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Lamborghini 4×4 – From Cheetah To LM004


We all know that Lamborghini has become famous for cars like the Countach, Diablo, Murcielago and the rest of the lot. What most of us don’t know is that they had some shy attempts of creating an off-roader. Their first try was a prototype built in 1977, dubbed “Cheetah” and it was manufactured on contract from Mobility Technology International.

This very first Lamborghini 4×4 was powered by a huge 5.9-liter engine borrowed from Chrysler, which was mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, driving all four wheels. They installed the power unit out in the back and as a consequence, the weight balance was awful, resulting in very bad road manners. It featured a fiberglass body and was conceived in order to carry five people (4 armed passengers and the driver). This Chevy engine was waterproofed while the radiator was protected by a fancy infrared detection system.

Lamborghini LM001

The Italian automaker did not build a second unit and had major financial problems after this failure, but they didn’t give up as they’ve come up with the LM001. They got the necessary funding from the Mimram brothers and instead of using that Chevy engine, they installed their very own V12 engine, also in the back. The model was unveiled in 1981 at the Geneva Auto Show, along with the exciting Jalpa. It had four seats and four doors, two rectangular headlamps while behind the doors in the back there were huge air intakes designed in order to cool down the power unit. Just like its predecessor, the handling was pretty awful for the same reason: bad weight distribution as the back was very heavy (where the engine was) while the front was light as a feather.

Lamborghini LM002

They’ve fixed this issue with the LM002 which became available back in 1986 when Lamborghini unveiled it at the Brussels Auto Show. It was powered by the same engine as the one in the legendary Countach, but had a lower compression ratio. Lambo got lots of orders for their new off-roader. Some of the cars got a 7.0-liter marine engine, while at some point they even made a station wagon-type but it remained only a prototype. The LM002 was a huge hit for the company and in the United States it was known as the “Lambo-Rambo”.
Although it was a true off-roader, it came with just about every luxury feature available at that time: leather upholstery, AC, stereo system, tinted power windows and others as well. Production ended in 1992 and the last 60 units were specially prepared LM/American types, featuring chromed bumpers, bespoke striping, better leather interior, OZ/MSW rims and other goodies. Lamborghini made about 328 units of its LM002 model.

Lamborghini LM003

The first car with the LM003 designation was in fact a LM002 model that had a turbocharged diesel engine, instead of the aforementioned V12 power unit. However, the “new” LM003 was supposed to be the successor of the LM002 but it didn’t get peak anyone’s interest so it didn’t made it past the sketch phase. There wasn’t even a prototype, only drawings. It looked similar to the Range Rover of that period.

Lamborghini LM004

The last true Lamborghini 4×4 off-roader was the LM004, which was built around the same chassis as the LM002. It had a huge 7.0-liter engine which was designed by Alfrieri and was linked to a manual gearbox developed by ZF. Although it had a curb weight of about 3,000 kg, it was able to reach 200 km/h. The inside looked a little bit like the one we find in the Countach, with leather upholstery, nice carpets, a full dashboard (with radio telephone), stereo system, AC, VHF radio as well as a cold-water tap which was installed between the back seats. They only made one LM004 due to the reason that the engine did not perform very well.
We don’t have any information about a possible LM005, but I’m sure that in a few years, we’ll see another off-roader from Lamborghini.

Source: lambocars.com

EPA Spills The Beans, Reveals 2012 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but next year we will see the roadster version of the Lamborghini Aventador. We didn’t get this confirmation from the Italian automaker or insider sources. No, we got it from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who accidently confirmed the model.

The car will be powered by the same engine as we find in the coupe version, which is a powerful V12 6.5-liter unit that develops 690 hp (700 PS / 515 kW) and has a peak torque of 509 lb.-ft (690 Nm). This engine is going to be mated to a 7-speed gearbox and an AWD system.

The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster will have a fuel economy rating of only 11 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, but who cares about mileage when you drive such a beast?

Source: fueleconomy.gov via eGMcarTech via WCF

Paul McCartney’s Lamborghini 400 GT, Up For Sale

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT

The car you see in these pictures is an exquisite 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT that at one time it was owned by Paul McCartney. The British auction house Bonhams will sell this car on July 1st at the Goodwood Festival of Speed auction. They say that the car will be sold for at least $162,000, but they wouldn’t be surprised if it will fetch even $194,000.

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT

This stunning Lamborghini 400 GT is a 2+2 coupe, powered by a massive V12 3.9-liter engine that produces 316 hp (320 PS / 235 kW). The model was designed by Carrozzeria Touring, which was one of the most important Italian coach-builders of the 60s.

