of the crazy stuff.

Conclusion


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There’s a lot to like about the Lamborghini Terzo Millennia, but as with most concept vehicles like this, it’s hard to really gauge its effectiveness. Most of what Lamborghini and MIT created speak to an automotive future that doesn’t exist yet or, at best, is at least still in its embryonic stage. It’s hard to tell if these features will ever come to pass, let alone turn into something meaningful in the future. These are discussions for another time, though credit should still go to Lamborghini for already looking into future automotive technology.

As far as how the concept looks, well, just look at it. It’s the embodiment of what it means to take pride in the Lamborghini name. Fearsome, brutish, and classy all at the same time. That’s the kind of concept we expect from the Italian automaker. Safe to say that it’s reassuring to know that the company hasn’t lost its touch in this regard.

  • Leave it
    • Some tech features are too outlandish to even think about
    • Can Lamborghini develop these techs for future application?
    • Don’t expect a production model anytime soon, maybe ever.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Is Raging Bull of the Future

Who was it said Lambo would never ever go electric? Well, the Italian car maker themselves would beg to differ. They took to MIT, of all places, to unveil the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, which is their vision of a super sports car for the third millennium. And it’s electrified, rather beautifully. 

Previewing the design of future super cars, Lamborghini Terzo Millennio is as mad and as brash as you would expect a car whose emblem is the image of a bull in the midst of a fit. But it’s not all drama and no wisdom this time around. You see, with the Trezo the main focus has been on technology and innovation rather than style and excitement. The four pillars upon which this concept is erected include “Energy, Innovation in Materials, Powertrain & Vehicle Architecture, Sound & Emotion.”

All that sounds rather un-Lambo-like. But you can’t really expect them to go on into the future still making V12 gas-guzzlers in the year 2025. So Lamborghini Terzo Millennio features in-wheel electric motors. This enables the designers to play around with the parts no longer restricted by the shape of the running gear underneath them. It also enables the engineers to have a 4WD system with computer code rather than oily mechanical bits. The Trezo also benefits from nanomaterial for weight saving and sustainability purposes. What’s more, Lamborghini aim is to develop an innovative supercapacitor able to close the gap with conventional batteries in terms of energy density, preserving an outstanding power density.















So yes, most of the stuff Lamborghini Terzo Millennio presents as its virtues are nothing more than wishes for the time being. But Lambo has the will and the capably to make it all happen. They want to assure you though that the transition to electricity and fancy materials does not mean the Lamborghinis of the future are going to be dull and soulless creatures. They are going to make sure you still get plenty of visceral pleasure from these machines.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept Unveiled

Lamborghini just unveiled its latest concept vehicle. Dubbed the Terzio Millennio, or “third millennium,” don’t expect to see one of these driving around on public roads any time soon. Rather, the Terzo Millennio is Lambo’s look into the distant future, imagining what’s possible in terms of energy delivery, material technology, and of course, insane exterior design. And before you go off in the comments section about the impossibility of some of the ideas proposed here, you should probably know the concept was developed in collaboration with MIT. So then – maybe you could call this thing an “educated guess”?

First and foremost, the concept is electric, bristling with various kinetic energy recovery systems to keep it as efficient as possible. However, rather than the traditional battery set-up, the Terzo Millennio uses a supercapacitor system, which would theoretically provide an ever bigger wallop when pressing the go pedal.

Next up, the Terzo Millennio is made from lightweight composites. No surprise there, but apparently, this ain’t your daddy’s carbon fiber. Instead, Lambo proposes a nanomaterial construction that actually acts as an energy storage system, keeping the electricity flowing while also providing the structure and body of the car. What’s more, Lambo foresees a self-monitoring system that will actually detect cracks in the composite structure and self-heal the damage, like some kind of giant organic skin.

Finally, Lambo wants an AWD drivetrain with independent electric motors, allowing more freedom in the body design, and as a result, better aero. More importantly, though, Lambo says the Terzo Millennio has to sound like a proper supercar, which will be quite the trick indeed.

What do you think of it? Does the idea of an electric, self-healing Lamborghini sit well with you, or is all this just a bunch of crazy talk?

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster 50th Anniversary Japan

As part of the Lamborghini Day Tokyo parade last week the Italian supercar maker revealed the Aventador S Roadster 50th Anniversary Japan. This series consists of five one-off Aventador S model, each style to represent one of the five natural elements of Japanese culture: water, earth, fire, wind, and sky. 

Designed by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam Department to mark the 50th anniversary of the brand in the lad of the rising sun, the Aventador S Roadster 50th Anniversary Japan boast some of the most unique colors and trims ever fitted to a Lambo. This video takes you for a walk around this model and shows off all five colors:

To give you a little bit more details on one of the Aventador S Roadster 50th Anniversary Japan models, the car representing water features blue and black on the exterior and carbon fiber windscreen frame and the hard top. The special paint job alone has taken 170 hours to make. Inside, the car features Nero Ade black leather and Nero Cosmus black Alcantara, garnished with exquisite embroidery in blue representing the Japanese symbol for bamboo (Y). This has taken 100 hours of artisan work.








Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, commented: “On the occasion of this important anniversary for our brand in Japan, I wish to thank our Japanese customers for their support over the years and their strong bond with our marque. Thanks to them, Japan has now become our second most important market worldwide in terms of cars sold. And with the arrival of the Urus in 2018, we predict further unprecedented success in this country.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Lamborghini Day Tokyo Celebrates Brand’s 50th Anniversary

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s arrival in Japan was an important enough occasion to see the presence of the company’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali. The big man joined the processions at Lamborghini Day Tokyo parade which brought together a huge number of Lamborghinis and marked the  the Aventador S Roadster

2017 Lamborghini Day Tokyo was also venue where the Italian sports car maker introduced the Aventador S Roadster 50th Anniversary Japan, produced in just five units destined exclusively for the Japanese market. Inspired by the five natural elements in Japanese culture, each of these supercars comes in a unique color that represents each the elements: water, earth, fire, wind, and sky.

