Mansory, the tuning house with a penchant for ruining nearly everything it touches, may have finally made something cool that doesn’t burn out people’s retinas. The car, called the Carbonado, is a carbon fiber Lamborghini Aventador that will be limited to a production run of just six units.
Mansory says they have added carbon fiber aerodynamic bits to the car and have managed to make the already massive Aventador even wider. Add in massive 20- and 21-inch wheels, and the whole package comes together in a large but beautiful away.
The Carbonado also has more power. While the standard Aventador comes with an already stout 691 horses, the upgraded Carbonado has 754 metric horsepower, which is equivalent to 744 of our own red-blooded, American horsepowers.
The price is going to fall somewhere between “if you have to ask” and “more money than God” plus the price of a donor Aventador. You’ll probably have to sell your soul to get one, Dr. Faustus, which is fitting since it looks like the devil’s own steed.
Photo Credit: Mansory
(Hat tip to @MichaelZao!)
Impracticality comes in many shapes and sizes, and that’s as true in automotive terms as it is anywhere else. Consider this: Depending on a series of lifestyle choices, a Honda Civic could prove just as useless for one man as a Ford F450 Super Duty would for another.
If there’s one segment of the auto market where being practical means absolutely nothing, though, it’s supercars. When the goal is blitzing a race track, laying down a thick coating of rubber or attracting members of the opposite sex, the number of grocery bags that can fit in the trunk is completely beside the point.
The boys from Hot Rod decided to put impracticality to the ultimate test by pitting a vintage 1930 Ford Model A rat rod against a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador in a series of tests over a period of 24 hours. So… was one less practical than the other? Scroll down below to see for yourself, and feel free to discuss the results in the Comments.
Regardless of how you (or we) feel about Kanye West’s music, factual errors are factual errors. And that’s exactly why we’re posting this music video of Kanye’s new single, “Mercy.”
Or is that, “Murci?” As in, Murciélago?
Kanye apparently thinks so, as the lyrics specifically say “Murci-lago” a couple of times throughout the song. But look closely: That black Lamborghini featured in the back of the video? It’s a Gallardo. The smaller headlamp clusters are a dead giveaway.
Scroll down to see the Lambo’s guest appearance in Kanye’s video for yourself. Oh, and be warned – the song’s lyrics are very, very NSFW.
The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the quickest and fastest supercars on the market today, but does it have what it takes to beat a fighter jet? And not just any jet, but an F-16 Fighting Falcon, perhaps the most iconic plane flown by the U.S. Air Force? Danish auto rag Bilmagasinet (literally translated as “car magazine”) aimed to answer this question, and brought both vehicles to an active air field to find out whether or not this bull could beat a little old bird.
All we have to go on is their well-produced YouTube video, but from the footage we can see the Aventador more than holds its own in a straight drag race with the fighter plane. Once the Falcon takes flight, however, the Lamborghini gets left behind.
This stunt was of course performed by Richard Hammond back in 2007 with a Bugatti Veyron and Eurofighter Typhoon jet on Top Gear. We’re no experts on military jets, but the Eurofighter is a much newer design than the F-16 Fighting Falcon and we suspect a much tougher opponent to face across the Christmas Tree of a makeshift drag strip. As such, the Veyron, today’s current king of super cars, was no match for the Typhoon.
Scroll down to see how well the Aventador fared for yourself, as well as relive the Veyron’s challenge.
Underground Racing has ripped the covers off its custom tuned 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Twin Turbo. The highly modded version of Lamborghini’s fastest ever production scorches from 0-60 in an F1-quick 2.2 seconds.
The North Carolina-based tuning house has bolted on two turbochargers to the Italian icon’s already ballistic supercar and in doing so, launches it into the stratosphere as one of the few cars producing in excess of 1000hp. In standard trim, the $379k Aventador accelerates from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds, with the performance enhancements cutting another 7 tenths off its sprint time.
It pulls off its remarkable acceleration time shod in OEM street tires, normal air pressure and on a regular road. However, it does require a full engine rebuild ofLamborghini’s 12-cyclinder masterpiece. Aside from the engine rework, Underground Racing also fitted a custom Quickshift upgrade to take full advantage of the additional horses on offer.
“It seems that the factory really tried to make it hard for the aftermarket world to modify the Aventadors though,” reads a statement from the company. “However, the Underground Racing team moved quickly through the road blocks that exist. For now, the UR TT Aventadors will only be released with FULL engine builds. Through our research, we have found certain conditions that make this a requirement.”
