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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Lamborghini.com (2015) Quality policy [online]. Available from <http://www.lamborghini.com/en/company/quality-policy/>

 

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9news Official (2014) Lamborghini Owner Secretly Records How People React When He’s Driving. [online] available from <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz_zFiXtAJ0> [25 December 2014]

Lamborghini (2015) Lamborghini Reventon. Its a fighter. [online] available from <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hVDAKRnze8> [21 March 2012]

Lamborghini (2015) Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 A relentless force. [online] available from < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEvBbNe3rqU> [19 March 2012]

Lamborghini (2015) NEW Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Commercial trailer HD. [online] available from < ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvKSQXsDHcI> [26 November 2009]

Mr.M (2013) How to wreck Lamborghinis?Watch this compilation (only Videos, no pictures) HD. [online] available from < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIAPzZ5Nmuo> [21 June 2013]

SupercarFailCompilation (2013) Lamborghini Crash Compilation 2013. [online] available from <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stPLzxZIKyA> [20 April 2013]

 

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The new era of Lamborghini

Lamborghini had gained a new status after the release of the ever successful Murciélago and Gallardo models. The house of the Raging Bull had been combined with the precision and expertise of German engineering, which amounted to better overall cars. This was by far the best direction for the brand; as it expanded the customer base and provided quality and reliability to the superiority and prowess of Lamborghini. Unfortunately, as usual, all good things must come to an end; although as nature would have it, this can only be followed by progression and evolution.

By 2011, the Murciélago name was celebrating its’ 10 year reign at the top of the supercar food chain, and the release of the new chief Lambo was impending on the World. On the other hand though, the descendant to the baby Lambo was only forthcoming two years down the line, meaning, manufacture and indeed progressive models and releases of the current range were still churning out at a massive rate.

The latter comprised of five model releases of Gallardo. Namely, the two-tone Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore, the LP570-4 Singapore Limited Edition, as well as the Gallardo Tricolore, celebrating Italy’s 150 years of unification. All of them were limited editions in their own respects, and furthermore also included the LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, a hard-core street legal version of the Super Trofeo race car. (Lambocars 2000-2013) Finally, a proper production model, the Gallardo 550-2 Spyder was also announced. The embodiment of true open top super car driving pleasure, came in the form of a rear-wheel drive V10, providing 550bhp to the rear wheels, and catapulting the car to 60mph (+-100kph) in a mere 4.2 seconds. Capable of reaching 198mph (319km/h) with the top down no less, this was one exhilarating car to expand the Gallardo range. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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As good as all this might seem, all of this candy was only frosting on the cake, as the new king of the streets; the new big Lambo was unveiled. The car in question is the potent Lamborghini Aventador, and perfect successor to the Murciélago. Immediately one can see that this car is unmistakably a Lamborghini. It features crisp lines with geometric influences from the likes of the Reventón and the Asterion, while rapidly accelerating the visual feel and stance of the Murciélago. It makes use of some chiselled edges, especially in the detailing such as the headlights, air intakes, outlets, and the glass engine cover. It also integrates the signature “Lambo doors”, as well as a 3-stage variable rear wing which is blended into the body. (Automobili Lamborghini 2014)

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This is not all just for show either, as the Aventador makes no compromise in the performance department. Through a monocoque chassis, the car collaborates a brand new V12 engine, producing 700bhp, as well as a 4-wheel drive transmission all bolted through a dry double plate clutch system. It will skyrocket from a standstill to 60mph (+-100km/h) in just 2.9 seconds and keep going all the way up to a ridiculous 217mph (350km/h) (Automobili Lamborghini 2014) This car is a true benchmark for Lamborghini and a revolution in terms of design and execution, and sets a very positive outlook for the future of the model range and the company as a whole.

By next year, the 2012 Geneva Show was coming up, and thus Lambo wanted to create a true wonder. Keeping with tradition, and seeing as limited edition cars are a natural development, the new year brought along with it an outrageous speedster astonishment.

