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 |  Dec 24 2012, 3:40 PM

2012's Best Car Porn

Shaping and sculpting sheet metal into something both beautiful and functional is an intensive undertaking that automakers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on. And to bring these cars justice, photographers and videographers spend hundreds of hours capturing just the right angle, and finding that one magical location.

So for your viewing pleasure, AutoGuide has gathered up the best-of-the-best automotive photography and videos from the past year, and compiled them all here in one place.

Click through to see some stunning visuals.

 |  Oct 10 2012, 8:35 PM

The Lamborghini Aventador J is arguably one of the finest machines ever built, but its one-of-one exclusivity sparked jealousy. Luckily, the Italian exotic automaker plans on debuting more bespoke models in the near future.

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 |  Apr 21 2012, 9:00 AM

Built in mere weeks before the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the Lamborghini Aventador J is nothing if not striking. 

With it’s chopped-off roof and tiny windscreens, it’s a hard car to forget. The 700-hp stunner is intimidating to stand next to, let alone drive at speed, yet that’s exactly what the company did in the promo video featured below.

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 |  Mar 16 2012, 5:15 PM


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


 |  Mar 14 2012, 9:15 AM


The Lamborghini Aventador J took the world by storm when it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show – see our first look video here – but would you believe that it was built in a mere six weeks? 

According to Lamborghini designer Filippo Perini, the Aventador J was created entirely in-house after CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked the team to come up with something special for the Geneva Auto Show. “It was the 14th of January that Mr Winkelmann asked us to do something for Geneva,” says Perini in an interview with Top Gear. “A blank sheet. Do what you want. I drew up this car in a weekend…”

While a six week time frame would be impressive even if Lamborghini simply took their Aventador and turned it into a convertible, the Aventador J only retains the front hood, fenders, rear fenders, and headlights from the standard Aventador. All other panels were constructed from scratch to make the Aventador J truly one-of-a-kind.

And as we mentioned before, the Aventador J will be one-of-one and has been homologated in Italy meaning that it’s not just some concept car slapped together in six weeks to impress the public and the media. Some lucky person will have (or already has) possession of this amazing machine.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador J


[Source: Top Gear]

 |  Mar 09 2012, 2:30 PM

10. Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept

It certainly deserves a spot on the list of Top 10 Geneva Motor Show cars. Many would also agree it also deserves the last possible spot. And so here it is, the Bentley EXP 9 F concept.

Rather than a Continental GT styled swoopy looking crossover, Bentley’s SUV concept is big, bold and brutish, taking styling from the brand’s flagship Mulsanne, including a massive flat-fronted prow and some of the largest fog lights ever fitted to a vehicle.

Still, there’s little doubt that it’s excellently crafted and by all accounts appears near to production. Regardless of what it looks like, it’s what it is that makes the EXP so important. If Bentley is to grow as a brand, especially in emerging markets, an SUV is what it needs.

Despite criticism, don’t look for major changes to a production model. We overheard Bentley reps surveying numerous VIP guests about the car and all responded that they’d buy one right away.

 |  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


Watch the making of the Lamborghini Aventador J video below.

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 3:06 AM


Lamborghini knows how to steal the show. The exotic Italian automaker’s standard production models are always enough to grab headlines, but this very custom one-off “speedster”, unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show, is beyond wild.

Called a “one of a kind piece of art” by Lamborghini, the open-top Aventador has tiny windscreens and a body modified for maximum performance. Based on a similar light weight but very large carbon fiber chassis as the Aventador, it’s slightly narrower and uses aerodynamic changes on the front and rear bumper to improve downforce.

A function-over form machine (even if it is beautiful), the Aventador J, as it’s called, has no navigation or audio system. Thinner and lighter doors drop even more weight and Lambo has targeted a dry weight of under 3,500 lbs – not bad for a car with a 6.5-liter V12 engine. Power is rated identically to the Aventador with 700 hp on tap.

Painted in a chrome red with carbon fiber detailing, the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels are center locking and get carbon fiber inserts to maximize cooling of the brakes.

As for that mysterious J in its name, it comes from the FIA motorsports rule book, where “Appendix J” details the specifications of the different classes of race cars. That said, while Lambo is calling it a race car, the Aventador J is street legal. Want one? Too bad, this is the one and only Aventador J and it’s already been sold confirmed company CEO Stephan Winkelmann at it’s unveiling. The price? A serious $2.1 million.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador J


 |  Mar 05 2012, 4:01 PM


The arguably most highly anticipated debut so far this year has finally come, with the Lamborghini Aventador J revealed in its complete glory. No more teaser photos, the Italian exotic automaker has shown off the goods before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The 700-hp two-seater is quite possibly the best looking Lamborghini to ever hit the road and is without a doubt, a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The letter “J” in its name comes from the sporting rules of the FIA world motorsport organization where its “Appendix J” defines the technical specification of race cars in the various classes.

Based on the Aventador LP 700-4, the Aventador J is powered by Lamborghini’s new 6.5L, 12-cylinder powerplant with 700-hp, mated to their ISR transmission with a permanent all-wheel drive. The open version Aventador also sports a newly-designed monocoque and the Aventador J has a dry weight of less than 3,500 lbs.

The overall styling of the Aventador J is more aggressive than the standard Aventador with a somewhat narrower front end sporting a carbon fiber air scoop. We won’t lie, viewing the Aventador from the side reminds us of a Formula 1 racing car.

Most interesting is that the Aventador J will be available for sale, but it’ll be the only one. Lamborghini specified in their release that “there is only one of them, no prototypes and no others for the Lamborghini Museum. The buyer can look forward to a truly unique, street-legal work of art.”

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador J Roadster