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Lamborghini reportedly confirms Urus for
production in 2017 May 2013
editorial director of EVO, Harry Metcalfe, was at a recent
Lamborghini anniversary gala that saw the launch of the Egoista
concept car, and tweeted news on the Urus: "Lamborghini confirms
Urus SUV for 2017 production at tonight's #Lambo50 gala dinner." The
Urus, you'll remember, was the concept SUV revealed at the Beijing
Motor Show last year.
It's now predicted that the showroom
version will appear in 2016 as a 2017 model, accounting for the time
it will take to develop and Stadler's 'production cycle' comment,
referring to a slot in the refresh timetable for the
Porsche Cayenne and
Volkswagen Touareg with which the
Urus will share its MQB platform. A
report in Car and Driver
says Lamborghini will also be looking for the Urus to bolster its
sales in China and Italy, and cost between $150,000 and
LamboStuff New Web Site Xenia, Ohio. March 6th 2009
web site Lambostuff.com was
formed by Lamborghini owners, Jason and Jaime Jones a few years ago.
A well know site to many of us here! Lambostuff has now grown
to be the largest online world supplier of OEM & aftermarket
Lamborghini parts. With sales in over 15 countries.
In 2008 Lambostuff broke ground on
an exclusive 5000 sq. ft. service facility addition with state of
the art diagnostics equipment and complete paint and body
restoration bays. With a sole focus on Lamborghini models, we
have become experts in complete engine, body and collision repair
for the most exclusive super car on the planet. Jason says "We
maintain one of the largest parts inventories of both new OEM and
aftermarket in the world, and maintain the only used parts network
of its kind. Whether you just need an oil filter shipped to you or
your Lamborghini completely restored from the chassis up we can
Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini opened today
a new parts warehouse near the main factory. This bran new building
will be used to store all incoming car parts used to build
Lamborghini cars and also contain a backlog of replacement parts for
current cars. It is a large facility of over 11,000 sq. meters and
is completely modernized with over 10,000 pallets and a state of the
art computer system. Hopefully this facility will speed up the
time it takes us to get car parts when we need them.
Here is the first picture of the new Lamborghini "Estoque" concept
car mentioned below. Clearly a front engine car. The car has
engine also found in the Gallardo LP560-4, so expect the horsepower
to be about 560 Bhp. It's a four seater, with a total length of 515
cm. Currently Lamborghini is talking about a production version of
this concept car as early as 2010. My first reaction --
another concept car from Lamborghini. Also the front air intake
vents seem disproportionally too large for the rest of the car and
really should be curved to go with the rest of the curved body
style. Anyway lets see if they actually make
said it will unveil a new car at the Paris auto show on October 1st.
There is much
as to what the car will be. Some say it will be a front engine car
perhaps a 2+2 seater. There seems to be a general consensus that it
will incorporate the now popular V10 engine. To fuel the speculation
Lamborghini has leaked three partial photographs of the car. They are
shown here. The first photograph shows a two large exhausts
centrally positioned (suggesting a rear engine car). However the
second shows a front wheel with the front door nowhere in sight
suggesting a front engine car. It has been suggested that car
will be called a "Urus". Personally I hope it is a new
version of the now dated Murciélago technology. Hopefully something
with modern stability control and current state of the art
electronics. Stay tuned we will soon know.
has determined that certain vehicles that it manufactured during the
period June 8, 2007 to December 18, 2007, did not fully comply with
paragraph S5.5 of 49 CFR 571.205 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards (FMVSS) No. 205 "Glazing Materials". Lamborghini has filed
an appropriate report pursuant to explained what happened.
Affected are approximately 152 model year 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo
Superleggera coupe passenger cars produced during the period June 8,
2007 to December 18, 2007. Apparently window glazing may only
be used in side windows rearward of the "C" pillar in coupe cars.
Lamborghini explained that due to a configuration mistake on the
production line, an incorrect component made of polycarbonate was
used in the rear windows of certain U.S. version coupes. Lamborghini
further explained that while glazing is permitted in the European
and US specification for convertible rear windows, the U.S. DOT does
not allow coupe (hardtop) rear window glazing.
