Lamborghini and the opposition

As with anything competition is inevitable, and especially if you’re a supercar company, it’s a must. Having competition is healthy and leads to a progression within the brand. Being Lamborghini has its benefits, and disadvantages, and so needs to do everything it can to stay ahead of the competition.

The entire brand itself started with a decent dose of competition in fact, and as the well-known story goes, the formation of Automobili Lamborghini was formed with some disagreements between Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari. Stories with varied specifics form the story of the two automotive greats getting into an argument, and conclude to Lamborghini not being happy with Ferrari, because of customer service, and lack of attention to quality, and thus, Ferruccio decided to form Lamborghini to rival Ferrari. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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This fact puts Ferrari as one of the main rivals to Lamborghini even to this day, although the numbers of worthy competitors are constantly on the rise. For reference of comparison I will use the power lap times from Top Gear, to make relevant comparisons to other vehicles in the same range, although, current times available do not show most of the compared cars. Of course price also makes a large part of a proper comparison and so I will list those as well, although rounded off, according to the 2014 selling prices.

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The three cars Lamborghini produces at the moment are the Aventador, the Aventador Roadster and the Hurican. The Aventador accelerates from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 2.9 seconds, the roadster in three seconds, and both have a top speed of 217 mph (349km/h). The hard-top costs £265 000, while the Roadster version sits at 294,000.The baby Lambo has a 3.2 second acceleration time to 62mph (100km/h) and a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h) and costs £182,000. (Topgear 2014) Unfortunatley, the Hurican hasn’t been tested on Top Gear yet, but the Top Gear Track time of the Aventador is 1:16:5 and places 6th on the powerlap times chart. (Fastestlaps 2006-2015)

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The most well known competitors for these three cars come in a lot of forms. Audi with the R8, Ferrari with the 458 Italia, Speciale, Spyder, F12, FF, and Laferrari. The £1,140,000 Bugatti Veyron is out of the Aventador’s league in terms of top speed at 252mph (406km/h) (Topgear 2014)  but on the test track the SS version of the Veyron, placed 7th, one after the Aventador, so with that in mind the Lambo is a colossal bargain. (Fastestlaps 2006-2015)

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In fact the only 2 cars that came ahead of the Aventador were the McLaren MP4-12c and the Pagani Huayra. As the Pagani costs a whopping £990,000, its safe to say, it’s not a direct competitor, however the McLaren is a truly a force to be reckoned with. Another contender would be the Noble M600, at £200,000 with a top speed of 225mph (362km/h) and 0-62 time of 3.0 seconds, it takes the prize in every department. The only issue with such small manufacturers is of course reliability, and Lamborghinis quality, under the control of VW, is second none. The new Ferrari Laferrari, Porsche 918, and McLaren P1 hypercars cost between £660,000 and £ 1 Million, so comparing them to the Aventador would be unrealistic; and even then, the only one of the three with a higher top speed is the LaFerrari with 3 mph (5km/h) over the Lambo. (Topgear 2014)

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A good competitor to the Hurican is the Audi R8, and although is 0.6 seconds and 4mph (6km/h) slower, the car also costs 55 to 80 grand less. The best competitor, and even closer to the Hurican is the Ferrari 458 Italia, and with 3 versions available, is also more versatile. Prices vary between £180, 000 and £208,000, which also sets it right into Hurican territory. 0-62 is taken care of in 3.0 seconds in the Speciale and 3,4 seconds in the standard trim and the Spyder. Top speed is set at 198 mph (319km/h), while the £20,000 more expensive Speciale matches the Hurican’s top speed. (Topgear 2014)

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Another massive competitor for the Aventador is also, naturally, a Ferrari. The F12 is the fastest Ferrari to come into production yet, although, still doesn’t manage to keep up to the top speed of the Aventador. It reaches 211mph (340km/h) and reaches 62mph (100km/h) one second slower. The price however is also 20 grand lower than the Lambo though. (Topgear 2014)

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This means Lamborghini is placed very well in the scale for sales, however still have another car to fear which they cannot compete with in the market. Yes, another Ferrari; all the cars mentioned above have been 2-seater supercars, but Ferrari still is a step ahead of Lamborghini with their 4-seater FF model. Although taking a slower 3.4 seconds to get to 62mph, and reaching “only” 198mph (319 km/h), it does so at £227,000. (Topgear 2014) Yes, it is more expensive than the Huracan, but if you have a family, what are the options in the super-saloon market? The Estoque was Lamborghini’s answer to that, it’s just a pity it never managed to happen.

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Reflecting on all this, one thing has to be made clear though, Lamborghini is not in the Formula 1 series. Ferrari and McLaren are. This means then, that while the two competitor brands develop their racecars, they also develop their technology; and thus they have the funds available, and the technology available to apply into their standard product range. Lamborghini only has the one-make Super Trofeo series which began in 2009, (Lambocars 2000-2013) and consists of only Lamborghini Gallardos. This means the progression of Lamborghini consists of concept and production cars with no external influence from the World of motorsports. This in turn, is a massive drawback and a great obstacle, but Lamborghini have still managed to stay ahead of the pack and have done a truly magnificent job at that.

