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A long while back, Italian exotic automaker Lamborghini made a bold claim that it would have something new for every major auto show. And now reports are coming in that Lamborghini will not just have one, but two debuts at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
One of the reveals will most certainly be the production model for the Aventador Roadster, a rumor that we had reported back in December of last year. The convertible exotic undoubtedly features a 700-hp, V12 powerplant and would be more than enough for an auto show debut. But Lamborghini clearly wants to take the center spotlight at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, so it’s believed a second vehicle will also make its way to center stage.
There’s unfortunately no confirmation as to what the second vehicle will be (where’s the fun in that?) but rumor has it that it could be a production variant of the Sesto Elemento or Lamborghini could just release yet another special edition Gallardo model.
But better yet, what if Lamborghini has an entirely new model set to debut at this year’s show? Perhaps Lamborghini has kept the Gallardo’s replacement under wraps, or maybe even a sedan or crossover will make its presence known. Whatever it may be, you can bet AutoGuide.com will be there to cover it live as it happens.
We just can’t get enough of the Nissan Juke-R project, and probably won’t until we get our grubby little hands behind its steering wheel. But until then, we’ll just have to continue living vicariously through those fortunate enough to experience the monster first hand.
While it was in Dubai to pace the 24 Hour race, Nissan took its Juke-R out to the Dubai International Marina where a makeshift course was created and the funky Japanese crossover was pitted against a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and a Ferrari 458 Italia. You know, just some of Germany and Italy’s finest supercars.
Now it goes without saying that we’d expect the Juke-R to look mighty impressive in the video against the exotics since it was probably staged by Nissan. But there’s no denying just how remarkable its performance looks and how undoubtedly fun it was for Lucas Ordonez, the first GT Academy winner, to pilot it. And obviously by watching the video, the drivers were putting on a show more than they were looking for a fast lap time.
We just hope a better resolution video surfaces soon.
Check out the video below.
Nothing probably irks us more than a bunch of people driving recklessly on the highway, but seeing a fleet of Lamborghinis doing it really makes us shake our heads. From the moment the video starts rolling, we’re anticipating disaster and of course it doesn’t fail to deliver.
It appears that this high speed freeway run took place out in Taiwan, and we don’t feel sorry one bit for the owner considering how many people these drivers also put at risk. Nonetheless, the Gallardo loses control and wrecks on the freeway causing quite a bit of damage to its front end and possibly more. Hopefully no one was hurt in the making of this video.
Watch the video after the break.
Porsche‘s new supercar, targeted squarely at the Ferrari 458, might be borrowing its underpinnings from the next-gen Audi R8.
The German sports car manufacturer is already well on its way to developing the part-carbon fiber car, though what they have so far borrows heavily from Audi. It’s not something Porsche is happy about, but Volkswagen, their parent company, sees sharing the underpinnings of the R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo as an easy way to save costs.
Despite corporate orders preference, Porsche may actually delay releasing its car until the 2020s in order to build it with a bespoke chassis. If they decide to adopt the R8 chassis, it would mean their new car could be on the market next to the second generation R8, versus hitting the market beside the third generation with custom underpinning.
Lamborghini will reportedly move ahead with production of a LP550-2 Spyder variant, hitting the streets in a few months as a 2012 model year car. Unfortunately there aren’t many details surrounding the Spyder version of the LP550-2 (photo above) except that it will be “more demanding” and a “more emotional and gratifying drive”.
We can safely anticipate that an official announcement on the RWD LP550-2 Spyder will be made shortly, and we’re hoping there’s a possibility that it’ll make its debut at the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
What to do with a twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo? That’s the question Robert Himler asked himself after getting his Italian exotic back from Underground Racing, once they completed a 1,250-whp build on the car.
Race a jet? Impress the ladies? How about: scare the sh*t out of his mom. And that’ sjust what he did, installing a Go-Pro camera on the dash to document the spirited ride through the city. And the reaction from her is, well, priceless. In fact, it’s quite hilarious, mostly because it’s what we’d expect all our moms to do if we ever had the opportunity to do the same.
Check out the awesome video after the break.
Based out of Germany, Cosa Design has released a tuning package for the Lamborghini Gallardo giving it an aggressive Reventon-inspired design. In addition to the radical styling, Cosa Design also upgrades the horsepower to 540-hp and torque to 405 lb-ft from the factory 500-hp and 376 lb-ft. This also helps give the Gallardo a new top speed of 197-mph.
