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 |  Feb 29 2012, 1:15 PM

The 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year short list has just been announced, and women motoring writers from around the world will begin voting for their top picks.

Cutting a list of contenders from 300 down to 32, judges will now allocate points to the nominated cars that fall into four categories: Family Car, Luxury Car, Sports Car and Economy Car. Just one of the 10 criteria that cars are allotting points for is Child Friendliness, which is something vehicles aren’t usually judged on in a competition.

Winners of the 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year will be announced before the end of March, and awards will be presented at the Paris Motor Show in September. You can check out the complete short list after below.

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 |  Dec 29 2011, 1:45 PM

Whether you’re on the 18-month waiting list and you’re just too impatient to wait or you don’t have the cash to buy one outright, you have the option to drive the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 for a day or a week. But be warned… it will still cost you big bucks.

If you live in Los Angeles, you’ll want to look up Black & White Car Rental. This car rental firm have just got in a white Aventador, accented with black wheels, and it’s available to be rented for a day, which will set you back $5,500, or for a week for $30,000. Sure, it’s a huge chunk of change, but when the price tag to own the Aventador is $373,000 (and upwards), it seems like a bargain.

If the Aventador is a little out of your price range to rent, Black & White has a few more affordable options available. You can rent a Porsche Boxster from $195 per day or the Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible from $254 per day.

 |  Dec 19 2011, 6:30 PM

The Lamborghini Aventador has inspired yet another flashy accessory that fans of the supercar will have to keep an eye out for – the Avenger Vertical Tourbillon Watch.

Designed by Marko Petrovic, this timepiece is still in the concept stage, but pictures of the Avenger Vertical Tourbillon promise great things from this luxury watch. Outfitted in black and orange, this watch takes style cues from the Aventador’s engine. Its face is styled after the Aventador’s engine cover and even features an engine roll bar. Holding it in place is a tire tread-like wrist band.

Since it’s still just a concept, there are no official specs, prices or a release date. But if it’s anything like its inspiration, it will be expensive and exclusive. We’ll keep you posted on updates and availability when they become available.

[Source: Top Speed]


 |  Dec 14 2011, 10:30 AM


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


[Source: Teamspeed]

 |  Dec 11 2011, 1:00 PM

Over in the United Kingdom, Hertz has teamed up with Premiere Velocity in order to offer their customers the ability to rent some of the world’s finest exotic supercars. The list of exotics being offered is impressive including Lamborghini‘s LP560-4 Bicolore and Aventador, Porsche‘s Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, Ferrari‘s 458 Italia, Range Rover‘s Evoque, Mercedes-Benz‘s Brabus S-Class and SLS AMG Roadster, Rolls-Royce’s Phantom and even McLaren’s MP4.

The full range of cars available is up on Hertz’s website and a 5-percent discount is offered when booking through Prices vary, but a C63 AMG for example is £201.25 a day ($314) while an Audi R8 is £362.25 ($565). Hertz wand Premiere will also offer customers with a bespoke meet, greet and delivery system at any agreed location whether it be their home, office, hotel or airport.

The requirements? Enough money, 25-years of age and no more than six points on their driver’s license.

 |  Oct 26 2011, 2:15 PM

Underground Racing’s Ferrari 458 Italia has been twin-turbocharged and packs 700-whp. Lamborghini‘s Aventador LP700-4 delivers 700-hp from the factory, so obviously it makes perfect sense to pit the two Italian exotics against one another in one awesome video.

Though the “racing” in the video isn’t exactly perfect in terms of judging which vehicle is truly better or faster, it’s worth watching to hear the sonorous note of two if Italy’s finest exotics.

The 458 features Underground Racing’s Stage 1 bolt-on turbo kit taking the factory 562-hp to a 700-whp on 93-octane pump gas. If you’re not aware of just how big a difference there is between 700-hp and 700 horsepower at the wheels, this video should clear things up pretty fast.

Underground Racing has promised a rematch of the two in the near future, just as soon as it preps a twin-turbo setup for the Aventador’s V12.

Check out the video after the jump:


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 |  Sep 22 2011, 2:15 PM

When it comes to collector’s items inspired by the Lamborghini Aventador, you may not be able to afford the scale model version, but you may be able pick up the limited edition pen without taking out a second mortgage.

Lamborghini has partnered with Omas, a well-known Italian manufacturer of writing instruments, to create the Automobili Lamborghini by Omas collection. This is latest edition to the series, and will be limited in the number available for purchase.

Boasting perfect handling (just like the Aventador), this pen features advanced mechanics, with a highly ergonomic design that is meant to enhance writing pleasure.It has been made with the highest precision by using the bayonet closing system, and its unique Aventador-inspired look will ensure you don’t missplace this pen or lend it out.