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In the shadows, however lurks a different kind of beast though; evolution. With the eventual change to alternative energy sources for cars, the electric game is changing the world of supercars, and cars as a whole. In order to stay ahead of the competition, Lamborghini has to start implementing the future of hybrid and electric cars. The Asterion is a marvel of achievement and is set to bring glory to the future of the Raging Bull, but until then, electricity seems to want to be the new boss in town.

Tesla Model S P85D vs Lamborghini Aventador Race (Rego Apps 2014)

 

Tesla Model S P85D vs Lamborghini LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale Drag Racing. (DragTimes 2015)

 

Tesla Model S P85D vs Ferrari 458 Italia(Rego Apps 2014)

 

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Topgear.com (2015)Lap Times [online]. available from <http://www.topgear.com/uk/track-guide?LapType=Power-Laps>

 

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The alternative Lambo

Lamborghini is synonymous with the supercar and hypercar worlds. They have long been the pioneers in aesthetics combined with cutting edge technology to provide the world with exquisite examples of work. It is however not the only territory Lamborghini has explored over the years, and with good reason too.

Lamborghini started experimenting with alternative ranges and additions to their super-sports car only portfolio quite while back. The first occourence of this explanatory voyage started in 1976, with the Cheetah. The car was the first attempt at potentially providing the United States military with off-road vehicles. Lambo was after some much needed cash to keep the company afloat, however after many complications the entire project was scrapped. (Lambocars 2000-2013) After a few updates and improvement over following the years, the LM002 came to fruition in 1986, and was the last example of Lamborghini’s detour for decades to come. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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For the next 22 years, the company continued producing sports and supercars only, and had no intensions of broadening their customer base until the year 2008. On the 1st of October the company revealed their brand new idea, and stepping away from the norm, a 4-door saloon. This car was the impressive looking Lamborghini Estoque. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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The design aesthetics and styling followed the fundamental elements of a true raging bull. Although this was the pre-Aventador era, and the car got a lot of its styling and use of lines from the Murcielago and the Gallardo, it also made a lot of innovative changes to carry the aesthetic characteristics into future Lamborghinis. The car featured a crisp look, utilising the signature geometric intakes and included features such as the Y-shaped headlights, and taillamps, which were implemented into the later released Aventador.

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The car was initially designed to use Audi’s modular-longitudinal platform, which were a basis for cars such as the Audi A4, A6, A7, A8 and VW Phaeton. This was an obvious choice as Lamborghini is owned by the Volkswagen group, and therefore, platform sharing would mean less production costs for such an extreme 4-door saloon. (Caranddriver 2015) The Estoque was going to be at the top-end of the 4-door saloon market, and was set out to challenge the likes of Porsche with their Panamera, which was under development at the same time, as well as Audi’s new top-of-the line Audi A7, S7, the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Aston Martine Rapide. (Caranddriver 2015)

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In terms of power and speed this was going to be no challenge at all, as the Estoque housed a colossal 5.2 litre V10 engine, taken straight from the production Gallardo LP560-4, meaning 560bhp was on tap to propel the extravagant family supercar. (Lambocars 2000-2013) The drivetrain was naturally going to be a 4-wheel drive and so the car was going to hold its own all the way up to its’ limited top speed of 186mph (299km/h). (Autocar 2014) This was accompanied by prospects to possibly use a turbo diesel engine as well as a hybrid V8.

Lamborghini had had very high hopes with the Estoque, and projected sales figured said that a production of about 1500-2000 models would be an annual goal. The expected launch for public purchase had been placed at the year 2012, and entering showrooms as early as the end of year 2011. (Autocar 2014)

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Unfortunately 2009 brought with it an economic downturn, and Lambo put the idea of introducing a 3rd product into their range on hold. Lamborghini had not taken any decisions on production, (Topgear 2015) and the project was therefore halted as it was to be an unstable venture at the time. After that, the idea of a high-end family car has not been explored again, and it really is a pity as a 4-door super saloon would have been a great addition to the Lambo line-up.

The ventures did not stop there however, as in an unpredictable turn of events, Lambo brought to reality the Urus; and unveiled it at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

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The Urus is Lamborghini’s modern take on an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle), intended to carry a family of four, on an everyday basis. (Topgear 2015) The car is set to be a threat against the most luxurious of SUV’s in the market such as the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes G-Class, Range Rover Sport and the 2016 Bentley SUV. The price was to sit at around £150,000 which sets it right between the Aventador and all new Huracàn. (Topgear 2015)

“SUVs make up one of the most successful market segments worldwide, and the Urus is the most extreme interpretation of the SUV idea: it is the Lamborghini of SUVs.” ( Stephen Winkelmann, Lamborghini CEO cited in Topgear 2012)

It is said to use an evolution of Audi’s LBM platform, and will share it with the also VW owned, Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg and Audi Q7 platforms. (Autocar 2014) If this venture is successful, then Lamborghini will surely be capturing the high-end SUV market with force. In terms of engine, the car is planned to make use of a plug-in hybrid, an Audi derived V8 or even a diesel powerhouse making about 600bhp. (Digitaltrends 2015)

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The styling makes use of Lamborghini’s classic linework, and takes a lot of cues from the Estoque 4-door saloon supercar. The Urus features large geometric intakes in the front, coupled with an adjustable front spoiler, (Topgear 2015) It also integrates the new aesthetic language of Lambo lights, as in, it uses a Y-shaped lighting solution in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Crisp lines, mixed with large muscular fenders, give the car a powerful stance and a strong presence, which surely will be intimidating to see in your rear-view mirror.

