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2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

September 26th 2014 08:30
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4


The successor to the ultra-successful Lamborghini Gallardo has a lot to live up to, but the recently unveiled Huracán LP 610-4 has all the right ingredients to become an even greater success.

Visually stunning with innovative technology and absolute performance that redefines the super sports car experience, the all-new "baby" Lambo is powered by a new V10 powerplant with 448 kW and 560Nm, making it capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to a top speed of over 325 km/h.


Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4


The new Huracán revolutionises the design language of the Gallardo and is pure in its lines: precise technology and top level craftsmanship meet an audacious design with sharp edges, monolithic and sculptured volumes and precise surfaces. The starting point is the silhouette of the Huracán, born out of the desire of creating an automobile, whose profile is defined by only one line that merges the front with the cockpit and the rear of the car. The lateral windows come together to create a hexagonal form inserted like a glass jewel in the car's profile.

Also by night is the Huracán unmistakably a Lamborghini. Not only are the main headlamps equipped with full LED illumination, but all other light functions also feature state-of-the-art LED technology as a standard feature for the first time in the segment.

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4



The interior is dominated by an innovative cockpit. A 12.3 inch full-color TFT instrument panel delivers all car information to the driver, from rev counter to navigation maps and infotainment functions, and can be configured by the driver in different setups. Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara distinguish the interior, with several color combinations offered to ensure broad individualization options. The design of dashboard and central tunnel underline a new lightness in the interior. Superb craftsmanship guarantees the highest quality and sense of luxury throughout.

Systematic lightweight design and Automobili Lamborghini's extensive expertise in carbon fiber come together in the Huracán's new hybrid chassis -- an integrated structure of carbon and aluminum elements. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg it enables not only the excellent power-to-weight ratio of just 2.33 kilograms per horse power, but also guarantees race-car precision with outstanding stiffness.

Lamborghini Huracan interior


The new 5.2 liter V10 engine delivers a maximum power of 448 kW / 610 HP at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6.500 rpm. In the new ''Iniezione Diretta Stratificata'' (IDS), direct and indirect gasoline injections are smartly combined. This results in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared with the Gallardo V10 engine. The top speed of over 325 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds only partially describe the dynamic experience at the wheel of the Huracán. Also thanks to the Stop & Start technology, the combined EU consumption figure has been further reduced to 12.5 liters per 100 km (290 g/km CO2 emissions). The engine complies with EU6 emissions regulation.

The power of the V10 engine is brought to the road via the new 7-speed dualclutch transmission ''Lamborghini Doppia Frizione'' (LDF) and fully electronically controlled four-wheel drive system. The different driving modes of the Huracán can be selected via a driving dynamics selector switch in the steering wheel - from traction-oriented on the road to extreme performance on the race track, with three setups of the dynamics system: STRADA, SPORT and CORSA. The different modes ensure extensive modification in road behavior of the Huracán. In particular they influence the set-ups of several systems, such as the gearbox and engine behavior, the sound, the four-wheel-drive system and electronic stability control. The Huracán's carbon-ceramic brakes are a standard feature for consistently superb braking performance. The ''Lamborghini Dynamic Steering'' variable steering ratio system and magneto-rheologic suspension damper control are both available as options for further customization of the Huracán's dynamic behavior. They are also calibrated via the three different dynamic set-ups.

The Huracán is produced at the Automobili Lamborghini headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese on an entirely newly-equipped production line. Delivery to the first customers is planned for Q3 2014.


[Source: Lamborghini]





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Porsche 918 Spyder

March 31st 2014 10:00
Porsche 918 Spyder


The yearly automotive spectacle that is the Frankfurt Motor Show is upon us once again and this year, German manufacturer Porsche will be debuting the absolute mental hybrid hypercar - the 918 Spyder - at the event.

Drawing from their motorsport experience at Le Mans, the 918 Spyder was designed to be a high-performance hybrid from its inception and as such, boasts an unprecedented combination of performance and the virtually silent, emission-free travel of an electric vehicle.

Porsche 918 Spyder


The unique all-wheel drive arrangement with a combined combustion engine (447 kW from its 4.6L V8) and electric motor drive system on the rear axle, and a second electric motor on the front axle (210 kW), make this possible. The additional, individually controllable front wheel drive enables new driving strategies to be used for extremely high, yet safe, speeds particularly through corners. Furthermore, the advanced 'boost' strategy manages the energy of the electric drive so intelligently that the unrestricted total power of the 918 Spyder can be accessed simply by fully depressing the accelerator pedal for every burst of speed at maximum acceleration. In short, the 918 Spyder allows any driver to experience the potential of its advanced longitudinal and lateral dynamics.

With a combined power output of 652 kW, performance is, pardon the pun, electric and the 918 Spyder is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 94 mpg and 85 mpg.

