Lamborghini Aventador S

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Sant’Agata’s super sports car receives four-wheel steering and a power hike. Do they finally enable it to realise its full potential?

If this new Lamborghini Aventador S has a job to do – over and above the usual one of providing the most attention-seeking and dramatic way of getting from A to B – it is to prove to the world that Sant’Agata’s ‘super sports car’ can be as much about substance as it is style.

What Huracán Do You Prefer?

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Lamborghini has been busy launching two new versions of its ‘entry-level’ supercar, the Huracán.

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-2 coupé

The LP 640-2 coupé ditches four-wheel drive in favour of rear-drive, while the new LP 610-4 Spyder is 4WD but chops the roof. On paper they deliver similar performance, but they are very different. So which is the best Huracán for your budget?

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder

Lamborghini Unleashed 20 Centenario Roadster Beasts

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Lamborghini will make just 20 examples of its new Centenario Roadster, unveiled during Monterey Car Week.

The Italian brand whipped the covers off its latest car during an event at The Quail, one of Car Week’s blue ribbon collector car events.

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Based on the Centenario coupe unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, the Roadster is the second model to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.

It’s powered by a naturally- aspirated V12, developing 566kW and only reaching its rev cut-out at 8600rpm. Deploying power to all four wheels, the Centenario Roadster can reach lOOkm/h from rest in 2.9 seconds and won’t stop accelerating until it tops 350km/h.

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Part of this accelerative performance can be leveled at the Centenario’s relatively light weight. With both monocoque and bodywork formed entirely from carbonfibre, it tips the scales at 1570kg.

Components finished in gloss carbonfibre denote functional aerodynamic elements, while a large rear diffuser and extendable rear wing also work to enhance the car’s aerodynamic profile.

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The Centenario Roadster sits on 20-inch wheels at the front and 21- inch rims astern, wrapped in Pirelli PZero tyres. The rear pair have been developed specifically for the car’s rear-wheel steering system.

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Like most rear-steer systems, it turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels by a few degrees at lower speeds to improve turning agility, and turns them in the same direction at higher speeds to virtually increase the wheelbase, improving stability.

Depending on the driving mode selected – Strada, Sport or Corsa – the system’s settings are slightly altered. Lamborghini Dynamic Steering and magnetorheological dampers are also fitted (also varying according to the driving mode).

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Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

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When in Geneva we first saw the Centenario, half of our office has not been positively impressed, perhaps also because of the amount of other proposals admired at the Swiss fair. But at “The Quail”, during the Monterey Car Week, Lamborghini has exploded like a bolt from the blue, presenting the roadster version of the much-discussed Centenario.

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What changes is the fact that does not have the rigid roof, but a canvas soft top fully removable by hand, which makes the design of this crazy Lambo with a great desire to celebrate the centenary of its legendary founder, far more convincing. The apotheosis of straight lines and edges remains intact and still able to prick your stomach if you get to close to it, but above all the 770hp VI2, combined with the all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering wheels, let the Centenario Roadster to boast performances worthy of “hat down and ready for a standing ovation” – 2.9 seconds for the 0-100 kph and a top speed of 349 per hour.

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It will be produced in only 20 units and all baptized in this special color “Argento Centenario” (Centenary Silver), even more convincing than the bare carbon fiber with yellow highlights seen on the coupe, with prices that will set at around 2 million and a half Euros. Very special, definitely bad and mad at the right point to be accepted in the Lamborghini almanac and exclusive enough to justify such a high price.

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Lamborghini Countach 5000s

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The Countach was first unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show as the Miura’s replacement, engineered by Giampaolo Dallara and breathtakingly styled by Marcello Gandini of Bertone fame. For a complicated, hand-built car, the Countach delivered all the reliable high performance that its swooping looks promised. In 1982, a 4.75-liter 375 bhp V12 was shoe-horned in to give the upcoming Ferrari Testarossa something to reckon with.

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Lamborghini Miura

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The launch of the Lamborghini Miura at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show was the decade’s automotive sensation. Staggeringly beautiful, technically preeminent, and unbelievably quick, it was created by a triumvirate of engineering wizards all in their twenties. For the greater part of its production life the Miura was reckoned to be the most desirable car money could buy, combining drop-dead looks, awesome performance, and unerring stability, as well as an emotive top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h).

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Lamborghini Diablo – 1990

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Despite being a devil in disguise (well, in Spanish then) it wasn’t necessary to sell one’s soul to get a Lambo Diablo — just greeting the model launch in 1990 with a briefcase containing around $250,000 would do the trick. This wide, low-slung wedge with its characteristic grooved skirt and rounded air scoops in front of the back wheels was Lamborghini’s long-awaited replacement for the Countach. Continue reading “Lamborghini Diablo – 1990”

Lamborghini Countach – 1974

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The words ‘instant’ and ‘legend’ can but rarely be combined when it comes to describing a new car’s impact, but are truly justified in the case of the Lambo Countach’s arrival in the world of exotic automobiles. Perhaps the reason was a persistent rumour that this was the fastest production car ever, or maybe it was the fact that this was the ultimate example of stylish Italian supercar design (and to hell with the practicalities). Continue reading “Lamborghini Countach – 1974”

Lamborghini Silhouette – 1976

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Rare as hen’s teeth? Sure is! If you find one of these in a Palladian shed at the bottom of someone’s country estate, it will increase the number of Lamborghini Silhouettes known to exist from 31 to 32 (out of an original production run of just 54 cars). These two-door, two-seater coupes had a removable targa lid for those who liked the wind in their hair, making this the first Lambo open-top. It was a refined development of the not-very-good Lamborghini Urraco 2+2 coupe designed by Bertone to compete with Ferrari’s Dino and the Porsche 911, produced throughout the 1970s. Continue reading “Lamborghini Silhouette – 1976”