Aventador S Roadster 50th Anniversary Japan is a creation of Ad Personam division, an office of the brand specializing in special orders and one-offs. A bunch of specialists have spent a great deal of time on each one of these cars, with the special paint works alone taking 170 hours. The Water version, for instance, the special effect is a blend of blue and black, and it has windscreen frame and the hard top in exposed carbon fiber. Inside, Nero Ade black leather and Nero Cosmus black Alcantara are complemented with embroidery on the seats and on the hard top that evokes the Japanese symbol for bamboo (Y).







The Lamborghini Day events also included the “Lamborghini Day Concours d’Élégance Tokyo”, now in its second edition. The most beautiful models of the brand’s history, including Miura, Diablo and Countach participated in the Concours, with a total of 50 automobiles. The participating cars also included the Miura SV restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico that won Best of Show at the “Lamborghini & Design Concours d’Élégance” held in Neuchâtel on 17 September. The jury, composed of 13 international judges, evaluated the most representative models of each era, divided into eight classes. The Best of Show prize was awarded to an orange Countach LP 400 from 1976 (car serial number#1120186).

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Doubles Down to Keep up with the Jones’

It’s 18 months in the works, but Lamborghini has finally completed the expansion to its production facility in Sant’ Agata Bolognese, Italy. In short, the facility has, quite literally, doubled in size from more than 861,000 square feet to more than 1.7 million square feet (80,000 square meters to 160,000 square meters). Its primary purpose was to provide a home for the assembly line that will move the Urus through its various stages of production, from start to finish. It also includes a new office building (with LEED Platinum certification) that is said to carry the highest standards for energy, building design, and production. There’s also a new warehouse, second trigeneration power plant, and a new energy hub. As equally important as the new production line, however, is the completed installation of a new test track that has 13 different surfaces. It was built specifically for testing SUVs (or so the execs can go out and get in some off-road play, right?)

All told, the completion of this massive expansion will allow Lamborghini to up its production capacity by 100 percent, to 7,000 units annually. Sure, that’s next to nothing compared to companies like GM, Ford, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mazda, Toyota and Honda, but this is Lamborghini we’re talking about, and it pushes them to a whole new level of production heaven – or hell, depending on what happens. According to Lamborghini, a total of 600 different enterprises helped to complete the expansion, and as many as 3,600 workers from outside companies took part in the massive project. Cue the back patting. All told, it’s a pretty big deal because it not only brings the Urus closer to customer hands but opens the door for new and exciting models in the future. If you’re into cars, my friend, this really is a really good time to be alive.

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“The facility has, quite literally, doubled in size from more than 861,000 square feet to more than 1.7 million square feet (80,000 square meters to 160,000 square meters)”

Lamborghini is a very limited company. Not in the sense that it can’t do much or has limited funds or revenue, but in the sense that it maintains a very low production rate to maintain a certain status amongst its customers. None of its current models, like the Huracan and the Aventador, would be anywhere near as valuable or special if everyone and their brothers had one, and there’s a reason you don’t see them filling the parking lots of every majorly successful law firm: Exclusivity. Not everybody can drive a Lambo, and maintaining low production numbers is a sheer guarantee because we all know, there’s plenty of folks out there with deep pockets.

On the other hand, if Lambo wants to expand its lineup, this is the start of a very good thing. Imagine a future where the company can produce 12,000 models per year, with some 5 or 6 model names, and 50+ model variations in its stable. Not only will profits go through the roof, but the company will be gracing the world with healthy doses of beautiful cars. Meanwhile, by keeping things for each model to such a limited production rate, everything will maintain its exclusivity. Ala – the purists can maintain their deep-pocketed happiness for another few years. Well, until Lambo decides to build a daily driver for the masses hahaha

References

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read more Lamborghini news.

PostHeaderIcon New Lamborghini Factory Opens in Time for SUV Production

Automobili Lamborghini announced today a major expansion of its Sant’ Agata Bolognese factory. The new Lamborghini factory has twice the production site of the old one, which result in dramatic increase in its capacity. The changes have been implemented in time for the production of the Urus SUV

Manifattura Lamborghini, as they call the new production site with its advanced industry 4.0 technologies, ensures the Urus, which is a super sport SUV, is a product of utmost quality and craftsmanship. The new Lamborghini factory is grown from 80,000 to 160,000 m2, meaning that it can now produce twice the number of cars it currently puts out annually, bring it up to 7,000 units. You know what this means. :Lamborghini has banked heavily on the Urus’s success. That kind of volume also hints at the arrival of a four-door model in the near future.

Among the highlights of the facility we can mention a new assembly line dedicated to Urus, the new finishing department for all Lamborghini models, and a new office building with LEED Platinum certification. So the new factory is environmentally friendly as well, which is more than can be said about the car that are made there. There is also a new test track with thirteen different surfaces specific to SUVs. That tells us the Urus is every bit as ‘super’ as Lambo says it is. AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) are anther feature of the new Lamborhgini factory, as is enhanced ergonomics and safety, and digitization.



Ranieri Niccoli, Chief Manufacturing Officer, commented: “With our third model, we wanted to introduce the most innovative production technologies and smart factory concepts, supporting and complementing the activities of our workforce. Urus ushers in a new model of factory, which we call Manifattura Lamborghini, a new point of reference in the luxury automobile industry. The substantial resultant benefits include greater production flexibility, better information accessibility, and the interconnection of systems: strengthening the professionalism of craftsmanship that has always distinguished us and supporting the doubling of our production volumes.”

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Revisits LM002 SUV in Preparation for Urus Launch

This coming December Lamborghini will finally revealed their Urus SUV in production form. So as a sort of warm up for the public to get reacclimated to the idea of a Lamborghini SUV, they are taking us on a journey back in time. It’s the 1980s and Lambo has just come out a crazy SUV called the LM002.

To all intents and purposes, Lamborghini LM002 was a disaster when it was released. Even by the standards of the 80s the thing didn’t make much sense. The notoriously unreliable V12 engine from a Countach in a baldy made off road vehicle was a recipe for disaster. There are famous stories of motoring journalists never being able to finish a test drive in the LM SUV because it either broke down or ran out of fuel. The LM 002’s development started as a project to develop a high performance off-road vehicle for military use at the end of the 1970s. But that would have been even more ridiculous.

