Leaked Images of Lamborghini Veneno surfaces Before Geneva auto show

lamborghini-venenoThe makers of supercars are on a race to head to Geneva with the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari Enzo replacement heading to the auto show. It seems Lamborghini is joining the frenzy with the unveiling of the Veneno.

We do not know extra details about the new supercar aside from the details that surfaced from the rumor mills but we can expect a V-12 with 6.5 liters of displacement to generate the power for the Veneno. This powerplant is expected to generate 740 horses and bring the car to a top speed of 220 mph. The engine will be linked to the ISR gearbox.

The tag price for the Veneno is said to hit the $4.6 million ark with only three cars, one for every color of the Italian flag, to be produced.

Maserati aims to triple sales of Quattroporte with 2014 model

maserati-quattroporteMaserati has made it clear before that it wants to boost its yearly sales to around 50,000 units by 205. The car manufacturer plans to achieve this by relying on new models like the 2014 Quattroporte that are expected to entice new consumers.

The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte will be hitting showrooms by next year and will soon be followed by a Ghibli mid-size sedan.

Come 2014, the Italian carmaker will bring to the market a new SUV tagged as the Levante. By 2014, the brand will introduce a new flagship model that will replace the GranTurismo. There will also be a new sports car to go head to head with the likes of Porsche 911 and the F-Type from Jaguar.

The new Maserati sports car and the GranTurismo serve as the icing for the cake of the brand with bulk of its sales attributed to the mainstream vehicles such as the Levante, Ghibli, and the Quattroporte.

Early sales forecast actually see the Maserati Quattroporte to hit 15,000 units per year as early as 2013. The figure is actually about three times the volume of its outgoing sibling but we are pretty sure Maserati has plans on how to achieve this.

One of its aces is the additional drivetrain options. The Quattroporte will have an all-wheel drive version for the first time. Maserati has so far announced the V-8 and V-6 variants. There will also most likely be a diesel V-6 for some markets.

The brand will also have more dealerships across its markets. Maserati is thinking of hundreds and the big focus will be in the United States where it will seek the help of Chrysler to lure in more customers. The first goal of Maserati is to put up around 500 dealerships across the globe but it was trimmed down to 425 by 2015. This was necessary after seeing the financial forecasts of the different markets.

Maserati will also expand in new markets like China where the demand for luxury sedans is very strong.

Lamborghini unwraps race car for Super Trofeo 2013

2013-lamborghini-gallardoSupercar manufacturer Lamborghini recently revealed the updated range for the 2013 Gallardo. The new Gallardos will feature a refreshed styling and personalization options. With the latest updates for the road legal version, this means that the Super Trofeo Gallardo LP 570-4 or the racing variant is also due for update.

The new Trofeo Gallardo sports a look similar to the 2013 LP 560-4 from which ir was derived. The new race car was unwrapped during the closing ceremonies of the Blancpain Super Trofeo European Championship in Spain.

The 2013 Gallardo Super Trofeo takes its mechanical platform and chassis from its predecessor but it gets significant improvements in terms of its downforce, cooling, and aerodynamics. According to Lamborghini’s chief of R&D, the race car is about 120% more aerodynamic than the older version. It also boasts of better cooling for its brakes and has an additional downforce of 350 pounds.

Almost the entire body of the new Gallardo race car is crafted from carbon fiber. The rear wing, diffuser, side skirts, compartment cover, splitter, and bumpers are made from carbon fiber. The rear wing of the Super Trofeo Gallardo can be repositioned depending on the race track and the condition of the environment. For the interior, the designers made use of Alcantara trim and a racing seat made from a blend of carbon fiber and Kevlar.

The Super Trofeo racing series is now on its fourth year. It started in Europe and has now a version in Asia. Lamborghini also revealed that it is looking into including the United States as well as other markets.

The Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship lures in private firms and gentleman racers. Each team can use their own car or use a provided car that meets the strict regulations of the race. The 2012 season saw a field of race cars following the setup of the Gallardo LP 560-4. This will also apply for the next season.

Ferrari News: F40 Prototype heading to Monaco auction

The F40 supercar of Italian car marque Ferrari amazed the world back in 1987 when it made its world debut. Unlike any other car that came before it, the Ferrari F40 had the good race car stance and looked a bit awkward on the streets. The prancing horse depended on a V8 engine with twin turbo and a displacement of 2.9L that gives out 471 horsepower. And that number is just an overkill for a vehicle that can get a license plate.

Ferrari limited the production run to just 1,315 vehicles and each had a shoot-for-the-star price of $400,000. While any F40 can be considered a rare commodity, the F40 Prototypes are even considered rarer. And if you know how it is like, these prototypes have been converted to race and became more desirable if the car has a documented history of competition.

One good car that has all the above elements will hit the auction block in Monaco organized by RM Auction. The chassis number of the F40 Prototype is 74047 which is the sixth of the eight prototypes built by Ferrari for testing before hitting the halls of the auto show in Frankfurt in 1987. This car was converted according to the specs of F40 LM and have been owned by Ferrari until the early 90s before it was sold to a private owner.

The F40 Prototype was converted to have the GT specs with upgrades to the suspension and engine tweaks to up the output to 590 horses, bigger brakes by Brembo, a system to supress fire, wider wheels, and quicker system when it fills up its gas tank. The car participated in the series of Gran Criterium Supercar GT and won podium finishes.

The Ferrar F40 prototype that will go on auction in Monaco is so desirable for its long, documented, and diverse racing history. The expected price for this Ferrari will start at $919,800 to around $1,182,600. It will be sold during the Grimaldi Forum this May when a lot of Ferrari collectibles will go on auction.

