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HRE Vintage Series Line

HRE Performance Wheels recently introduced its new Vintage Series line. This line of wheels is a modern example of throwback designs. The classically styled wheels are hand built just as they were almost thirty years ago. The auto industry could use a little old school mixed in with its new school, and this wheel line molds these two opposites together seamlessly, keeping the traditional wheel designs alive through new school flair. View the making-of video below. Follow the link for individual photos of the wheels.

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Posted on: 2/10/2012 at 6:30 AM
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Utah man wrecks Lamborghini hours after winning it

David Dopp Lambo Winner

David Dopp—a Frito-Lay truck driver, resident of the small town of Santaquin in Utah, and father of five—won big, or so he thought.

Last week, a “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores and Teamgive, a not-for-profit organization, declared David Dopp the winner of an eye-popping lime-green 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster, estimated to be worth more than $350,000. In addition to the sports car, Dopp also won driving lesson worth $5,000.

Unfortunately, Dopp, crashing the Italian exotic mere hours after taking delivery on Saturday, may no longer need those lessons.

This story starts when Dopp was first given the keys to his new 632-hp ride. According to a message Dopp posted on Facebook before the crash, Santaquin Police contacted him because residents were complaining that he was driving too fast. Then, approximately six hours after Dopp acquired the Lamborghini, the police were called again, but this time because Dopp had crashed the car.

David Dopp Lambo winner

As Dopp told police, he was coming around a corner, hit a patch of black ice or gravel, and the car slid out of control. The car came to rest about 75 feet off the road. Dopp admitted to going 40 to 50 mph in the 35-mph zone, and police confirmed the crash was speed related. The car was sent to Las Vegas, Nevada, to be repaired. The crash caused damages to the oil pan and bumpers and numerous scratches.

Jalopnik claims that this crash might have been on purpose. It says that a close friend of Dopp contacted the web site and said the car was totaled in order to collect $300,000 insurance payout. Jalopnik reasons that since Dopp had to put his house up as collateral for the insurance and taxes, which could have exceeded $100,000, he must have ultimately been planning to wreck the Lamborghini and collect the insurance money. It also points to a post Dopp put on Jay Leno’s Facebook page asking for help with selling the car.

We think that Dopp simply wanted to enjoy his new toy before he was forced to get rid of it.

According to the Associated Press, Dopp is going to have the car repaired, and then he will try to sell it.

"I already had offers on it. I'm going to sell it," David Dopp said Wednesday. "I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I've got a family to support."

David Dopp Lambo crasher

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 12/21/2011 at 12:20 PM
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Jermaine Dupri sued for unpaid Lamborghini bills totaling $80,000

Jermaine Dupri Lamborghini

Premier Financial Services—the same organization that worked with Lamborghini to provide low-cost leases—is suing Record Producer Jermaine Dupri Mauldin for the money owed on a 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster. Premier Financial Services loaned Mauldin $330,000 in 2006 in return for 58 monthly payments of $4,323. Mauldin made payments totaling more than $135,000, including a $70,000 down payment, but suddenly stopped in 2009. Premier Financial Services repossessed the car and sold it for $115,000, leaving Mauldin with a $79,095 tab, which Premier Financial Services is now suing to obtain.

Jermaine Dupri, as he is best identified, is famous for launching the careers of Kris Kross, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, and Lil’ Bow Wow and working with Usher, Mariah Carey, and other well-known artists.

[via TMZ]

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/13/2011 at 6:41 AM
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22-year old grabs first Aventador for extra $71,000

A 22-year-old engineering graduate, Dhiaa Al-Essa, became the first person in Saudi Arabia to take delivery of the new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. To bypass the car’s 18-month waiting list, the youth reportedly paid an additional $71,000 on top of the car’s $387,000 base price. Obviously, Al-Essa is not tight on cash, which may have a lot to do with the £1.5-billion estimated worth of his family.

The Lamborghini is just one of many exotic supercars that Al-Essa owns, which looks like a laundry list of the latest and greatest and includes a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California, Porsche 997 GT3 RS, Porsche 997 Turbo Spyder, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, BMW M5, BMW X6M, BMW X5M, Audi R8, and Maybach 62. His collection has an estimated value of $12 million.

Which car does Al-Essa like the most? According to an article posted on Metro.co.uk in 2010 before he acquired at least the Koenigsegg and the Aventador, his favorite ride was the Mercedes SLR McLaren because of the way it looks and drives and its reliability.

[via SWNS.com]

Dhiaa Al-Essa with Lamborghini Aventador

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Photos from the Lamborghini parade in Rome

Back in April, a parade featuring five Aventador LP 700-4s and five historic models (350 GT, Miura, Countach, Diablo, and Murcielago) from the Lamborghini museum traveled a 5.5-mile route around Rome to promote its "Made in Italy” slogan on the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification. These are some pictures from the event.

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

Lamborghini Parade Rome

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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]

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22-year-old crashes lambo

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
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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Bugatti Veyron that took a bath in Texas Lake now up for sale

The Bugatti Veyron that crashed in into a lake off Interstate 45 near Omega Bay, Texas, is being sold under an insurance salvage auction. The gray 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 coupe with 1,869 miles on the odometer has a listed cash value of $1,500,000 but will most likely fetch much less due to the car’s water damage. Noticeable damage from the salt-water lagoon includes extensive interior damages and rusty bolts on the vehicles undercarriage. You can compete against four other bidders at Insurance Salvage Auctions. If you are not interested in the Veyron, you can bid on a $350,000 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago with $300,000 worth of damages, a ready-for-the-compactor 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo with extensive rollover damage, a 2000 Ferrari F360 Spyder in need of repairs worth half its value, or a 2007 Bentley Continental Flying Spur in need of a new front clip.

Salvaged 2006 Bugatti Veyron

Salvaged 2006 Bugatti Veyron

Salvaged 2006 Bugatti Veyron

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How sexy is this?

Cars On 5th is a car show that takes place every year on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida. Chris Grosser, a professional photographer and automotive enthusiast, was out there taking some breathtaking photographs. Amongst the many exotic cars that showed up at the 2011 Cars On 5th event: a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita (one of only three in the world), a Lexus LFA (one of only 500 ever to be built and one of the few that have been already delivered), and an assortment of Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Check out ChrisGrosserPhotography.com for the entire album from the 2011 Cars On 5th show.

2011 Cars on 5th

Koenigsegg Trevita 2011 Cars on 5th

Lamorghinis 2011 Cars on 5th

Ferraris 2011 Cars on 5th

Lexus LFA 2011 Cars on 5th

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