But all of those faults, all that insanity, is what today makes the LM002 one of the most iconic cars of all times. We think it’s because nobody makes really crazy cars anymore just to test the boundaries of reason and see what’s possible. That is why this monster is the ideal vehicle to create some buzz for the new Lamborghini SUV, the Urus. Don’t be alarmed. The new model is not going to be anything like the LM. If anything it’s just going to be more like a Q7 in a tracksuit. But the message Lambo is trying to convey here is that the spirit of the ubatz LM002 lives on in the new Urus. It will have “exceptional power and torque, distinctive design and a very significant presence.”

The black LM002 (chassis #12231) from the Lamborghini museum, entirely-restored by the classic department Lamborghini Polo Storico represents Lamborghini’s original SUV creation. In an aluminum and fiberglass body, with four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case and three self-locking differentials, the SUV could exceed gradients of 120%. Reaching speeds of more than 200 km/h, the LM002 was equipped with specially-developed Pirelli Scorpion tyres, allowing ‘floating’ capabilities across soft surfaces such as sand, and highly durable in hot conditions. The production of the bodies started in a company near Bilbao (Spain). Then the semi- assembled parts were shipped to Sant’Agata Bolognese for completion with the powertrain, mechanical parts, finishing, testing and delivery. A luxurious interior matching the individual needs of the customer completed the LM 002.







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PostHeaderIcon With The Urus Debut Now Imminent, Lambo Does A Throwback To Its First SUV

We’re only a few a months away from the official debut of the Lamborghini Urus SUV, which is slated to appear in the metal at Lambo’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, on December 4th. In anticipation of the big unveiling, Lamborghini is spotlighting its very first venture into the SUV segment – the LM002, a.k.a., the “Rambo Lambo,” by bringing out the fully restored chassis #12231 from the Lamborghini museum. Finished in black, this large-and-in-charge Italian off-roader is one of just 300 units produced during the LM002’s original production run, which concluded about a quarter century ago. Today, it remains an odd, yet fascinating look at what happens when a sports car maker decides to make SUVs.

Of course, the LM002 isn’t that weird if you dig into Lambo’s history. Prior to making fast cars, Lamborghini actually produced tractors, and it continues to do so today. In addition, Lamborghini also makes powerboat engines and motorcycles. The point is this – just because its best known for its outlandish sports cars, Lamborghini won’t be pigeonholed. So what’s the deal with the LM002, and what can it tell us about the upcoming Urus? Read on for the details.

Continue reading for the full story.

Some Brief History On The LM002


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“Interestingly, the predecessor to the LM002 was designed as a military vehicle”

Interestingly, the predecessor to the LM002 was designed as a military vehicle, which actually isn’t all that surprising when you look at the final product. Dubbed the “Cheetah,” the vehicle could be considered the predecessor to the Humvee, although Lambo ended up putting the project to bed towards the end of the ‘70s.

In 1981, an engineer at Lambo by the name of Giulio Alfieri brought the project out of retirement, this time with consideration for public consumption. The first concept was called the LM001, and it used a rear-mounted V-8 engine from AMC. However, it was quickly determined that the tail-centric powertrain in the LM001 made for some pretty hairy handling off-road, so a new front-engine concept followed.


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“The final LM002 production model debuted in 1986 at the Brussels Auto Show, this time rocking a V-12 engine from the Countach Quattrovalvole in the nose.”

The final LM002 production model debuted in 1986 at the Brussels Auto Show, this time rocking a V-12 engine from the Countach Quattrovalvole in the nose. Displacement came to 5.2 liters, while peak output was rated at 450 horsepower arriving at 6,800 rpm. Outside, the LM002 mates aluminum and fiberglass for the body, while a 4WD system puts the power down through a transfer case and three self-locking diffs. Pirelli’s Scorpion tire compound was used for better all-surface agility. All this gear meant that in addition to sure-footedness in the rough stuff, the LM002 can also reach speeds of 200 kph (124 mph).

Equipping the LM002 with the same V-12 engine found in the Countach was an interesting choice for Lamborghini. After all, as one of the most iconic Raging Bulls ever made, the Countach had a way of adding a dash of performance flavoring to anything and everything associated with it, including the LM002. Add in a luxurious interior and a dose of off-roading capability, and the LM002 was utterly unique for its time.

So What About The Urus?


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“The Urus should manage a run to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with top speed pegged at 180 mph”

For starters, it’ll definitely get a lot of power, just like the preceding LM002. Word has it there will be a twin-turbo V-8 making the go, with over 600 horses on tap. With that much output, the Urus should manage a run to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with top speed pegged at 180 mph. Lambo might even consider a more-powerful SuperVeloce version with as much as 700 horsepower.

The interior will also be quite luxurious, with oodles of high-end materials and a premium infotainment system, not to mention loads of space. Also expect to see a rather sporty-looking cabin layout, with comfortable-yet-supportive bucket seats and a leather-rimmed flat-bottom steering wheel. Carbon fiber trim will be plentiful.

“Word has it there will be a twin-turbo V-8 making the go, with over 600 horses on tap.”

Speaking of carbon fiber, the composite will also likely see plenty of use on the outside, much in the same way fiberglass and aluminum were used for the LM002. Active aero will help it stick. Meanwhile, the styling will loudly announce its sports car heritage, unlike the bulky LM002.

References

Lamborghini LM002


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Read our full review on the 1986 – 1993 Lamborghini LM002.

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Urus.

Hummer H1


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Read our full review on the 1992-2006 Hummer H1.

Lamborghini Countach


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Read our full review on the 1973-1990 Lamborghini Countach.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Aventador Performante

It’s been around six months since Lamborghini upgraded the flagship Aventador to S specs, thus introducing the facelifted model, and the Italian firm is already testing a new iteration of the supercar. With the mid-cycle facelift and the high-performance SuperVeloce (SV) already on the road it might seem out of place for Lambo to test a new version of the current generation model, but the prototype our paparazzi caught testing on public roads doesn’t appear to be a next-gen car. Instead, it looks like Lamborghini is actually preparing yet another high-performance model.