Even though the power upgrades might be enticing for a few owners, the body kit is a little unfortunate with the new front skirt, side skirts, rear apron, diffuser and rear wing clearly inspired by the more aggressive Reventon, but not quite as classy or refined.
Completing the package, Cosa Design also upgrades the suspension on the Gallardo, equipping it with a set of coilovers with adjustable height and stiffness and gives the Italian exotic a staggered set of 20-inch wheels paired with Continental Sport Contact rubber.
No pricing on the tuning package has been released. Hopefully that means parts are sold separately.
GALLERY: Cosa Design Lamborghini Gallardo
Dennis Rodman, known for his outlandish appearance and behavior on and off the NBA court, had a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo customized to fit his style… and possibly his style only. In true Rodman extravagance, he had his Gallardo repainted a unique gold flake finish featuring a rainbow-esque shade depending on how the light hits it. In his defense, this style of paint was probably cool and flashy enough back when he did it to match his style.
Who are we kidding. There’s no way to defend this type of paint job (which costs $15,000, no less) on one of Italy’s finest exotics. Though it’s worth mentioning that the entire exotic isn’t treated to the special shade; the sides of the vehicle are now in a gloss black thanks to a fender bender. As of March it sported only 7,000 miles on the odometer. It’s also worth mentioning that the Gallardo is apparently outfitted with $12,000 custom wheels, but that value might be a tad inflated.
Look, you have to try awfully hard to make any exotic, let alone a Lamborghini Gallardo, look bad. But somehow Galaxy Warrior (what a name) did exactly that with what they consider a styling package for the Italian exotic. While the front bumper isn’t as awful thanks to its hints at Reventon-inspired styling, the atrocious rear bumper just absolutely ruins the Lambo. Gone is the sleek, sexy and exotic styling the Gallardo is known for and enter in something we would expect to see on a Honda Civic.
What’s even worse than the idea that two Gallardos sport this kit is the fact that its manufacturer, ATS Automotive, is asking over $16,000 for it. This will net you the Reventon-like front bumper, a pair of side skirts, the repulsive rear bumper, rear wing and a dual-tipped rear silencer. And surprisingly at the price, the kit is made from fiberglass using temperature-resistant resins and comes unpainted.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come flying off the shelves.
GALLERY: Galaxy Warrior Lamborghini Gallardo
To celebrate Italy’s 150 years of unity, Lamborghini has decided to release a special edition Gallardo sporting the Tricolore name. Nothing is too extravagant on the limited edition Gallardo, just simply Lamborghini’s tribute to its home country by accenting the otherwise white Gallardo with three stripes representing the colors of the Italian flag.
In addition to the green, white and red stripe, the Gallardo Tricolore will also feature carbon fiber mirror caps. On the inside, the Italian tribute continues with the three-color accent on the driver seat.
No other details were revealed by Lamborghini, but it’ll probably be safe to assume that it’ll sport the 560-hp V10 powerplant that can be seen in their Bicolore variant. And if we had to guess, they’ll probably produce 150 of these bad boys.
To celebrate its 10 year presence in Singapore, Lamborghini has unleashed a limited edition Gallardo exclusive to Singapore. Only 10 of the Gallardos are available, and apparently all of them already have new owners. Delivery of all 10 took place at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Singapore with $15,000 of each Gallardo sold going to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, benefiting underprivileged students.
Available in white or black, the limited edition Gallardo is the result of a partnership between Lamborghini and its Singapore importer. The subtle giveaway is a pair of red stripes on each side of the Gallardo accented with a Merlion logo, which is a lion-headed fish created by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964.
GALLERY: Special Edition Shanghai Lamborghini Gallardos
Televisions biggest motoring loud mouth is undeniably Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame. He is known to either really love a car, or hate it to bits, nothing comes in the middle.
Back in 2006, he raved on and on about the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a car he loved so much, he actually put his money where his mouth is and bought one.
However, his love for it has been gone for a while now because he sold it a year later. Its second owner has now also put this car up for sale. It’s priced quite well also for such a car, asking about $145,000 for this 2007 Gallardo Spyder, which has covered 19,250-miles.
So if you think you are the ultimate Top Gear fan, you should consider buying it and perhaps make your own Top Gear style videos shouting “Pwwrrrr” every 10-seconds.
[Source: J Spec Imports]
Amari Design is a branch of Amari Supercars, a pre-owned supercar dealership in the United Kingdom. A new division set to focus on tuning exotics, Amari Design looks to launch with its own version of a tuned Lamborghini Gallardo dubbed the Invidia Edition.