Lamborghini stated its belief that the reason why FMVSS No. 205
excludes item 4A from the rear windows of coupe (hardtop) vehicles
The breaking of rigid plastic windows in a
crash could leave sharp, pointed shards in the window frame
which could easily be contacted by an occupant's head. There is
also concern about occupant injury resulting from large shards
of rigid plastic glazing being propelled inward by vehicle
impacts with trees, poles, or other vehicles.
Second, The reduction in visibility through
rear windows using plastic glazing due to abrasion and
weathering creates significant safety concerns because a driver
may have insufficient visibility to avoid a crash in the first
Lamborghini also stated that it believes the noncompliance is
inconsequential to motor vehicle safety in the case of the
Superleggera because neither of the safety concerns discussed above
is present because:
The use of polycarbonate glazing creates no
greater danger because FMVSS No. 201 conformance testing has
shown that a passenger head cannot physically contact the rear
window given its small size and location. Also, the rear window
is so small and located in a protected position between the
"buttresses" of the vehicle's roof such that impacts with trees,
poles, or other vehicles, would not create the danger of posed
by large shards.
Reduction in visibility due to abrasion and
weathering is not an issue with the Superleggera. In this
vehicle, the driver's rear visibility is based on the twin rear
side mirrors. Even with no abrasion or weathering, the design of
the vehicle (and in particular the "buttresses" of the roof)
precludes a large degree of rearward visibility. Lamborghini
additionally states that it believes that this situation is
common for performance sports cars.
Lamborghini further explains that in its opinion NHTSA has
previously given other reasons that a noncompliance similar to the
instant one are inconsequential to motor vehicle safety including:
Such a noncompliance is "expected to be
imperceptible, or nearly so, to vehicle occupants or approaching
Under FMVSS No. 205, item 4A glazing is
permitted in the rear window of a "convertible", including
NHTSA previously held that as regards an
exotic vehicle, a noncompliance is inconsequential because the
vehicle at issue was not an ordinary passenger automobile
designed for daily use, not designed to be used as a family's
primary passenger vehicle, and more of a collector's piece,
produced in very low numbers and driven a low number of miles.
Lamborghini additionally states that no customer complaints
related to this noncompliance have been received.
Lamborghini requested that NHTSA consider its petition and grant
an exemption from the notification and recall requirements of the
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act on the basis that the
noncompliance described above is inconsequential as it relates to
motor vehicle safety.
Lamborghini also states that it has corrected the problem that
caused these errors so that they will not be repeated in future
NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and
30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a
determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt
manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and
30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a
defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance.
very frank interview Stephen Winkelmann gave a very
informative talk of what he see as the future for
Lamborghini cars. He see the two current models as
having a long life with evolution rather than dramatic
changes over the years. He pointed out the "one of"
special cars like the Reventon will probably not be repeated
in the future.
discussions about the V12 and V10 engines he pointed out
that they have a lot of room for evolution and improvement
in the years to come. He did not foresee a dramatic new
engine appearing. He also mentioned that for the foreseeable
future all Lamborghini cars will be assembled in Milan.
He did not see the need to increase the numbers of cars
made per year because he did not want to get into a
boom/bust cycle. All in all a great informative talk.
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unveil a face-lifted version of its Gallardo at the 2008 Geneva car
show. It is called the LP560. The overall look of this new V10
evolution is a lot more aggressive. There is a deep front spoiler
and four massive exhaust pipes at the rear.