There’s no official confirmation from the automaker as of this writing, but the general consensus is that Lamborghini will launch a Performante version of the Aventador soon. As you may remember, the Performante is a more extreme version of the Huracan that uses a more powerful engine and race-inspired aerodynamics. Oh, and it’s the fourth quickest car around the Nurburgring as well as the fastest Lambo on the German race track. Yup, it’s quicker than the Aventador SV, which is why a Performante version of the flagship supercar is actually a really good idea. Let’s find out more about it below.

Updated 10/04/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador Performante out for a new testing session, and this time it reveals its both coupe and roadster versions.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Aventador Performante.

Spy Shots

October 4, 2017 – Lamborghini Aventador Performante caught testing in both coupe and roadster version


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Exterior


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“The two additional exhaust pipes in the rear fascia suggest that this is indeed the upcoming Aventador Performante”

While the prototype seems to be nearly identical to the existing S model, launched for the 2018 model year, there are a few clues that indicate this isn’t a standard model. Arguably the most important of them all is visible around back, where the supercar sports two additional exhaust pipes. The outlets are mounted higher into the body, where the license plate should be, which is very similar to the positioning seen on the Huracan Performante.

The standard exhaust placed in the diffuser is still there, but it seems that it’s no longer in use and will most definitely disappear as the supercar moves closer to production. What’s more, the intakes below the taillights are also larger, yet another feature seen on the Huracan Performante.


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“The aero bits seen on the Huracan Performante should find their way on the Aventador as testing evolves”

The front isn’t very different, but the bumper seems incomplete and there’s still a bit of tape here and there. This means that Lamborghini is working on a more aggressive aerodynamic package that will include additional bumper elements such as winglets and maybe even a revised splitter. Granted, there’s no sign of the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) system that Lambo created for the Huracan Performante, but these aero bits should find their way on the Aventador as testing evolves.

The package should include numerous carbon-fiber parts, a large rear wing, a redesigned diffuser, and reshaped vents in the front and rear.

Interior


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Note: Huracan Perfomante interior pictured here.

There’s no hint as to what we may find inside in addition to what the standard Aventador features, but it’s safe to assume that the Performante will benefit from all the upgrades that the supercar received in 2017. Novelties include a new digital instrument cluster, the Ego mode, and Apple CarPlay connectivity. In addition to that, it should get some of the new features seen in the Huracan Performante.

“Many elements will be replaced by the company's "forged composite" alloy, made from chopped carbon fiber and resin.”

For starters, many elements will be replaced by the company’s “forged composite” alloy, made from chopped carbon fiber and resin. Lambo used this material for the A/C vents, gear paddles, door handles, and center console in the Huracan, so it’s safe to assume we should see similar bits in the Aventador Performante.

Much like any track-prepped supercar, nearly every surface will come wrapped in black Alcantara. However, contrast stitching and the optional “Y” graphics for the seats will add a splash of color. On the tech side, the digital display will be updated to include information from the ALA system, in which Lambo’s telemetry function will be included in the standard package.

Drivetrain


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“I expect the Aventador Performante to crank out around 765 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of twist.”

With the Performante nameplate having added extra horsepower and torque to the Huracan, it’s safe to assume that it will do the same for the Aventador. However, the Aventador Performante needs to be not only more powerful than the standard model, but also sit above the SuperVeloce in terms of output.

Based on the increase seen on the Huracan Performante, I expect the Aventador Performante to crank out around 765 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of twist. This would translate into a 35-horsepower and 21-pound-foot increase over the Aventador S and a 25-horsepower increase over the SV model.

It might not seem like a lot more oomph, but the revised 6.5-liter V-12 engine will be backed by a range of weight-saving features that will reduce the car’s curb weight by around 100 pounds. As a result, it should be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 2.7 seconds, two tenths quicker than the standard model. At the same time, the Performante will be a tenth-second quicker than the SuperVeloce.

“All these enhancements should also enable the Aventador Performante to lap the Nurburgring track quicker than the SuperVeloce.”

The extra power should also make use of a new chassis setup, a revised suspension system with stiffer everything, and ventilated cross-drilled carbon-ceramic brakes.

All these enhancements should also enable the Aventador Performante to lap the Nurburgring track quicker than the SuperVeloce, which needed 6:59.73 minutes. Actually, the Aventador should also be quicker than the Huracan Performante, which just set a new production car record with a 6:52.01-minute lap. Will the Aventador Performante become the first street-legal production model to lap the “Green Hell” in less than six minutes and 50 seconds? Chances are it will, but all we can do right now is wait and see.

Prices


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Pricing information is obviously still a mystery, but it’s safe to assume that the Performante will be the most expensive Aventador ever. With the Aventador S priced from $421,350, the Performante could cost around $480,000 before options.

Competition

Ferrari 812 Superfast


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Granted, the 812 Superfast isn’t as track-focused at the Aventador Performante, but until Ferrari updates the F12tdf to 812 specifications, you’ll have to settle for this car if you’re hooked on Maranello-built vehicles. Launched as a mid-cycle upgrade for the F12berlinetta, the 812 Superfast was redesigned significantly on the outside, gaining a more aggressive stance and more modern features. The Superfast gets its juice from a new, 6.5-liter V-12 rated at 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. That’s 59 extra horsepower compared to the F12berlinetta, to go with 20 additional pound-feet of twist. The 812 Superfast is also more potent than the limited-edition F12tdf, boasting an extra 20 horsepower and 11 pound-feet, which makes it the most powerful Ferrari in the company’s history. Not surprisingly, the 812 Superfast is quicker than the F12berlinetta from 0 to 60 mph, needing 2.9 ticks to complete the benchmark. Pricing is not yet available, but it should fetch around $340,000 before options.

Learn more about the Ferrari 812 Superfast here.

Posche 911 Turbo S


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The 911 Turbo S isn’t exactly a supercar in terms of out and it’s definitely not the kind of vehicle that Lambo and Ferrari buyers would consider, but it’s amazingly fast. Its exterior design is arguably more iconic than those of its competitors, while the cabin has plenty of premium features and tech to brag about. The 2017-model-year update brought a revised twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six engine that cranks out 580 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and it’s this specific feature that makes the 911 Turbo S a menacing car. While not as powerful as the Aventador or Superfast, the Turbo S has more torque at its disposal and when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, it becomes incredibly quick, needing only 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Another thing that makes the 911 Turbo S an appealing choice is the $188,100 sticker.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S here.

