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With all the leaked images and details leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s not surprising this much anticipated model just popped up. The Audi R8 Spyder has arrived and it looks surprisingly good in a brave chocolate brown hue.
Currently there is no official information to accompany the images so many details are unknown but Audi will only be offering the Spyder with the Lambo-derived 5.2-liter V10, putting out 525 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
On the styling side, there’s not too much difference from its hard top sibling. Along with the removal of the roof, the sideblades have been dispatched in favor of a large set of scoops ahead of the rear wheels, while the windshield gets framed in brushed aluminum and a set of vented bulges trail backward from the two seats.
No images of the R8 with the top up are out yet, but more will be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
It’s shaping up to be an all-out supercar showdown next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With the new McLaren MP4-12C and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG — not to mention the Ferrari 458 Italia all being unveiled. Not to be left out Lamborghini will reportedly be showing off the roadster version of its million-plus dollar ReventÃ³n.
Images of the much anticipated drop-top have fond their way on to the web before the big show. Sporting the same stealth fighter-inspired angular bodywork as the hard top ReventÃ³n that was unveiled two years ago in Frankfurt, the new topless Lambo will reportedly make use of its all-wheel drive system to help the run to 100kph in just 3.4 seconds. Top speed is expected to be well over 320 kph, as expected from an Italian supercar packing a mid-mounted 650-horsepower V12 powerplant.
Check back for more official details as the Frankfurt show approaches.
Ferrari’s prancing horse has been voted the most iconic car badge in the world in a poll commissioned by a group in the UK. Luxury British sports car brand, Aston Martin took the second spot and Lamborghini’s raging bull charged into third.
It’s unsurprising considering Ferrari’s unbroken presence in Formula One since 1950 and long history of producing some of the greatest supercars ever. In fact, nearly half (48%) of all the 5,235 voters declared Ferrari’s prancing horse (Cavallino Rampante) the most iconic performance car badge in the world.
As evidence of the persuasiveness of Italian engineering and style, Ferrari wasn’t the only Italian brand in the top three. Lamborghini’s famous bull- from the star sign of founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini was also popular among voters, securing 8% of the poll.
But it was Aston Martin that got stuck in there with its winged badge winning 25% of the vote to take second place.
Fourth, fifth and sixth place were taken by Bugatti, Porsche and Maserati respectively.
The poll was devised by the MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show to highlight the array of high performance vehicles on display at the annual event, which takes place in London this November.
Let’s throw superlatives out the window and start again. The Heffner twin-turbo Lamborghini Murcielago has ok performance…compared to an Exocet missile.
Running 1 bar of boost just over 1100 RWHP (that’s at the rear wheels) was available. Heffner is now playing around with the car at various boost levels and documenting the differences in performance with V Box.
In 90-degree heat the car pulled off a 5.10 second 60-130mph at around 950 RWHP. For reference a stock 580 horsepower Murcielago takes around 9.5 seconds to make the leap from 60 to 130.
With a little more boost it will dip into the 4 second range for sure.
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Rumors are rampant that Lamborghini will unveil a convertible Roadster version of its ultra-exclusive Reventon supercar at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
All across the Internet, Lamborghini fans are excited at the thought of a Reventon Roadster, with a very limited expected production of only nine or ten examples, each featuring a V-12 engine and a pricetag of â‚¬1.15 million. The company itself has made no official statement on the matter, but the uber wealthy and Russian mobsters might want to bring their checkbooks to Germany next month.
If built, the Roadster will likely feature the same V-12 engine as the original Reventon though power may be increased from the current 650 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque–expect to see the same 670 horsepower rating as the more recent Murcielago LP670-4 SV.
Other new tech should include the ‘Viscous Traction’ all-wheel-drive system and Lamborghini’s e-gear semi-automatic transmission. The original Reventon sprints to 100kph in just 3.4 seconds and tops out at 339kph, so a slightly more powerful Roadster could surpass these times.
Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
Photo Credit: Lambocars.com
The special edition Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni was officially revealed a month back. Now Lamborghini has released a video documenting Balboni’s input into the car’s design process, and how exactly it reflects his 40 years of Lambo test-driving experience. Balboni has served as Lambo’s test driver since 1967, and in 1973 began sitting behind the wheel of all the prototypes, including the Diablo, Murcielago and Gallardo.
At almost five minutes long, the video gives a real sense of perspective into the car and with cut scenes of the Gallardo in serious sideways action and Valentino Balboni himself explaining the car, it’s an interesting watch.
Check it out for yourself by clicking on the box below.