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duPont REGISTRY's auto magazine to feature $9 million worth of exotics for sale from one collection

The next issue of duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Automobiles will feature six ultra-exotics worth $9 million being offered from a single dealer. It’s not every day you can set your eyes on 4,500-plus horsepower and $9 million worth of cars huddled in a single room. Well, not unless you are creeping around the now-aging garage of the sultan of Brunei. The result of engineering triumphs from the world’s top minds, each car’s creation comes from a storied history and for a different purpose:

Racecar-derived

A street-legal version of a racecar of the same name, the 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport is powered by an AMG-derived 7.3-liter V-12 producing 720 hp. This is number 17 of the 25 CLK GTRs and one of five upgraded to Super Sports trim. The car is titled in Florida and only has 1,492 miles on the odometer.

Designed for the track

An off-shoot of the Enzo but developed only for the track, this particular FXX was upgraded to Evolution trim by Ferrari’s racing division for Ferrari owners, Corse Clienti, in the fall of 2010. Since its return, the track-ready 2003 model has sat unused as one of only 35 FXX cars and 17 Evolutions in the world.

After the title of world’s fastest production car

Powered by an 806-hp 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V-8, the 2008 Koenigsegg CCX offered is one of 34 ever built and is in pristine condition with only 277 miles under its belt. A similar Koenigsegg CCR claimed the world’s fastest production car title in February 2005 but it wasn’t long before it was superseded by another car in the collection.

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 uses 8.0-liter W-16 quad-turbocharged engine and standard four-wheel drive to propel it to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.4 seconds and to a top speed of 253 mph, making it the world’s fastest production car in April 2005. With only 1,699 miles, this is one of 71 Veyrons produced in 2008.

An expression of Formula 1 know-how in a road-legal vehicle

Ferrari introduced the Enzo in 2002 featuring the latest Formula 1 technology. This 2003 model is Ferrari Classiche certified, is in pristine condition, and has only 3,413 miles. It includes full books, luggage, and up-to-date service records.

Example of extreme exclusivity, encompassing the brand’s entire technical and dynamic competence

Lamborghini introduced the Reventon for 2008 as an extreme Murcielago reformed into a limited edition masterpiece. Twenty of 20, this Reventon is like new and has never been owner driven. The car was stored in a private collection upon purchase and features only 68 delivery miles.

Separately, they stand as rolling pieces of technological art. Amassed, these special creations form a fantasy garage. The most common car was limited to 400 units, making a collection like this for sale in one place exponentially rarer than the cars alone. You can learn more about this exclusive set of vehicles in the pages of our magazine

duPont REGISTRY $9 million exotics Sept 2011

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Hot or Not: Cosa Design's Reventon-esque Gallardo

Cosa Design Gallardo

Cosa Design has released an unnamed kit for the Lamborghini Gallardo to give it a more Reventon-esque look. Well, at least from the front. The back, however, goes a very different route.

Cosa Design Gallardo

Cosa Design Gallardo

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Posted on: 8/1/2011 at 4:02 AM
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Oakley Design's LP760-2 package for the Lamborghini Aventador

Oakley Design Aventador LP670-2 Front

Although the majority of owners may purchase a new set of rims, few carbon fiber pieces, and/or a sports exhaust for their new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, Oakley Design knows there will be a few hardcore enthusiasts that want a rear-wheel-drive Aventador with more power and a tasteful design package. For those few, it offers the LP760-2 package.

Oakley Design is confident that the Aventador, with its very stiff full carbon monocoque and advanced suspension design, is the perfect candidate for a rear-wheel-drive layout. Removal of the front differential, drive shafts, and associated front drivetrain parts reduces the weight of the car by 187 pounds. Less weight drives performance at nearly every level but the loss of the driven front wheels will result in less stability. If 690 hp and rear-wheel drive weren’t a troublesome-enough situation, Oakley Design’s tweaked intake and exhaust systems and remapped ECU results into an increase in power by around 10 percent for a target output of 760 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Oakley Design thinks its suspension upgrades will help keep the newfound power planted to the road and the Aventador headed in its intended direction.

Oakley Design Aventador LP670-2 Rear

The LP760-2 package also tweaks the appearance of the Aventador. The two plastic front and rear bumper trims and side air intakes located behind the doors are larger and now made of carbon fiber. At the rear, an angular cover surrounding the four exhaust pipes with a signature burnt blue tip complement a new wider rear diffuser.