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT

Source: Bonhams Auction House via Yahoo Autos via WCF

Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2 Announced

Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2

The Lamborghini Aventador has been released only several weeks ago and we already have a tuning program under development, courtesy of Oakley Design. Dubbed the “LP760-2”, it comes with a rear-wheel drive system and has lost its front differential along with the related parts. By doing this, the tuning company says that they’ve managed to shave off 187 pounds (85 kg).

Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2

In addition, the ECU of the V12 6.5-liter engine has been remapped and the tuning firm says that they expect to increase the output of the power unit to 760 hp (771 PS / 567 kW) and 550 lb.-ft (745 Nm) of torque, which is 70 hp (71 PS / 52 kW) and 41 lb.-ft (55 Nm) more than the standard specifications of the engine.

Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2

Design-wise, the Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2 by Oakley Design will feature redesigned bumpers, updated side skirts, along with a new rear diffuser. Other goodies include the carbon fiber roof and the lightweight alloy rims wrapped around Pirelli PZero rubber.

Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2

We don’t have any information regarding the price tag of this extreme car, but we do know that Oakley Design will make only five of them, and three units have been already sold.

Source: Oakley Design via WCF

Mostro Di-Potenza SF22 Announced

Mostro Di-Potenza SF22

You probably never heard of Lamborghini’s Indomable concept, to be honest, neither did I. Well, the Pennsylvania-based 215 company has recently acquired the rights to build this concept, which was originally created by Daniel Chinchilla, as part of a design program that was sponsored by the Italian automaker. The production model will be called Mostro Di-Potenza SF2, not very attractive, we know.

Mostro Di-Potenza SF22

Details regarding the specifications of the car are a little bit unclear, but the company stated that it will feature a mid-mounted V8 9.4-liter twin-turbo power unit that will crank out 2,000 hp (2,028 PS / 1,491 kW) and a whopping 2,000 lb.-ft! With a curb weight of only 3,000 lb (1,360 kg) this supercar will be able to do the 0-60 mph sprint in a blazing 2.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 265 mph (426 km/h), less than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which can do 430+ km/h.

Mostro Di-Potenza SF22

Only 50 units will be ever made and production is slated to start in the second part of next year.

Source: Mostrodi-Potenza via Autoblog via WCF

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Gets Closer To Production

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

The Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has given its clearest indication that the astonishing Sesto Elemento will go into a limited series production for the whopping price of about 2 million Euros. Despite the fact that Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s boss says that the car has 50:50 chances of being green-lighted for production, company insiders say that the model is in fact in the advanced stages of its development.

The good news is that Winkelmann confirmed that the Sesto Elemento will be capable of sprinting to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, making it quicker than the all-mighty Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a car that packs 1183 hp.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

The Lambo will feature a Gallardo-sourced V10 5.2-liter engine, but that impressive figure will come courtesy of the car’s light weight construction. Although lots of people say that the production model can’t have a curb weight of 995 kg like in the concept, Lamborghini’s boss said that it “will weigh less than a tone.”

Most likely, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento won’t be road legal, due to the reason that in order to achieve that incredible curb weight, it will feature a stripped-out cabin and a highly experimental forged carbon fiber construction. In other words, there are slim chances that the car could be homologated as a road-going model.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

From earlier reports, we learned that the car will cost 1 million Euros, but as we said in the first paragraph, the price will be almost double, if we were to believe Winkelmann, who also said that Lamborghini will make only 20 units.

Although this price might sound exorbitant, and it probably is, remember the Reventon? Only 20 units were ever made, all wearing a 1 million Euros (+ local taxes) price tag, and all of them were sold within a week after the car was announced. In other words, we’re pretty sure that Lamborghini won’t have any problems whatsoever in selling the 20 Sesto Elemento units planned for production.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Source: AutoCar.co.uk

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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 commercial


We’ve admired its shapes when it was just a sketch. We’ve been blown away when it came to life as a concept. Our jaws dropped a little bit when we saw the specs. Now we can enjoy the official Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 commercial and bask in the glow of this amazing car.

Lamborghini says that the Aventador is two generations ahead of anything else on sale and the ad spares no cost in proving that idea. If there’s any car I’d like to be running from the end of the world in, its this one.

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So, how much do you like it?

Lamborghini 350 GTV – Inception

1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV

We’ve started the “Classic Cars” series last week with the Ferrari 125 S, the very first model produced by the “Prancing Horse”. This week, we’re going to dive into Lamborghini’s first days, talking about their first car, the 350 GTV.

