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Lamborghini Aventador Gets Cylinder Deactivation and Stop Start

Lamborghini Aventador Stop Start

Manufacturers are having to find more ways to cut their emissions now due to ever tighter regulations on pollution and its causes. At least we think that’s the reason Lamborghini have announced that they will offer the Aventador with a fast start/stop system and cylinder deactivation. Afterall, it probably isn’t to save the owner a few euros on the price of fuel!

Lamborghini will be using a highly advanced and utterly unique technology for its new start/stop system in the Aventador. The energy for re-start following a stop phase is delivered by high-performance capacitors known as supercaps. The supercaps enable an extremely fast start-up, with full V12 power available again in just 180 milliseconds. This makes it significantly faster than with more conventional systems.

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Similarly, under low load and at speeds of less than 135 km/h, the Cylinder Deactivation System deactivates one cylinder bank, allowing the power unit to run as an inline six. As soon as you depress the throttle, the V12′s full 700hp comes back to life. It’s said to be almost unnoticeable.

These two measures save seven percent to bring the economy figure up to 16 liters/100km or 14.7mpg. At highway speeds of around 130 km/h the reduction in consumption and emissions is as much as 20 percent. In total the CO2 emissions of the Aventador have been reduced from 398 g/km to 370 g/km.

That’s not all though. What other companies would call a mild facelift, Lamborghini casually announced as a footnote! The Aventador gets improved chassis settings with stiffer springs and optimized dampers. New forged Dione design alloy wheels and a carbon fibre package are also available.

The optional carbon fibre reinforced plastic components include a new front spoiler, air intakes, engine cover panel, powertrain cladding and interior parts.

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador


Girls at the Paris Motor Show 2012 Part 4

Paris Motor Show 2012 Girls Part 4

The final gallery of our Paris Motor Show 2012 girls coverage is shown below and follows part 3, part 2 and part 1. The gallery includes a nice collection of pictures of the finest girls we spotted on our final day of the automotive event in Paris. Feel free to share your thoughts on any of these girls.

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Paris 2012: Lexus LS Facelift MY 2013

Paris 2012 Lexus LS Facelift

Japanese car maker Lexus has taken its latest Lexus LS Facelift to two-yearly carshow in Paris. The flagship model received a major facelift for the 2013 model year including the company’s new spindle grille design element. Other highlights include redesigned head lights and rear lights as well as a re-shaped bumper and boot.

On the stand in Paris, the LS 600hL hybrid is displayed. The new model is part of a lineup of models including the LS 460, LS 460L and LS 460 F Sport. The LS 460 and LS 460L are available in both RWD and AWD versions while the LS Hybrid is offered with a full-time AWD system.

The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT are powered by a 4.6 liter V8 engine linked to an eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386bhp with 487Nm of torque pushing the luxury saloon from zero to 60mph in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h. The AWD’s output is limited to 360bhp and 470Nm. In this case a sprint to 60mph is done in a slower 5.9 seconds. The LS 600h Hybrid is powered by 5.0 liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors to produce a total output of 438bhp. This hybrid version does 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.

The F Sport edition has a special body kit featuring a different front bumper that incorporates larger side air vents. Other sporting elements include side skirts, lowered suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, a diffuser placed between the tail pipes and the 19 inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the F Sport model has two-tone seats that come with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and aluminum trim.


TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Posted on 09.26.2012 17:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Volkswagen | Volkswagen Golf | Spy Shots and Rendering | hatchback | future cars | small family cars | Cars | Car News

This year’s Paris Auto Show will feature the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, but we’ve long known what that will look like, so we’re eagerly waiting for its GTI version to be let out. Unfortunately, the Paris Auto Show will only bring us a concept version of the GTI, so we created rendering for the production version in an attempt to help us all get a better idea as to what it will look like. Let’s face it, the concept version always comes out looking stellar with a ton of technological goodies and the production model is always less appealing.

Rumors suggest that the production version Golf GTI will be powered by an updated version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver about 260 HP. With the extra 60 HP, the next GTI will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 153mph.

The official debut of the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI will be made at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.


Official: Rolls-Royce Art Deco Models for Paris

Rolls-Royce Art Deco Models for Paris

Rolls-Royce will unveil a trio of Art Deco-inspired cars at the Paris Motor Show 2012. The Phantom, Phantom Drophead and Ghost models have been outfitted with retro styling and colours to emulated the art deco design period that spanned the 1920′s and 1930′s.

Paris is the ideal destination to show the cars as the movement started in the French captial. The pictures below reveal some of the details that make the art deco models so unique!

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The Phantom features Arctic White leather with contrasting black accents, inside hand-finished stainless steel inlays are fitted to the drawers, door cappings, and rear picnic tables. The Ghost gets Jubilee Silver and Cobalt Blue two-tone paint job with Rolls-Royce logos embroidered throughout. The Phantom Drophead gets a light blue interior with mother of pearl inlays!