Conclusion


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The rumor about Lambo building a Performante version of the Aventador took me by surprise. Sure, the Italians could use a different name and leave the Performante badge for the Huracan only, but it’s still big news given that the Murcielago never made it past the “SV” version. This means that Lambo is set out to defeat the competition in just about any department in what appears to be a very aggressive campaign against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren. If the Huracan manages to retain its record a while longer and the Aventador hits the market with its very own benchmark, Lambo will become the first manufacturer to rule ’Ring with two cars at the same time.

  • Leave it
    • Not much is known about it right now
    • Awfully expensive

References

Lamborghini Aventador


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracán GT3 wins the 2017 Blancpain GT Series

With a third place in Barcelona, the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Grasser Racing wins the title of the esteemed GT competition. Factory drivers Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart and Andrea Caldarelli get the drivers’ title for the Lamborghini Squadra Corse.

Barcelona – Sant’Agata Bolognese, last round of the season, the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of the Austrian group Grasser Racing has been crowned 2017 champion of the Blancpain GT Series, the most lofty and hard-battled GT title on the planet.

A third-place was sufficient for the factory drivers of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart and Andrea Caldarelli, to secure the 2017 title, following a three-hour race always in the top positions. 50 cars started the race, so the final performance of these pilots is beyond impressive once again.

The Barcelona race was the crowning of a season that saw the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 #63 of Grasser Racing battling for the best positions amid each of the ten rounds of the Blancpain GT Series, both in the Sprint Cup races (with Bortolotti and Engelhart), and in the Endurance Cup ones (with Andrea Caldarelli and the already said drivers).

The season has been set apart by numerous astounding outcomes: a triumph at Monza and Silverstone in the Endurance Cup, a twofold win at Brands Hatch in the Sprint Cup in addition to a long arrangement of point wraps up. The consistency of each performance, the unwavering quality of the Huracán GT3, the astounding activity done by Grasser Racing and the speed of the Lamborghini drivers were unequivocal for winning such a hard-battled title as the Blancpain GT Series, in which tenths of seconds are fight for fearlessly.

Altogether there are four titles won for Lamborghini in the Blancpain GT Series title: the Austrian group wins the Overall and Endurance Cup Team titles. Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart win the Overall and Endurance Cup Driver’s title, this last one together with Andrea Caldarelli.

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PostHeaderIcon An Autonomous Lamborghini? Forget About It!

The concept of zigging when everyone else is zagging is nothing new in the auto industry. Trends are always a big pull in the business, after all, but there are times when not buckling to them is in the best interest of a particular automaker. Take Lamborghini for example. While most of the industry is moving along into adopting different forms of autonomous driving technology, the Raging Bull isn’t joining the party. Not now. Not anytime soon.

Speaking with Digital Trends, Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s head of research and development, said that the Italian automaker has no plans of introducing autonomous driving to any of its cars in the future. It’s worth noting that Lamborghini also took the same line of thinking when discussing electric cars a few months back. Part of the reason for resisting the urge to go autonomous or electric is that by doing so, the company would effectively rob its customers of the same core principles of driving that it has stood for since, well, it began offering cars. At its roots, Lamborghini is a company that prides itself on giving its customers the most visceral of driving experiences. An autonomous driving Lambo not only removes that experience away from the driver, but it also cuts off the legs of the very principles that it has prided itself on showcasing each and every time a new model comes into the picture. None of this is surprising. There are companies that can embrace autonomous driving and there are those that can’t, or won’t. Lamborghini falls into the latter category, where it should be in the first place.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Lamborghini has made an about-face before with the Urus so why should we believe it now?


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First of all, an SUV is far different from an autonomous driving car, for all the reasons that you and I can think of. It’s true that Lamborghini previously said that it wouldn’t build an SUV at any cost because it would run counter to its performance car identity. But automakers like Porsche, Audi, and Bentley proved that just because it’s an SUV, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be dripping in power, performance, and luxury.

“Even with a price tag approaching $200,000, the Lamborghini Urus is expected to be a hot ticket item”

If anything, Lamborghini was smart to jump in on the SUV craze because of how popular the market is right now. Even with a price tag approaching $200,000, the Lamborghini Urus is expected to be a hot ticket item, possibly even becoming the most popular Lamborghini ever in terms of sales volume. From a business perspective, it made enough sense that Lambo didn’t have to justify itself when it announced that it was indeed launching an SUV.

An autonomous driving vehicle is different though because its core principle runs directly opposed to Lamborghinis. What’s the point of having a car with that much power and performance capabilities when a computer is driving it? The thrill of speed may still be there, but it’s not the kind of speed that’s generated by having a foot on the pedal. Mauricio Reggiani said it best in his conversation with Digital Trends. “If you buy a Lamborghini, you buy it to have fun and enjoy the driving,” he said.

“The thrill of speed may still be there, but it’s not the kind of speed that’s generated by having a foot on the pedal”

That’s precisely the line of thinking that has turned the Italian automaker into one of the most famous performance car brands in the world. Going against that because the entire industry is embracing autonomous driving technology as the future wouldn’t be in the best interest of the automaker now, or you know, ever.

References

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our speculative review on the 2018 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read more Lamborghini news.

PostHeaderIcon Can Lamborghini Get Even More Extreme With Its Models?

There are some things in the auto industry that are completely indisputable, one of which is Lamborghini’s reputation for being the creator of some of the most extreme supercars in the world. In the past few years alone, we’ve seen Sant’Agata come up with the Aventador J, Veneno Roadster, and most recently, the Centenario. But what if I told you that Lamborghini can go even deeper into its maniacal side and come up with future cars that border on being complete lunacy? It could actually happen now that the company has announced a closer working relationship between its road car division and the Squadra Corse racing team.