Now available: Alfa Romeo TCT gearbox

Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCTAlfa Romeo recently announced the availability of their Alfa TCT twin clutch semi-automatic gearbox. The transmission is already available to order for the 5-door hatchback Alfa Giulietta. This option will come with steering paddle shifters.

The gearbox can be linked with either the 170 bhp 1.4TB petrol engine or the 170 bhp 2.0 JTDM-2 that runs on diesel. The gearbox somehow gives the Giulietta a wider appeal for both the consumer sector and fleet segment of the market.

The Giulietta with the MultiAir 1.4 TB 170bhp as its heart and the Alfa TCT for its gearbox can go from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in a matter of 7.7 seconds. Its top speed is pegged at 217 kph. The car returns a fuel rating of 54.3 miles per gallon with 121 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.elo

The 170bhp 2.0 JTDM-2 that depends on diesel can go form 0 to 100 kph in 7.9 seconds with fuel efficiency of 62.8 mpg and CO2 emission of 119 g/km.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback is now available at dealerships together with the Alfa TCT. Side by side with this is the Alfa MiTo with 135 bhp coming from its 1.4TB MultiAir engine coupled with the Alfa TCT.

The 1.4TB MultiAir engined with Alfa TCT Giuletta with a peak torque of 230 Nm and it sibling version of 2.0 JTDM-2 with Alfa TCT with a torque topping at 350 Nm are available in the Veloce and Lusso trim levels. Prices start at £21 855 OTR.

2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento @ Paris Auto Show 2010

The 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento photographed at the Paris Motor Show just a couple weeks ago. We’ve been eagerly awaiting this new Lambo, and from what I can see in the vid, it’s going to be quite the stunner!

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2011 Ferrari 599 SA APERTA @ Paris Motor Show

A brand new video of the highly anticipated Ferrari 599 SA APERTA due to hit the roads early 2011.

This one apparently was a wood model, but who cares, Ferrari can pull that off at one of Europe’s biggest car shows, right? :p

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Ferrari Won’t Be Pushed Into Making a Four-door Coupe

According to the Italian car manufacturer, it won’t be pushed into making a four-door saloon. Not even when its rivals, Porsche and Aston Martin, have already been prodded in that direction. The declaration was made by Ferrari’s Chief Executive Amadeo Felisa. He said that Ferrari will be more than happy to stay loyal to the tradition begun by founder Enzo Ferarri. Ferrari was quoted to tell his subordinates, “never do four doors”.

Igor Krasnov render ferrariThis was brought up when Ferrari announced that it will soon be releasing a hybrid vehicle. The sports car manufacturer also said that it’s using a fuel-saving stop-start mechanism for all of its cars. Previously, Ferrari also declared that it will never do these things. When interrogated by the press about their previous declarations, Felisa coolly replied that the production of the hybrid vehicle was forced onto them by a regulation.

Felisa added that as of this moment, there is no law mandating companies to produce only four-door vehicles. There is also no present demand for a four-door car from a Ferrari. This is probably due to the fact that if their customers wanted a four-door vehicle, they could always opt for a Maserati.

He coolly added that the company has been around for six decades without any need to produce four-door cars. The strength of Ferrari as a car manufacturer, according to Felisa, relies on it making its cars “the right way”. He did add a disclaimer at the end of the interview, though. Felisa said that he’s not categorically claiming four-doors “wrong” for the image of Ferrari. He just can’t trace the image in the company’s heritage.

Alfa Romeo back to the US soil by 2012

Lovers of Italian car marques will have something to rejoice. With all the Fiat restructuring and plan revisions, the company’s topman Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the Alfa Romeo will be rolling off the US shore once again in 2012.

Alfa Romeo MiToThe midsize Giulia will be among the first vehicles to reach their dealerships in North America. The Giulia will be offered as a sedan and as a wagon. The plans were not disclosed yet but we can bet the Chrysler network of stores will be used to market the brand.

By 2013, Alfa Romeo wants to offer the MiTo 5-door hatchback in the United States which will be rolling out with the new Spider. Will it be anywhere near the looks of the 2uettottanta that was displayed as a concept car in Geneva?

Two years after the brand’s US comeback, Alfa will refresh its hatchback Giullietta to fit the bill for the market. A bigger USV will also come in the same year getting its DNA from the Jeep Liberty.

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Spied: 2011 Pagani C9

The Pagani Zonda and its different variants is an ultimate supercar from whichever direction you look at it. It is carbon-fiber insanity. The replacement of the Zonda, the C9, seems to be locked on setting the bar higher. The C9, which will also be sold in the United States, was spied recently and some of its pictures have created some buzz over the internet.

Thanks to Horacio Pagani himself, some of the details about the car is really satisfying the ears of supercar lovers. The C9 will have a V-12 6.0L power plant on a twin turbo that will be sourced from the Mercedes-AMG. The output of the C9 will be a whopping 700 horsepower and a torque of 737 pound-feet.

The numbers are a bit lower compared to the 750 hp of the Zonda R but they are still within the supercar range that can run side by side with the Shelby SSC Ultimate Aero TT and the Bugatti Veyron.

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The production run might just be limited to 60 cars but that is a big jump from the 16 hand built units every year.  The boost in productions will be supported by the new state of the art facility near its Modena factory. The assembly will still be painstaking with the C9 having 3,70 parts which include a chassis made from carbon-titanium, specially designed Pirelli tires, and electronics from Bosch.

The Zonda will slow down its production until it ceases with the roll out of the C9 which has a starting price expected to be at $1.2 million.