The Aventador J; the lowest ever Lamborghini, and by far one of the rarest. The Reventón was limited to just 20 units, the Sesto Elemento has only three examples in existence, but the Aventador J (Jota) is truly one of a kind. (Topgear 2014) The styling is very similar to the standard Aventador and does use the same headlights, and front and rear fenders, but the rest is all new and unique. The main obvious physical change is the roof, or rather the lack thereof; and the rather noticeable changes to the rear treatment on the engine deck, air intakes, outlets and exhausts. The aesthetic is further encompassed by using a lot of dry carbon fibre elements on the car, creating a fierce graphic to the overall design, carrying the historic Jota name heritage exquisitely to the modern age.

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The interesting cars didn’t just end there, however, as the year also gave birth to Lamborghini’s first undertaking into the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) market. Now, you might notice, that this is indeed not the first example of an off-road Lambroghini, as that spot was filled by the 1976 Cheetah, its’ development variations, and lastly the 1986 LM002. This though is not just an off roader, it only takes a quick glace to see it’s a true Lamborghini at heart. It uses the new geometric crisp styling and transforms the Cayenne/Touareg/Q7 platform (Ford, ‘et al.’ 2012) into a future vision for Lamborghini; although prospects for production are only in 2016, and it was the same case with the Estoque, but nothing came of it, so we will have to wait and see.

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The year further continued with a vast array of limited editions and adaptations and enhancements of the Gallardo, furthering the ferocity of the range. As ever, special editions were in a plethora with the release of cars such as the Gallardo LP550-2 Malaysia Limited Edition – MLE, LP560-4 Gold Limited Edition, LP550-2 Hong Kong 20th Anniversary, LP560-4 Bianco Rosso, LP560-4 Noctis, LP550-2 GZ8 Edizione Limitata, LP 570-4 Edizione Technica, the LP570-4 Super Trofeo, and lastly, the production version LP 560-4. (Lambocars 2000-2013) This production version was the last evolution for the Gallardo, which featured a modified design language, and would later remotely translate into its’ successor. It made use of very sharp angular air vent intakes using trapezoidal and triangular geometry in both the front and the rear end treatment of the car. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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It seems as ever, Lamborghini are quite reluctant to just up and end a series, and want to make sure the history of a range of their cars has a solid ending. This as you guessed it, means the Gallardo saw further limited editions and fine-tuning refinements before the now current replacement was announced. These last cars were to mark the end of an era, and allowed the Gallardo to come to a graceful end. The range extended to the Gallardo LP550-2 Indonesia Limited Edition, LP560-2 50 Anniversario, the LP550-2 India Limited Edition, and the Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse.  (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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Traditionally, after the release of a new Lamborghini or indeed a specific car in a range, the company tends to release an open top version. This was the case with the Jalpa Spyder, Diablo Roadster, Diablo VT-R roadster, Diablo SV Roadster, the Murciélago Roadster, the Murciélago LP640 and 650 Roadster as well as the Gallardo Spyder, Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, and the Reventón Roadster; you get the point, basically, Lamborghini loves to make an open top variant. (Lambocars 2000-2013) Of course, with the 2012 release of the Aventador, it was only a matter of time before the arrival of the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster in 2013. This was in essence the same car as the coupé, which had been turned into a top-less version; and even featured its own special version release in the same year. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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The standard Aventador received the LP720-4 50 Anniversario as a limited edition update, which made use of a more aggressive approach in styling, and also added twenty extra horsepower over the standard 700. This of course also blossomed into an open top version, the LP720-4 Roadster 50 Anniversario Edition. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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The year was far from over though, because as you can tell, the Aventadors mentioned a moment ago had the wording 50 Anniversario in the name. This is by no coincidence, as Automobili Lamborghini SpA was celebrating its’ 50th anniversary on the 11th of May. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

This would indeed amount to an extremely special year at Lamborghini, and more and more surprises were ready to take the World by storm and leave everyone in their wake absolutely breathless. It promptly started this notion with its’ brand new limited edition poison at the Geneva Auto show.