The centrepiece of the 918 Spyder is the distribution of propulsive power across three power units, all of which are integrated and controlled via an intelligent management system. To benefit as much as possible from the coverage offered by the different systems, the Porsche engineers at the company's Weissach research and development centre have defined a total of five operating modes, which can be activated via a map switch in the steering wheel, just like in race cars. Using the pre-selected mode, the 918 Spyder applies the most suitable operating and boost strategy without any further intervention from drivers, thus allowing them to concentrate fully on the road.

Porsche 918 Spyder exhaust


When the vehicle is started up, 'E-Power' mode is selected as the default operating mode, provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. Depending on load, the 918 Spyder can cover between 10 and 20 miles purely on electric power. Even in pure electric mode, the 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 – 62 mph in under seven seconds and can reach speeds of up to 93 mph. In this mode, the combustion engine is used only when needed. If the battery charging condition drops below a set minimum level, the vehicle automatically switches to hybrid mode.

In 'Hybrid' mode, the electric motors and combustion engine work alternately, focusing on achieving maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption. The power output of the individual drive components is modified in line with the current driving situation and the required performance level. Hybrid mode is typically used for fuel-efficient driving.

If more dynamic performance is required, the power units in the 918 Spyder switch over to 'Sport Hybrid' mode. The combustion engine now operates continuously, representing the main propulsive force. The electric motors are activated to support acceleration through the electric boost function, or at points when the operating point of the combustion engine can be optimised for greater efficiency. This mode focuses on performance and a sporty driving experience at top speeds.

Porsche 918 Spyder interior


'Race Hybrid' is the mode for maximum performance combined with an especially sporting driving experience. The combustion engine is chiefly used under high load, and charges the battery whenever the driver does not require maximum power. In this mode, the electric motors also provide additional support in the form of boosting. The gearshift programme of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is also designed for even sportier driving. The electric motors are used up to the maximum power output limit to deliver the best possible performance for the race track. The battery charging condition is not kept constant and instead fluctuates over the entire charge range. In contrast to 'Sport Hybrid' mode, the electric motors run at their maximum power output limit for a short period for enhanced boost performance. This increased output is balanced out by the fact that the combustion engine charges the battery more intensively. The electric power boost is thus always available to the driver even for several very fast laps.

The 'Hot Lap' button in the centre of the map switch releases the final reserves of the 918 Spyder and can only be activated in 'Race Hybrid' mode. Similar to a motor sports qualification mode, 'Race Hybrid' pushes the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps. This mode uses all of the available energy in the battery.


[Source: Porsche]






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Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG


The A 45 AMG sees Mercedes-AMG embarking on a new era. For the first time in the company's history extending back over more than 45 years, Mercedes-Benz's performance brand is offering a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class


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Ferrari F70 Given A Name: LaFerrari

April 19th 2013 12:35
Ferrari LaFerrari


The successor to the legendary Ferrari Enzo has made its premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and has already been hailed by Ferrari's President, Luca di Montezemolo, as the benchmark for the entire automotive industry for its all-round excellence


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2013 Audi RS 6 Avant

January 31st 2013 18:00
2013 Audi RS 6 Avant


The new 2013 Audi RS 6 Avant is lighter and more efficient than the previous model, and performance has been improved once again. Powered by a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 TFSI engine developing 412 kW and 700 Nm, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 3.9 seconds, and top speed is a gut-wrenching 305 km/h


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McLaren MP4-12C Spider


The second model in McLaren's MP4-12C family: the stunning new 12C Spider has been unveiled and it comes with an unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) which may be operated at speeds up to 30 km/h (19mph) while retaining the lightweight, high powered engine developing an incredible 447 kW (616 bhp) and carbon 'MonoCell' chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C coupe


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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

May 25th 2012 18:00
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta


The recently unveiled Ferrari F12 Berlinetta ushers in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders that delivers an unprecedented performance from an exceptional new engine, combined with innovative design that redefines classic themes along with extreme aerodynamics


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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

March 29th 2012 18:00
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG


The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is the most powerful SLK ever, its new naturally-aspirated M152 5.5-litre V8 engine featuring cylinder shutoff to conserve fuel, develops 309 kW of peak power and 540 Nm


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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster


Barely a month after giving us a sneak peek of the SLS roadster, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled all there is to know about the drop-top version of their flagship model


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Volkswagen Beetle R Concept

September 18th 2011 18:00
Volkswagen Beetle R Concept


Volkswagen has unveiled the Beetle R Concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the 21st Century Beetle and like its Golf R and Scirocco R siblings, the R version of the Beetle was also created at Volkswagen subsidiary Volkswagen R GmbH located near to Wolfsburg. The Beetle R Concept is still a design study but those who are familiar with the Beetle 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS) know the dynamic potential of this new car. As an "R", the Beetle could demonstrate a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R


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