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Some people love “new car” smell. I think its pretty nice too (as long as it doesn’t contain harmful toxins) but I think one of the best new car smells comes from exotic cars. Frequenting car shows as much as I do I have inhaled my share of alcantara, leather, carbon fiber, and ABS plastic in my time and it is quite intoxicating (no pun intended). However, would anyone of you actually want to wear that scent? Lamborghini is hoping so as they just announced that they will be launching their own cologne at the Geneva Motorshow called “L”. Seriously, this is happening. Crazy right?
I am sure that “L” won’t actually smell like a Lamborghini interior but technically its possible since they never say it won’t smell like a Lamborghini… If you are interested in a leather wrapped bottle of “L” then get in line fast as Lamborghini says they will only produce 999 vials of the stuff. If you miss out then don’t fret too much because Lamborghini says they will actually produce three more scents after this in the near future. I wonder what the next one will be; Acuqa Di Exhaust Pour Homme perhaps?
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 21 February 2014. Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, the clothing and accessories line with the DNA of the House of the Raging Bulls’ super sports cars, presents the Spring-Summer 2014 collection.
The newest product in the collection is definitely the perfume “L”, for men who love essential, unique luxury. The first of the four fragrances, a limited edition with only 999 produced, will be presented in a world preview at the Geneva Show on 4 March. The perfume, designed by a creative team and perfume experts for Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, extends the values of the worldfamous super sports car brand to an olfactory experience. “L” is the first perfume by Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, extending the product range for the first time to fragrances for men.
Tags: · 2014 Geneva Motorshow, Accessories, Apparel, EuropeanCars, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Cologne, Lamborghini Perfume, New Car Smell
Ever wonder what its like to take a lap around the legendary Sepang circuit? What about taking a lap around Sepang in a purpose built go-fasty-fast Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO? I wonder that too! Although its unlikely (for me anyway) that such an experience will ever happen. However, we can at least know what it would look like thanks to Ferrari posting this video on their YouTube channel. Scroll down and take a ride with driver Paul Van Lohenhout as he hits every apex Sepang has to offer!
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I got super excited when McLaren Automotive dropped a teaser for a new car that would debut at Geneva and slot in between the MP4-12C and the P1 hyper-car. While my imagination ran wild with what could be, a colleague suggested to me that it will likely just be another special edition 12C. Personally I was really hoping against that. Not that I have any problem with the 12C but to see a completely new car from McLaren so soon after the P1′s release would be pretty damn awesome. Turns out that we were both right in sorts.
Like the title of this post suggests the 650S (the 650 representing the HP and the “S” meaning sports) is essentially an evolution of the 12C by using some of the things they learned from building the P1. This pretty much why the 650S looks like a P1 from the front. The McLaren engineers also employed more than a few new aerodynamic bits to add improved downforce over the 12C (the extra 25HP doesn’t hurt either). So while I am a bit bummed that the 650S is more “new” than new, I still think that a next-level 12C is still pretty damn awesome. The real signs of if this car will take off is how the world will react to the 650S’ most important number: MSRP. We should know more about that when it makes its debut in Geneva on March 4th. For more pictures of the McLaren 650S feel free to click on any of the thumbnails and for more details check out the official press release below.
Designed and developed to give the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement
- The McLaren 650S will offer the widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar
- Coupé and Spider, with electrically retractable hardtop, to be available from Spring 2014 launch
- Joins McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C, which continues on sale
- Uniquely enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control systems optimise the capabilities and usability
McLaren Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.
The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1™, and learns from both models as well as 50 years of competing in the highest levels of motorsport. Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.
The design is inspired by the McLaren P1™, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1™. The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.
The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the functional bodywork. At 150 mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.
‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’ says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.‘
Unique side intakes behind the dihedral doors feed large, efficiently packaged, radiators which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres to offer optimised roadholding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.
The McLaren 650S builds on experience from success on the track, and groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1™, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S.
The pioneering ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.
‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’
The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.
The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupéand Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.