The pen comes on the heels of the Lamborghini Aventador model launch and there will only be 700 available for sale for every color and model (the limit of 700 reflects the Aventador’s horsepower). The Aventador Automobili Lamborghini by Omas pen can be ordered in black or orange cotton resin with ruthenium trim and carbon fiber inserts. No word on the price yet, but other pens in the series have sold for around $2,300.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Sep 16 2011, 11:15 AM

If you thought a real Lamborghini was expensive, just wait until you see the price tag of one that you can pick up with one hand. The world’s most expensive model car has just been unveiled for a cool $4.8 million and it’s only one-eighth the size of the life-sized Lamborghini.

Taking a love of miniatures to the extreme, the special edition of the Lamborghini Aventador costs 15 times more that the luxury car it’s based on (a full-sized version comes in at an affordable $379,000). Designed by German model maker Robert Gulpen, the model Aventador follows closely in the footsteps of the original. Not only is it spun and milled from carbon fiber, it is also laced with gold thread. Accounting for about $2.7 million of the asking price are the diamonds that adorn the seats, steering wheel and headlights.  “This is a high-tech work of art,” said Gulpen. “I wanted to do something unique, something that has not existed until now.”

The model limited edition Lamborghini Aventador took 500 hours to create, using computer data shared by Lamborghini. It will be auctioned by Southeby’s in December, but if you’ve just got to have it right now, you can buy it for set price of $6.2 million. You can watch a video of the model being shown off at the Frankfurt Motor Show this past week after the jump.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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 |  Aug 23 2011, 11:00 AM

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Amid all the historic autos on display at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Concept Lawn is a look at modern works of vehicular art – not all of them concepts either.

Vehicles on display at this year’s event included the the Infiniti Etheria concept, the SSC Tuatara concept and the Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. The SSC car represents the next generation of the Ultimate Aero and will look to take back the title of the world’s fastest production car from Bugatti. As for the Lotus, it’s essentially a look at a possible street-legal track machine, merging the Evora road car and the GTE Le Mans race car together. Yet another concept was the Lexus LF-Gh – a design study that lead to the Pebble Beach reveal of the new 2013 Lexus GS350.

Other highlights included a rolling chassis of the new Lamborghini Aventador, as well as the Jaguar C-X75 concept. See all these, and even more in the video after the jump:

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 |  Aug 21 2011, 11:17 AM

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Sitting in stark contrast to the heritage machines on display on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours are the assembled exotics on the “Concept Lawn”. The best example of this is the Lamborghini Aventador, which is joined by a rolling chassis of the 700-hp Italian exotic, displaying the ultra-modern technology that makes it such an incredible performance machine.

Car geeks can revel in the carbon fiber monocoque, joined at the front and rear by a complex and light weight aluminum chassis. This structure allows the car to weigh in at just under 3,500 lbs, despite a truly massive 6.5-liter V12 engine out back.

Also on display is the pushrod suspension setup, with Lambroghini claiming the Aventador is the first production car to make use of this design, which has until now been reserved for race cars.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador Rolling Chassis

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 |  Aug 07 2011, 9:00 AM


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 07 2011, 4:59 PM


With Ferrari having done away with manual transmissions already, Lamborghini is the next supercar manufacturer to follow the two-pedal trend, with the Bolognese outfit announcing that the next Gallardo will not be available with a manual gearbox, similar to its Aventador sibling.

Car enthusiasts will undoubtedly cry foul at this announcement, but Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani claims that as little as 1 percent of Lamborghini cars leave the factory with a stick-shift. The Gallardo is available with the proprietary e-gear sequential gearbox, while the Aventador’s new 7-speed ISR system has been universally praised by critics.

While manual transmissions are arguably more fun, Lamborghini argues that the dual purpose nature of their cars (comfortable around town, blindingly fast on the open road) can only be actualized with an automated paddle-shift transmission, stating that the manual gearbox offers an interruption in the vehicle’s various functions. We’d argue that perfection has a price, and it’s one we’re willing to pay, but customers have evidently voted with their wallets, and Lamborghini has listened loud and clear.

[Source: Motor Trend]

 |  Jun 28 2011, 7:29 PM


Bruce Wayne’s ride of choice in The Dark Night was a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, but the Murci met an early demise halfway through the movie.

Fortunately, Wayne is fabulously rich, and if it wasn’t for the wrecked Lambo, he’d probably want the newest model anyways (who can bear being seen in last year’s model anyways?). Luckily, there’s a shiny new Aventador waiting for him. One lucky gent managed to spy the Aventador (with Gotham plates) outside what is supposedly Master Wayne’s new digs – quite a step up from his old penthouse, but equally as lavish.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador Batman: The Dark Knight Rises


[Source: Luxury4Play]

Watch some incredible Aventador video after the jump:

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 |  May 14 2011, 5:44 PM


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


[Source: Top Gear]

 |  May 03 2011, 7:56 PM


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


[Source: eurocarblog]

 |  Apr 29 2011, 3:49 PM


Lamborghini head Stephan Winkelmann said that China will overtake the United States as its largest market in the very near future. Winklemann said that the exact sales numbers would depend largely on the new Aventador, and how many units it could deliver to China.