Both the front and taillights now use LED technology. There are
optional ceramic brakes and new spoke wheels. The V10 engine now
pumps out 560 Bhp. The car weighs 44 pounds less than the
previous Gallardo, and the revamped engine is modified to shaved
three-tenths of a second off the time it takes to go from zero to
100Km (~62MPH) to 3.7 seconds. The new Gallardo also cuts
carbon emissions by 18%. While Lamborghini is not known for being
particularly green, Lamborghini has set a long-term plan to cut the
carbon emissions of its cars by 40 percent. CEO Stephan
Winkelmann said Lamborghini would seek to improve its emissions
standards without sacrificing its core value - speed. "Being a
supersports car is all about accelerating and top speed. If you want
to go fast you consume, and if you consume, you have emissions,"
Winkelmann said. "You will never come to the average emissions of an
average car. "Even with the cut, the car still emits 325 grams per
kilometer, compared with an average car of 150 to 200 grams per
kilometer. But Winkelmann said that is offset by the fact the
average Lamborghini is driven just 5,000 kilometers a year. He said
improvements were achieved by working to improving the friction of
the mechanized gears, improving the power to weight ratio and engine
said it will unveil a face-lifted version of its Gallardo at the
upcoming 2008 Geneva car show. It will be called the "LP550". It
will be powered by a 5.2-liter V10 with direct fuel-injection
technology. Applying some of the high-speed Powertrain approaches
Audi has introduced in its RS4 model. The updated Gallardo's
power plant will produce 550 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of
torque, making it 30 hp and 15 lb-ft stronger than its 5.0-liter
The engine isn't the only piece of hardware to receive extensive
modifications. Both the manual gearbox and the optional e-gear
sequential transmission have been improved. They have been
upgraded to send more power and torque to a lighter, more efficient
permanent all-wheel-drive system. Upgraded brakes and a stiffer
chassis are also included to harness the power and improve ride
There will also be outside cosmetic changes. The LP550's will have a
more aggressive character with a deeply revised body kit, featuring
completely restyled front and rear ends. It seems the cockpit will
remain largely untouched.
Lamborghini hasn't yet announced pricing, but with the current
Gallardo fetching $182,000 in U.S. trim, expect the LP550 edition to
easily top at least $200,000.
Its 3000th Murciélago
Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy,
December 25th 2007.
is celebrating another production milestone with their flagship
model, the V12 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640. Model #3000 of the
current series will be a Coupe and will roll out of the Sant'Agata
Bolognese factory just after Christmas. This super sports car will
then be shipped to a customer in the United States. "Our products
continue to build in popularity and presence in markets across the
world," said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Lamborghini ,
commenting on the exceptional production figures. "We consider this
latest production pinnacle a confirmation of both our corporate and
model strategy." Lamborghini celebrated another record for its
12-cylinder series just a few weeks ago, when the production figures
for the Murciélago model beat those of its popular forerunner, the
Diablo, of which 2903 cars were produced by the factory during an
Lamborghini's development in recent years has been marked by
persistent highs and record achievements such as the 2006 financial
year being the fifth record-breaking year in a row with 2087 sports
cars sold. Another record is expected for 2007, with sales of
approximately 2400 cars. Lamborghini's entire 2008 production is
also already sold out. An exceptional car This milestone Murciélago
LP640, serial number 3000, is a particularly outstanding car. Under
the exterior of the Telesto Grey-colored carbon fiber body, the
passenger compartment has been personalized with numerous special
finishes available under Lamborghini's exclusive "Ad Personam"
program. The base interior color will be black with custom orange
stitching with the same color scheme featured on the seats,
instrument panel, centre console and the floor carpets. The Ad
Personam program allows Lamborghini drivers to "think the
impossible." The personalization program offers many options that
allow the buyer to imprint his own personal style on the car. The
Lamborghini designers in Sant'Agata Bolognese have developed several
high-value personalized packages as part of the Ad Personam program such as exquisite interior packages of leather or high
tech carbon. For the exterior, there is a wide choice of wheel rims,
brake calipers and dimmed rear lights that offers still more
personalization potential. Within the limits established by current
homologation regulations, Lamborghini can satisfy practically all of
its customers' personalization requests. There is only one
limitation for the Ad Personam program: the uncompromising
