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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Rolls-Royce Dawn

 

Luxurious, exclusive, exquisite; take your pick of adjectives for the lovely Dawn and any one of them will suffice. Basically a Wraith coupe under the skin, the Dawn’s sheet metal curves and swoops, making it—according to Rolls—the “sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.” Inside there is room for four adult passengers; occupants will be dazzled by the gorgeous leather and acres of real wood trim. Under the hood is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 that makes 563 hp, so the Dawn is as fleet as it is sexy.

 The Rolls-Royce Dawn is most at home cruising the glittering boulevards of Palm Springs or Palm Beach, the Siriusly Sinatra channel permanently playing, and the driver wearing $2600 Gucci crocodile loafers while contemplating how to cajole public financing for his new NFL stadium. Unlike, say, the similarly pricey Lambor­ghini Aventador, the Dawn can be driven and used every day. It clears curbs, there’s some room in the trunk, there is a trunk, and it’s easy to get in and out of. It also doesn’t invite a race at every stoplight, though it may invite people of all races to spontaneously come up to the window and quote ­Bernie Sanders. Alas, first-world problems.

The Dawn earns its copious allocation of asphalt by adding mechanical substance and harmony to exquisite design and detail. It’s not a basket of latter-day tricks; it’s not compatible with Apple Car Play, and there’s no on board Wi-Fi. At $402,300 as tested, including a $2750 destination charge and a $2100 gas-guzzler tax, the Dawn is slightly old school, like its future owners.

At a glance, the Dawn is a decapitated Wraith coupe, but Rolls says 80 percent of the body panels are unique to the new car. Top up, it has a spec­tacu­lar raked profile, and a gorgeous sailing-sloop silhouette when the six-layer cloth top is down. With its recessed grille, it looks fantastic from the front whether you choose to keep the Flying Lady ornament deployed or, as is allowed by a function in the center-console screen, hidden away below a trapdoor. From the rear, well, the car is not quite as distinctively stately.

It rides on the same 122.5-inch wheelbase as the Wraith and is only slightly longer overall. The pair shares basic suspension, drive train, and structural elements, with the core engineering derived from a previous-generation BMW 7-series. From a performance standpoint, the difference is that the hardtop Wraith is about 400 pounds lighter and pushes its mass around with 624 horsepower from its BMW-built twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12. The 5776-pound Dawn’s similar V-12 is tuned to just 563 horsepower.

 The Dawn is enormous, but more than a foot shorter overall than the discontinued Phantom Drop head Coupe it effectively replaces. In compensation, the Dawn is more graceful, more at ease in traffic, and less likely to goad the peasantry toward fiery insurrection. It’s also surprisingly roomier than the Coupe.

Of course the Dawn’s interior uses leather from cows apparently raised on a diet of butter, and the stitching is exquisite. The glossy wood trim chosen for our test car was perfectly matched. The simple instrumentation, which uses what look like tiny sterling-silver sugar spoons for pointers, includes a “Power Reserve” gauge in lieu of a tachometer. There’s room for four full-size people to repose in comfort.

Enter through the massive rear-hinged, power-closing doors, and the Dawn seems almost human scale. It’s tough to tell which switches are plastic and which are metal, but all work with straightforward ease. Even the “Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller” that navigates through the menus on the 10.3-inch LED screen operates perilously close to intuitively, no doubt because with just a few changes to the graphics, it’s actually BMW’s infotainment system. Our test car had the optional radar-based cruise control and lane-departure warning aboard; blind-spot monitoring is not available on the Dawn.

 A sanguine harp strum warns you that the V-12 is about to purr to life, and the transmission engages via a thin wand on the steering column. Using GPS-gathered data to optimize its shift points, the ZF eight-speed transmission shifts nearly undetected. Yet, despite such utter tranquility, this is an almost-three-ton convertible that whooshes to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and consumes the quarter-mile in an astonishing 12.8 seconds at 114 mph.