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Let’s face it, while they may have their quirks McLaren Automotive can do no wrong. They have yet to make a misstep since they set off in their epic quest to produce the greatest supercars on the face of the planet. No one thought they would ever top themselves and produce something better than the legendary McLaren F1 and then they blew everyone’s mind with the P1. So, taking all of that into account any news that McLaren is working on another car is automatically good news; which is exactly what we got today!
McLaren Automotive has officially announced that they are set to reveal a new supercar dubbed the 650S at the Geneva Motorshow and have teased the interwebs with a glimpse of the car’s badge but that is about all they teased. All the really important stuff (engine, HP, configuration, number of doors, weight) will all be left to the official reveal but McLaren did state that the 650S is meant to slot between the MP4-12C and the P1 so we already know that this new vehicle will not be an “entry level” McLaren, rather a car for someone who wants something more than a 12C but doesn’t have the connects (or the cash) to step up to a P1.
Although while it will be technically in the middle of the line up I doubt it will have “middle” performance. I can’t wait to see what this car is all about! You can click the thumbnail to see a full size image of the teaser and scroll below for the incredibly short press release.
McLaren Automotive will reveal at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show the latest addition to its range of groundbreaking supercars – the McLaren 650S.
Designed and developed to offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful styling, the McLaren 650S is the result of 50 years of competing, and winning, at the highest levels of motorsport. It takes learnings from both the 12C as well as the sell-out McLaren P1™ and will be positioned between the two on McLaren Automotive’s supercar grid.
More details of the McLaren 650S will be announced in the run-up to the car’s global reveal which will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT), Tuesday 4 March 2014 in Geneva.
[Source: McLaren Automotive]
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In the “Whoaaa” news of the day, Tanner Foust just announced on his Instagram account that for the 2014 Global Rally Cross season he has joined up with Andretti Autosport (yes THAT Andretti) and will campaign a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle! What a crazy change right?! We will definitely miss seeing Tanner in the Ford Fiesta GRC car but its interesting to see Volkswagen get involved in the series. Joining Tanner at Andretti Autosport will be former F1 driver Scott Speed who will also pilot a VW Beetle. Despite leaving Ford, Tanner will still be backed by Rockstar Energy Drink while his teammate Scott will rock a 7-Up livery on his Beetle.
It should also be noted that the team will not start the season in the new Beetle GRC cars; rather they will start in a pair of WRC Spec Polo R’s (the same type that won the WRC championship) for the first part of the season. The new Beetles will make their debut at the Summer X Games (for maximum exposure) at Austin, Texas later this year. Will Volkswagen be able to hold their own against the might of Ford? It will be fun to find out! For more pics just click on any of the thumbnails in this post and scroll below for the official press release from Volkswagen.
VOLKSWAGEN ENTERS RALLYCROSS WITH THE BEETLE AND ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Feb 6, 2014
The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will run a 560-plus-horsepower, all-wheel-drive GRC Beetle in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series
- Team will compete initially with European rallycross-prepared Polo
- Drivers will be 2011 and 2012 GRC champion Tanner Foust and ex-F1 and NASCAR star Scott Speed
- Definitive GRC Beetle will debut at the Summer X Games in Austin, TX
Chicago, IL — Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing today announced the details of its 2014 rallycross program at the Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen will partner with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, running two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.
The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch during the season to the fearsome GRC Beetle. This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle and will feature more than 560 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine.
Rallycross is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the U.S., attracting big crowds at venues across the country as well as live TV coverage. Cars are pitted against each other and the clock in a series of heats on a closed course that’s usually a mixture of dirt and pavement, with a 70-foot jump. The action is fast, it’s intense, and is hugely appealing to a crossover audience of auto and live action sports fans.
“Red Bull Global Rallycross is the perfect form of motor sports for a youthful, exuberant, and growing brand in the U.S. market,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We’re excited to partner with Andretti Autosport, one of the great names in American motor sports, and delighted that we will be running the iconic Beetle in the series.”
Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, added: “I’m thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner [Foust] and Scott [Speed]; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender.”