Poison, however, is not only a perfect metaphor for this insane new car, but its entire embodiment and Spanish derived name; Veneno. The Veneno, is based on an Aventador chassis, but is a completely new car in other terms. Three cars were made and sold, one red, one white, and one green, representing the colours of the Italian national flag. A fourth one was made in a metallic grey, which is just for the auto shows, and for Lamborghini’s developments. The car features a 750bhp engine, 4-wheel drive and a 2.8 second 0-60mph (+-100km/h) time, but it’s the looks that give this car such a unique feel. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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The entire car is designed to act as a large aerofoil, increasing downforce for it’s 220mph (355km/h) top speed. (Lambocars 2000-2013)  The design is revolutionary and takes Lambo to the forefront of the exotic car market. It features large intakes on the front, dressed in dry carbon, which follow the car through the side skirts, into the side intakes, and over the rear deck. Another epic innovation for this car is that massive rear spoiler, with its upright struts, and that long aeroplane-like fin in the middle, running all the way from the roofline into the geometric design of the wing. As crazy as it seems, the Veneno, although is hypercar royalty, actually got a counterpart, in the form of the Veneno Roadster. Yes, it seems Lambo cannot resist a good open top, and thus the Veneno Roadster is limited to nine units, and costs an exorbitant €3.5 Million. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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Still in 2013, the 50 year anniversary was far from over, and in front of 1000 VIP members, and at the gala dinner at the Sant’Agata factory, Lamborghini wheeled out its brand new prototype. Designed by Walter De Silva, head of design at VW, Alessandro Dambrosio, and Stefan Sielaff; the main event of the night was the absolutely fantastical Egoista Concept car. The car is made from carbon fibre and aluminium, and the body panels as well as the wheels are made from anti-radar material finished in a matt grey colour. The canopy is made out of anti-glare glass, and cocoons the single passenger in a jet like cab, accessed by opening the canopy, and sitting on the side, and putting your legs in first, like a formula one car. (Lambocars 2000-2013) The design sets forward the benchmark for all supercar concepts, and concretes the evidence that Lamborghini think as far outside the box as is possible. The ultra geometric design of the Egoista, with its use of wedgy, faceted panels, combined with an array of integrated lights, give the car the feeling of a jet fighter from the future.

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During all the exciting events of the year, the focus on the production models, was of course of huge importance, and the Gallardo replacement was also going out for it’s practice laps, in prototype form of course. This then, brings us to this current year, 2014, although, only a few more days are left.

The year started fresh with the long awaited replacement for the Gallardo. The new, affordable entry level baby Lambo, the Huracàn. More precisely the Lamborghini Huracàn LP610-4, from which you will have deduced that it makes use of a 610bhp powerhouse, and delivers its power on all fours. (Automobili Lamborghini 2014) Aesthetically, it makes use of very simple lines, and a much softer approach to the usual hard geometric design language of Lamborghini. The design is overall very nicely balanced and integrated, although at first glance, people including myself thought that it’s too controlled, and very understated for the Lamborghini brand; especially when put next to their current flagship model, the Aventador.

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With this in mind, over the last year, I have grown to rather like the aesthetics of this new car. It’s really well refined, and as routine with Lamborghini, I am quite certain sometime this coming year we can expect to see a Spyder version. This will no doubt further enhance the visuals, and the likelihood of a Superleggera and perhaps even an SV model in the forthcoming years would be customary. Even in standard trim though, it looks great in the Italian Police force, custom built by Lambo. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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Another, rather intriguing addition to the one-off deck in the house of the Raging Bull was the 5-95 Zagato. As with a few previous endeavours, the design was done in-house by Zagato, and is a one-off, for collector Alber Spiess. (Lambocars 2000-2013) The design is questionable, and rather unfamiliar for Lamborghini, as the front makes a use of a few different flavours, combining the aesthetic characteristics of a Spyker, a Lotus Evora, and the intakes of an Aston Martin one-77. The side view features a characteristical Lamborghini flow, and the rear features a once again, quite unlike; round design for the taillamps. It is definitely a unique look, but as its been designed at an external studio, the idea of its’ adaptation into production models is dubious at best.