News of this development arrived on the heels of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo’s launch, a car that could just as well serve as a preview of what we can expect from the tighter relationship between the two Lambo divisions. No less than the automaker’s motorsport aftersales boss, Silvestro D’Amico, hinted to Autocar the possibilities of what this kind of partnership could create for the brand. “We are still new to motorsport compared to other companies in this field, but already we are having our design department working more closely with the racing side,” he said. “There will be more exchanges of information and technologies.” Think of what these exchanges of information and technologies can do when they’re applied to road-going cars. This kind of thing has been happening in the industry a lot these days, most recently between Mercedes-AMG and the Mercedes Formula One team. We all know what came out of that, so is it possible that Lamborghini will eventually follow the same road?

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Who’s excited for this development?


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I’m well aware that Lamborghini has shunned the thought of building a hypercar because “it’s a leader, not a follower.” Okay, sure, Lamborghini. I will take you on your word, but I do need to say too that the winds in the auto industry change instantaneously almost all of the time. I’ll take you on your word, one one hand, but I’ll also have a grain of salt on the other.

“Lamborghini can go even deeper into its maniacal side and come up with future cars that border on being complete lunacy”

I’m especially convinced now that there’s something afoot within the company after hearing about this “closer” relationship between the automaker’s racing and road car divisions. We saw how the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo turned out so don’t think for one second that Lamborghini isn’t already thinking of something that it can do to showcase the strengths of its two divisions and present it in one package. Remember, it was only a few days ago when the automaker’s own director of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, fessed up and admitted that Lamborghini is already developing its latest one-off (translation: limited edition in Lambo speak) to follow in the burnt tires left behind by the Centenario supercar.


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What this closer relationship tells me is that the pieces are falling into place for something potentially special to come out of Lamborghini. I don’t know what it’s going to be at the moment. It could be a new supercar, a hypercar, a one-off something, or a combination of all three. There’s no telling what Lamborghini is capable of, but when you add the element of a race car division into the mix, the definition of “what’s possible” suddenly becomes something that we can all get excited about.

That’s where I’m at now. I’m intrigued, excited, and properly curious about what Lamborghini is cooking up, now that the puzzle pieces are starting to make some sense.

References

Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.

Lamborghini Aventador J


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Aventador J.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster.

Lamborghini Centenario


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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo

Back in 2014, during the annual auto extravaganza that is Monterey Car Week, Lamborghini revealed the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, a hardcore, race-ready iteration of the popular Lamborghini Huracan road car. Framed as an entry into the exciting world of GT3 racing, the Super Trofeo offers world-class performance at a relatively affordable price point. Built to spec for competition in the international one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, more than 150 examples of the Super Trofeo have sold worldwide in the three years its been on the market, with racers taking to the track in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. As many as 90 cars participate in the series annually. Now, the motorsports geeks from Lamborghini Squadra Corse just released an updated version of the Super Trofeo at a special event at Sant’Agata Bolognese, and it’s got improved aerodynamics and new safety measures, all with the same Super Trofeo fun.

“As it is a single-brand series, there are no regulatory demands that mean a successful model has to be altered. But with the Evo we wanted to give our customers an even more thrilling experience at the wheel, with superior performance and improved safety,” says Lambo’s Head of Motosport, Giorgio Sanna. Lambo’s CEO Stefano Domenicali adds, “Lamborghini Squadra Corse is continuing its plan to grow and consolidate its position as a trend setter on the competition scene.” So then – is this six-figure speed toy worth the outlay?

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.

Exterior


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As you probably expect, the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo employs a good amount of carbon fiber in order to keep the car’s curb weight as low as possible. That extends to the exterior body components, all of which use the popular composite in their construction.

Of course, that’s what the last Super Trofeo got as well, so what’s new this time around?

Probably the biggest update of the whole enchilada is the aerodynamics package, which was extensively redesigned by Automobili Lamborghini and Dallara Engineering, with styling input from Lamborghini Centrol Stile as well. The overall goal was to “maintain the same high downforce of the previous model, while achieving higher overall aerodynamic efficiency and so less resistance to forward travel with improved stability.”

As such, most of the exterior design was reworked, with the only carryover components being the flat floor, front splitter, and rear diffuser. Kicking off the upgrade list is a new rear engine cover fin and upper intake component.


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“Much like you might see on a Le Mans prototype or Formula 1 car, the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo employs a sizable rear fin that helps to increase rear stability”

The fin is similar to something you might see on a Le Mans prototype car or Formula 1 car, and was designed to substantially increase lateral stability. “Lamborghini’s official development drivers, in ongoing testing of the new Huracan Super Trofeo Evo since last spring, felt a considerable increase in rear stability when taking fast bends along with a reduction in oversteering, resulting in better driving stability and faster cornering,” says Lamborghini. And, to be honest, that’s exactly what you want with amateur drivers at the helm, as high-speed rotation can often result in pricey repair bills.


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“The fin was designed to substantially increase lateral stability, and that’s exactly what you want with amateur drivers at the helm – high-speed rotation can often result in pricey repair bills.”

Ahead of the spine-mounted fin is an airscoop, which was designed to force feed the engine extra cold air. In fact, the scoop works so well, it actually ups peak torque by 3 percent when traveling at the vehicle’s electronically limited top speed, improving upon the old design considerably. The new intake also allowed Lamborghini to redesign the rear end of the vehicle for higher levels of aerodynamic efficiency, and, as Lambo is quick to point out, the new design looks better as well.

Further upgrades include a larger “rocker cover fin” in the flanks, which helps to improve overall cooling efficiency for the radiators. In front is a brand-new bumper, which was tweaked with larger lower intakes, plus new aero side spoilers that add additional downforce in front, thus increasing overall front-end grip and sharpening turn in characteristics.

The front fenders were also made to be sharper and flatter, and now incorporate a new slit in the upper section that acts to lower aerodynamic drag.


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“Perched on top of the tail is the requisite adjustable rear wing, while a new spoiler designed with a flatter, larger surface is underneath.”

Perched on top of the tail is the requisite adjustable rear wing, while a new spoiler designed with a flatter, larger surface is underneath. This spoiler manages to help increase downforce without adding any extra drag, while the wing is mounted on top of aluminum pillars. Despite being metal, rather than composite, the wing pillars still weigh as much as their carbon counterparts. The wing also got larger end plates, while larger ventilation elements were added as well.