Tanner Foust, GRC champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013, will drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. Foust is also widely recognized for hosting the U.S. version of Top Gear , for his rally driving skills, and for his stunt driving—he holds records for distance jumping and looping the loop in a car.
Scott Speed will be racing the 7UP entry for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. As well as being a standout in the 2013 GRC Series, winning two races in and finishing fifth overall, Speed has competed at the very pinnacle of motorsports, driving Formula 1 for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007. He also competed in NASCAR between 2008 and 2013.
The Red Bull Global Rallycross series opens in May. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will attend with a pair of Polo cars driven by Foust and Speed. The definitive GRC Beetle will appear at the X Games in June in Austin, TX.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc. Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers.
About Andretti Autosport Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda championships. In 2013 the team announced intent to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross starting in 2014. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). For more information, please visit AndrettiAutosport.com.
[Source & photos: Volkswagen]
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The new M4 Coupe and M3 sedan made their world debuts a while ago and ever since then auto journalist all over the world have been waiting with baited breath for that coveted press drive invite from BMW. I however am not waiting because I am pretty bloody sure my invite is going to get “lost in the mail”. I mean I am appreciative of all the readers of this blog but I know my viewership isn’t up there with the Autoblogs and Jalopniks of the world. However, just because I’ll be under BMW’s radar doesn’t mean I can’t still drive the new M4 coupe! I just did it in a different way. If you want to know exactly what I mean and what I think about the new M4 coupe then just watch the video below. Also, keep in mind that this was all done in fun so please don’t fire bomb me! Enjoy!
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If there was ever a time to pay close attention to the super bowl commercials it was this year. I mean, lets face it the game itself wasn’t all that riveting *coughcoughBLOWOUTcough*. Anyhow, there was a grand total of 14 car and automotive themed commercials this year, which seems like a lot but I swear there was more last year. Of those 14 I have chosen my top three ( as well as a few honorable mentions) which are listed below as well as a bit on each spot and why I thought they thought they deserved a spot in the fresh three. So, without further adieu scroll down and enjoy!
Third Place: “British Villains ‘Rendezvous’” – Jaguar
I had been looking forward to this commercial since Jaguar started teasing it last year. The idea that Jaguar would be calling on Brittan’s greatest film villains to promote the new F TYPE coupe was a brilliant idea. Seriously, the Mandarin, Sinestro, and Loki pressed and dressed all in one commercial together? Awesome! Gratuitous visuals of the F TYPE coupe didn’t hurt either. So, if I loved it so much why did it get third? Well I’ll put it to you this way. Its not because this commercial did anything bad (excuse the pun). It will all make sense when you see second and third place, so lets move on shall we?
Second Place: “Strike” – Maseratti
Usually in the days, even weeks leading up to the big game most of the bigger Automotive media outlets have previews or leaks of upcoming Super Bowl ads from OEMs. However, NO ONE saw this spot coming which really was the whole point of the ad (you will know what I am talking about if you’ve watched it). Much like the monologue (read by youngest ever Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) suggests, this was all about waiting until any opposition has gotten too over-confident and lethargic to notice and then “striking” when its least suspected. That is what Maserati did when they used this spot to announce to the world that the Ghibli has officially arrived and is hunting for all the M5′s and E classes on American streets. The only nitpick is that they isn’t too much of the actual Ghibli shown. Although they attempt to remedy that with bolting a microphone on the back of the Ghibli to capture its beautiful exhaust sound! This commercial was so captivating, it even inspired Jaguar to take a jab at them as you can see below:
While that shot is well played (and technically corrected) by Jaguar, the bottom line is the fact that they even felt the need to respond means Maserati won the hand. I love the F TYPE coupe but I think this Ghibli spot edged it out just a bit.
