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What some people aren’t aware of with contests and sweepstakes is that when you win a car, often you end up having to pay taxes and other fees. While this sure beats having to pay for the car itself, sometimes the taxes and fees are more than someone can handle. This was possibly the case with David Dopp, winner of this lime-green Lamborghini Murcielago.
David Dopp, a truck driver for Frito-Lay in Santaquin, Utah won a $350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago in Maverik’s “Joe Schmo to Lamborghini” contest. Shortly after receiving the vehicle, he posted on his Facebook page that he was already stopped by the cops. Ok, no surprise – the man just won a Lamborghini and drives a chips truck for a living.
But then six hours later, Dopp wrecks his Murcielago, spinning out on an icy road after going 40-50 mph in a 35-mph road. He went right back on Facebook to let all his friends know him and his passenger were safe, no one was hurt (except for the car) and that he has insurance. So that’s where it gets interesting. If the vehicle is totaled, Dopp will get a nice payday from insurance. If it isn’t totaled, well, he just screwed himself and will be stuck with a wrecked and repaired Murcielago with the same amount of taxes to pay.
Now we have to give Dopp the benefit of the doubt and believe he wouldn’t wreck a Lamborghini on purpose – and honestly if he was going to, he should have done a lot more damage. But hey maybe he wanted to play it safe and make sure no one was injured in the process, but we honestly believe he had every intention of keeping it nice and clean so that he could sell it. The accident is probably a result of getting his hands on the steering wheel of a real car.
Check out the quick clip after the break showing off the winner of the Lambo, pre-cash.
Themed builds can often times be a disaster; sometimes attributed to having a bad concept, other times it’s just poor execution. The idea of taking a Lamborghini Murcielago and applying a themed build to it is could be scary, finding out that its inspiration comes from the Zero Fighter planes of the World War II era makes it interesting. Seeing the result though is proof that execution and taste is vital to building any project properly.
Liberty Walk is a tuner based out of Japan, known for their aggressive nature in customizing and this Murcielago is no different. But there’s a big difference between aggressive and gaudy and what this Murcielago is: aggressive and classy. The outside was outfitted with Liberty Walk’s own LB Performance Type 2 body kit and the formerly yellow Murcielago received a matte green treatment with some flat black mixed in to contrast. The color scheme alone already screams military, but the camouflage-patterned lips on the wheels is an awesome touch.
Subtle details include a similar camouflage finish on the brake calipers while the trend continues into the interior. The end product is a very aggressive Murcielago, sitting low on the ground and looking threatening from any angle. We love it!
GALLERY: Liberty Walk’s LB-R Zero Fighter Lamborghini Murcielago
[Source: Jon Sibal]
In the sort of story that only happens to the sort of people who have the money to burn—i.e. pro ballers—Allen Iverson’s Lamborghini has been in police lockup since April, and he probably won’t miss it.
Iverson’s 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago has been sitting in an impound lot in Atlanta for three months now, racking up dust and tickets. For a car like a Lamborghini, the Georgia tags cost $14,000 per year. Iverson’s Murcielago hasn’t had a tag in four years, so if he wants it back he’ll have to pony up $56,000 in back taxes—as well as the $300 per month for the lot it sits in.
Not that he’s likely to miss it, however. When the car was first impounded, Iverson told police, “take my car, I have 10 others.” Iverson, a resident of an Atlanta suburb, last played for the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2010. Reports have indicated that despite a lucrative Reebok contract and being ranked an 11-time NBA All Star, the man is flat broke. He’s interested in getting his NBA career back on track, however, and we’d like to think that he could start with getting his car back.
For anyone who grew up with posters of the Countach or Diablo on their wall, the idea of an “everyday” Lamborghini is utterly laughable. By definition, a Lamborghini has always been a loud, crude, in-your-face supercar that makes absolutely no concessions in the way of comfort or convenience.
But Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann claims that things are about to change, with a new addition to the model lineup designed to be a daily driver. Speaking to the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit, Winkelmann said ”We are going to have a third model. It has to be an everyday car. We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.”
Details are practically non-existant, since Winkelmann seemed to state that the car has been recently approved, and would take another four years to hit showrooms. Lamborghini has previous previewed a 4-door sedan model, dubbed the Estoque (seen above), while Ferrari’s new four-seat, four-wheel drive FF pseudo-hatchback will be on sale in 2012.
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.
Chest-merkin users of the world have been dealt a hefty blow as Lamborghini announced that Murcielago production had ended, in anticipation of their upcoming 700 horsepower supercar.
The orange LP670-4 SV is destined for Switzerland, and is the 4,099th car produced during the car’s 9 year production cycle. While the upcoming replacement for the car is said to be chock full of technology, Lamborghini’s CEO Stephan Winklemann praised the car’s legacy, stating “The Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world. But the Lamborghini story continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murciélago – with the most innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design.”
Come March, we’ll be eagerly awaiting the launch of the Murci’s sucessor, and you can be our collars will be open and our gold chains gleaming as we bring you the latest from Italy’s most ostentatious automaker.
Rather than posting unsubstantiated rumors like most other blogs do, we made an effort to confirm some interesting information regarding Lamborghini‘s supercar.
Autoguide was able to speak to a Lamborghini rep after the SEMA Show had wrapped for the day. The rep, who refused to be named, said that the car will “blow away” the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12c. Among the specifics cited were a full carbon monocoque chassis, pushrod suspension and a 700 horsepower engine. This seems to jibe with the latest rumors on Ferrarichat.
The Lambo repped also mentioned that the car will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, so if we somehow turn out to be wrong, you can mock us mercilessly in a few months.
