Turners Auctions selling prestige and exotic cars this weekend

November 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Turners Auctions is giving Kiwis another chance to live the high life with 20 high-class cars coming to auction in the last Prestige Auction of the year.

The collection of vehicles is estimated to be worth $2 million and features the pinnacle of prestige motoring, a Rolls Royce Phantom, as well as some of the world’s most exotic supercars.

“The 20 cars on offer represent the finest brands in motoring and would make a great buy for anyone looking for a vehicle with flair and distinction,” says Graeme Roberts, Turners CEO.

“Six of the vehicles are convertible and would be perfect for a sophisticated summer road trip.”

The 2003 Rolls Royce Phantom is in mint condition and is expected to fetch between $240,000 and $300,000 at auction, far below the $1 million price tag that it was bought for in 2003.

Another striking vehicle up for grabs is the 2008 Bentley Continental GT. This six-litre, 12 cylinder stunner has a meagre 15,000km on the clock and would be a great addition to the garage this Christmas.

For those who live life in the fast lane, the 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 is the perfect toy. The convertible looks brilliant in black and can turn even the most mundane commute into a thrilling joyride.

The 90’s will be remembered for many things, the Spice Girls, Forest Gump and Jonah Lomu, but it was also when Lamborghini unleashed the Diablo. Turners has a stunning example of a 1997 Diablo VT Roadster. The 5.7 Litre, V12 manual is in immaculate condition and is one of only eight VT all wheel drive roadsters in the world.

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Sultan of Brunei to sell exotic car collection through NZ broker

November 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The world isn’t short of wealthy supercar collectors, but there’s few that can rival the mysterious collection of the royal house of Brunei. The collection is often the subject of much rumour and speculation, with only occasional leaks giving away some truth to its contents. That may be set to change because apparently part of the collection is now up for sale and interestingly, it’s through a NZ broker.

Among the rare and exotic gems up for sale are three Lamborghinis, two lightweight Porsche 911 Turbos, a Jaguar XJ220, one of only eight Cizeta V16s ever produced, the ItalDesign BMW Nazca and no less than 25 Ferraris, including an Enzo, an F50, an F40 and a custom-built 512 TR Spider.

The collection is rumored to be located currently in Singapore, but the broker is based in New Zealand with a website set up to promote the sales. Although the website does not disclose the liquidating owner, not many people except the Sultan of Brunei and his controversial brother Prince Jefri could assemble such exotic metal. What’s more, many of the cars have never been driven with the odometer only reading their original factory mileage, and all are worth well into the six and seven figures, making this one of the most valuable car collections ever put up for public sale.

To take a closer look for yourself click here to visit the Ferrari Collection For Sale website.

Lamborghini builds first all-new V12 engine in 46 years

November 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Many car enthusiasts believe that there’s only one engine that can really compete with the groans of a V8 at full throttle and that’s the screams of an Italian twelve pot. One of the masters of these massive gas-sucking monsters is Lamborghini and since the introduction of its 350 GT in 1964, every twelve-cylinder Lamborghini has used a derivative of the same engine. That includes models like the Miura, Espada, Countach, LM002, Diablo, Murcielago and Reventón. But that chapter is now over and the Italian automaker has scrapped that old design and started fresh with a new beast.

Ready for duty in the upcoming Murcielago successor, the 6.5-liter V12 has been designed, developed and produced entirely in-house at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory. High-tech features include four-valve cylinder heads made from an aluminum-silicon alloy and short stroke and lightweight construction to deliver an output of 700 horsepower (522kW) and 689Nm of torque.

Mated to this new engine, Lamborghini have built a new type of gearbox called the Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission. Making use of dual shifting rods, the ISR can apparently, shift nearly 50 percent faster than other dual-clutch gearboxes, while weighing considerably less.

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Return of the Rambo Lambo – new Lamborghini SUV planned

November 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Internet is rife with rumour and speculation that Lamborghini may be preparing another entry into the lucrative SUV market. The previous Lambo SUV was called the LM002 (picture) and the company had, at one point, plans to throw it into the Dakar Rally battle. But the Lambo LM002 never quite made it that far. Now the Italian supercar maker is working on a model called the LM00X.

The LM00X SUV is expected to be built on the Audi Q5 platform, which will also be used by the upcoming Porsche Cajun. The 4WD Lambo will have a full 4×4 traction system, most likely based on Audi’s award winning quattro.

In terms of engine options a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that will output around 550 hp will make sense. Expected performance figures for the LM00X are around the 4.5 second mark getting to 100 km/h but it remains speculation at this stage. In reality, once loaded with all sorts of luxury equipment it may take around the high 5 seconds range to reach the speed limit.

The LM00X SUV will sit on three-door coupe architecture, with supercar-inspired styling and a swags of carbon fibre trim keeping the weight down.

The price tag will reflect all the R&D that is about to go into it and much change from $220k NZ is unlikely. Expect to see it no earlier than 2012.

Underground Racing Lamborghini Gallardo crashes at Texas Mile

November 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Underground Racing Lamborghini Gallardo crashes at Texas Mile event.

Lamborghini Murcielago production ends with final car

November 8th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

This LP670-4 Superveloce pictured above is the 4,099th, and final, Lamborghini Murcielago to be produced at the automaker’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory. Adorned in striking “Arancio Atlas” paint, the final Murc will be shipped off to a Swiss buyer, marking the end of the car’s nine-year production run.

The Lamborghini factory held an end of production celebration, where the automaker’s president and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, spoke these words, “The Murcielago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world. But the Lamborghini story continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murcielago — with the most innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design.”

The Murcielago may have been a vitally important machine for Lamborghini during its production run, but supercar fans globally are champing to see what sexy beast Lamborghini will release next year. Apparently, the Lamborghini Jota LP700-4 is nearing the end of its development process, and we could see an official debut possibly at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

Lamborgini unleashes Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

September 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Lamborghini has released details on its latest special edition supercar. Based on the Gallardo, Lamborghini teamed up with Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain to create the special machine that pays homage to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing cars. It all makes sense as Blancpain is the title sponsor of the one-make racing series.

So what’s so exclusive about this limited edition machine. Well it’s sharply finished in all black paintwork, is fully road-legal and the Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition adopts the racing model’s Countach-sized rear-wing and racing engine cover which apparently improves ventilation.

The car also gets shiny new Skorpius alloy wheels with painted yellow brake calipers and discs made from a carbon-ceramic composite. There is naturally several carbon-fibre pieces such as the rear diffuser and wing mirror surrounds.

Inside, the racing theme continues with black Alcantara with yellow accents and more carbon-fibre trim.

Like the Super Trofeo race car, the Blancpain Edition is motivated by Lambo’s 5.2-liter V10 with the same 570-horsepower found in the series production Gallardo Superleggera

Lamborghini claims the Blancpain Edition is the lightest road-legal model in its range, with a dry weight of 1340 kilograms.

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Mystery Lamborghini teased before 2010 Paris Motor Show reveal

September 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Lamborghini is once again using the same teasing method it did for the Estogue sports sedan concept for the 2008 Paris Show. This time the Italian supercar maker will publish a total of six teaser images of the mysterious new model before the official unveiling at this years edition of the Paris Mondial de l’Automobile.

The above cryptic image has just been released as ‘numero uno’. The image is accompanied by a tagline that says, “Discover the way to the future of supersports cars.”

So the question is, what do you think Lamborghini is preparing to unveil at the Paris Show? Some reports suggest it could be the successor to the testosterone-boosting Murcielago, or perhaps a concept model for the addition to the formidable Lamborghini range.