1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV

You probably already know that Ferruccio Lamborghini became famous and wealthy by making tractors. Legend has it that he was jealous of all the attention that Enzo Ferrari got and he wanted to make his own car that would be faster. In order to satisfy his desire, Ferruccio built a new factory just to make his ideal sports car. However, the 350 GTV was developed and built at the tractor factory located in Cento, before the Sant’Agatha plant was up and running.
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New Lamborghini Laptops from Asus

Collaboration between cars’ and computers’ manufacturers has lately become sort of a tradition, all with the objective to create new technology devices and innovating systems.

Into this category of coalitions can be integrated the Asus and Lamborghini team too, with their new round of computer products. Consequently, for the past few year, various Asus laptops have suffered some design touches under the influence of the Italian car producer. This time, the result is a VX7 gaming laptop model, inspired by the Murcielago LP640 car, and which features premium leather-lined palm-rest, some taillights out back after the Lamborghini style and the sports car manufacturer’s logo; it also comes in two colors, orange and carbon fiber.

Technically speaking, the laptop is based on Intel’s Huron River platform, and it boasts, among many other things, 16GB of RAM, up to 1.5TB of storage space, a Blu-ray combo drive, a 2.0 megapixel webcam and an 8-in-1 card reader. The Lamborghini VX7 comes with a pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and is currently up for pre-order at €1,995.

[Source: Tcmagazine, Photo]

Lamborghini Cabrera, Gallardo’s Replacement?

Lamborghini Cabrera (Rendering)

A couple of weeks ago Lamborghini’s possible future line-up was revealed and we’ve learned from it that the replacement for the Gallardo will be named Cabrera and it will hit the market sometime in 2013. Some say that it will pack a V10 engine that will produce about 600 hp. The current Gallardo packs 552 ponies from its V10 power unit.

Raising the power figure will most likely be done by installing a supercharger that will provide the additional 40 hp or so, making it a worthy adversary for the beautiful Ferrari 458 Italia. Rumors say that the Cabrera will sport carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) parts that will shave off some of its weight to make it faster and more agile.

Once more information is revealed, we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned.

Source: TopSpeed

First Fashion Flagship Store from Lamborghini in Europe

We all know women’s regular passion for fashion. So, addicted European women to Lamborghini’s fashion should be overcome with joy by the news that I am about to give: automobile Lamborghini has opened in Berlin the first boutique from Europe dedicated exclusively to the globally successful “Collezione Automobili Lamborghini” fashion collection.

As normally, the concept of the store is to combine fashion with car industry, so a fashion show was enhanced at the event, and, as a bonus, the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 was presented for the first time to the public since its acclaimed world premiere in Geneva.

Why in Berlin? The next words could be considered a possible explanation: “We are delighted that one of the most appealing international brands chose Berlin for its first solus fashion boutique in Europe. It confirms Berlin as a fashion and lifestyle capital with a particular vitality and attraction for the whole of Europe.” (Sandra Salameh, the CEO of LFS Luxury Fashion Store Berlin GmbH).

As a detail, the fashion and accessories range sold in the store are creations of Lamborghini’s ArtiMarca division, founded four years ago. For those of us who don’t have a way to Berlin for the next months, we don’t have to be upset or disappointed: an online sales outlet, www.lamborghinistore.com, has also successfully established itself on the market in a short time.

So, our fascination for Lamborghini brand is from now on fed not only by the sought-after super sports cars, but by a new fashionable concept too. And it’s also the occasion to pay a new visit to Berlin. “We are pleased to give stylish enthusiasts of Lamborghini, who don’t need to be drivers, a fashionable new Italian address in Berlin!” has declared Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

So, dear ladies, when do we schedule a trip to Berlin?

Note from the author: the store isn’t dedicated only to women.

[Source: Press Release Lamborghini, Photo source: Lamborghini]

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Lamborghini’s Future Lineup Revealed

Lamborghini Aventador

After months of speculations, spy shots and rumors, Lamborghini finally unveiled the successor of the Murcielago, dubbed Aventador. Later on this year, the Italian automaker will launch the LP550-2 Spyder and in 2012 we’ll see the Roadster version of the Aventador, along with the production version of the awesome Sesto Elemento.

In 2013 they will launch the replacement of the Gallardo and in 2014 we’ll see the 4-door sedan (Estoque), along with the Gallardo replacement Spyder version. As far as 2015 is concerned, Lamborghini will launch the Aventador SV (SuperVeloce) and an Estoque convertible concept. One year later, we’ll see the coupe version of the LP 700-4 and the facelift of the roadster model.