First Place: “Life” – Chevrolet
This commercial is only a minute long, and has no spoken dialogue (save for the song “Don’t Leave” by Ane Brun) yet this spot manages to tell a story that many people know too well: surviving cancer. There is so much emotion, and this commercial hits so close to home that despite its minimal nature its almost overwhelming. I have always thought that some of the best commercials are those that are about more than the car being advertised and this spot epitomizes that point beautifully. Because of that, this is my favorite commercial during this year’s Hype Bowl. By the way, this Tuesday is World Cancer Day a day in which we celebrate people who have survived cancer and those who offered support through their fight. You can find out more about World Cancer Day by visiting Chevy.com/PurpleRoads and Cancer.org
There you have it! My top three favorite car commercials from this year’s Super Bowl. Although despite only picking three there were a few more that I still liked or stood out to me and have earned an honorable mention. To watch them just click their titles (bold in red text):
- “Big Game Ad” by Toyota because its hard to argue with the Muppets and Terry Crews! I miss the Muppets… Anyone remember Bip Bippadotta?
- “Need For Speed Super Bowl Spot” by DreamWorks Pictures. While I have my doubts about the movie’s plot (or lack thereof) this trailer which comprises of nothing but engine sounds is pretty awesome!
- “Transformers: Age Of Extinction Super Bowl Spot” By Paramount Pictures because DINOBOTS!!!!
- “Wings” By Volkswagen. Because watching the look of fear on a German Engineer’s face just before a rainbow shoots out of his butt is more entertaining than you’d might think.
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Ok, I am going to warn you now: this is going to be a long post. Why? Because Audi just dropped a metric ton (see what I did there? German? Metric system? No? Ok moving on..) of new tech, concepts, and sneak peaks at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today.
First of all lets start with what has the car nuts drooling in their computer chairs. While highlighting their new infotainment display Audi has also graced the world with a glimpse of what the next Audi TT interior will look like. Astute observers will notice the stick shift lever between the seats which confirms that a full manual option will be available! This is great news for those who feared the next TT would be a strictly “F1 inspired” mass of tech and “flappy paddle” shifting. While I personally have nothing against paddle or sequential shifters, it does add something to the driving experience to be able to row through the gears. While the transmission Easter egg was cool the real point of showing off the interior is to highlight the new MMI “multi media interface” display which will be available on the new TT. The display allows for integration of navigation, entertainment, and the controls for other systems such as the AC all in one screen which replaces the main gauge cluster. This also means that all the important gauges: MPH, RPMs, temp, etc will be completely digital as well. Everything that the driver needs to know will be displayed on a 12.3 inch TFT monitor. Now for those who are worried about having all that info in their faces, the great thing about the all digital gauge cluster is that it is completely customizable, as in it can be changed to suit visual preferences. If a driver just wants the see the basic needle style gauges then they can have that! Everything can be controlled via buttons on the steering wheel or with a set up on the center console. Audi promises the controls will be easy to use and intuitive but we will just have to wait and see how well it all works out when the TT is released. For some pics of the new TT interior and new digital gauge cluster just click the thumbnails above this paragraph.
Next I want to talk a little bit about Audi’s “Active Saftey” technology suite. Audi calls it “Active Safety” but really its a collection of autonomous driving features, each increasingly more awesome than the last. Naturally, “stop and go” adaptive cruise control (ACC) comes to the party but Audi has taken it up a few notches by increasing the distance that the radar can detect objects from 820 feet away. It can bring the car to a full stop, and then proceed, on its own! The new ACC also works with other systems in the car such as Navigation, for example if the driving is approaching a scheduled turn it will adjust the speed accordingly. The system also uses “Active Lane Assist” which essentially keeps drivers in their lane by using cameras to detect markings on the asphalt and then adjusts steering automatically if the driver begins to veer out of it without the turn signal on. Audi has also brought their Parking Assist feature to a new level by using ultrasound sensors to detect the curb and other objects around a parking space to help line itself up to park and there are also 4 cameras for a “surround view” so that when parking manually drivers can literally see everything around them. This is definitely helpful for those who still have problems with parallel parking. Although out of all the Active Safety Systems I think my favorite is the traffic sign recognition. Yes, you read correctly, it can read traffic signs! Not only does it read signs but it will give the driver a heads up or adjust the speed automatically for you if you want it to once it reads the posted speed limits. It also cross references where the driver is via GPS and the local traffic laws for that area and provide notifications incase the driver may be doing something that would get them in hot water. Yes, these features lean a bit on the “Skynet” side but the fact that the tech has come this far is pretty cool. To see how some of the Active Saftey tech works just watch the video above.