While a looker, the Amari Design Gallardo project caught our eye because of the aspiration to produce 740-hp out of the Gallardo’s 5.0L V10 powerplant. No details were provided on how Amari hopes to achieve the power figure, but they have boasted that John Greatorex (what an awesome last name) heads up Amari’s Service garage. Apparently Greatorex is one of the great five supercar mechanics in the United Kingdom.
To back up all the extra horsepower, Amari Design will be outfitting the Gallardo with plenty of body modifications including a restyled front bumper, carbon fiber front spoiler, new front fenders and rear quarter panels, side skirts, rear bumper with carbon fiber diffuser and carbon fiber rear spoiler. A new exhaust is also being developed to fit the new rear fascia along with bumping up horsepower.
Amari also announced that the Invidia Edition Gallardo will sport some interior upgrades featuring carbon fiber trim and Alcantara throughout. No pricing has been announced but Amari Design is already underway in production hoping to debut in April.
GALLERY: Amari Design Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia Edition
Hamann previously released its first Victory iteration with the original Lamborghini Gallardo and now they’ve followed it up with the Victory II on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. The tuning package’s main focal point is its widebody conversion along with plenty more additional carbon fiber parts and increased engine performance.
Hamann equips the Gallardo LP560-4 with new wing doors on the Victory II, in true traditional Lamborghini fashion. The front bumper is very much race-inspired and features a center carbon fiber diffuser. The fender blisters gives the Lp560-4 a wider stance with extended side skirts to match, while the rear receives a new diffuser and rear wing. The hood, spoiler and the air intake on the roof are available in carbon fiber..
For wheels, Hamann has matched the Victory II with a set of 20-inch Edition Race wheels with a unique finish to match the theme of the exotic. The wheels are sized with a 20×9.5-inch pair on the front, while the rear is equipped with 20×13-inchers.
Horsepower increases from 560-hp to 580-hp with 424 lb-ft of torque. This is done through an ECU retune while the note of the car is certainly changed with new mufflers to the exhaust.
The interior is overlaid with a 14-piece carbon fiber interior kit while Hamann also offers carbon fiber-backed sport seats. And of course, anything in the interior can be reupholstered or customized to the customer’s desires.
GALLERY: Hamann Victory II Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
We’ve never been a huge fan of widebody Lamborghinis or Ferraris, but Anderson Germany has actually executed this one properly. They’ve taken your standard Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and decided to make what they call a ‘White Edition’ out of it by widening its body, outfitting it with 20-inch wheels and enhancing horsepower by 40 additional ponies.
Going from the stock 560-hp to 600-hp, Anderson Germany does an ECU modification along with new air filters and a sport exhaust system. An adjustable valve in the exhaust allows the driver to enjoy three different levels of noise. The exhaust also frees up close to 50 lbs of unnecessary weight.
Lowering the vehicle is a sport suspension package which also helps sit the 20-inch three-piece wheels nicely onto the fenders. Up front is a 20×9 wrapped with 245/30/20 while the rear consists of a massive 20×12.5-inch pairing with 325/25/20 rubber. Clearly the rear of this Gallardo has been widened and it is packing some serious rubber.
The widebody aero kit also consists of a new front bumper, side skirts, a rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Inside the white and black theme continues with white carbon details, black Alcantara and black and white leather seats.
GALLERY: Anderson Germany Lamborghini Gallardo White Edition
[Source: GT Spirit]
Oh what has this world come to? Former import model, Tila Nguyen, turned reality TV star Tila Tequila, has gotten herself behind the steering wheel of a bright Tiffany Blue Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560.
As much as we find Tila Tequila annoying and tasteless, we have to admit that the bright blue pairs up nicely with the Gallardo LP-560′s lines. Bright colors always seems to do Italian’s hottest exotics justice.
But we digress and hopefully all the little girls out there aren’t looking up to Miss Tila as a role model. Remember girls, you really don’t have to go through the extent of what she did to get yourself a Lamborghini.
At least it’s not pink, right?
Underground Racing’s Twin Turbo Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is no stranger to internet fame. We reported when it broke the 250-mph park out at the Texas Mile and now we’re sad to report that the vehicle suffered a momentous wreck, rendering it totaled. Luckily the driver was able to walk out on his own safely.
It’s a no-brainer that testing your vehicle to excess of 250-mph speeds can be dangerous. But it’s great to see what the safety of the driver was still a priority when building this high horsepower exotic. The Gallardo did several flips before it came to a stop, and clearly started to flip at still a high rate of speed.
There are contradicting reports on what really caused the accident, but we think it’s not even worth arguing over – so long as someone figures it out on future high speed exotic builds. We’re just glad the driver walked away safely.