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“The result of all this tweaking is 8 percent less drag – not bad when you consider downforce goes unchanged.”

The result of all this tweaking is 8 percent less drag – not bad when you consider downforce goes unchanged. Lambo also points out that customers who own the old Super Trofeo model can buy the new body kit and upgrade to the latest spec, if desired.

The livery we see in these press shots was designed at the Lamborghini Centro Stile, and uses a gray base color as a nod to a new partnership between Lambo’s performance department, Lamborghini Squadra Corse, and Roger Dubuis, a producer of high-end watches. The new partnership is slated to kick off in 2018.


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“Overall, we love how this thing looks. It definitely has the craziness and over-the-top aggression we’ve come to expect from the Raging Bull, all of which is greatly enhanced by the motorsport-spec aero gear.”

Overall, we love how this thing looks. It definitely has the craziness and over-the-top aggression we’ve come to expect from the Raging Bull, all of which is greatly enhanced by the motorsport-spec aero gear. We also like the geometric shapes and angular approach, and definitely think this thing is worthy of your aesthetic approval.

Nice job, Lambo.

Interior


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Inside the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, it’s all business. Any and all luxury items were ditched in favor of extracting every last tenth of performance, which means no infotainment, no superfluous materials, and lots of bare structural components. Drivers sit low in bucket seats from performance provider OMP, and grip a small, square steering wheel decked out in a variety of buttons to control various drivetrain and suspension settings. Behind the wheel is a digital readout providing all the pertinent info, across the top of which is a series of lights for razor-crisp up shifts. Racing harnesses and a roll cage round it out.

Speaking of safety gear, the new Evo model improves on the last with a new roof hatch. This component was first introduced on the Huracan GT3, and now finds its way into the Super Trofeo Evo.

“The new Evo model improves on the last with a new roof hatch that was first introduced on the Huracan GT3”

Further upgrades include a new intake in the front fascia that was designed to better circulate the air coming into the cabin, thus improving ventilation and driver comfort as a result. Because if you aren’t comfortable, odds are you aren’t fast either.

Drivetrain


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Providing the go in this updated Lamborghini race car is a 5.2-liter V-10. Don’t bother looking for turbos – this thing is naturally aspirated, baby. Essentially, this is the same lump of go you get with the Huracan road car, but with output uprated to a stout 620 horsepower. That’s more than you get with the LP 610 (602 horsepower) and LP 580 (572 horsepower), but a little less than the recently unveiled LP 640 Performante (632 horsepower). All those ponies are routed exclusively to the rear axle (no AWD system here, just like a proper circuit-bound race car) by way of a six-speed sequential gearbox from X-Track. As a reminder, the street car gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Top speed for the racer is rated at 280 km/h (174 mph). This figure is substantially lower than the 200-mph Huracan street machine, but its not because of the aero – rather, the Evo is electronically limited at a buck 74.

“Thanks to the updates, the new Evo manages a substantial, measurable improvement to performance, as evidenced by lower lap times. When wheeled around the Monza race circuit, the Evo dropped as much as 1.5 seconds per lap.”

This latest model gets updates to the mechanics and electronic systems, as well as a new exhaust that places the catalytic converters in a different location so as to improve the overall exhaust gas efficiency and lower the exhaust gas temperatures.

Thanks to the updates, the new Evo manages a substantial, measurable improvement to performance, as evidenced by lower lap times. When wheeled around the Monza race circuit, the Evo dropped as much as 1.5 seconds per lap (the previous time was 1 minute 47.8 seconds, while the new best time is 1 minute 46.3 seconds). That’s a decent development for a race car, especially when you consider the majority of the upgrades are relegated to the aero, rather than the powertrain.

Chassis And Handling


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Without a doubt, the hallmark of a car like this is extensive utilization of lightweight materials, with carbon fiber employed wherever possible.

To capitalize on the handling benefits of its low, low weight, the latest Super Trofeo comes equipped with a new power steering pump, which offers up greater levels of steering assistance for improved driver feedback.

“Meanwhile, drivers get ABS from Bosch and traction control from Motec.”

Meanwhile, drivers will get to employ several electronic aides in their quest for lower lap times. These include ABS from Bosch and traction control from Motec, with both the traction control and ABS getting as many as 10 individual settings for tuning to preference. Those settings can even be controlled from the steering wheel, which means on-the-fly adjustments as needed.

Prices


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Pricing for the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo starts at $295,000 in the States, and 235,000 euros for customers located in Europe in Asia.

Look for the updated racer to hit the track as early as spring of 2018, with races taking place in Asia, Europe, and North America. Not only will it compete in the one-make Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, but it’ll see time in various GT series and endurance races as well.

Competition

Ferrari 488 Challenge


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If it’s absurd Italian exotic performance that you’re after, but you prefer horses rather than bulls, then Ferrari has your answer. It’s called the 488 Challenge, and it was introduced in 2017 to replace the 458 as Ferrari’s one-make spec competition vehicle. Power arrives thanks to a 3.9-liter V-8 stuffed by twin turbochargers, with power rated at 661 ponies and 561 pound-feet. All of that hits the rear axle through a seven-speed F1-style dual-clutch transmission. Pricing is set at around $300,000.

Read our full review on the Ferrari 488 Challenge.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup


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Of course, Porsche is no stranger to the track either, and Stuttgart’s latest race-bred machine is known as the 911 GT3 Cup. Mounted way out back is a 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine, which was turbocharged to produce 460 horsepower through a six-speed sequential dog box transmission. Aluminum calipers and oversized rotors haul it down, while an enormous wing in the rear keeps the tail planted at speed. Pricing is bit less expensive than the Lambo and Ferrari, starting at $213,000.

Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup..

Conclusion


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Improvement in motorsport is often a matter of very small increments. Even shaving off a few tenths of a second can make all the difference between glory and running as a backmarker. That’s why it isn’t surprising Lambo was so conservative with this latest update to its spec-series racer.

Granted, “conservative” is pretty subjective in this case. The aero upgrades seem rather extensive, but for a full update, we might have expected some engine tuning and suspension tweaks as well.

“A new aero package makes a lot of sense, at least financially. Consider the current Super Trofeo owners.”