standard of quality must be maintained at all times, by every
Lamborghini department. Growth in a new dimension The company has
expanded into a new production dimension with the Murciélago and
Lamborghini built approximately 250 vehicles
between 1963 and 2002: by 2006, these production volumes increased
more than eight-fold. During the first six months of 2007, 1239
super sports cars were delivered to customers, meaning further
growth of approximately 30%. Today, around three Murciélago and 10
Gallardo models are built each day at the Sant'Agata Bolognese
factory. This success is also reflected in the company's year-end
profitability. In 2006, Automobili Lamborghini reached a
346-million-euro turnover, demonstrating 43% growth over the
previous year. Last year, Lamborghini achieved a
pre-tax profit of 18.1 million euro, more than 300% higher than the
previous year and this figure will be exceeded in 2007. In the
mid-term, Lamborghini not only plans to continue building the
world's finest super sports cars that are in high demand the world
over, but also to become the most profitable sports car
engineering specialists BERU F1
Systems has announced that it has been selected to supply its
award-winning digital tire pressure monitoring system "DigiTyre" to
Lamborghini for the Gallardo and Murciélago platforms. The safety
feature, developed using BERU F1 Systems’ extensive motorsport
experience, is a standard fit on US Gallardo and Murciélago models
to comply with the new US "TREAD act". The TREAD act makes it
mandatory for passenger vehicles and light trucks sold in the USA to
be fitted with a pressure monitoring system.
Specialist and niche vehicle manufacturers rightly demand robust
and integrated solutions,” says BERU F1 Systems’ managing director
John Bailey. “The higher speeds, higher cornering forces and demands
experienced by performance cars rule out many solutions currently
available. Our system is robust, light yet still retains all the
integration features such as end of line testing and dealer
diagnostics that OEMs require.”
components comprise wheel electronics, an ECU, two antennae and four
LF satellite triggers. The wheel electronics contain a battery,
absolute pressure sensor, temperature sensor, accelerometer, micro
controller and radio transmitter/receiver housed in a robust wheel
housing. By mounting this onto the rear of a modified valve
there are no rim modifications and the installation becomes very
straightforward. The four LF satellite triggers allow the wheels on
the car to be swapped or changed;. The system instantly learns the
wheels when the ignition is switched on, providing immediate
warnings to the driver. The system will appear in all MY 2008 cars.
Looks Like Another Record Year of Sales for Lamborghini. Tokyo, November 1st
is heading for another record year for 2007. Stephan Winkelmann,
President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, has announced at Tokyo
Motor Show that all the key indicators show a strong increase in
sales. The manufacturer of luxury sports cars plans a sum
total of deliveries to customers of 2400 units, representing a 15
percent increase over the 2006 financial year. As of today, 2007
deliveries already exceed the total full year deliveries of 2087
units in 2006.
“After having achieved our turnaround into profit in 2004, and with
our subsequent move into the group of the most profitable car
manufacturers, 2007 marks another strengthening of the corporation
and the Lamborghini brand. Thus, we have made another substantial
step towards our target of becoming the most profitable super sports
car manufacturer in the world”, Winkelmann stated.
The region showing the strongest growth has been the Asia Pacific
with increased deliveries of more than 25%. The most significant
market in the region is Japan, which has seven exclusive dealership
partners. Japan is now the fifth most important market for
Lamborghini world-wide. Due to the region´s growth dynamics,
Lamborghini is in line with its strategy to establish an equal
division of delivery volumes between Asia Pacific, Europe and the
The main factors contributing to Lamborghini’s growth and
profitability are its youngest and most attractive product range
that includes another recently launched model, the Gallardo
Superleggera; the focused expansion of the dealership network; and
further increase of brand appeal with customers and the public.
Germany, September 11th 2007.
introduced a special form of the Murciélago LP640 at the IAA
Motor Show. This rather unique car is a hyper-modification of
the now somewhat ageing Murciélago line. Its main claim to fame
is the price. At over €1M
it is in a very rare class indeed. Probably none will be seen on
the road. This is because Lamborghini has committed to build
only 20 of them. Nevertheless all have apparently
been sold in advance of their manufacture.
car has makes massive use of carbon fiber both inside and
out. Horsepower has been only slightly increased, (650HP), but
the design probably indicates the direction Lamborghini is
heading with its future cars. It is much more angular in style.
