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Lamborghini Aventador To Have Similar Production Run As Murcielago

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 6:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Aventador test 2

In case you were wondering just how many $380,000 Aventador LP700-4 models Lamborghini plans to build, the answer—at least at the moment—is around 4,000, putting the planned production run right in line with the Aventador's predecessor. According to Lamborghini numbers, 4,099 Murcielago models were built before the flagship was retired last year. Murcielago production began in 2001 and ran for nearly a decade, winding down in May of 2010.

Lamborghini sources told Autocar that the molds that are used to craft the carbon fiber tub for the Aventador are good for 500 uses each. And the magazine discovered that Lamborghini has budgeted for eight molds. With a little, quick math, it's easy to deduct that Lamborghini is planning on a production run comparable to that of the Murcielago.


Japanese Automakers Shutdown To Deal With Earthquake

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: Tim Healey


Japanese Automakers Shutdown test 2

Due to complications from the aftermath of the severe earthquake that hit Japan last weekend, the seven largest Japanese automakers are shutting down for a few days.

There are several reasons for the shutdowns. The first centers around the human toll—automakers are giving their employees a chance to track down missing loved ones while regrouping with injured survivors.

There are also business concerns, as well. The quake has disrupted supply lines, and some suppliers who are based in the quake zone have been unreachable. Export shipments might be disrupted, as well, due to tsunamis that devastated ports after the quake.


Another New Lamborghini: Gallardo Tricolore

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 4:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore test 2

The Lamborghini Gallardo is in a rather unenviable position. Not only is it the forgotten older brother of the brand-new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, but despite being older, it's still the baby brother in the Lamborghini hierachy. It's less powerful, less technologically advanced, less performance-oriented, less flashy, and just all around less attractive than the more exciting Aventador.

This is a new problem for the Gallardo. It's always been the 'baby Lambo', but when it was introduced in 2003, at least it was the newest, freshest car in Lamborghini's line. It's more modest price led it to become the most successful Lamborghini of all time, so it doesn't have much to prove, but it's still getting majorly overshadowed by the Aventador.

So Lamborghini has done what any good supercar maker would do: built a special edition Gallardo (likely a number of special edition Gallardos, but there's just the one for now) to restoke interest in its older model. And it hasn't wasted any time: the Gallardo Tricolore has been announced ahead of its official debut later this week.


Rolling Kias Return to Sender

On: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Salamone


2007 Kia Optima test 2

If you own a Kia Optima, use the parking brake and check the mailbox regularly this month. Drivers will be notified via post of a recall relating to the vehicle’s transmission shifter cable which, if left unrepaired, could cause the disobedient cars to roll away while in park. Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 automatic transmission Optimas from model years 2006 to 2008 which were actually built from September 29th, 2005 to June 13th, 2007.

In Kia’s documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 3rd, the automaker said that in some of the cars a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly and could potentially become detached from the shifter. If that happens, and the cable comes off, the car would remain in the last gear it was used in. Thus, drivers who just returned from a jaunt to the Hamptons might park their Kia only to lose control of their vehicle in a HAL - 2001: A Space Odyssey-type of way…watch out for the prerecorded message from Mission Control which reveals the true reasons for Kia’s faulty transmission cable installation.


 

Gumpert Tornante Unveiled

On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 6:05PM | By: Chris Weiss


Gumpert Tornante Unveiled  test 2

Well, it looks like that mysterious teaser picture we saw earlier this month was indeed the Gumpert Tornante. Because Gumpert has pulled the cloth off its second car, and it's definitely one in the same. Gumpert's latest supercar brings a new level of refinement and comfort to its line, while not giving up much in terms of power and performance. 

The full name of the car identifies its origins: Tornante by Touring. The Touring refers to Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera. Realizing that while it had mechanical engineering pretty well covered, it didn't exactly make the sexiest cars, Gumpert outsourced the styling to the Italian firm.


BMW Teases Next-Gen M5

On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 4:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW M5 test 2

The world's attention may be on Geneva, but one automaker is moving a few months ahead and a few hundred miles north. BMW released a new teaser video for its M5 sedan last week. The new car will launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and is supposed to get more powerful and more efficient. 

The M5: "a bold business car with the push of a button you have a sports car". That's how BMW M chief Kay Segler sums up the sporty new M5. And the footage of the camouflaged four-door straightlining and accelerating through curves in the snowy mountains of northern Europe definitely supports that description.


Ram Outdoorsman, Hit or Miss?

On: Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24PM | By: Chris Salamone


Ram Outdoorsman test 2

Regardless of how you feel about the new 2011 Ram Outdoorsman, the model’s exclusive two-tone paint job is just plain handsome. Yet, the truck offers few improvements over traditional RAM trucks other than added aesthetic details. Although the changes create a ruggedly unique-looking Ram, the question remains: are these improvements worth a few thousand dollars over the traditional ST and SLT models? Surprisingly, the Outdoorsman is actually not even close to the most expensive Ram model type; it rests two steps up from the lowest echelon—the Ram ST. So if you’re worried about having the nicest truck on the block, fear not, the Outdoorsman is strictly middle-class with a little panache allowing drivers to “celebrate the bond between man, truck, and nature.”


Aston Tones Down the DBS in New Virage

On: Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 9:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


Aston Martin Virage  test 2

Aston Martin has a new car. More accurately, it has revived an old car. The Virage nameplate from the 1990s is back. Aston's latest two-door debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and aims to bring more subtle, toned-down styling for those who aren't quite ready to get behind the wheel of a DBS.

The Virage will split the DB models, landing between the DB9 and the DBS. Major specs and pricing reflect its position in the greater Aston family. The Virage will be powered by a 490-hp version of the 6.0-liter V12 engine—right between the 470-hp DB9 and the 510-hp DBS—and will cost around 150,000 GBP ($244K) when it goes on sale, placing it smack in the middle between the £125,000 DB9 and  £175,000 DBS.


De Tomaso Launches The SLS

On: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


De Tomaso SLS test 2

Somewhere along the line, the Sport Luxury Car (SLC) changed its name. Unfortunately, for auto fans, it did not change it to 'Pantera,' but rather to the equally boring but slightly more specific "Sports Luxury Sedan" (SLS). Boring name for a boring car. After showing the car to the Italian government last week, De Tomaso has unveiled the car at the Geneva Motor Show. The SLS represents the first effort of the revived De Tomaso badge.

Known for its sexy sports coupes, De Tomaso went bankrupt in 2004. Former Fiat exec Gianmario Rossignolo purchased the name back in 2009 and has been working with Pininfarina on the first car.


BMW's ConnectedDrive Takes In-Vehicle Technology To New Heights

On: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:32PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW's ConnectedDrive Takes In-Vehicle Technology To New Heights test 1-1

BMW unveiled its Vision ConnectedDrive roadster concept last month, but saved some juicy details for the official Geneva debut. Interestingly, in a concept as striking as the VCD, BMW chose to focus its presentation on interior technology as opposed to exterior styling. But that technology is as intriguing, if not more intriguing, than the looks of this particular concept.


Alfa Romeo Unveils Sexy, U.S.-Bound 4C Coupe

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe test 2

Alfa Romeo has debuted its 4C sports coupe at the Geneva Motor Show. While it's in concept form at the show, the Italian firm has detailed plans to produce the car beginning late next year. Joining that good news is even better news: the car will be among those Alfas getting exported to the United States. So, interstate highways and byways will soon have a little bit more curvy Alfa flair.

The 4C is powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected, 1.8-liter turbo four that will put out more than 200 horses. The engine is mated to a TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox and powers the rear wheels.