Rolls-Royce customers will be allowed to build their own custom art deco cars with an optional extra illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy emblem!


BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power

Posted on 09.25.2012 16:00 by
Justin Cupler

Filed under:
BMW | compact cars | coupe | BMW 1-Series | luxury cars | G-Power | car tuning | Germany | cool fast cars | 2013 | Cars | Car Reviews | BMW

The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR, which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M.

If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time.

What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output.

So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification or did it fall a little short of the precedent it set with the M5 Hurricane RR?

Click past the jump to find out.

BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 16:00 EST.

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Teaser: Lamborghini Teases New Gallardo Model for Paris Motor Show

Lamborghini Nova Concept

Lamborghini released a teaser video this afternoon that gives very little away, other than the fact that they will present a new Gallardo model at the Paris Motor Show 2012. It shows the nuts and bolts of the new model coming together to form something something, however, it cuts to the Gallardo model before things start to become clear.

We’re not expecting the next generation Gallardo quite yet so whatever is planned, must be a special edition of some sort. The title for the video contains the hash tag #Nova which perhaps points to the naming of the new model. Let us know what you think it could be in the comments box below!


2013 Jaguar F-Type Leaked Online

Posted on 09.24.2012 16:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Jaguar | Spy Shots and Rendering | sports cars | Jaguar F-type | roadster | Cars | Car News

Two days before the official debut of the 2013 Jaguar F-Type, someone has finally let that luscious and much-anticipated cat out of the bag. Just last week, the first leaked image of the Jaguar was revealed and, now, TeamSpeed has broken the embargo and unveiled the first multiple images of the upcoming sports roadster.

As expected, the next F-Type features a very aggressive look with a number of design elements inspired by the C-X16 Concept. The most obvious, borrowed features are the split air intakes on the front end and the long bonnet.

The 2013 Jaguar F-Type will be offered with a choice of three engines: Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with an output of either 340 or 380 HP and the existing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine for the R version. All engine options will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

Stay tuned for the official debut of the 2013 F-Type on September 27th at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

2013 Jaguar F-Type Leaked Online originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 24 September 2012 16:00 EST.

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Official: Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

Maserati will bring the GranCarbio MC to the Paris Motor Show this week, we now have official confirmation! The first pictures leaked before the weekend and now, official details have been released. Curiously, the press release doesn’t mention the powerplant so we won’t be able to confirm statistics until we get to Paris.

We can tell you that the GranCabrio MC sits 48 millimeters longer than the GranCabrio and GranCabrio Sport thanks to an MC Stradale-inspired front spoiler. The GranCabrio looks almost identical to the Stradale with a new front and rear bumper, incorporating a third brake light into the rear spoiler is the only different we can see. The body kit is proved on the race track to optimise aerodynamic lift and flow.

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

The rear spoiler can be ordered in body colour or in carbon fiber as one of the few options. Interestingly, Maserati decided to release the GranCabrio as a four seater which gives it more touring capacity. We can’t wait to see it.

The engine is almost certainly the 4.7 liter V8 featured in the MC Stradale and every other GranCabrio. The question mark is over the power. Maserati’s GranTurismo Sport was recently unveiled with 460hp, 10hp more than the MC Stradale. It will be interesting to see if Maserati chose to offer the full 460hp for the GranCabrio MC.

Aside from the engine, the MC Stradale also featured a new set of wheels, weighing 5kg less than the standard units, carbon fiber seats, Alcantara interior touches, 39kg in insulation optimisations and carbon ceramic brakes. Maserati also added stiffer springs, a larger anti roll bar and lowered to Stradale by 10mm at the front and 12mm at the rear. Expect the same changes from the GranCabrio MC!


Overkill: Lamborghini Aventador Replica

Lamborghini Aventador Replica

This is one of the first Lamborghini Aventador replicas we have seen. And it doesn’t seem to be a particularly bad example either. Obviously the proportions are completely wrong which means that it looks nothing like the car it tries to replicate, yet it looks well built and has an engine that provides at least a proportion of the Aventador’s 700hp.

The chassis, we’re told, is custom built from GM Holden parts with a GM LS1 V8 fitted. Power is rated at around 400hp and its routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. As you can see from the pictures and the video, the bodywork is completely custom and resembles the Aventador all around. The interior is also custom but less successful.

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It features air condition, cruise control, electric lifting doors, electric windows, a media system, electronic engine lift, rear view camera, a replica V12 engine, custom LED lights and real Lamborghini wheels.

The Aventador Replica is currently for sale on eBay priced at $59,500 for the completed car. It’s based in Eagle, Idaho and apparently registered as a Lamborghini Aventador Replica