Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: Australian pricing

Lamborghini Aventador

We received a nice tip off yesterday, and we want to share it with you, but just make sure you are prepared. So, are you sitting down?


That’s a very big number. Thankfully, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is a very big car; in all senses of the word. In size, in power, in performance and, of course, in stature. There’s no denying the big Lambo has presence.

Mind, that big number is only the bare bones manufacturer’s list price. If you want metallic paint you’ll need an extra $4300; make it another $8000 if you want to pick a colour from the “special” range, like the Arancio Atlas pictured above. Of course, no self-respecting Aventador buyer would sign on the dotted line before having a long hard think about choosing a matt paint scheme, before deciding that $27,000 is probably just a bit too excessive, even for a Lambo.

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Lamborghini Aventador hits YouTube – Part 2

Lamborghini Aventador

The Lamborghini Aventador will soon be doing the press rounds and reviews should be coming our way shortly. In the meantime, Lamborghini here’s another collection of YouTube clips, starting with a pair of 700hp beasts driving around Rome and in the countryside.

The Rome video is all romance and drama, the countryside clip, though, is where it’s at. At least it should have been. The driving footage is not that great and the soundtrack is not of V12 roaring, but orchestras dominating. Shame really.

Thankfully, the official Aventador commercial, also shown below, goes part way to showing the car off more appropriately. But, producers take note, we want to here that 6.5 litre V12 at maximum revs; is it that hard to work out?!


Lamborghini Estoque gets green light ahead of SUV

Lamborghini Estoque concept

Good news, it looks like the rumoured Lambo SUV has been shelved in favour of a four door saloon. That means the Estoque Concept, first shown in 2008, is now back in the mix.

Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, spoke recently about adding a third vehicle to the model range, “We really have a choice when it comes to an additional model: an SUV or a four-seat four-door. And for me the SUV is a no-go. It doesn’t exist in our price segment, and it’s not a real luxury car.”

“We have opportunities outside the supercar business, and we showed that with Estoque. It had a more enthusiastic response than we had expected,” said Winkelmann. “Even now, people are still emailing me about us making the Estoque.”

[Source: Autocar]


Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante

Lamborghini recently released information on its new Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, the soft-top sibling of the Superleggerra. The Sant’Agata engineers have used plenty of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic to help keep the weight down. This approach managed to shed 65kg and the final weight of the Spyder Performante is a respectable 1485kg.

The 5.2 litre V10 produces, as the name suggests, 570bhp (419kW) and can do the 100km/h dash in under four seconds. With a top speed of 324km/h (201mph) this is one rapid convertible. Might mess your hair up a bit, don’t you think!

More pics and full details from Lamborghini after the break. Make sure you take the time to appreciate the Alcantara interior. It’d probably be a bitch to live with long-term, but it is simply beautiful to look at.


Lamborghini reveals new 6.5 litre V12

Lamborghini 6.5 litre V12

You’re looking at 525kW (700bhp). It’s the new 6.5 litre V12, coupled to an “ISR” automated manual transmisison, that Lamborghini will use to power the upcoming Aventador.

Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Lamborghini is over the moon with his new powertrain, “With this new V12, we are heralding a technological leap that encompasses all areas of the company and our future model lineup. With a unique package of innovations, Lamborghini will redefine the future of the super sports car. This 700 hp engine, together with an all-new concept gearbox, will be the strong heart of the Murciélago successor next year.”

The high-revving V12 achieves its peak power at 8250rpm, while all 690Nm of torque is on offer at 5000rpm. Lamborghini say four throttle openings and a highly complex intake system gives the engine a well-rounded torque curve, with get-up-and-go on tap right through the rev range. Use of advanced materials such as aluminium-silicon has allowed Lamborghini to keep the weight of this big lump to 235kg.

Also featuring in the new powertrain is a 7-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission. Apparently it is the “world’s most emotional gear shift.” It tips the scales at 79kg and can shift cogs up to 40% quicker than the Murci’s old e-gear setup.

More pics and press guff after the break. There are two press releases and, if you have the time, the long version provides some good detail.


Lamborghini LP700-4 becomes Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador rendering

First, it was the Jota. Then, it was the LP700-4. Now, it would seem, the Lamborghini Murcielago replacement will be called the Aventador. More guesswork? Possibly, but the recent discovery of an application with the US Trademark office does give the Aventador theory some credence.

It might be worth noting that a simple Spanish–English translation via Google yields the result that Aventador simply means “fan”. However, according to comments over at Jalopnik it should translate as “one who dares”.

We’re still expecting a 220kg weight loss program for the Aventador. And, we’re still expecting around 700bhp from a 6.5 litre V12. There’s a really small outside chance we could see this car at the LA Auto Show next week, but it is more likely that this beast will be unleashed at Geneva next March.