Finally, we get to one of the coolest/craziest things Audi brought to CES: The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept car. This is the next iteration of the highly sought after Quattro concept but with one very notable addition. I will focus on the concept as a whole in a later post but for now I want to talk about this “addition”. Audi has been leading the way with headlight tech since they began their push on LED headlights. Well, now they are going beyond that with lasers. Yes, freakin’ lasers. The low beams on the Quattro Laserlight concept are still high output LEDs but the high beams are now laser beams! Despite the laser diodes being only a few microns in diameter they can light the road ahead at a distance over 1,600 feet! That is three times the power of LED headlights. Audi has also stated that they will test their laser light tech on the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro race car this year. That should make for some interesting endurance races! Hit the thumbnails above for some detailed looks at the laser light tech and stay tuned for another post about the laser light concept car specifically.
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Just in time for the holidays Lamborghini has officially taken the wraps off the Huracán LP 610-4, the replacement for the aging Gallardo. Immediately on lookers will notice that the Huracán looks way more aggressive than the Gallardo did even at the end of its life-cycle. The angular lines and angry headlights signal that this car may be going back to the “trying to kill you” brutality of the Murcielago of old. Actually, the front fascia reminds me a bit of the Murcielago a bit. In fact, the Huracán as a whole really gives me more of a “mini muricelago” vibe than the Gallardo ever did.
Its almost as if Lamborghini felt that their fans missed the murcie so they figured they would make something very similar to it without actually bringing it back and slicing into some of the Aventador’s thunder. When looking at the tech specs my theory starts go get a little more solid. While the Huracán has the same number of cylinders as the Gallardo (V10) its 610hp is only a stones throw away from the 640hp of the Murcielago. As we all know, Lamborghini’s philosophy with their cars is always “onward and upward” so if the Huracán is starting its life at 610hp it will likely eclipse 700 by the end of its cycle.
Enough on the murcie comparisons though. In a lot of ways its also similar to the now gone Gallardo. Its about the same size, has a similar all-wheel-drive system and also has a more of a focus on mating performance with efficiency. The Huracán has a new system dubbed “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” or “IDS”. This system combines direct and indirect fuel injection to keep power and torque up while keeping fuel consumption low. The Huracán’s all new V10 also comes with start/stop tech which reduces fuel drain from idling at stop lights. This is pretty cool but I would have liked to see Lamborghini give the Huracán the cylinder deactivation system that is in the Aventador. Although its still early so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Huracán gets cylinder deactivation later on.
For now Lamborghini fans have a bright, shiny, and angry new “entry level” bull to look forward to. Lamborghini says that the new Huracán will be available in Spring 2014 but they did not announce an MSRP. However, I would expect that the price would hover somewhere between $250k and $300k. I would also expect Lamborghini to announce the official MSRP at the Geneva Motor Show next year. For now check out the official pics by clicking the thumbnails in this post; by the way all the pics are HD resolution (you’re welcome!). You can also get all the info straight from the bull in the official press release below.
The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4:
A new dimension in Luxury Super Sports Cars
· Innovative technology and absolute performance
redefine the super sports car experience
· Pure and powerfully dynamic design language
· New V10 with 610 hp, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds,
top speed of over 325 km/h
· From January 2014: private preview events for qualified prospects
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 20.12.2013 — A new era is beginning for Automobili
Lamborghini and the luxury super sports car segment: with the brand new Huracán Lamborghini is not only presenting the successor to the iconic Gallardo, but is also redefining the benchmark for luxury super sports cars in this segment.