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Lastly on the trailing edge of the year, a new GT concept car came into existence, known as the Asterion LPI910-4. This is the newest of the new, in terms of design and tech, deriving from the gates at Sant’Agata. Although it is only a concept car for now, it makes use of a hybrid engine, (Automobili Lamborghini 2014) and brings light to the idea of creating a production hybrid Lamborghini. This is not a new idea for the supercar segment, as we see this with the already available production versions of the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and LaFerrari.

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In the styling department, the car is a little bit different from the usual, as the overall design is in the form of a luxury GT (Gran Turismo), although carries the Lamborghini aesthetic rather well. We can see influences from previous models, such as the Urus, in the front bumper area, the Miura Concept, in the DLO (Daylight opening, a.k.a, the shape of the windows, from the side), while the side intake and the long taillamps are an adaptation from the ones seen on the Veneno. Although different, the Asterion depicts a valid point as to what the future might hold for the brand; but as we’ve seen before with cars such as the Estoque and the Urus (so far), not all great concept Lambos make the final cut.

This then, concludes the year as it comes to an end, and already in the pipeline for next year we have the Huracàn LP620-2 Super Trofeo, the Reiter Gallardo Extenso, the Pirelli Edition Aventador, and if my guess is correct, and only on a speculation basis, a Huracàn Spyder.

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The not so hostile takeover of Lamborghini

Lamborghini became the Audi-VW owned supercar company that it is today, on the 12th of June 1998. (Lamborghini 2014)  And, although a very strict and ordered German corporate car giant taking over a purist, and emotional Italian car company, may sound like the beginning of the end; the complete opposite is true. The same could have been said about Bugatti, as they were taken over by VW just a mere one month earlier, and look at where Bugatti is today! (Bugatti 2014)

Lamborghini had been on shaky ground for a very long time, and after a long period of fluctuating levels of success, the Volkswagen group finally brought some stability to the company. During, and after the takeover, Lamborghini continued manufacturing the extremely successful Diablo, and its plethora of variations. However, the biggest leap forward was just a few short steps away.

After having acquired the company, the Diablo’s replacement, the Canto, was scheduled for the go ahead. Thankfully, and already showing a positive change, Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, chairman of the VW group at the time (Volkswagenag 2014), decided that the Canto was not a suitable candidate to be the successor of the Diablo. (Lambocars 2000-2013) This led to the creation of the beginning of the Lamborghini image we all know so well today, this led to of course the mighty Murciélago.

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Released in 2001, the Murciélago was not designed by Italians anymore, however the German car company sure did manage to make a strong starting point with this first one. Designed by Belgian Luc Donckerwolke, at Audi design, and working in conjunction with the Lamborghini engineers, the Murciélago was a massive hit. It was reminiscent of the Countach, a progression of the Diablo and also used some Miura influences. One could have been sceptical about a German designed Lambo, but it could not have looked any more fierce. The car featured an angular design, which Lamborghini is so famous for, but also combined it with a fresh and simple form, while making use of clean geometric lines. It’s not a surprise it looked so good, as Donckerwolke had previously designed cars such as the Audi A2, A4 avant, Skoda Fabia, and Octavia, and the Audi R8 Le Mans race car. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

After the 2001 release of the Murciélago, work quickly began to expand the range of cars available in the line-up. The idea of a new baby Lambo was on the brink, and by 2002 the L140 development had begun. The next year, by 2003, the Company was ready to debut the long awaited for surprise, and new affordable Lambo at the Geneva Motor Show, as well as a spin-off of the Murciélago at the Detroit Auto Show. (Automobili Lamborghini 2014)