Even the wheel wells are arched. The wheels themselves
have five spokes with carbon fiber blades on them for extra
cooling. The triangular design of the front
spoiler and hood is taken all the way back to the engine cover
and rear section. The engine cover is as in the LP640, finished
with glass so everybody can glance at the massive engine.The internal dash has
3 LCD displays with no mechanical parts, very futuristic. The
seats too have been upgraded for comfort and looks. This will be
a true Lamborghini collectors item!
Annual Concorso Italiano Car Show was held again in
Monterey California. This show is still one of the
largest displays of Italian cars in the world.
This year there seemed to be more
vendors and somewhat fewer spectators. Nevertheless lots
of interesting cars. Lamborghini was well
represented with almost half the cars being Gallardo's.
They came in many colors. The most spectacular and
unusual one being a silver and black tattooed one. (See
Again there were fewer Countach's this year.
The very first production Countach (green color above) was also
there. At last plenty of food outlets for all! Many more
Italian postal service said it will issue a commemorative stamp
dedicated to the legendary Lamborghini sports car company this
summer. The first stamps will be sold in the car’s home town of
Sant’Agata Bolognese, near Bologna. The 0.85€
stamp will feature the Lamborghini logo with its golden bull on a
black shield in a shape which recalls the badge on the nose of
carmaker’s classic Lamborghini Miura model, which was produced from
1966 to 1973. The issuing of the stamp is part of the
initiative by the Italian postal service to celebrate Italy’s best
known products and achievements.
LamboWeb would like to wish a warm
congratulations to Valentino Balboni, legendary test driver for
Automobili Lamborghini SpA for the past 40 years. That's right,
almost as long as the company exists, in fact on April 21st 1967
the late Ferruccio Lamborghini himself engaged Valentino to work
at Sant'Agata. Valentino has been test driving most of the
individual cars that left the gates at Sant'Agata over those
past 40 years.
When still going to school the story has
it, the young Valentino rode his bicycle along the factory
road to admire new Lamborghini cars that were parked outside the
factory. During summer vacation he was able to start working in
the assembly department, and after graduating from school he was
able to get a mechanic job at Lamborghini. This allowed him to
drive the cars in various state of finish from one area of the
factory to another. Apparently he had a habit of pressed the
accelerator a bit too much resulting in a loud roar from the V12
and spinning rear tires. His fellow workers and the engineers
didn't really enjoy this, but fortunately Ferruccio did.
One day he asked Valentino if he would like to become an
official test driver for Lamborghini. You can guess how quickly
Valintino said yes. He learned how to become an
experienced test car driver from the legendary Bob Wallace who
took him on as his apprentice. He learned fast and over the
years established a name for himself as THE test car driver for
Today Valentino also attends most
important Lamborghini related events all around the world.
He is an ambassador for the company, because he is one of the
very few people that remain throughout the long and varied
history of the company. Everybody that has met Valintino
comes away with a warm feeling. He is one of the nicest people
you could meet. Not only does the know almost everything about
Lamborghini. The cars , the people the history etc. but he is
extremely patient standing for what must be hours on end for
hundreds of photographs at every meeting and event.
Lamborghini is off to a great start for 2007.
It has already achieved a new production record in the first month
of 2007 with the production of its 5000th Gallardo
rolling off the production line. This remarkable achievement builds
on the previous production
realized at the end of December 2006, with the delivery of 2087
vehicles during one year. "This is another important milestone for Lamborghini, " said President and
Winkelmann. To have produced 5000 Gallardo is testament to the
quality of, and customer demand for, our V10 product. "The
Lamborghini brand is increasingly sought after in markets worldwide
through our substantially grown dealer network, through which supply
versus demand is carefully managed, "
concluded Winkelmann. The five thousandth black Gallardo coupé, due
for delivery to a customer in the UK, was celebrated by assembly
line workers along with the president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann;
Klaus-Peter Koerner, Production Director; and Ingo Budde, Quality
Director. The Gallardo continues to affirm its success for
Lamborghini. Introduced to the market in 2003, it marked its first
record in November 2005 with production of 3000 units, already
representing the most sold model in Lamborghini's history.