Lamborghini continues to feed us bits and pieces of information ahead of the Paris Auto Show, with their recent shot of a ten cylinder powerplant. Many people assumed that it was the Murcielago replacement, known as the Jota, but the V10 arrangement threw off many observers.
Now comes another round of teasers for an supposedly smaller product, that might replace the Gallardo. We’re not 100% sure what the new car could be, but with the Gallardo having been on the market since 2003, it might be time for a new baby Lambo.
Gallery: Lamborghini Preview
Lamborghini is embarking on a pragmatic approach to supercar building with its Murcielago successor, known as the Jota. Rather than focus on top speed, the Jota will emphasize weight reduction, handling and acceleration prowess over brute force.
Lamborghini released a teaser today, showing what appear to be velocity stack openings for a possibly V10 engine. While the Murcielago had a V12, the downsize in power could be part of Lamborghini’s rhetoric discussing the importance of power-to-weight ratios and the incoming use of carbon fiber in their cars.
“From the middle of the Eighties, the average weight of our cars has increased by 500 kg because of active and passive safety, comfort and emissions reduction issues, and this is something that we have to change,” the release stated, in a refreshingly honest critique of modern supercars.
The Jota is expected to debut at this years Paris Auto Show, and Autoguide will be on hand to cover the launch.
Hit the jump to see the official press release
After building a twin-turbo Lamborghini LP640 that laid down 1000-hp, Underground Racing has just announced even bigger and better things for the LP670-4 SV.
Rumor has it that Underground Racing wants to claim the title of fastest Murciélago in the world with this LP670-4 SV. Their engineers are claiming that they’ll be putting down 1,100-hp out of this beast. We’re guessing it won’t be long until we feast our eyes on dyno videos and some high-speed runs. And to top it off, we’re digging the fact that this LP670-4 SV is paired up with a set of HRE Wheels; anything less on an 1,100-hp Lamborghini would be blasphemous.
GALLERY: Underground Racing Twin-Turbo Lp670-4 SV
[Source: GT Spirit]
In perhaps the ultimate example of schadenfreude, more details have surfaced surrounding the story of the turquoise Koenigsegg and Lamborghini that were given the boot outside the ultra-ritzy Harrods department store in London.
It turns out that the owners of the supercars were also members of the Qatari royal family, the owners of Harrods. Most people take some joy in seeing the wealthy get taken down a peg, but when you consider that they just bought Harrods for $2.3 billion, it almost makes sense for them to park in an illegal but convenient spot. Not only can they afford to pay the fines, they can probably afford to abandon their cars and buy another one if it proves to be more expedient than waiting for a traffic warden to come remove the device.
For those not in the know, Premier 4509 Limited is Veilside’s luxury brand. And the drastically different name is with good reason in our opinion, given Veilside’s reputation with Japanese vehicles that are borderline “ricey”. That image probably wasn’t helped by branding through the Fast & Furious movies, but marketing is marketing. Nonetheless, Premier 4509 Limited’s line of aesthetics is overwhelmingly exotic and really shows off Veilside’s prowess with customizing vehicles perfectly.
While some of Veilside’s body kits for the Japanese vehicles can be overwhelmingly bold, Premier 4509 Limited’s kits are spot-on for luxury and exotic vehicles. Their line covers Lamborghini‘s Murciélago and Gallardo, Bentley’s Continental GT and Flying Spur, Aston Martin’s Vantage and Ferrari’s F430 and 360. Spotted here though is Sunrise Factory’s Lamborghini Murciélago with the Premier 4509 Limited kit.
Seen recently at the Special Import Car Show (SICS) in Japan, this matte gray Lambo screams exotic. The kit outfits the Murciélago with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear wing and rear diffusers. Limited to only 300 units worldwide, this kit has a great degree of exclusivity – as if owning a Murciélago wasn’t enough.
While we’re absolutely in love with the overall styling of this Murciélago, we’re not a fan of the wheels at all. The full face design seems really bulky for a vehicle so sleek and smooth. But truth be told, we’d take it with or without the wheels – beggars can’t be choosers after all.
GALLERY: Veilside Premier 4509 Limited Lamborghini Murcielago
[Source: Jon Sibal]
In a move certain to devestate professional sports leagues and record labels everywhere, Lamborghini is recalling 428 Murcielagos from the 2007-2009 model year over concerns of a fuel leak. The Italian sports car maker says that the welds that hold the fuel pump support inside the fuel tank could detach, leading to a fuel leak or a possible fire. Lamborghini says that owners will have the necessary repairs carried out for free, and the company can be contacted at 1-912-409-5634 or 1-508-808-9562.
If the wealthy owners need some “assistance” getting these potentially flammable supercars to and from their dealers, Autoguide staffers are standing by and willing to ferry them from door to door in exchange for a bit of seat time with the cars.
[Source: Top Speed]
Scott Rothstein was once a prominent South Florida lawyer, famous for his humble roots, flashy lifestyle and philanthropy. But after a suicide attempt and a failed escape to Morocco, Rothsetin turned himself in after federal agents exposed his 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
Now, the United States government has seized his assets and is auctioning off an assortment of exotic cars owned by Rothstein and a number of shell companies. The list ranges from the very mild (two Pontiac G6s, a Ford Expedition) to the highest echelons of supercar-dom (two Bugatti Veryons, a Ferrari F40).
If you have the funds, and are looking to score a deal on some serious machinery with, shall we say, interesting provenance, take a peek at the list below and get in touch with the appropriate arm of the federal government.
[Source: Dupont Registry]
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