With its pure and unique design, an innovative technology package, outstanding dynamics and excellent quality, the Huracán offers a super sports car experience on a whole new level. The Huracán combines absolute performance with easy-todrive road behavior and both luxurious and sport-oriented finish. With the Huracán, Lamborghini is taking a big step into the future, and enhancing the brand’s illustrious history with the next automotive legend.
Starting from January 2014 the Huracán will be the protagonist of over 130 private preview events in more than 60 cities throughout the world. The Lamborghini Huracán will make its world public debut at the Geneva Motorshow 2014.
With a total volume of 14,022 cars produced, the Lamborghini Gallardo has been the most successful Lamborghini ever and, in its ten-year lifecycle, lifted the Lamborghini marque to a whole new level. Its successor, the new Huracán, has been developed from scratch down to the very last detail and, like the Gallardo and most other Lamborghini models, derives its name from the world of bullfighting. The fighting bull Huracán of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed was known for his outstanding courage and strong sense of attack. He fought in Alicante in August 1879, showing his unrelenting character and remaining defiant and invincible, thus entering into the legend of fighting bulls’ history.
The new Huracán revolutionizes the design language of the Gallardo and is pure in its lines: precise technology and top level craftsmanship meet an audacious design with sharp edges, monolithic and sculptured volumes and precise surfaces. The starting point is the silhouette of the Huracán, born out of the desire of creating an automobile, whose profile is defined by only one line that merges the front with the cockpit and the rear of the car. The lateral windows come together to create a hexagonal form inserted like a glass jewel in the car’s profile.
Also by night is the Huracán unmistakably a Lamborghini. Not only are the main headlamps equipped with full LED illumination, but all other light functions also feature state-of-the-art LED technology as a standard feature for the first time in the segment.
The interior is dominated by an innovative cockpit. A 12.3 inch full-color TFT instrument panel delivers all car information to the driver, from rev counter to navigation maps and infotainment functions, and can be configured by the driver in different setups. Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara distinguish the interior, with several color combinations offered to ensure broad individualization options. The design of dashboard and central tunnel underline a new lightness in the interior. Superb craftsmanship guarantees the highest quality and sense of luxury throughout.
Chassis and powertrain
Systematic lightweight design and Automobili Lamborghini’s extensive expertise in carbon fiber come together in the Huracán’s new hybrid chassis — an integrated structure of carbon and aluminum elements. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg it enables not only the excellent power-to-weight ratio of just 2.33 kilograms per horse power, but also guarantees race-car precision with outstanding stiffness. The new 5.2 liter V10 engine delivers a maximum power of 448 kW / 610 HP at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6.500 rpm. In the new ‘‘Iniezione Diretta Stratificata’’ (IDS), direct and indirect gasoline injections are smartly combined. This results in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared with the Gallardo V10 engine. The top speed of over 325 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds only partially describe the dynamic experience at the wheel of the Huracán. Also thanks to the Stop & Start technology, the combined EU consumption figure has been further reduced to 12.5 liters per 100 km (290 g/km CO2 emissions). The engine complies with EU6 emissions regulation.
The power of the V10 engine is brought to the road via the new 7-speed dualclutch transmission ‘‘Lamborghini Doppia Frizione’’ (LDF) and fully electronically controlled four-wheel drive system. The different driving modes of the Huracán can be selected via a driving dynamics selector switch in the steering wheel — from traction-oriented on the road to extreme performance on the race track, with three setups of the dynamics system: STRADA, SPORT and CORSA. The different modes ensure extensive modification in road behavior of the Huracán.
In particular they influence the set-ups of several systems, such as the gearbox and engine behavior, the sound, the four-wheel-drive system and electronic stability control. The Huracán’s carbon-ceramic brakes are a standard feature for consistently superb braking performance. The ‘‘Lamborghini Dynamic Steering’’variable steering ratio system and magneto-rheologic suspension damper control are both available as options for further customization of the Huracán’s dynamic behavior. They are also calibrated via the three different dynamic set-ups.
The Huracán is produced at the Automobili Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese on an entirely newly-equipped production line. Delivery to the first customers is planned for spring 2014.
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