2008 it looks like the Gallardo will get a mid-life face lift. Much
of this effort will come directly form the parent company Audi.
According to the head of development at Audi, Ulrich Hackenberg, the
Audi R8 will donate its rear suspension and a number of other
unspecified components to the 2008 Gallardo. Despite their outward
differences, the Gallardo and Audi R8 are based around a common set
of mechanical components, making the proposed changes relatively
inexpensive. The new rear suspension, a development of the
Gallardo's existing double-wishbone setup, adopts a trailing link
within its design that's claimed to provide added toe-in effect for
what Hackenberg describes as "more controlled cornering." The new
arrangement will be tuned to suit the Gallardo's more sporting
nature, with unique bushings and anti-roll bar rates helping to set
it apart from the Audi R8. Also rumored to be incorporated in the
new upgrade will be a new direct injection system for its 5.0-liter
V10 engine. Along with other fine tuning changes this is expected to
help boost the cars HP from today's 520 horsepower up to around 550.
Such a system is already used on the Audi R8's 4.2-liter V8, which
produces 420 hp.
unveil its Murciélago LP640 Roadster at the LA Auto show today.
Essentially a chop-top version of the Lamborghini LP640 Coupe, the
Roadster still looks very impressive. The 640, refers to the
horsepower produced by the Roadster's 6.5-litre V12, while LP stands
for 'longitudinale posteriore', which means the engine is mounted
lengthways behind the cockpit. This allows the Roadster to spin up
to 8,000rpm and develop 486lb ft of torque - enough to propel it to
62mph in a mere 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of almost 200mph.
Removing the roof has required Lamborghini to make some serious
structural adjustments. A newly designed frame structure made of
steel and carbon fiber keeps the Roadster rigid, with particular
reinforcement given to the engine area. Other changes include
a different rear-view mirror, new windscreen wipers and a new
Hermera alloy wheel option. In addition, the Roadster's instrument
panel has been redesigned with a new graphic display. It also comes
with a Kenwood audio system with 6.5-inch windscreen monitor and
reader for DVD, MP3 and WMA players. A navigation system is
available as an option.
Unfortunately the company has still offers
the ridiculous canvas roof, and warns that it is only for temporary
use at speeds of under 100mph. This is a real disappointment. You
would think they could do better. The Diablo roadster was a
masterpiece. A real pity something like this could not be done here.
The Murciélago is now beginning to get old. It does not have the
electronic EPS system of the Gallardo for example. It has a serious
weight problem. Lets hope a totally new design is in the works for
the near future.
CEO Stephan Winkelmann announced today that a
Miura Concept is
not the way of the future for Lamborghini. "Retro design is not what
we are here for" he said. So we won't do the Miura, even as a
limited edition. "Despite rumors of a limited run of Miuras, a new
LM002, and a possible Espada, future Lambos will focus on being
leaders in their segments rather than homages to the past.
That doesn't mean that entire segments will be avoided because of
past entries, however. "The concept of a Lamborghini 2+2 or an SUV
is still possible, but we wouldn't use the name Espada or LM002,"
Winkelmann added. "I want Lamborghini on the edge. Our brand values
are uncompromising, extreme and Italian. I want our product to match
the brand. Lamborghinis must be lower, wider and more sharply styled
than our rivals." The most likely all-new Lamborghini may be an SUV
that would share a platform with Audi's upcoming Q5 crossover. Of
course it will be lower, wider and more sharply styled compared to
the Audi. But in the meantime, look for an LP640 roadsters and
possibly a rear wheel drive Gallardo and/or Murci variants showing
up in spy shots in the coming months.
Looks like Lamborghini is not going to stand
aside as its parent (Audi) brings out the R8 "supercar"
with its Gallardo like V10 engine at the Paris auto show this month.
