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 |  May 01 2012, 9:52 AM

What you’re looking at right now is a Lamborghini Aventador J, only it’s got a twist. Unless you’ve had your eyes shut for the past couple months, pictures of the wicked Lambo have probably crossed your path, but this version has a roof and is a lot faster.

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 |  Mar 16 2012, 5:15 PM

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Surprise! The debut of the Lamborghini Aventador J at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show captured the world’s interest and even set a new daily traffic record on Lamborghini’s website.

Being a unique one-of-one vehicle, automotive enthusiasts worldwide knew that their best chance of seeing the Aventador J would be on the Web – you can check out AutoGuide’s video on the Aventador J here. The Italian exotic automaker released some stats regarding the Aventador J’s popularity, with an astonishing 21.5-million organic Google searches for the J topping the list of figures.

The Aventador J also captured the most popular show-week YouTube sports car video and the Making of the Aventador J video already has more than 280,000 views. And of course, no Internet statistic would be complete without a number of tweets: 6,800 was the magic number on the Aventador J which resulted in more than 40-million impressions.

“We knew the Aventador J was something quite special, but we did not anticipate such an overwhelming reaction to the car,” states Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “We are pleased by the response to this vehicle and look forward to pushing the limits of design and technology for future products and generations to come.”

So what are the chances that a variation of the Aventador J becomes a production model? Highly unlikely, as Lamborghini has reiterated that it was a unique one-off. It’s still remarkable that the Aventador J went from sketch to reality in just six weeks.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador J

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 |  Mar 08 2012, 8:31 PM

The whole world got a treat this past week when Lamborghini unveiled its Aventador J at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The one-of-one Aventador J is easily one of the world’s best looking vehicles ever created; and chances are if you weren’t at the Geneva Motor Show, seeing it in person will be slim to none.

Which is why the Italian exotic automaker decided to release a “making of” video for the Lamborghini Aventador J. For 99-percent of the general public that didn’t make the trip to Switzerland, this will be as close as they will ever get to seeing some of the details of the Aventador J – in addition to our video of course.

The 700-hp, two-seater Aventador J only had one created and was already sold – unfortunately we don’t know to whom and to what country it will reside in. Hopefully the new owner puts it to good use and at least takes it to select car shows so the rest of the world will get another opportunity to admire the machine in person. But for now, enjoy all that you can find on YouTube!

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador J

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Watch the making of the Lamborghini Aventador J video below.

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 |  Feb 28 2012, 12:30 PM

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When Richard Hammond test drove the Lamborghini Aventador on Top Gear, he explained, “In the old days, the order of priority for Lamborghini was top speed, acceleration, and handling– in that order. The thing is though, for this new car, the order is the other way around. Handling comes first and top speed is given a lower priority.” Unfortunately, some Aventador owners did not receive the memo.

The raging bull’s flagship mid-engine V12 supercar, the $394,000 Aventador, will have only 4,000 units produced. Unfortunately, the numbers have already begun to dwindle as Wrecked Exotics reported another accident, this time involving a brand-new Lamborghini Aventador in New Zealand. The rare Italian exotic travelled with a Ferrari convoy for only about an hour during a Sunday Afternoon drive when it had lost control at speeds exceeding 1oo mph, crashed through a fence and into a cow paddock. The Lamborghini did not come to a stop until it had skid over 300 feet up a grassy hill.

While the Lamborghini looks generally intact, the extent of the damage is unknown. Possessing an ultra-strong carbon-fiber monocoque, damaged Aventadors must be sent back to the Boeing research center in order to evaluate and repair the composite material. We’ve learned this much: while cows tend to enjoy greener pastures, bulls certainly do not.

[Source: Wrecked Exotics]

 |  Feb 21 2012, 2:31 PM

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This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise but it seems that Chinese consumers are less enthusiastic toward million-dollar cars in a cooling economy.

Christian Mastro, Lamborghini‘s Asia Pacific general manager told Automotive News last friday that economic uncertainty may be causing consumers to hesitate before spending. ”The number of people able to spend this kind of money is limited, it’s not unlimited,” he said.

It’s important to consider that Lamborghini sales jumped 70 percent last year in China. Maintaining such a sales spike in the long run is difficult, if not impossible. From an economic perspective, a slowdown makes sense and should be predictable for Lamborghini considering the Chinese economy cooled to the slowest pace its seen in two years.

That said, the company is still hoping to boost sales by 20 to 30 percent this year. Chinese consumers account for almost 9 percent of the Aventador LP 700-4s sold globally. Furthermore, that portion is absorbed and demand remains for the $1 million car to the tune of an 18-month waiting list.