At the time of writing, Underground Racing has yet to publish the full specifications or exact pricing of the upgrade. Underground Racing performance upgrades of this nature typically cost around $100k for parts and labor. Worth it, if you’ve got the cash we think.
ard as it might be to believe it seems there are actually some people who don’t care for the sound of a revving Lamborghini V12—as one Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 driver recently discovered on the streets of London.Warning: NSFW Language
After revving the 6.5-liter V12 for the camera an angry man quickly appears with a few choice words for the driver of this supercar. A nearby woman then joins in asking the wheelman of the LP640 (apparently modified with some LP670-4 SV parts) “who do you think you are?”
Why anyone wouldn’t love to hear the glorious noise from the 631 horsepower twelve cylinder Lamborghini engine is — at least for us — rather hard to understand. However it certainly appears from this video there are at least two angry people in London that don’t share our views on spreading the sweet Italian music to the masses.
Much like Porsche Design before it, this isn’t strictly the auto-maker (in this case it’s the son of the famous sports car mogul) releasing a phone. However, these are devices (three phones and a tablet) which bear the family name. Russian site Hi-Tech Mail got a good look at two feature phones (which lookremarkably familiar,) the TL688 and TL820, sporting 2- and 2.4-inch displays, along with 3- and 5-megapixel cameras and 4GB and 1GB (expandable) storage respectively. Their main selling point evidently being the hand made gold plate and leather finish. There is a TL700 smartphone, too, which runs on not-so-sporty Android Gingerbread, with an unspecified Qualcomm processor, 3.7-inch 800 x 480 display and 5-megapixel shooter. This one ups the flash-factor some, boasting diamond processed metal and “elements” of crocodile skin.
The tablet is known as the Lamborghini L2800 and has a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 resolution screen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB onboard storage (expandable). How much does all this sense-defying technology cost? Well, the feature phones start at 60,000 rubles, (about $1,829) or you can snap up the Android for 30,000 more (about $2,743) and treat yourself to the L2800 tablet for a reasonable 75,000 rubles (about $2,286). Of course, you’ll have to drive to Russia to get your hands on them, sometime in late August, but we’re guessing if you’re in the market for one of these, that’ll barely dent the plastic anyway.
The Urus looks awful, is basically the same car as the revolting Bentley EXP 9F and, seriously, do we really need yet another SUV masquerading as a supercar? All valid points, but the Urus has a saving grace. It’s a Lamborghini and all Lamborghinis are silly in a good way.
I’ve been thinking about this since the Urus was first shown in Beijing. About how Lamborghini, this boutique carmaker so dear to my heart, have finally succumbed to their Barbarian overlords for good. How they, with the majestic Miura and crafty Countach and the elegant Espada on their résume, have given in to the temptation of selling BMW X6’s to people with no sense of taste. But you know what? The Urus is a Lamborghini like all the rest. It’s hilarious and delightful and fun and silly.
The Bentley EXP 9F, yes, that’s nothing but a chode. I had the misfortune, in March, to see it in the bloated flesh. I lol’d. It’s revolting and terrible and utterly tasteless and it’s even worse when you see it surrounded by middle-aged men in over-accessorized suits nodding serenely to PR people.
So how is the Urus, an overdesigned X6 built on the same platform as the EXP 9F, any different? Simply, because it’s a Lamborghini. Every good Lamborghini is a silly exercise in something completely unnecessary. The last Lamborghini SUV, for instance, the LM002: it may have been designed for military use but in reality it’s a giant dune buggy with a Countach engine. Even the Miura, which was, after all, a mid-engined race car for the road, and there are few things more pointless than that.
Recently, The Telegraph’s head of motoring, Erin Baker, took a Lamborghini Aventador to shop for groceries and this is what she noted:
People understand that Lamborghinis are about a sense of humour, so they smile and wave and laugh, and let you out of junctions, while ignoring the sombre-suited man in his serious Aston Martin.
Yeah, Uruses (Uri?) will be bought by rich people with zero taste. Yeah, they will look pretty ridiculous. But at least they won’t look like they’re trying to be serious. There’s always a special edition of the current 911 for that. And, seriously, would you like to smile and wave and laugh at the kind of person who drives a GT3 in town?
Automobile Magazine scribe Jason Cammisa was sent into the desert to referee four carbon-fiber-bodied wild animals fighting it out over the quarter mile: the V8 McLaren MP4-12C, the V10 Lexus LFA, the V12 Lamborghini Aventador and the W16 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. It’s a tough job, innit?
The Head 2 Head race was run elimination style, with the winner of each two-up challenge facing the next devil up the totem pole. Although you might not have any doubts about the eventual victor, how each of these supercars fared is good watching. See all the screaming for yourself in the video below.