Wheels developed with HRE are lighter and provide more grip. In a little bit of wheel trickery, it increased wheel width from 9.0J to 9.5 inches in front and from 12.0J to 13.0J at the rear but retained the factory tires. This provides a wider footprint and endows the rear wheels with more mechanical grip in Corsa mode. Each wheel also weighs 8.8 pounds less than its stock counterpart, for a total weight savings of 35 pounds.

Oakley Design Aventador LP670-2 Side

The Oakley Design Aventador LP760-2 will be limited to just five cars, three of which are already sold. A unique numbered plaque inside will identify each car. Outside of this limited-edition model, individual parts will be available for clients who do not require the complete package.

Oakley Design Aventador LP670-2 Driving

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/9/2011 at 10:59 AM
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Report: Exotic manufacturers' sales numbers

Toyota sold 327,804 Camrys in America in 2010, the most of any single car model. More than 250,000 Honda Civics and nearly 220,000 Ford Fusions were sold in the same period. The most prolific exotic cars pale in comparison with these numbers and this was a good year for many. In fact, most mainstream manufacturers sell more of a single model than any single exotic-car range. Exceptions are the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which sold 919 units; Mazda RX-8 with 1,134 cars; Audi TT, which sold 1,531 vehicles; and Toyota Land Cruiser with 1,807 autos. Here is the list of the top exotic car manufacturers in terms of cars sold in America in 2010:

  1. Maserati (1,987)
  2. Ferrari (1,440)
  3. Bentley (1,430)
  4. Aston Martin (1,104)
  5. Lotus (660)
  6. Lamborghini (324)
  7. Rolls-Royce (312)
  8. Maybach (63)
Are the manufacturers faring better this year? Yes. As of May, the year-to-date sales figures are up from 2010 by 24% for Maserati, 22.4% for Ferrari, 16.3% for Bentley, 16.5% for Lamborghini, and 31.8% for Rolls-Royce. Maybach is the only one that is hurting with a drop of 34.5% to just 19 vehicles sold so far in 2011.

2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

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Flash floods in Singapore leave exotics submerged

Ferrari and Lambo in flood in Singapore

A flash flood in a major shopping district of Mount Elizabeth, Singapore, not only left the local mall engulfed in water but also an exotic-car collection worth millions of dollars submerged in a parking garage. The estimated value of the damage is especially high considering the cost of car ownership for Singaporeans. The cause behind the flooding is not known but this is not the first time the area has become flooded following heavy rainstorms.

[via The New Paper]

Rolls-Royce Ghost and BMWs in Singapore flood

Porsche 911 GT3 RS in Singapore flood

Aston Martin Vantage in Singapore flood

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DOE confirms Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

It’s no stretch to think that Lamborghini’s next move would be to unveil an Aventador Roadster but we now have confirmation thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The information come thanks to a web site dedicated to fuel economy (www.fueleconomy.gov) handled by the U.S. DOE. It lists the convertible among the brand's 2012 models with an engine size of 6.5 liters, same as the fixed roof car, and a rating of 11 mpg in the city and 17 mpg in the highway, also same as the coupe. Maybe we will get lucky and the Department of Energy will let details of next year’s Gallardo replacement, the LP600, slip out.

U.S. DOE Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

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Posted on: 6/1/2011 at 3:52 AM
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22-year-old crashes Lambo while "showing off"

A young 22-year-old man crashed a Lamborghini early Sunday morning in Leichhardt, Australia, leaving two with minor injuries. Initial reports put the driver of the early-year Murcielago at fault after he reportedly jumped the median and struck a taxicab head on. The 51-year-old woman driver of the taxi was trapped in her vehicle for over an hour before rescue workers were able to extract her. The driver of the taxi and the 26-year-old passenger of the Lambo were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Witness told the Sunday Telegraph that "the young driver was showing off" and driving "aggressive.”

[via DailyTelegraph.com.au]

22-year-old crashes lambo

22-year-old crashes lambo

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Posted on: 5/17/2011 at 4:38 AM
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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 driving impressions

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

The reviews are rolling in and by all accounts the Lamborghini Aventador is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. The acceleration and top speed figures may be why most people clicked the Facebook Like button on our overview of the Aventador LP700-4, but Lamborghini is more impressed with the car’s handling. That is why it brought a pack of journalists out to Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy; a track highlighted by its curves.