Q1 2011 sales outstripped those of 2010, even though Lamborghini was only selling the Gallardo, while it sold the Murcielago alongside it in 2010. Lamborghini plans on expanding its sales network from 14 dealerships to 20 by year’s end. China’s Lamborghini customer tends to be younger and female, two demographics which tend to display greater brand loyalty, qualities that Winkelmann obviously wants in a customer.

Rolls-Royce announced earlier in the month that it expects China to become the third largest market for its cars, while Ferrari is also anticipating the country to become an extremely important market in the near future.

[Source: Reuters]

 |  Mar 23 2011, 4:15 PM

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The lucky folks at Inside Line got to spend the day with the all new Lamborghini Aventador supercar, as it shot an on location commercial in California.

We won’t spoil all the juicy details for you, but you’re going to want to hit the jump and watch the video.  Aside from the wonderful soundtrack, it’s the best video we’ve seen of the Aventador, and the wonderful orange hue is just right for the flashiest of supercars.

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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]

 |  Jan 01 2011, 12:05 AM

There’s no doubt that 2010 has been a monumentally important year for the auto industry and one worth looking back on. From the Toyota recall crisis, to the success stories at Hyundai and Ford, to the launch of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, there have been no end of major news stories in the automotive sector.

However, 2011 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year, especially when it comes to the actual products, and so rather than a look back at the best of 2010, we thought it best to look ahead at the most anticipated cars that will debut over the next 12 months, starting in just a few weeks at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

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 |  Dec 15 2010, 11:01 AM

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Several photos of the upcoming replacement to the Murcielago, the Lamborghini Aventador, have surfaced online, but contrary to early reports they are not spy photos. Several sources have confirmed that the candid shots are actually from a drive event Lamborghini held and the photos were press photos provided by the manufacturer.

Giving probably out best look yet at what the upcoming supercar will look like, we already know a great deal about the vehicle. While the carbon chassis has yet to be officially confirmed, Lamborghini has announced that the car will use a 6.5-liter V12 engine making 700-hp at 8250 rpm, with 509 ft-lbs of torque available at 5500 rpm.

Possibly more impressive, Lamborghini has announced a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) 7-speed transmission. Rather than opt for the dual-clutch setup becoming popular among other automakers, the ISR is a single clutch unit and will deliver shift times up to half the speed of a dual-clutch setup. Lamborghini also claims that at 154 lbs., the transmission is far lighter than a dual-clutch version and is also more compact. The transmission is able to shift so quickly (40 percent quicker than the E-gear setup in the Gallardo) because rather than having several gears and one shift rod to engage them, there’s a shift rod for each gear, allowing one gear to be engaging as the other one is letting off. The transmission will come with three modes: Strada (automatic), Sport and Corsa.

Coupled with AWD and a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis that will shed as much as 500 lbs from the Murcielago, the new Italian supercar should hit 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds.

The official reveal for Lambo’s new supercar is set for the Geneva Auto Show this March.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Prototype

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[Source: InsideLine]

 |  Nov 29 2010, 8:27 AM

To celebrate the end of production for the Murciélago, Lamborghini recently organized a parade in its hometown of Sant’Agata Bolognese.

In attendance were such Lambo icons the the 350 GT, numerous Countach and Diablo models, a Murciélago SV and of course the Miura.

The Murcie ceased production on May 11 of this year and Lamborghini is expected to debut its new flagship supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in March, sporting a carbon fiber chassis and a new V12 engine capable of 700-hp. The new car is believed to use the name Aventador.

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 |  Nov 15 2010, 1:45 PM

Lamborghini has a long history of giving their exotic Italian machinery very purposeful names, with the latest most likely to be Aventador. The automaker recently registered the Aventador name with the U.S. trademark office and if Lambo’s previous naming strategy is anything to follow, the full name should be Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

The name Aventador is famous for being a thousand-pound Spanish bull. The name also can mean “one who dares.” Both sound appropriate.

According to info released today, regardless of the name, the successor to the Murcielago will get a 6.5-liter V12 engine making 700-hp at 8250 rpm, with 509 ft-lbs of torque available at 5500 rpm.

Possibly more impressive, Lamborghini has announced a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) 7-speed transmission. Rather than opt for the dual-clutch setup becoming popular among other automakers, the ISR is a single clutch unit and will deliver shift times up to half the speed of a dual-clutch setup. Lamborghini also claims that at 154 lbs., the transmission is far lighter than a dual-clutch version and is also more compact. The transmission is able to shift so quickly (40 percent quicker than the E-gear setup in the Gallardo) because rather than having several gears and one shift rod to engage them, there’s a shift rod for each gear, allowing one gear to be engaging as the other one is letting off. The transmission will come with three modes: Strada (automatic), Sport and Corsa.

Coupled with AWD and a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis that will shed as much as 500 lbs from the Murcielago, the new Italian supercar should hit 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds.

[Source: Jaolpnik]