Lamborghini plans to launch the convertible version of the Estoque in 2017, along with the Gallardo replacement Superleggera. One year later, Gallardo’s replacement will get a facelift. In 2019, the Aventador Jota will be launched. 2020 is going to be busy year for the Italian supercar maker as they will release the facelift versions of the Estoque sedan and convertible, along with an Estoque Coupe concept. Finally, in 2021, the Aventador will be replaced and the coupe version of the Estoque will be introduced.

The aforementioned Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce (SV) will be 150 kg lighter than the standard model as it will feature more carbon parts on the inside. In addition, the car will be 50 hp more powerful and will feature a big carbon fiber wing. They will only make 350 cars, all in 2015.

In 2016, the Aventador coupe and roadster will get a facelift and the SV power unit is going to be upgraded to the LP750-4 designation. Out in the back, the car will sport a new diffuser, a full-width mesh grill and updated tail lights. The front end will get wider grill openings as well as a new contour to the nose.

The most powerful version of the Aventador will go on sale in 2019. Dubbed LP850-4 Jota, it will benefit from carbon-silicate materials for the differential housings, gearbox cases, and some carbon fiber suspension pieces. It will be 250 kg lighter than the standard model, and 100 kg lighter than the aforementioned SV model, while at the same time offering 100 hp more than the facelift version of the standard model. Lamborghini will produce the Jota only in 2019 and they’ll make 50 units.

The replacement of the Gallardo will most likely be called Cabrera and will hit the market in 2013 as a coupe with a V10 engine that will produce 570 hp. A year later they’ll introduce the Spyder version. The car will be slightly bigger than the Gallardo and will be built on a multi-sectional, bonded carbon monocoque, which will be more affordable to produce as opposed to Aventador’s one-piece monocoque. The Spyder version will have the same powered folding fabric top as the Gallardo Spyder.

In 2017, Lamborghini will roll out the Cabrera Superleggera, but they will make only 250 units. It will be 150 kg less heavy than the standard model, thanks to its carbon fiber interior along with the implementation of other weight saving techniques. In addition, the output of the engine will be increased to 595 hp. Later on, the Cabrera will get a facelift, making the car ready for the second part of its production life, which will end around the year 2024.

The company’s very first 4-door sedan will debut in 2014 and it will have the same engine as the Cabrera. One year later, they’ll launch a 2-door / 4-seat concept version of the Estoque. The production model of the convertible will be available starting with 2016. In 2020 it will get a facelift and in that same period Lamborghini will launch a shortened Estoque, 2-door / 2+2 coupe concept car. In 2012, the production version of this model will be launched.

Source: ApexOversteer via TeamSpeed.com

Idiot Destroys His Own Lamborghini Gallardo

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQRXGthJnQY[/youtube]

The owner of this Lamborghini Gallardo is a moron. We all ran into problems as consumers of various products, but to go as far as he did is simply idiotic. After his Gallardo failed to work following a service at an official Lamborghini workshop, he decided to protest in public.

His definition of “protest” is to hire a bunch of people to destroy this very beautiful car with hammers, right in front of a large audience in Qingado, China. He wanted to provoke public support and to determine the automaker to respect his consumer rights.

I really hate it when morons like this one can afford to ruin such an expensive and beautiful car. Instead of destroying it, he had dozens of alternatives like selling the car and donating the proceedings to a charity or something similar. But no, he wanted to make a point.

I almost forgot to mention that he did this on March 15th, which is the World Consumer Rights Day. Clever, right?

Source: Jalopnik

Lamborghini Aventador, From Berlin With Love

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This is a very cool street-view clip of the exquisite Lamborghini Aventador (LP 700-4) stretching its muscles along a sidewalk at an event in Berlin, Germany. Thanks to this video, we can hear the sound of that powerful engine that is simply astonishing. The car just backs up through an open shop window to take its place on a showroom floor. If you remember the one exhibited in Geneva, it has the same orange paintwork.

As a reminder, Murcielago’s successor packs a massive V12 6.5-liter engine that develops 690 hp (700 PS / 515 kW) and 509 lb.-ft (690 Nm) of torque. This power unit is mated to a 7-speed transmission and it needs only 2.9 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint, on its way to a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h).

The starting price for this beauty is $379,700, but if you want one (and can afford it), you’ll have to wait as the car is already sold out for this year, just like the Ferrari FF.

Source: BerlinRichStreets via WCF


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