That said, a new aero package makes a lot of sense, at least financially. Consider the current Super Trofeo owners – if Lambo decided to ditch the old suspension set-up, they’d be left out in the cold for the new season. Rather, an upgrade with a new body kit is a relatively easy fix by comparison.

Either way, this gentleman racer remains a hot pick for those with enough coin to swing it. Look out, Ferrari.

  • Leave it
    • One very pricey toy
    • Only upgrades are to aero package
    • Ferrari 488 Challenge is mighty tempting

References

Lamborghini Huracan


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan.

Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo


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Read our full review on the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo.

Lamborghini Huracan GT3


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Ferrari 488 Challenge


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Read our full review on the Ferrari 488 Challenge.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup


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Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.

The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

Continue reading to learn more about real-life automakers rendered as podracers.

Ferrari


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The Prancing Horse already has a penchant for turning out some pretty crazy-looking, spaceship-esque designs, so Ferrari is a natural fit for something like this. The first thing to grab us is the rosso corsa paint color, which seems to complement the flaming engines rather well. The cockpit looks like it draws from Formula 1 (top-mounted intake) and the FXX K (rear winglets), while both UPS and Shell branding were added to the profile.

Lamborghini


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Speaking of spaceships, Lambo has traditionally met Ferrari blow for blow when it comes to creating designs destined for bedroom posters. The latest example of this is the Huracan, a V-10-powered monster that looks right at home as a podracer. Point and squirt for the win.

Aston Martin


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Aston Martin clinched an incredible victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, securing a first place-win in the GTE Pro class on the final lap of the iconic race. Indeed, the British Racing Green Aston looks most at home when talking a race track, but seeing it here on the sands of Tatooine ain’t bad either. Up front is the easily recognizable Aston Martin grille, while yellow accents offset the green paint.

Ford GT40


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If that front hood vent doesn’t tip you off, the baby blue and orange Gulf livery surely will. When it comes to American-built race cars, the Ford GT40 is arguably one of the most famous, having taken the fight to the Europeans at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the 60’s. Which naturally leads us to ask – which would take the win on Tatooine, the Ford, or the Ferrari?

Subaru WRX STI WRC


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Dirt. Sand. Rocks. Jumps. These are the things you find in professional rally racing, a sport where Subaru has earned a huge collection of wins and championship titles. Indeed, the rally racing environment seems like the perfect primer for podracing, so we aren’t surprised to see the Six Star’s blue and gold livery making an appearance here.

BMW M1 Procar


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Back in the late ‘70s, Bimmer teamed up with Lamborghini to create a rear/mid-engine production race car, and although Lambo eventually dropped out of the agreement, BMW followed through. The result was the M1, a sexy speed wedge that eventually formed the base for the one-make Procar Championship. Providing a competitive format for well-known race drivers from a diverse range of backgrounds (sports cars, touring cars, Formula 1) to go head-to-head, the M1 Procar livery is recognized worldwide. Now, it’s going intergalactic with this podracer, which even gets a squared-off BMW kidney grille in the nose.

Dodge Charger


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The first generation of the Dodge Charger hit production back in the day for the 1966 model year, followed by a second generation in 1968. Although initially unsuccessful in NASCAR stock racing, the follow-up Charger Daytona arrived in 1969 to break new ground in the sport. In fact, the Daytona was the first car to ever break the 200-mph barrier in NASCAR. We’re not sure about the top speed in this podracer, but with that enormous blower sticking out of the hood, we’re pretty sure it won’t be slow.

References

Ferrari FXX K


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Read our full review on the Ferrari FXX K.

Lamborghini Huracan


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan.

Aston Martin DB9


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Read our full review on the Aston Martin DB9.

Ford GT40


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Read our full review on the Ford GT40.

Subaru WRX STI


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Read our full review on the Subaru WRX STI.

BMW M1


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Read our full review on theBMW M1.

Dodge Charger


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Read our full review on the Dodge Charger.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO Officially Unveiled

The Squadra Corse department of Automobili Lamborghini revealed today a brand-new race car. Well, it’s not new as such, but rather an improved version of an existing model. It’s the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO and it brings with it new and exciting changes. 

One major change is that the Super Trofeo series now has a new title sponsor. It’s another watch maker, Roger Dubuis, whose logo and products is going to dominate the one-make racing series. Speaking of the series, the new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO is no longer limited to this exclusive field of motorsport and can compete  in international Gran Turismo championships in the GT Cup category, and Endurance races as well.

On top of all this, Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO is an altogether more exciting racer than its predecessor. The car boasts entirely redesigned aerodynamics, new devices to improve safety, and several improvements to its mechanics and electronics. Power comes from a 5.2 liter, 620 hp naturally aspirated V10 engine, generating 3% more torque at maximum speed (280 km/h limited electronically). The designers drew inspiration from LMP1 cars to improve the aero and cooling of the EVO. They also introduced a roof hatch safety system from the GT3 model. Other notable highlights of Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO include a new exhaust system with catalytic converters,  rear wheel drive and X-Track six-gear sequential shift, plus ABS by Bosch Motorsport and Traction Control by Motec, both with ten-position settings adjusted via controls on the steering wheel.

The Huracan Super Trofeo EVO will make its track debut in the spring of 2018. Prices start at 235,000 Euros (plus tax) in Europe and Asia, and 295,000 USD in America.









Lamborghini Squadra Corse is continuing its plan to grow and consolidate its position as a trend setter on the competition scene. We are proud to work with a prestigious brand such as Roger Dubuis; one which shares our values of ongoing innovation and product uniqueness, while always respecting our heritage and with the purpose of thrilling and amazing our customers and all those who love the brand around the world,” said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini.

Roger Dubuis Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Pontroué is clearly revved up about this high-energy partnership: “Like Lamborghini, we deliver ‘engines’ distinguished by their extreme quality and cutting-edge performance. Like the owners of exceptional Italian super sports cars, our customers are interested in standout aesthetics that ensure instant recognition matched by exclusivity and rarity. Combining our talents to deliver exceptional timepieces with unique experiential value, we are therefore placing ourselves in a higher place.” 

The post Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO Officially Unveiled appeared first on Motorward.

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