The first photos of what is purportedly the next
Lamborghini Gallardo are now appearing on the web. They show it to
by a twin-turbo version of its already-potent V10 engine, producing in
excess of 600 horsepower -- Murcielago-style numbers. We can
probably assume it will outperform the R8,
ensuring that the new Audi supercar does not step on the raging
A new carbon fiber fascia with enlarged intakes, a wider rear with
new shoulder scoops and a very substantial rear diffuser visually
differentiate this Gallardo from the current car.
Annual Concorso Italiano Car Show was held again in
Monterey California. This show is still one of the
largest displays of Italian cars in the world. Again
the show was dominated by Ferrari, but this year the
Lamborghini section was almost as large. We have
come a long way in a few years! The variety of
color in the Lamborghini cars is so refreshing to the
simple uniform red of the Ferrari gathering.
What is it with these people don't they know there are
other colors out there?
There were numerous Diablo's, Murciélago and
Gallardo's of all colors and modifications. I thought there were
fewer Countach's this year. The highlight of the event was the two
Murciélago LP640's on show. Suffice to say here, that the car
looks far better in real life than it does in pictures I have seen.
The event itself: There seemed to be
far fewer people at the show this year -- at least on Friday the day
I attended. As visitors to this annual event know, getting in and
out by car to this event is a nightmare. This year was much better
than last. The good news was the food available was better this
year and dare I mention it, the bathroom facilities (toilets to our
European friends) are now the best I have seen for such a field
millionaires decorate their mansions with rare paintings.
Richard Moriarty bolted a 1974 Lamborghini to the wall of his
Newport Beach estate in California. Moriarty hired a
70-ton crane to lower the Italian sports car through a skylight
in his living room. Earlier, the car's engine was removed and
transformed into a "200-mph coffee table" for guests who prefer
their drinks "shaken not stirred," said Moriarty, an heir to the
family that developed South Coast Plaza.
Getting the Lamborghini into the house took about an hour, but
the project was conceived months ago, when architect Fleetwood
Joiner began designing Moriarty's new home, US$2-million worth
of steel-and-concrete that will overlook Newport's Back Bay when
construction finishes later this year. "This was one of the
original ideas for the house," Joiner said. "The skylight was
designed to fit the car." Joiner has installed offbeat elements
in previous mansion projects — including indoor rifle ranges,
bowling alleys and a 28-foot-high interior waterfall — but the
Lamborghini is "one of a kind," he said. The car will hang over
a solid glass staircase leading to Moriarty's wine cellar. The
car will also plug into the home's electrical system so its
inside lights can be switched on.
Lamborghini announced last week
that production of the Murciélago reached the 2,000 unit mark.
The Murciélago, which was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show
in 2001 as the first model in the new era of Lamborghini, has
emphatically demonstrated the strength of its position in the
super sports car segment. In April, the 2,000th car left the
production line in Sant’Agata. The V12-powered icon from
Lamborghini has therefore also reached a new sales landmark. In
November of last year, the Gallardo became the most-sold model
in the history of the company with the production of the 3,000th
unit. The success of the Murciélago was celebrated by production
staff in front of the Lamborghini Museum together with the
President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini,
and the Head of Production, Klaus-Peter Körner.
The recent Geneva Motor Show saw the presentation of the new
Murciélago Coupé which, compared to its predecessor, features a
number of significant modifications to its bodywork and
mechanics making it even more aggressive and powerful. Even the
name of the new model, the Murciélago LP640, is new: the code LP640 refers to the position of the engine -
- and its maximum output of 640 hp. This gives it breathtaking
performance including a top speed of 340 km/h and a 0 to 100
km/h acceleration time of 3.4 seconds. The Murciélago Coupé
LP640 will be available from the summer, alongside three other
models in the Lamborghini line-up: the Murciélago Roadster and
the 10-cylinder, 5-litre, 520 bhp Gallardo and Gallardo Spyder.
The market introduction of the Gallardo Spyder begins in the
next few days.