Lamborghini plans to actively promote their products in an effort to drum up more sales by expanding its dealer network and increasing advertising expenditure by 20 percent. The company also plans to start offering track days to peak new consumer interest. It seems there is still some fight left in the bull.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador

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[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Feb 15 2012, 9:01 PM

Can the meanest Lamborghini to come out of Sant’Agata Bolognese get even meaner? Whip out your inhalers because ASMA Design has the answer.

German-based exotic tuner ASMA Design released a singular rendering suggesting that their modification will replace virtually every panel on the Lamborghini Aventador. The illustration features lots of louvered vents on fenders and quarter panels, sculpted side skirts, a carbon fiber rear spoiler and well as an enormous wheels to boot.

At first impression, this aggressively designed Aventador could be what the big brother to the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale would look like.

Details are limited for now, but ASMA Design intends to release more photos and details in the future.

 |  Dec 14 2011, 10:30 AM

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Rumor has it that Lamborghini has the Roadster variant for its new LP700-4 Aventador ready for production. When it actually makes it to the market will depend on Lamborghini, but a respected source notes that it’ll make a debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show – something that doesn’t really come as a surprise.

As with most rumors, not many details were supplied other than the fact that the model is confirmed. One great detail that was also included was the fact that the Aventador Roadster should feature a retractable roof solution much better than the one seen in the Murcielago Roadster. Needless to say, we reckon the Aventador Roadster will be absolutely gorgeous, and with a 700-hp V12 powerplant, it will definitely be one of the best Lambos to date.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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[Source: Teamspeed]

 |  Aug 07 2011, 9:00 AM

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Lamborghini recently traveled to South Beach, unveiling its new Aventador LP700-4 model in a new color: matte black. The successor to the Murcielago is the greatest Italian bull yet, with a 6.5L V12 powerplant pumping out 700-hp and 509 lb-ft of torque – good enough for an impressive 2.9 second 0-62 mph time.

The Aventador already features some of the most aggressive styling Lamborghini has to offer, and pairing it up with a matte black exterior with black wheels makes it look like the next Batmobile. By comparison, even the Ferraris and the Alfa Romeo 8C that roll up in the video just look downright mundane.

Check out a video of the unveil after the jump:

[Source: Nue Vue Photography Facebook]

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 |  Jul 04 2011, 12:15 PM

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In this new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador “Quality” promo commercial, the Italian automaker takes the viewer inside the factory to show just how much thought and quality goes into designing and building the brand’s flagship super car.

The three minute in-depth video starts off by showing the designers sketches of the car, then it is transferred to the computer, then carbon fibre and aerodynamics are tested, and finally the engine is built. The different stages of design are thoroughly illustrated in the well filmed commercial. All in all, auto enthusiasts should definitely take a few minutes to check out this fantastic video.

The $379,700 supercar will replace the Murcielago and will be powered by a 700-hp 6.5-liter V12 engine. The Aventador will use a carbon fiber monocoque chasis, will come standard with an AWD system and feature a new 7-speed ISR single-clutch gearbox. The 3,500 lb sportscar will hit 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Gallery: 2012 Lamborghini Aventador

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 |  May 14 2011, 5:44 PM

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You’d think Lamborghini, masters of Italian seduction, would have the good sense to tease us a bit. Maybe don’t give us the goods so soon, and all that. But no, it seems like they’re laying it all out there for us: Lamborghini is going to build a range-annihilating SV model of its Aventador, and approximately 3 people on this planet will be caught off-guard by the news.

After all, the Diablo had one, and so did the Murcielago. And with rumors of the Aventador roadster already clogging up Lamborghini PR inboxes, Top Gear’s already jumped the gun and cooked up some renderings, as well as some predictions: based on previous power ranges for the Murcielago and SV models, the future Aventador SV should have around 800 horsepower and sell for about $600,000.

Given that the current Aventador already sports 690 horsepower and a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds, we expect Lamborghini to try even harder with the SV model. Maybe a couple of turbines, bolted to the roof? A Hughes M230 single-barrel 30mm chain gun with high explosive incendiary rounds underneath the hood? An under-seat espresso machine? An Alcantara Snuggie? C’mon Lamborghini, give us something to truly surprise us with.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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[Source: Top Gear]

 |  May 03 2011, 7:56 PM

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To the surprise of exactly no one, Lamborghini will offer a roadster version of its latest range-topping Aventador for those among us who think the regular coupe is just too humdrum.

It seems that the Aventador was just released last week, but that hasn’t stopped Lamborghini from considering a successor to the Murcielago and Diablo VT droptops—just in time to face off against the convertible Pagani and Ferrari 458 Italia. Hopefully the drop-top Aventador will sport more than the Murcielago’s Boy Scout tent.