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Currently the Urus is set to have its official production launch in 2017, although with never ending turmoil in the Middle East, and uncertainty from Audi’s point of view, the Urus production might still be affected. Lamborghini, likes to set out on unknown ventures, and so, I wouldn’t put money on it, although, the Cayenne worked brilliantly for Porsche, and with Bentley releasing their own SUV in 2017 as well, (Digitaltrends 2015) I would say positive prospects were high.

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A 4-door alternative to Lamborghini’s line-up would be a brilliant step forward into the future, and could even reinvent the name. This combined with the Asterion’s positive introduction of a plug-in hybrid system, could bring with it an extremely prosperous future for Lamborghini.

 

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The Lamborghini semblance

When you hear the word Lamborghini, the first words that pop into your head are certainly not gentle. They are hard-core, strong, fast, fierce, passionate, loud, lavish, insane, shouty, unique, extreme, personal, outrageous, but there are thousands of adjectives that could describe the ferocity of the Lamborghini brand. Basically they are the combination of passion, engineering and out of the box-thinking, especially when it comes to styling. The cars are expensive, and make a bold statement, and it has been like this ever since the beginning of the company. Whenever Lambo releases a car, it is groundbreaking, sometimes with top speed, Diablo; sometimes with lightweightness, Sesto Elemento; sometimes with layout, Miura; and sometimes with styling, Veneno.

Lamborghini has always been a driver’s car, although more concentrated on the ludicrousness of the car rather than visibility for instance, the driver and experience satisfaction were always at the forefront of the cars. Now they hold a very high standard for customer satisfaction and concentrate mainly on quality, reliability and technical excellence. They measure success in terms of customer satisfaction, staff satisfaction, quality of products and processes, on-time delivery, productivity, and effective integration into the Volkswagen group. (Lamborghini 2015) This is obviously not what gives Lamborghini their extreme cars, that would be from the philosophy which they follow; as their cars need to be; aggressive, uncompromising, challenging, exclusive, extreme, sensuous, and Italian. This is what combines together that makes up the exclusive brand, and Lambo follow the guidelines very strictly, as can be seen in the video of the Reventon.

Lamborghini Reventon. Its a fighter (Lamborghini 2012)

As you can see, Lamboghini take themselves very seriously and emphasise their philosophy in their products meticulously. This is also met with power and passion, rage and fury, and often presented as a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Just watch this video of their Aventador to fully appreciate what the brand epitomises.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. A relentless force (Lamborghini 2012)

The cars possess the ultimate name in supercar driving experience and the cars themselves hold special value to the owners. Lamborghini knows this, and even plays on the social aspects of owning such a car. Let’s just be clear, a Lamborghini is not for the faint hearted, and whoever is going to buy one, surely like to be seen. Lambo therefore have their own social understanding and statement for the brand, saying the cars attract women’s telephone numbers, to getting into V.I.P clubs effortlessly.

NEW Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Commercial trailer HD (Lamborghini 2012)

Often though this is not the case, and some owners have demonstrated the negative aspects to owning such an extravagant car. The most recent of these cases is a man named Allen Wong, a millionaire who was fed up with how people treat him while he drives his blue Lamborghini Aventador in his home city of New York. (Dailymail 2015) To be honest I think he gets a lot of compliments, but it must be rather irritating having people constantly crowd your car, and even having to be weary of someone wanting to damage it.

Lamborghini Owner Secretly Records How People React When He’s Driving (9news Official 2014)

Of course, as you would imagine with Lamborghini though, most of the owners, will prefer the opposite side of the showing off scale, and definitely do not like to go understated. This often results in the true resemblance of the brand. Lambo is a look-at-me car that likes to express itself and be different; and thus most of the owners like to express the same values. Especially, when you fork out a shed load of money for a car, you want to enjoy what it has to offer; although sometimes the raging bull sees a matador holding a red cloth, and the power can be a bit too much to handle. Although it might also be a case of “money doesn’t buy brains”, I personally think it’s not a sin to put your foot down once in a while, although people have learned their lessons the hard way.

Lamborghini Crash Compilation 2013 (SupercarFailCompilation 2013)

 

How to wreck Lamborghinis?Watch this compilation (only Videos, no pictures) HD. (Mr.M 2013)

So there you have it. What is Lamborghini? Power, excessiveness, exclusivity, quality, passion and madness. It’s all there, crazy and brilliant at the same time, you just have to know which side of the scale you lie if you get a chance at owning, or even driving one.

 

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