Lamborghini – Automobile http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars - Automotive Magazine Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:04:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera Caught Running Laps at the ‘Ring http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lamborghini-huracan-superleggera-caught-running-laps-ring/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lamborghini-huracan-superleggera-caught-running-laps-ring/#respond Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:13:06 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=966889 Late last year, Lamborghini confirmed that it would add more models to the Huracan lineup, which has the potential to become bigger than the Gallardo’s lineup. Now, we’ve caught the Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera testing in full camouflage at the Nürburgring. Lamborghini hasn’t confirmed that it will use the Superleggera name for the newest addition to...

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Late last year, Lamborghini confirmed that it would add more models to the Huracan lineup, which has the potential to become bigger than the Gallardo’s lineup. Now, we’ve caught the Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera testing in full camouflage at the Nürburgring.

Lamborghini hasn’t confirmed that it will use the Superleggera name for the newest addition to the Huracan lineup, but if the naming scheme is in keeping with the Gallardo lineup, we expect the new variant to wear that moniker.

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Lamborghini has given the Superleggera major updates over the standard Huracan, including a big fixed rear wing and more aggressive front spoiler, both of which help with the aerodynamics and downforce for the new model. We even get a glimpse of the exhaust pipes mounted in a higher position just below the taillights.

In addition to the new design elements and aero bits, the new Huracan model is expected to get a power bump, with total power from massaged 5.2-liter V-10 close to the 650-hp mark. The boost in output combined with significant weight savings should make for an even quicker baby-bull. The first production Huracan Superleggera will be a coupe, while a Spyder version will follow, and may get the Performante title, if it follows what Lamborghini did with the Gallardo model.

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Chrome Lamborghini Murcielago Wipes Out Right in Front of Dash Cam http://www.automobilemag.com/news/chrome-lamborghini-murcielago-wipes-right-front-dash-cam/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/chrome-lamborghini-murcielago-wipes-right-front-dash-cam/#respond Sat, 09 Jul 2016 00:00:18 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=965997 A chrome-wrapped Lamborghini Murcielago spun out during a rain storm in Russia, and the action was caught on dash cam video. In the video, the flamboyant Italian supercar is already starting to get sideways as it narrowly misses the camera car, skidding into its lane from the right. By the time it gets in front,...

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A chrome-wrapped Lamborghini Murcielago spun out during a rain storm in Russia, and the action was caught on dash cam video.

In the video, the flamboyant Italian supercar is already starting to get sideways as it narrowly misses the camera car, skidding into its lane from the right. By the time it gets in front, it’s already perpendicular to the road. Just as it enters the lane left of the camera car, the Murcielago is facing backwards as it slams into the right side of an SUV. The Lamborghini bounces off the SUV and proceeds to spin multiple times before hitting the left guard rail.

No one was injured in the crash according to Russian website Life. Police are said to be investigating the incident. Check out the video below to see a chrome-wrapped Lamborghini Murcielago spin out in the rain.

 

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First Drive: Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-drive-lamborghini-centenario-lp-770-4/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-drive-lamborghini-centenario-lp-770-4/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:15:22 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=962819 NARDO, Italy — Glistening in the early morning light is the one and only Lamborghini Centenario demonstration prototype in existence, and we’re about to drive it. We open the door, duck under its low flying roofline, and climb into the yellow-over-black cabin. Starting up the fighting bull’s V-12 with 6.5 liters of muscle mass, we...

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NARDO, Italy Glistening in the early morning light is the one and only Lamborghini Centenario demonstration prototype in existence, and we’re about to drive it. We open the door, duck under its low flying roofline, and climb into the yellow-over-black cabin. Starting up the fighting bull’s V-12 with 6.5 liters of muscle mass, we roll onto Nardo’s superfast handling circuit to see what this hellhound on the prowl can do.