[Source: Jalopnik | Pic: autoevolution]


Lamborghini wants some SUV action too

Lamborghini LM00X rendering

It’s somewhat ironic that the Lamborghini LM002 is one of the coolest SUVs around. In general, SUVs, especially those from Germany, are little more than a status symbol screaming out “look how rich I am!” But the LM002 was created in the mid 1980s. Sure, excesses were obscene back then, too, but this was a time when one of the only crossovers in the world was the Subaru Brumby, unless you count those Holden Overlander things, as well. Therefore, the boxy and otherwise foreign concept of a supercar maker producing a four-wheel drive was something to celebrate.

Now, though, any such overbearing SUV creations are often viewed with disdain. Regardless of how good engineers have made them. The BMW X5, for example, is an excellent drive. But it would be better if it was a few inches closer to the ground.

So, what do we make of the news that Lambo wants back in to the SUV club? Early details have emerged of a new model, dubbed the LM00X, which is likely to have a three-door body based on the Audi Q5/Porsche Cajun platform.

Of course, the LM00X will have stupid power. It will be blindingly quick and it will probably be overtly expensive, as well. The rendering above, from World Car Fans, is around four years old, but given the way Porsche designers tried to turn the 911 look into an SUV with the Cayenne, it’s probably still on the money. The LM00X is probably a couple of years away yet, so we’ve still got time to brace ourselves.

[Source: World Car Fans]


Spectacular Lamborghini Gallardo crash

Lamborghini Gallardo

Imagine you had decided your standard Lamborghini Gallardo wasn’t powerful enough. The only logical conclusion, obviously, would be to quadruple its power. Well, that would be all well and good, but a power figure nudging at 2000bhp at the wheels could be considered overkill.

That is unless you want to take your car to a 1 mile drag race. It’s pretty simple, plant your right foot to the floor and 1 mile later the quickest car wins. Sounds like a great day out, really.

So, you’ve run your Lambo down the strip at speeds well over 300km/h and all you have to do is apply the brakes, pop your parachute and relax, right? Well, not quite. Watch the clip below to see what happens next. The source link has more detail as well.

[Source: SWNS]

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Paris 2010: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Yesterday it was the leaked image. Today it is the real deal—the Sesto Elemento concept car. Lamborghini has shown that it’s not only Japanese that have perfected the art of origami, as surely this is the only explanation for the creation of this radical concept? A few afters at the Sant’Agata local, a bit of paper folding and voila—we have a new concept car. “Brilliant!” was the cry, “Let’s make it.”

And they did. There’s more angles and hard edges here than David Coulthard’s jaw. But there’s also substance beneath that highly chiselled exterior. Substance to the tune of 570 horsepower, no less. The 5.2 litre V10 engine has been nicked from the Gallardo 570-4, along with the permanent all-wheel drive system.

As expected, the weight is a mere 999kg. Lamborghini claim the Sesto Elemento can reach 100km/h from rest in just 2.5 seconds. All this means, of course, that this car should provide one hell of a thrill when you plant your foot to the floor.

Speaking of which, the highly visible use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics has extended to the seats, as well. In fact, there are no seats in the usual sense of a separate seat being bolted to the floor. The seats form part of the monocoque and it is the steering wheel and pedals that move fore and aft to provide the best driving position. Indeed the whole interior is completely stripped back affair with virtually no soft materials at all.

It’s an utterly bonkers creation this Sesto Elemento; crazy, almost unfathomable and therefore everything a Lamborghini should be.


Lamborghini Jota prototype spied at Nürburgring

Lamborghini Jota prototype

Lamborghini has been teasing us lately with some rather esoteric photographs that don’t really say anything. It’s a good thing, then, that Pistonspy was on the ball to capture some images of the new Lamborghini Jota.

It’s understood the Jota will be the new Murcielago replacement and that will be powered by a 7.0 litre V12 spreading the hypercar word to the tune of 700hp (520kW). Lamborghini recently published a statement that reads in part, “The key factor in terms of better handling and acceleration, meaning more immediate pleasure in driving, is the power-to-weight ratio.”

That means this new Jota thingy should really get down and boogie thanks to a lighter shell. With any luck we’ll be seeing some fancy new pics in the very near future. There’s heaps of pics at Pistonspy, too, so make sure you take a closer look.

[Pics: Pistonspy]


Lamborghini prepares for Paris with new teaser image

Lamborghini teaser

This teaser image has been released by Lamborghini to preview a new concept car that will be on show in Paris. It is understood the concept car will preview the Murciélago replacement. Although, Lamborghini won’t confirm that just yet.

They will, however, tell us in general terms what they have in store for the future. You can read their manifesto for future supersportscars in full after the break.

Lamborghini Top Gear

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Top Gear US - Lamborghnini preview

As you are probably aware the Top Gear franchise is heading Stateside. The History Channel bring us this preview clip of Adam, Tanner and Rutledge thrashing three Lamborghini supercars; the Gallardo, the Gallardo Balboni and the Murcielago Super Veloce. Even the Yanks couldn’t stuff this up, surely! The preview is all yours after the break. Make sure you turn your sound up to eleven.