Motor Trend and Automobile compared the Aventador to a cheap Veyron 16.4. Motor Trend said that despite its nearly $400,000 price tag, it “begins to look less rip-off Vette and more bargain Bugatti.” Automobile compared the two cars on a performance level, downplaying the Aventador’s 0–62 stat for its more telling quarter-mile figure, specifically saying its “insane—getting near Bugatti Veyron-level insane.” All the journalists seemed to walk away very pleased with the car’s straight-line performance, but it would be hard to not be impressed with trips from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, quarter-mile runs in 10.5 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph. AutoCar said that its “acceleration and the noise are monstrous in every way” and InsideLine noted that its “broad torque curve and terrific reach results in velocity that piles on deceptively quickly.”

It all stems from a new 6.5-liter V-12 power plant that produces 692 hp at 8,250 rpm and 509 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. That’s 60 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque more than the Murcielago LP640, but requiring 20 percent less fuel and emitting 20 percent less pollutants into the air. Due to its lighter weight (44 pounds lighter) and more compact dimensions compared to the Murcielago’s engine, the new twelve-cylinder, known internally as the L539, is able to sit 2.4 inches closer to the ground, equating to a better center of gravity. InsideLine calls its engine “sharp and tractable at low revs, yet devastatingly powerful” and sums it by simply proclaiming it a “gem of an engine.” The sound of the engine doesn’t disappoint either. Car and Driver compares it to a high-end audio system: “the V-12 makes a powerful low-frequency roar at lower engine speeds, which becomes a thunderstorm over 3500 rpm. Stay on the throttle and, beyond 5000 rpm, the Lambo V-12 sounds like the apocalypse.”

Lamborghini Aventador V-12 engine

In this case, part of the Aventador’s allure comes from the transmission to which it is connected. Lamborghini’s Independent Shifting Rods (IRS) is a servo-actuated mechanical gearbox that provides stunning shift times without being overly harsh. The independent shifting rods provide the same benefits you would find in a dual-clutch transmission, with shifts running virtually in parallel to one another. While one shifting rod is disengaging one gear, the second shifting rod is engaging the next gear. Motor Trend points out that the resulting 50-millisecond shifts best the Murcielago and Gallardo Superleggera’s e-gear systems by 150 milliseconds and 70 milliseconds, respectively.

Lamborghini Aventador IRS transmission

The Aventador’s newfound handling, which Lamborghini was so smitten with, was also well loved by the automotive journalists. Automobile dubbed its grip “practically limitless,” Road and Track said it “exhibits super crisp turn-in response, while behaving like a rear-wheel-driver,” and InsideLine said “the very wide car seems to shrink at speed, feeling sharper the faster you go. InsideLine also called it a “beast with manners” that is able to claw itself out of corners with its power.

By all accounts, the Aventador is immensely better than the car it replaces. What isn’t clear is if it retain or loses some of the Murcielago’s, shall we say, bullish features. Automobile says the LP700-4 takes “all the brutality of the Murcielago and amps it up.” Car and Driver called it a “razor-sharp jet-fighter on wheels” but noted that it was still of “one of very few truly raunchy automobiles.” On the other hand, InsideLine says it “is docile" with performance that is "easily accessible” and AutoCar flat out said that “if you’re looking for the full ‘on the edge of oblivion’ driving experience that the Murcielago once offered, you may be somewhat shocked to discover how refined and resolved the Aventador is to drive.” Even if it loses some of the character its predecessors offered, Motor Trend may have summed it up best when it called the LP700-4 “far and away the best-driving 12-cylinder Lambo to date.”

2012 Lamborghini Aventador Rear

[via AutoCar, Automobile, Car and Driver, InsideLine, Motor Trend, and Road and Track]

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Posted on: 5/4/2011 at 5:51 AM
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Lambo on its roof

A Lamborghini Murcielago (Roadster?) on its roof in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lamborghini on its roof

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Posted on: 4/26/2011 at 8:46 AM
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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 commerical

Check out the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 commercial below. Shot in California, the video shows the flagship Lamborghini surviving a host of cataclysmic God-like events while transversing the desert. Luckily, the Lamborghini’s performance is able to pull it through unscathed.

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Posted on: 4/25/2011 at 3:32 AM
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