A special edition version of the Aventador SV built to celebrate the 100th birthday of founding father Ferruccio Lamborghini, the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 has 759 horsepower at your command. It reportedly tops out at 217 mph, hurtles from 0-to-60 mph in roughly 2.6 seconds (give or take a tick), and is limited to a production run of only 40 units, 20 coupes and 20 roadsters, all of which are already spoken for. After we’re done thrashing the prototype, it will be trailered off to its final destination in the Lamborghini factory museum.

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The recently renovated Nardo facility, just purchased by Porsche and used by almost all major European manufacturers, consists of a high-speed loop with fast, four-lane banked corners as well as a magical, 4.2-mile infield handling track with a mix of left- and right-handers, blind corners, and one memorable crest where, for a brief moment, only sea and sky fill the frame. We’re led by Lambo test driver Mario Fasanetto, following in the wake of his bramble-metallic Aventador SV.

Nardo is exceptional because its main straight is long enough for supercars like the LaFerrari or the Bugatti Chiron to blow past the 200-mph barrier. Carry enough momentum out of the last left-hander before the start/finish line, and the Centenario will reach 90 mph in third gear, 130 mph in fourth, and 170 mph in fifth before it’s time to lift and turn in eastward at close to 150 mph. As the nose tucks in, the tail stretches its springs for the blink of an eye—long enough to make the stomach pit pounce. Thankfully, Fasanetto sets the pace and shows us the line. He stays out in the middle of the track for a rather long time then nudges toward an imaginary apex and brakes hard between the 100- and 50-meter signs while shifting down wham-wham-wham into second gear.

We do our best to mimic Fasanetto, marveling, grinning, and licking blood. It’s 759 hp versus Fasanetto’s 740 hp, but unless you really press on, the SV will pull away as if assisted by some hidden e-boost device. (Yes, his driving skills no doubt play a role.) Talk about slipstream, dirty air, lift, downforce, and stability.

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One of the key dynamic features that distinguish the base SV from its Centenario brother is the car’s adaptive aerodynamics setup. It sucks in oxygen through its nose cone, small apertures below the headlamps, large lateral scoops, and the dual front splitter. Air then flows from the hood’s nostrils over the smooth, raked roof, along its sculpted flanks, and underneath the car to the massive rear diffuser. Its hydraulically adjustable rear wing assumes a near-horizontal position for high-speed runs, but it can tilt to improve downforce by up to 180 percent.

Here at Nardo, aerodynamic stability makes all the difference between grip and slip. Through the ultrafast fear-devours-courage corners, the Centenario often gains a few feet on Fasanetto’s SV, a dark blade sketching even darker rubber arcs on the sizzling tarmac.

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The Centenario’s rear-wheel steering system has a profound effect on the Aventador’s abilities; turn-in is much quicker, sharper, and more positive. While that playful creaminess at the limit has been scaled back, you benefit from a more focused and faster cornering attitude. How much faster? The difference in lap times between the Centenario and the SV, which also has rear-wheel steering, is a scant 1.5 seconds, but the base, 690-hp Aventador loses up to 5 seconds because its more pronounced understeer causes the front to heat up more quickly.

Although the 759-hp special edition is no quicker off the mark than the SV, its overall setup is more aggressive. A marginally faster flow through Nardo’s esses is the reward for using adaptive aerodynamics, steel chassis mounts rather than rubber ones, and a slightly meaner adaptive damper software. The trade-off is a firmer ride.

Unlike the more modern manettino-equipped Huracan, the Aventador and its most exotic metamorphosis want you to dial in your preferred driving mode—Strada, Sport, or Corsa—by pushing a button in the center stack. Since Strada is less interested in grip and g-force than the other two programs, we start in Sport. And Sport it is: a dash of liftoff oversteer, a hint of full-throttle tail slide, and front- and rear-wheel drive turn on and off to create precise all-wheel drive. The Centenario has a more entertaining rear-bias torque split and a more lenient traction control tuned for a quick flick of opposite lock. Even with plenty of runoff terrain, it takes someone truly brave to fully deactivate DSC.

Somewhat unexpectedly, Corsa is sort of a stealth proposition, totally dedicated to its task. Expect quantifiably faster lap times (the Centenario features an in-dash stopwatch and two onboard cameras), a less heroic but no less rewarding driving style, a more transparent breakaway attitude, and subtly enhanced dynamic efficiency. Upshifts kick butt with more vengeance in Corsa, downshifts from the seven-speed ISR semi-automatic transmission move closer to redline, and throttle response is telepathic. No, there is no torque vectoring to fine-tune the line, no fancy driver assistance systems, no active roll bars–this is a high-end sports car without artificial additives and preservatives.

This dramatically oversexed mauler from Emilia Romagna is a manifesto of excess, which can easily be quantified by a set of numbers. Take the 23.5 seconds it takes to accelerate from 0 to 188 mph, which is a mere 6 seconds slower than the Bugatti Veyron. Or consider the stopping power of the carbon-ceramic discs, which decelerate the roughly 3,900-pound Lambo from 60 mph to zero in less than 100 feet. More numbers? Each of the 20 coupes are listed at 2.2 million euros ($2.4 million at current exchange rates), the 20 roadsters cost 2.4 million euros ($2.6 million) apiece, and the optional full carbon pack is 100,000 euros ($111,000) extra.

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The key ingredients of the Centenario LP 770-4 will be carried over to the updated 2018 model year Aventador. According to those in the know, the drag resistance is going to be even lower thanks to more active flaps and rudders, the 740-hp SV engine will likely become the mainstay powerplant, and the brand-new infotainment system pioneered by the Centenario will make it into all future Lambos. The most significant revision is rear-wheel steering, which joins the list of standard features. Working at a maximum angle of 3 degrees, the system switches from counter phase to parallel phase within a 20 to 60 mph window. Around town and through slow corners, the car feels shorter, nimbler, and more maneuverable. At speed, enhanced directional stability is the main goal.

We started driving around Nardo at 6 a.m. and kept going until the track closed midday. That glow in our eyes never went away, and in some daydreams Fasanetto very nearly ended up in second place. The attraction to the Centenario should not be reduced to presence, image, personality, and power. It has an alluring defiance defined by traits like noise, heat, harshness, and space limitation, and its shrill looks, eye-watering full-throttle urge, and exciting escapes to the limit will no doubt give those lucky 40 drivers goose bumps whenever they press down on the gas.

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2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 Specifications

On Sale: Now (sold-out)
Price: $2.4 million-$2.6 million
Engine: 6.5L DOHC 48-valve V-12/759 hp @ 8,500 rpm, 507 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed auto-clutch manual
Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, AWD coupe/roadster
EPA Mileage: 11/18 mpg (city/hwy) (est)
L x W x H: 193.9 x 81.2 x 45.0 in
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Weight: 3,500 lb (est)
0-60 MPH: 2.6 sec (est)
Top Speed: 217 mph
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Here’s What the New Lamborghini Miura Should Look Like http://www.automobilemag.com/news/heres-new-lamborghini-miura-look-like/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/heres-new-lamborghini-miura-look-like/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:45:16 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=962183 Our European bureau chief, Georg Kacher, recently reported that Lamborghini is mulling another model that would slot between the Aventador and Huracan, and that said model might be an all-new Miura. Bringing one of our all-time favorite mid-engine supercars back to life—exciting, no? And it seems like the perfect time to do so, what with...

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Our European bureau chief, Georg Kacher, recently reported that Lamborghini is mulling another model that would slot between the Aventador and Huracan, and that said model might be an all-new Miura. Bringing one of our all-time favorite mid-engine supercars back to life—exciting, no? And it seems like the perfect time to do so, what with the Miura celebrating it 50th anniversary and all.

The automaker did just announce it will sell 50 examples of the Aventador Miura Homage edition, which features throwback paint schemes, color-coded wheels, and Miura badges embroidered on the seats, but we want the real thing. We want a new Miura, one with a hybridized V-10 engine mounted longways behind a spacious two-passenger cabin. Something we can “ooh and aah” over for the next half-century.

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Since we’re not sure when we’ll get a new Miura or if we’ll get one at all, we called up one of our favorite illustrators, Avarvarii, and had him start mocking up what the modern-day Miura might look like, and this is what he ended up with. Avarvarii used the 1971 Miura that Lamborghini’s PoloStorico group restored for this past spring’s Amelia Island concours, rendering the new car in the same Verde Metallizata paint. We love the look he came up with for the new Miura, which would have gorgeous geometric hood vents reminiscent of the original Miura.

What do you think? Shouldn’t Lamborghini build our Miura?

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Behind the Scenes at Lamborghini’s Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory http://www.automobilemag.com/news/behind-scenes-lamborghinis-advanced-composite-structures-laboratory/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/behind-scenes-lamborghinis-advanced-composite-structures-laboratory/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=962187 A young man wearing a black lab coat with “Prototipi” on the back and a raging bull over the heart is enthusiastically talking about the history of carbon fiber. Behind him a machine flexes a honeycomb panel almost 4 inches before the panel cracks like a gunshot, fracturing but not quite breaking in half. My...

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A young man wearing a black lab coat with “Prototipi” on the back and a raging bull over the heart is enthusiastically talking about the history of carbon fiber. Behind him a machine flexes a honeycomb panel almost 4 inches before the panel cracks like a gunshot, fracturing but not quite breaking in half. My heart jumps out of my chest.

I’m standing in an unmarked building perched on the edge of the Interbay district in Seattle, the crucible of American aerospace industry. Boeing and Honeywell Aerospace are just a few miles away, and the fantastic yet somewhat problem-plagued 787 Dreamliner came to life here. It’s also home to this place, Lamborghini’s Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, one of the only places outside of Boeing that can simulate lightning strikes, hail, birdstrikes, and engine failures. The lab is under the careful tutelage of one man: Dr. Paolo Feraboli. “I always wanted to build and design fighter jets,” he says, a light Italian lilt to his words. “I am not an engineer. I am a carbon-fiber designer.”

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Feraboli got his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Bologna in Italy, and in the year he took off between undergrad and graduate school, worked for Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese as a composite engineering specialist, developing the composite body panels for the Murciélago roadster. (Perhaps not surprisingly, he’s now the proud owner of a bright orange Murciélago that he calls the “last great Lamborghini.”) He then got his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Santa Barbara and spent some time working for Callaway Golf. In 2004 he headed to Virginia as a visiting fellow to work on mechanics and durability for NASA. He then took a professorship at the University of Washington where he taught in the department of aeronautics and astronautics, using his spare time to help Boeing develop commercial airplanes and the 787. In 2007 Lamborghini approached Feraboli to help start the Advanced Structural Composites Lab and, in 2013, he left his job at the university to work at the lab full time.

Feraboli and one of the testing machines

Under his direction, a five-person team tests, engineers, and creates works of carbon-fiber art, from the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to more than 1,000 parts for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. According to Feraboli, the lab works with Lamborghini 90 percent of the time and spends the other 10 percent doing work for the aerospace industry and other consumer-goods companies.

Lab technicians use composite Nomex sandwich panels, designed for military-grade airplanes, as well as coated and uncoated carbon-fiber panels, to demonstrate how they test materials. In one test, technicians fire a steel cube at a panel using what looks like a giant potato gun, a gas cannon that can propel objects at speeds up to 500 mph. They also have a lightning-strike generator, one of only two in the country, and can generate 30 kilovolts of energy in one strike. Using these tools, the lab dreams up ideas for Lamborghini that are passed along to Bologna and approved or scrapped based on business needs. “The lab is a playground for us, and we are free to experiment and create what we want,” Feraboli says.

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The traditional, time-intensive carbon-fiber forming process calls for carbon-fiber sheets and resin to be pressed into a coated mold that is then be heated and cured. It takes days to produce one part, and repairs are impossible. Feraboli believed that carbon-fiber manufacturing could be sped up by eliminating the traditional molding, heating, and curing process, so he started mixing chopped carbon-fiber sheets with soft-at-room-temperature resin, placing the mixture into a steel mold and heating it under intense, 2,000-psi pressure. The entire process, which takes as few as three minutes to complete, is called Forged Composite (FC) technology and has been patented by Lamborghini. The FC process took Feraboli and his team eight years to perfect. It eventually achieved FAA certification, and now more than 1,000 parts in the Boeing Dreamliner are created using FC. The materials can be repaired without reducing structural integrity, and the lab’s technicians travel all over the world to repair damaged parts. Once the process and material were certified, shifting from creating 787 pieces to creating cars was relatively simple.

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The Aventador’s carbon-fiber monocoque was the first major car part to come out of the Advanced Composites Structures Lab. Unlike past Lamborghinis that used carbon-fiber composite pieces—including the automaker’s first structural carbon-fiber composite prototype, the Countach Evoluzione, as well as the Murciélago—the Aventador passed crash testing its first time through. “I know that my team and I were a huge part of what made the Aventador possible,” Feraboli says, “It was our baby.” When asked about the nearly 2-ton weight of the car, Feraboli gets frustrated.

“Everyone thinks that it’s the engine that adds to the weight. It’s not!” Feraboli told AUTOMOBILE. “Like in airplane manufacturing, everyone says, ‘OK, lets make the fuselage and the wings and tail out of light materials’—but then they attach all the pieces using steel connectors. Eventually you have tons of added weight. It’s the same thing in the Aventador, but when they are presented with this, they ignore it.”

Sesto Elemento interior

With the launch of the Sesto Elemento at the Paris auto show in 2010, Feraboli got to stretch his creative carbon-fiber muscle. “We came up with the idea for the Sesto Elemento on a flight back from Bologna,” he says, “It took us just four months to make it a reality.” More than 80 percent of the Sesto is carbon fiber, including its innovative suspension control arms that represent the first time FC was used for mechanical parts. The trick, Feraboli says, is convincing Maurizio Regianni, the head of R&D at Lamborghini, that the carbon-fiber pieces work in production. “Regianni says that carbon fiber is the fat of the car. He tells me that until [he] can use that to make a part for the engine, he doesn’t care.”

Feraboli shows us a set of engine connecting rods that, according to Regianni, Lamborghini “hopes to use” in future cars. If the FC connecting rods work, the weight savings could be huge–as much as 39 percent over forged steel designs. Feraboli also unveiled a set of body-in-white scale models that show the breadth of FC’s capabilities; if Feraboli has his way, the next Lamborghini will have a single-piece, completely carbon-fiber fuselage that does away with those weighty fasteners he loathes so much.

“Forged Composite is the next thing for car design,” he says, “and if we can make it lighter, stronger, modular, and integrated, the sky is really the limit.”

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Lamborghini Celebrates 50 Years of the Miura with Special Aventador http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lamborghini-celebrates-50-years-miura-special-aventador/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lamborghini-celebrates-50-years-miura-special-aventador/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:00:35 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=959999 It’s hard to believe the otherworldy Lamborghini Miura has been with us for 50 years now. Yes, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s first mid-engined supercar, and Lamborghini certainly hasn’t forgotten. To celebrate, it unveiled a special edition of the longstanding Aventador. Barring the extremely limited run of 1965 Ferrari 250 LMs, the...

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It’s hard to believe the otherworldy Lamborghini Miura has been with us for 50 years now. Yes, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s first mid-engined supercar, and Lamborghini certainly hasn’t forgotten. To celebrate, it unveiled a special edition of the longstanding Aventador.

Barring the extremely limited run of 1965 Ferrari 250 LMs, the 1966 Lamborghini Miura P400 was the first publicly available mid-engined supercar. Upon the Miura’s release, the whole supercar formula was turned on its head overnight, with other manufactures scrambling to catch up, including Ferrari. The voluptuous Miura was a sensation when it arrived on the auto-show circuit in 1966, and it remained on the market until 1973.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage Special Edition wheel

Lamborghini is keen to respect the groundwork laid by the Miura, celebrating its 40th anniversary back in 2006 with a deliciously gorgeous Miura concept car that looked very much the modern relative of the bygone P400. Unfortunately, we never received a production version of that concept, and it was subsequently mothballed and put up in the Lamborghini museum.

Now, well-connected customers have the chance to purchase the automaker’s 50th anniversary celebratory model, the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Hommage. Essentially, this is a “regular” Aventador wearing special heritage paint colors that were popular on the 1960’s Lambo. Special color-coded wheels come standard as well, along with an extremely cool Miura badge on the lower right side of each rocker panel. Inside, buyers get the choice of two dual-tone color packages, along with standard Miura badging on the seatbacks.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage Special Edition seats

The powertrain for this special edition is untouched, remaining the same 6.5-liter V-12 engine producing 691 hp. Performance is still spectacular, with 0-62 mph arriving in 2.9 seconds, charging onto a top speed of 217 mph.

If you want one, you’d better scamper on down to your friendly neighborhood Lamborghini dealer, as just 50 of these will be sold worldwide in selected markets. Lamborghini, predictably, says they are almost all accounted for.

The Lamborghini Aventador Miura Hommage will be on display at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Soon You Can Drive the Lamborghini Centenario in Forza Horizon 3 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/soon-drive-lamborghini-centenario-forza-horizon-3/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/soon-drive-lamborghini-centenario-forza-horizon-3/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:00:52 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=954651 The official trailer for Forza Horizon 3 just dropped today, but you’ll have to wait until September to drive hundreds of virtual cars through Australia. The next installment of Forza Horizon comes out September 27 and features over 350 vehicles, including everything from sports cars to off-road vehicles. Making its very first appearance in the...

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The official trailer for Forza Horizon 3 just dropped today, but you’ll have to wait until September to drive hundreds of virtual cars through Australia.

The next installment of Forza Horizon comes out September 27 and features over 350 vehicles, including everything from sports cars to off-road vehicles. Making its very first appearance in the game is the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario, the 759-hp beast that was revealed only a few months ago. The limited-production car is already sold out, and is alluringly unattainable at around $2 million, but the world of Forza knows no limits.

In Forza Horizon 3, gamers take charge of the Horizon Festival while surrounded by beautiful virtual landscapes, from the desert to the beach. “Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you,” the caption below the trailer reads.

Forza Horizon 3 is a “Xbox Play Anywhere” game that allows users to cross-play it on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Check out the official trailer below for a sneak peek of Forza Horizon 3.

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Check Out This Amazing Lamborghini Miura Coffee Table http://www.automobilemag.com/news/amazing-lamborghini-miura-coffee-table/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/amazing-lamborghini-miura-coffee-table/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:56:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=954499 Engine block coffee tables are hugely popular, and even more so since Top Gear introduced their V-12 block as the show’s coffee table for its “News” section of the show. Now it seems like every automotive junkie has to have one. But because of that ubiquitous desire, they’ve also become a little played out. There isn’t a swanky...

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Engine block coffee tables are hugely popular, and even more so since Top Gear introduced their V-12 block as the show’s coffee table for its “News” section of the show. Now it seems like every automotive junkie has to have one.

But because of that ubiquitous desire, they’ve also become a little played out. There isn’t a swanky automotive gallery without at least two of these types of tables. Thankfully, eBay has a solution that will definitely set you apart from the rest of the crowd, a coffee table made from original and possibly very rare Lamborghini Miura wheels.

The seller says that they picked up the two Lamborghini wheels from a person selling off a host of rare and vintage automobile wheels in Southern California. The two wheels are magnesium and where made in Campagnolo, Italy.

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An interesting piece of the wheels history is that the seller says that the two wheels look as if they had been modified.  And although they are unsure if they were factory modified or not, the seller postulates that these two wheels could be from the original Jota Miura prototype. This would make the two wheels unbelievably rare, but given that the Jota prototype burned to the ground, this isn’t a likely scenario.

They also say that it could be from the insane design of Luigi Colani’s Miura Le Mans design, but those wheels weren’t bronze but brushed aluminum. These wheels are likely just normal Miura wheels, which are still worth a pretty penny, and in this coffee table application the seller wants exactly $16,000 to part with it. If you already have a Miura and millions stashed away in some island bank with no extradition treaty, that’s not so outrageous. But given the questionable provenance, you can probably spend 16-large in better ways, even it’s toward some other kind of gearhead table.

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Lamborghini Miura Celebrates 50th Birthday, “Italian Job” Style http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lamborghini-miura-rings-in-50-birthday-italian-job-style/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lamborghini-miura-rings-in-50-birthday-italian-job-style/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 22:15:33 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=946662 This year marks the 50th birthday of the Miura, and to celebrate the occasion, Lamborghini pulled two Miuras from its museum in Italy and took them on a road trip of a lifetime. The sports cars retraced the route shown in the opening sequence of “The Italian Job.” The journey recreated the opening scene from...

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This year marks the 50th birthday of the Miura, and to celebrate the occasion, Lamborghini pulled two Miuras from its museum in Italy and took them on a road trip of a lifetime.

The sports cars retraced the route shown in the opening sequence of “The Italian Job.” The journey recreated the opening scene from the 1969 cult film, which featured the Miura traveling up the hairpin curves of the Italian Alps. (We can only assume the Miura didn’t face a destructive end this time around). Police helped escort the Miuras up to the Great St. Bernard Pass, which is usually closed but was opened on a one-time basis for this event.

On hand to witness the feat were the “fathers” of the Lamborghini Miura. These included Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani, two engineers who worked on the Miura. Marcello Gandini, who designed the Miura, was also at the celebration.

Introduced in 1966, the Miura helped popularize the concept of a mid-engine sports car. It boasted a 4.0-liter V-12 engine, as well as striking good looks. The model was produced in limited numbers between 1966 and 1972, until it was replaced by the Countach.
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Watch Jon Olsson Climb a Glacier in a Lamborghini Murcielago http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-jon-olsson-climb-glacier-lamborghini-murcielago/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-jon-olsson-climb-glacier-lamborghini-murcielago/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 15:06:04 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=940884 Professional skier Jon Olsson has a knack for wild cars. His garage plays host to a number of insane supercars, usually with some sort of extreme visual modification. Now, he’s back, this time behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Murcielago. Strangely, instead of parked in front of a top-dollar hotel or casino, Olsson brought the...

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Professional skier Jon Olsson has a knack for wild cars. His garage plays host to a number of insane supercars, usually with some sort of extreme visual modification. Now, he’s back, this time behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Murcielago. Strangely, instead of parked in front of a top-dollar hotel or casino, Olsson brought the LP640 to a snowbound glacier in Norway.

Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the Lamborghini. Olsson’s car is a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640-4, an updated variant of the original Murcielago that debuted for the 2007 model year. The LP640 is powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine, sending 631 hp to all four wheels through a six-speed semi-automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. According to a previous blog post last year, Olsson had the car extensively modified, including a full SV-style carbon fiber aero kit, ADV1 wheels, IPE exhaust, suede interior, big brake kit, and interestingly enough, a conversion to rear-wheel drive.

To ensure the car has enough grip to scale the glacier, Olsson fitted the Murci with some extremely aggressive spiked tires. After an initial blast up to the top of the glacier, he decides the best way to return to the bottom is through an impromptu downhill ski slalom.

After some stunning visuals and an intoxicating V-12 soundtrack, Olsson plans to drive the Murcielago on the glacier “until he runs out of gas.”

This isn’t the first time we have seen supercar antics on snow and ice. Recently, a brave Japanese Ferrari F40 owner took his car up to the top of a snowy mountain. In a different video, two pro drifters took to a powdered Russian forest in a modified Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Supra.

Watch Jon Olsson rocket up a glacier in his Lamborghini Murcielago in the video below.

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