Kicking off the auto show season, the Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the public next week, but AutoGuide's team of reporters will get you inside early with three days of coverage from the City of Lights.
And there's a LOT of amazing hardware to see, from the Ferrari 458 Spider A, to a wild new Lamborghini Hybrid. The performance car action doesn't stop there either with the world premiere of the Mercedes AMG GT set to take place, along with a new 500+ horsepower C63 AMG.
Additional German performance comes from the new Audi TT, while rumors suggest a TT sedan will also be unveiled.
A long list of other cars includes the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XE, Honda Civic Type R, Fiat 500X, Kia Sorento, VW Golf Alltrack and the Toyota C-HR – a sort of Prius crossover.
And one really big surprise is a 550-hp Infiniti Q80 hybrid concept.
Coverage runs October 1st to 3rd and, as always, includes the best auto show video coverage out there.
Lamborghini has officially pulled the cover off its Huracán Super Trofeo race car.
The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is the Italian automaker’s newest GT3-specification race car that features an enhanced version of the production model’s 5.2-liter V10 engine. Though it only has 9 hp more than the standard model bringing the total to 611 hp, the Huracán Super Trofeo is 550 lbs lighter through the use of carbon fiber and aluminum.
One major difference between the race car and the production car is that the Super Trofeo is rear-wheel drive while the standard Huracán is an all-wheel drive model, as was the previous Gallardo-based race car. Naturally this brings up the idea that Lamborghini could be preparing a rear-wheel drive version of the Huracán road car.
As for the Super Trofeo variant, it was co-developed by Dallara Engineering and will be showcased at the Quail Motorsports gathering during the Pebble Beach Automotive Week.
“The Huracán Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept. We believe it will be as fun for fans to watch as it will be rewarding for our racers to drive,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s research and development boss.
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My teeth were in braces when I first sat in a Lamborghini. My dad took me to a showroom knowing I would get a chance to see and maybe even touch some of the cars that he knew I idolized.
After more than an hour of ogling, the sales rep walked up to us and I fully expected her to thank us for our enthusiasm, but kindly ask us to leave. Instead, she unlocked a teal green Murcielago and I got to pretend I could see over the wheel.
And that is why it is my distinct pleasure to give you a tour of that car’s successor: the Lamborghini Aventador.
Like all Lamborghini products, the Aventador is reserved for people with particularly deep pockets. Pricing kicks off at right around $404,000 including the gas guzzler tax and delivery, but that number climbs further into the stratosphere as soon as you start digging into the options list.
Inside the engine compartment, there’s a 6.5-liter V12 engine that screams to over 8,000 rpm making 700 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. There’s only one transmission option: Lamborghini’s ISR automated manual sending power to a permanent all-wheel drive system.
Not that you care, but the EPA says you should expect 11 mpg in the city, 18 on the highway or 13 on average.
It may be the most civilized, street-capable Lamborghini ever, but it can also leave you feeling like you just walked off a swirling amusement park ride after leg day at the gym.
I’m standing in the shade of pit lane at the Ascari Race Resort in Southern Spain; my head spinning from being repeatedly snapped around while by brain feels overworked from the intense data processing I just demanded of it. Simultaneously, my thighs are still tight from holding my body in place under repeated heavy braking.
Just then a company representative asks if I’d like another go around the three-mile track in the fantastically new Huracán LP610-4.
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