Hit the jump to see the video:
Got a Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 and its stock horsepower not cutting it for you? Anderson Germany has fine-tuned the beautiful bull to push out 582-hp, a 39-hp increase over the factory 543-hp. But the Germany tuner didn’t stop there on their Balboni Edition Gallardo, instead doing several upgrades to its exterior.
Down the center is a white and gold offset stripe which matches the white-themed interior and horribly inappropriate gold pinstriped 20-inch wheels. The three-piece wheels were custom made to a 20×8.5 pair in the front and 20×11.5 in the rear. To continue with the dark-styled theme, the headlights and taillights were both tinted.
No pricing information has been released, but Anderson Germany will be more than happy to take your Gallardo off your hands to do the upgrades and deliver it back to you.
GALLERY: Anderson Germany Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Balboni Edition
Official press release available after the break.
This seems to be a really awful year for Lamborghini‘s Gallardo. First there was the fatal crash in Germany that involved an actual Lamborghini employee, and now an accident on the track at Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo Cup series.
It happened during Round 4 of the season and from the looks of the video (available after the jump), the number-22 LP560-4 piloted by Giorgio Bartocci ended up in the gravel on the last turn before the front straight. What ensued is painful and surreal to watch. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 slams into the wall at a fairly significant speed. Quickly afterwards one can hardly even recognize the infamous bull as it burst into flames.
Fortunately Bartocci survived and is currently in the ICU, but we have to be questioning what took safety so long to extract him and to put out the fire. Lamborghini, rightfully so, canceled the rest of the fourth round and currently six and seven are canceled as well. Clearly Lamborghini has gotten in the press for all the wrong reasons recently. We wish the best for Bartocci for a speedy recovery.
There are two videos after the break.
[Source: Jon Sibal]
Gallery: Super Trofeo Lamborghini Gallardo Crash
Nothing is more tragic than a horrible car accident, especially when it involves an expensive exotic and a young lady. News broke earlier today that a Lamborghini Gallardo, a demo car from Lamborghini of Germany, had crashed, causing the death of both the driver and the passenger.
There isn’t a ton of information on the accident, but witnesses claim the driver had given the Gallardo a tad too much throttle causing it to skid against a divider. What happened after that is something we all hope we’ll never have to witness; the car flew through the air, hit a lamppost and burst into flames. The driver is believed to be an actual employee of Lamborghini that was taking the 28 year old female on a demo ride.
Unfortunately we’ll never get to hear the other side of the story, but hopefully this serves as an unpleasant reminder that no matter how nice of a car or how powerful it is, not controlling it behind the wheel is always dangerous. There’s no need to show off or drive outside your limits, even if it’s in a rare exotic.
Thief targeting vehicles from high-end rental car agencies
Car thefts are a daily occurrence in any major city and aren’t worthy of much media attention, until the cars being nabbed happen to have names like Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.
Such is the case in Toronto, Canada where police now believe a thief is targeting high-end vehicles. The cars in question include a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, a Lexus LS470 SUV and a Rolls-Royce Phantom – valued at $350,000.
All the vehicles were stolen on either July 6th or 7th from high-end rental car locations, including Affinity Luxury Car Rentals. Each vehicle was rented legitimately and then not returned, and because the renter had to provide photo ID, the police have a pretty good idea who they are looking for: Ibrahim Mehraliyev, a native of Azerbaijan now living in a Toronto suburb.
Anyone with information that might lead to an arrest is asked to contact the York Regional Police.
Privateer team DP7 Racing builds Gallardo racer for SPEED World Challenge Series
One of the best finds at the 2008 SEMA Show was this Gallardo racecar at the Performance Friction Brakes booth. Built by DP7 Racing, this one-off custom racecar is set to take on the big boys in the SPEED World Challenge Series in the GT Class, competing against Corvettes, Vipers and Porsches.
The car makes 570hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque and weights just 2,800-lbs – a significant reduction from the stock curb weight. As well as stripping out the entire inside of the car, the Gallardo gets additional weight reduction through the extensive use of carbon fiber parts, including a new carbon hood, trunk lid, bumpers and fenders.
No decision has been made on if the Lambo will run a RWD or AWD setup, as there are advantages to both. (The removal of the factory AWD system will certainly help in the weight category, although AWD may come in handy as SPEED World Challenge is one of the few pro motorsports series that still uses a standing start.
The car will be piloted by former NFL quarterback Dan Pastorini, a man who also has had a career as a professional drag racer.
Official Spec Sheet after the jump: