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LP650-4 Roadster leaked

More details have been leaked about the upcoming Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster. All 50 of the $400,000 units to be produced will be powered by  the same 6.5-liter V-12 found in the Reventon and making, you guessed it, 650 horsepower; zero-to-60 mph should be a quick 3.4 seconds and top speed should be around 212 mph. No word yet on a LP650-4 coupe. Read our Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 overview here

[via LamboCars.com]

Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster

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Posted on: 2/27/2009 at 5:01 AM
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Barn-car Corvette missing barn

Google Street View has caught Porsche testers in the Colorado Mountains, a Veyron for sale at a dealership in Florida, and now we have another addition, a 1963 split-window coupe being stored outdoors and without a passenger window to protect its interior bits. Located in Spokane, Washington,  the sight of this decaying gem is enough to make someone want to fly over and take this caterpillar-waiting-to-become-a-butterfly restoration project out of this person’s hands. See the Google Maps barn-car Corvette here.

[via Corvette Blogger]

Google Street View spies 1963 Corvette

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/25/2009 at 10:44 AM
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Automotive euphoria at the Lamborghini Academy

The Lamborghini Academy, a driving school for the very lucky, just released its schedule for 2009. The two-day courses not only involve time behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic supercars but personal coaching and support by driving instructors in the classroom and on the track.  The cars provided by the academy are not your typical batch of well-worn track toys and include the brand new Gallardo LP560-4 and the Murcielago LP640. Lamborghini owners are welcome to bring their own cars to the academy instead of using one of the provided super cars.

Besides the two days of driving bliss, the 3,900 Euros or approximately $5,000, will also buy you an in-car video of your driving and a photo CD of all the day’s action. The three courses offered include the Track Academy, the Advanced Academy, and the Winter Academy. More information can be found at Lamborghiniacademy.com.

[via Lamborghini]

Lamborghini Winter Academy

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/24/2009 at 7:06 AM
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Nissan GT-R tranmission failure

Samurai Speed, a tuning shop the specializes in the new Nissan GT-R, recently popped open a busted GT-R transmission to see exactly how it failed. Although this particular GT-R was creating much more power than stock, the photos do confirm the chink in the GT-R’s armor. As you would expect, the damages were isolated to the first gear and gear shaft.

For 2009, Nissan released an update to its Transmission Control Unit (TCU), limiting the car’s RPMs at launch to 3,000 when the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is switched off. Prior to this update, the GT-R would rev to about 4,500 RPM. Nissan implemented the changes after a controversy was started on online forums by owners reporting that Nissan would not be covering any damages caused by launching the GT-R with the VDC off. The void to the warranty is supposedly in print in the always-thoroughly-read owner’s manual.  

The updates to the TCU are not all bad. The changes also increase the RPMs from around 2,000 to around 3,000 when launching the car with VDC on.

[via DragTimes.com and Jalopnik]

Nissan GT-R first gear broken

Nissan GT-R first gear broken

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/23/2009 at 3:31 AM
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Baby Rolls coming to Geneva

Rolls-Royce will be taking the sheets off its new entry-level car code named the 200EX at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Despite being the lowest priced car in the Rolls-Royce fleet, UK’s Car magazine estimates the price tag will be at a Ferrari-F430-beating $257,000.

The 200EX will be based off the long-wheel-base BMW 7-series, will utilize BMW’s V-12 engine for power, and come with a control system much like BMW’s iDrive. Unlike BMW, expect the car to retain the typical Rolls-Royce less-than-sporty handling.

The predicament Rolls-Royce faces is to make a car that will neither cannibalize its own Phantom sales nor hurt its younger brother, the BMW 7-series. Unfortunately, it has not learned from Bentley, and its very successful Continental, by developing a car priced low enough to gain an increase in market share without jeopardizing its siblings' sales. View more Rolls-Royce Ghost concept pictures here.

[via Car Magazine]

Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/20/2009 at 5:27 AM
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Ferrari recalls nearly 2,000 F430s

Remember those rare stories about F430 cars suddenly catching on fire? Well, Ferrari has now announced a recall on 1,950 2005–2007 F430 Spider units due to a defect with the hydraulic hoses for the convertible top that are locate in the engine bay. The heat from the engine may cause a leak to form which could ultimately set the car on fire. Ferrari will place a shield between the engine and the hydraulic lines to protect them from cracking. Unfortunately this recall doesn’t answer why coupes, like the one pictured below, have also been known to suddenly combust.

[ via Safercar.gov]

Ferrari F430 fire

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/16/2009 at 9:13 AM
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Lamborghini to halt production for two weeks

Lamborghini announced it will be halting production for two weeks between February and March due to the weakening market for exotic cars. Production is said to affect around 300 members of its 1000+ union workforce.  The union agreed to the work-time reduction in order to protect against future job cuts. Despite the cuts to production, Lamborghini says that it will not abandon its growth plans and will continue to introduce one new product every year.

Lamborghini joins Bentley, BMW, Toyota, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, and others that have halted production to cut costs in the current economic climate.

[via AutoCar]

  Lamborghini Estoque

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Posted on: 2/16/2009 at 4:49 AM
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First Audi R8 V10, Ferrari California to be auctioned at Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance

The first Audi R8 5.2 V-10 FSI along with the first U.S.-bound Ferrari California will be auctioned off at the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance being held February 20–22. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Deal or No Deal star Howie Mandel will be present to auction off the two cars.

duPont REGISTRY will be kicking off the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance weekend with its “duPont REGISTRY Friday Night Live!” event.

[via Motor Trend]

Audi R8 V-10 to be auctioned

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Posted on: 2/13/2009 at 5:49 AM
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BMW's PAS leaked before Geneva

Pictures of BMW's 5-series Gran Turismo concept were leaked today before its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the Progressive Activity Sedan or PAS for short, its design is inspired by BMW’s X6 Sport Activity Coupe—later renamed the Sport Activity Vehicle, most likely due to the acronym the other formed. No specs have been released at this time but hopefully BMW will drop the 4.4-liter 400-hp twin-turbocharged V-8, found in the X6 and 750i, into its engine bay.

The concept was shown with an interior that looks gaudy at first glance. It is actually a new interior design language that BMW is testing out. It is marked by dramatic differences in color choices for the seats and dashboard.

Unlike the BMW X6, which was at first admired for its looks then later scorned by the automotive public due to its cost and uselessness, the Gran Turismo Concept looks not only sexy but also practical.  The big question is what category this vehicle will fall in. It’s too close to the ground to be an SUV. It does have four-doors and a coupe like profile, which would put it in the same class as the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Volkswagen CC; however, those have normal trunks and not a hatch at the back. It could be considered a station wagon, but those normally are more elongated in the stowage compartment and have roofs that don’t taper at the end.

Whatever classification this vehicle fits, this should have been the X6 that is now on showroom floors.

[via eGMCarTech.com]

BMW 550i GranTurismo

BMW 550i GranTurismo

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/13/2009 at 3:53 AM
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Ferrari goes against the grain, reports sales increase for '08

Toyota has reported its first yearly loss ever. Nissan would be better off throwing money out the window. The American public didn’t even need to buy General Motors or Chrysler products to help keep them afloat. BMW is going as far as cutting the development of the X7 in order to try to stop the bleeding. Ford’s future is uncertain. Volkswagen AG said strong sales in China helped push its total sales up 0.6% for 2008. Honda and Porsche, the two companies we all ordinarily admire, are expecting losses for their fiscal years.

So what types of cars are people buying? It looks like Ferraris. Ferrari is reporting a two percent increase in cars delivered to 6,587 in 2008. It also saw a rise in profits of 27% to $441 million during the same time. A large portion of that increase was due to America. Ferrari's U.S. sales jumped 26 percent—a greater increase than the brand saw in any other market.

There maybe a couple different reasons for this. Ferrari autos are more of an investment to many buyers; an investment that has a higher chance of a better return than on many stocks in the long run. Ferrari's one-to-one personalization program also was a major contributor, pushing sales of the brand's non-car related activities up by 28%. 

Despite the increase, Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo warned that “the economic climate in 2009 still remains very uncertain as the crisis takes its toll across the globe and it is hard to say how the situation will develop from here.”

[via Driving.ca]

Ferrari sales increase

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/11/2009 at 9:53 AM
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