The latter, was known as the Murciélago Barchetta, which was essentially a new roadster version, with a brand new redesigned rear, and roof section. This was only a prototype for now, but the Geneva Show was about to unveil a totally new idea. The car in question was the all new entry level Lambo, the Lamborghini Gallardo, (ga:yàrdo). (Automobili Lamborghini 2014)

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The Gallardo, was designed to be a driver’s car, which is quite unlike for the flamboyancy of the Lamborghini brand. Until now, Lamborghinis were usually difficult, and a handful to handle and keep at bay, but this car changed that altogether. It needed to be easy to drive and comfortable, to fit its driver in every situation, but still managed to keep with the Lambo lunacy, and adhere to true Lamborghini performance. VW had made a very nicely balanced car with no compromise, as it featured a 500bhp V10 engine, which was also used in the Audi R8. Combined with a permanent four-wheel drive system, it was able to reach a top speed of 192mph (309km/h). (Lambocars 2000-2013)

The design was a collaborative work between Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italdesign, and Luc Donckerwolcke, and added quite a new and refreshing aesthetic to the Lamborghini range. It still made use of hard angular lines, but had a nice flow, and a softer overall look. Smaller than the Murciélago, with small overhangs, and the use of large intakes for cooling, the car looked muscular but also dynamic at the same time. The styling, combined with the performance and driving comfort, even featuring normal opening doors; and at low price when compared with its bigger sibling, meant that the new car was all set up for success. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

With the two new cars released and up for sale, the general public, who could afford them, as well as the publications started to see, just what a difference VW had made to the Lamborghini brand. Although purists and owners of previous Lamborghini models would argue that the brand lost its emotion; but what it lost in passion, it gained in refinement, and thus created a reimagining of the Lamborghini brand. The Gallardo actually ended up being so successful that it was manufactured all the way up until 2013, giving it a 10 year reign in the small supercar segment.

Right after their release, both the Murciélago and Gallardo had many variations released over the subsequent years, this is a common and logical step for Lamborghini. The next year, 2004, saw two quite special cars release. One of them, marking the 40th anniversary of the company was the limited edition Murciélago 40th Anniversary, essentially, a “basic” Murciélago, with new and bespoke 40th anniversary accessories. The second, was the long awaited for Murciélago Roadster, and after its initial preview the year before in prototype form, expectations were high. Thankfully, the Roadster remained true to the concept and did not disappoint. It was the definition of open top supercar driving pleasure, especially with that screaming V12 sitting just behind the driver. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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2005 saw the release of the limited edition Momo Gallardo, as well as the Gallardo SE. Both only had slight modifications over the standard car, although the SE (Special Edition) was limited to 250 units, and featured a nicely contrasting high gloss black roof, which carried through into the engine bay (Lambocars 2000-2013). Another type of Gallardo that year, this time, full production car, was the long awaited Gallardo Spyder. With the success of the Murciélago Roadster, an open top Gallardo was imminent. This car, once again was not a mere, chop job; as the entire car was a self standing model, and made a name for itself in its own right. (Automobili Lamborghini 2014)

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I can say from personal experience that this open top Gallardo sounds amazing, when its pedal to the metal, especially with only having a thin soft canvas roof. The power was also increased by 20bhp to 520bhp, (Lambocars 2000-2013) and although turned into a soft top, the Spyder grips to the standards of a true Lambo. The open top story didn’t end there however. In the same year, Lamborghini also previewed the Concept S Prototype, which used a “saute-vent” roof, (Lambocars 2000-2013) whereby, a traditional roof is not present, but instead divides the cabin into two sections, which allows air to rage through between the two passengers.