Since the Aventador is sold out for the next 18 months, the earliest the roadster could come is in 2012, just when the world will end. No surprise there that a Lamborghini is going to have a hand in it.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Apr 29 2011, 8:22 AM

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After releasing the first dramatic video of the new Aventador on the streets of Rome yesterday, Lamborghini has now added a second mini-film that cuts right to the action. The two 700-hp V12 Aventador’s take to the Italian countryside for a game of cat and mouse, and like the last vid there’s plenty of stunning shots, powerful music and breathtaking scenery.

Watch the video above and we’ve included the video from Rome below (plus one of our own from the car’s debut in Geneva):

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 |  Mar 18 2011, 2:23 PM

A forum member over at FerrariChat (ironically enough) has detailed what he imagines the next 10 years will hold for the raging bull. He predicts, in intricate detail, a plan for Lamborghini to build the Estoque sedan in 2014 andthe Sesto Elemento concept in 2012, which has fueled speculation as to how accurate this really is.

The story has caught the imagination of news sites around the world, but there has not yet been an official source from Lamborghini brass; the closest has come from hints dropped by Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann that he would like to see the Estoque enter production. The forum post illustrates that not only will the Estoque be built, but a convertible concept will be shown in four years. The post also mentions that the Sesto will be built in limited numbers, even though Lamborghini has already planned its production. The recently-introduced Aventador will see SV and upgraded versions as keeping with top-Lamborghini tradition, and there’s even a name for the potential replacement for the Gallardo: Cabrera, “after one of the foundational bloodlines of Spanish fighting bulls.”

With such meticulous info like this, it’s easy to believe this speculation as fact—and to be fair, Lamborghini built their last concept as the ultra-limited, ultra-rare Reventón. But the eagerness to promote this as connected with the company itself leaves behind many questions to Lamborghini’s business plan and models of secrecy: given the length of time it took for the Aventador to be revealed, they don’t seem particularly eager to detail their plans for the next 20 years. Even if they build only two models.

[Source: Inside Line]

 |  Feb 25 2011, 4:27 PM

You know all about the Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador by now, but here’s something you haven’t seen before – a shot of the interior. AutoGuide will be at the Geneva Auto Show starting Monday, and will have live shots of the Aventador, but in the mean time, this is all you get.

[Source: Lamborghini]

 |  Feb 24 2011, 12:33 PM

Come its official debut at the Geneva Auto Show next week, there won’t be anything left unseen of Lambo‘s latest supercar, thanks to a second leaked photo.

The first pic came from Evo Magazine Croatia, and this second pic is via Jalopnik, which doesn’t name a source.

Taking design inspiration from the Reventon, with a rear end inspired from the Estoque sedan, the successor to the Murcielago is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 rated at roughly 690-hp. It will be 18 percent more powerful than the Murcielago, while also emitting 20 percent fewer emissions. As for the transmission, Lamborghini will make use of its new ISR 7-speed transmission – the first use of a 7-speed with a V12 in the industry. With five gear settings, (auto strada, auto sport, strada, sport and corsa) the innovative transmission will be able to deliver shift times of just 50 ms in Corsa – which is almost as quick as a Formula 1 car.

Weight is kept to a minimum thanks to a carbon fiber chassis and the LP700-4 will get a pushrod suspension setup, similar to those found on race cars.

As for the rest of the car, it will be more ergonomic than even the Gallardo, with space for larger drivers. The dash will feature a new TFT instrument cluster, meaning that it won’t have traditional physical gauges, but that all instrumentation will be displayed on a screen.

The Aventador is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Until then, see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 1:40 PM

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Think the $41,400 sticker price for a BMW 335i is bad? Be glad you don’t live in Singapore where the same model will run you $260,000, about what an Italian exotic would retail for in the United States.

Singapore residents who want a private vehicle must pay for a special permit that allows them to keep the car for a decade – the permit alone costs $55,000 USD,  as much as a Porsche Boxster would in America. In 2008, the permit cost about $2,000. On top of that, buyers must pay a 150% duty on the vehicle upon importation. Not surprisingly, car ownership rates in Singapore sit at around 15%, compared to 82% in the United States.

Singapore is ruled by an authoritarian regime (famous for outlawing chewing gum in the name of etiquette and cleanliness), and is strongly pushing for residents to adopt mass transit as a practical solution to reduce congestion, and cut down pollution. While Singapore boasts outstanding air quality, it fears that it could become similar neighboring islands like Hong Kong, which has fewer restrictions on vehicle ownership but is riddled with heavily polluted air.

The structures in place leave car ownership as a privilege for the wealthy, and car dealers are now looking to peddle premium brands to the wealthy, since they are largely unaffected by an increase in ownership costs. “The extra $20,000 to S$30,000 on the [new vehicle permit] is nothing when the total car price is $300,000 or more,” one dealer told Bloomberg. No wonder that companies like Lamborghini do well in the tiny Asian country, with a special preview for their upcoming LP-7004 Aventador being held exclusively for that market.

[Source: Bloomberg via Zero Hedge]