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The beginning of 2006 marked the 40th anniversary of the Miura, and thus, came the Miura Concept. A new revamped and restyled, modern approach to the original Marcello Gandini design of 1966. The year also followed with new and improved versions of the Murciélago, namely the LP640, “Longitudinale Posteriore”, 640bhp. (Lambocars 2000-2013)  This car was an evolution of the standard Murciélago, and with the 520bhp Gallardo on the market, the Murciélago needed a power upgrade. It also featured various aesthetic changes, using larger air intakes, a new front bumper, new lights, and new rear vents. The bore of the engine was increased, larger brakes were added and a new transmission system was installed, among many other performance enhancements. This also resulted in the release of the LP640 Roadster, as well as a Versace Edition, celebrating the new partnership between Automobili Lamborghini SpA, and Gianni Versace SPA. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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By this time the Gallardo was also receiving some updates; a new track car, the Gallardo GT3-R by Reiter Engineering was being development and even had a road going version release the next year, the Gallardo GT3 Strada. This year also gave birth to the Gallardo MY2007, and the better known, Gallardo Superleggera. This was a more hard-core, stripped out version of the standard Gallardo, and with 10 extra horsepower, and with 100Kg of weight shed; the car could manage a 0-60mph (+-100kph) in just 3.8 seconds. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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The year 2007 also comprised of the release of a very special, exotic Lamborghini of which only 20 units were made; the Lamborghini Reventón. This was an extremely exclusive car, and obviously extremely rare, making it an instant collectors piece, costing a nice round € 1 million. Its general proportions and styling was not dissimilar to the Murciélago, but had a much harder, almost chiselled, geometric feel to it. (Lambocars 2000-2013) The aesthetic details, on both the interior and exterior, such as the triangular air intakes, sharp headlamps, and glass blade finished engine cover, reminded one of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter jet.

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2008, showed more upgrades to the Gallardo, in the shape of the LP560-4, as well as its’ open top Spyder version, and the Murciélago LP640 Versace Roadster. The most interesting car of this year however was the Estoque. The Estoque is a four-door Super saloon, and a true embodiment of the stylings and indeed power of Lamborghini. With the use of the Gallardo LP560 engine, it was ready to take on the likes of Aston Martin, Maserati and Porsche, with their 4-seater model ranges. This however was only a prototype car, but prospects were looking very good. Lamborghini had hoped to start producing this car by 2010, but didn’t happen, and as of now, there is still no news on the prospects for a Lamborghini saloon. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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By 2009 the Gallardo series had included the LP550-2, a 2-wheel drive variant, the Gallardo LP560 GT3, and the Blancpain Super Trofeo. A further release of the Murciélago was also on the table in the form of the LP650-4, and the brilliant Murciélago LP670-4 SV. In reality the SV, (Superveloce) was really more of a hypercar, and really the high performance version and swan song of the Murciélago series. It made use of a large carbon fibre spoiler, as well as a new front and rear end, all dressed in dry carbon fibre, while integrating an all new hexagonal design for the glass engine bay cover. (Lambocars 2000-2013)

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The next year included further refinement to the Gallardo range, such as the LP570-4 SV and also included the very last version of the Murciélago, the LP670-4 SV China Limited Edition. This was not the big news though, as that came in the form of a hardcore stripped out carbon beauty, the Sesto Elemento. (Lambocars 2000-2013) This outrageous car, limited to a ridiculous unit of only three, is an unbelievable work of wonder. “Sesto Elemento“, means sixth element, in Italian, which is not by chance, as the sixth element on the periodic table is carbon.

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The car is based on a Gallardo platform, and is also driveable, although a non street legal, track-attack concept monster. It features a body made entirely out of carbon fibre and makes use of a very geometric, almost “edgy” styling. It uses characteristical features such as the rear hexagonal air outlets for the engine, and combines a monocoque chassis, all the way from front to the rear wing. The engine is accessed by removing the entire back of the car in one piece. It was designed to save weight, to such a degree, that only some sections were painted with a veneer of red, to accentuate the features on the car. It totally worked too, as it weighs just under 1000kgs, and has a 0-60mph time of just 2.5 seconds!

Lamborghini was not going to stop there yet, they needed to keep up with the steady supply of dream car reality; and thus, in the shadows of the following year lurked some very big news; the state-of-the-art replacement for the Murciélago.

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