There’s not much steering feel through the oversize wheel, but the suspension tuning is perfect. This isn’t a car that wafts or glides over the road, but one that confidently devours asphalt as if it were a ribbon of Beluga caviar. The Dawn may or may not have the stiffest production convertible structure yet, but nothing else offers such a magnificent ride—secure, serene, and controlled—over virtually any surface. However, it will push its 255/40R-21 Continental ContiSportContact5 front tires if hustled indiscreetly, and the engine doesn’t respond quickly enough to offset that with power. So don’t do that. The skid pad orbit was a modest 0.83 g, and the massive brakes hauled the Dawn from 70 mph in a fairly phenomenal 162 feet.

“In the world of Rolls-Royce, day-to-day mathematical norms don’t always apply,” says Rolls’ director of design, Giles Taylor. “That’s why I say in the case of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, 2+2 does not equal 4.” This may be smart marketing, a pleasant fantasy, or simple lunacy, but it’s bad math. And it misses the best thing about current Rollers, which is that they drive brilliantly in a world where two plus two always equals four. With interest.

Audi A5

 

The stylish and comfortable A5 is available as a coupe or convertible. All-wheel drive is standard for great performance in all conditions. The A5 uses a 252-hp 2.0-liter four with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Automated emergency braking is standard on all A5s with more active-safety tech available at extra cost. A 7.0-inch infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those seeking more muscle might consider the mighty S5 or the bahn-burning RS5.
The seasons always change, but convertibles rarely do. The idea of a retractable roof on automobiles has existed since before the invention of the car itself, and droptops have been a mainstay of Audi’s offerings for decades now. In the United States, the four-ring brand sells four convertibles for a variety of clientele. There’s the small and relatively affordable A3 for sun seekers on a (sort of) budget, the stylish TT for sportier and more style-conscious tastes, and the wild R8 Spyder for those looking to cause a stir. Think of the mid-level A5 and its S5 sibling, then, as Audi’s Goldilocks cabriolets: not too big, not too small, not too expensive, but not too plebeian, either.

And yes, the A5 is just right. Like the A5 coupe we tested earlier this year, the newly redesigned A5 cabriolet sets nary a tire wrong, being exactly as polished, swift, and refined as we’ve come to expect from modern Audis—only with the extra joy of open-air driving to sweeten the deal.



Grip Galore

 For starters, the droptop A5 is a performer. An extra 360 pounds compared with the coupe dulls the cabriolet’s acceleration somewhat, increasing the zero-to-60-mph time from the coupe’s 5.0 seconds to a less spry 5.6. But the A5 cabriolet still turned in a sports-car-like skidpad figure of 0.96 g and a short 145-foot stop from 70 mph, beating out its hardtop counterpart by 0.03 g and 7 feet. The two A5s wore different tires, with the convertible riding on Hankook Ventus rubber and the coupe on Continental Conti Sport Contacts, but both are nevertheless mighty impressive at the track.

Those cornering and braking numbers from this base, four-cylinder A5 even outstrip the more performance-oriented Mercedes - AMG C43 cabriolet, although that car competes more directly with the 354-hp, V-6–powered Audi S5 cabriolet. While the S5 would give the turbocharged six-cylinder C43 a better run for its money in stoplight drag races, given the snappiness of the A5 2.0T’s turbocharged inline-four and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, we’d think twice before spending the extra $12,700 for the S5.


Audi’s expert chassis tuning also means that the A5 is able to balance its performance with a genuinely relaxed character, appropriate for its mission as a luxury drop top that most owners will use as a fair-weather daily driver. Its ride quality is plush and composed, and the stiff structure never quivers. Even in the firmer Dynamic driving mode—and despite our test car’s larger 19-inch wheels (18s are standard)—harsh impacts rarely penetrate the cabin.



Wind in Your Hair

Thus far, Audi has stuck with traditional soft tops, presumably to save weight and to ease packaging versus the retractable hardtops some competitors favor. The A5 cabriolet’s cloth top does a good job of insulating the cabin when raised, with only a small amount of wind noise noticeable on the highway. Lowering the top is a 15-second affair that can be done at speeds up to 31 mph. When folded, the roof occupies a bit of space in the trunk, shrinking cargo volume to 7 cubic feet (from 9 with the top raised). Audi offers a removable wind deflector, but we don’t think it’s really needed given how well the car controls wind buffeting without it, even at highway speeds. When installed, the deflector prohibits use of the rear seats, which are generously sized for a compact convertible. They can easily accommodate two adults for short- and medium-length trips.

If pressed to come up with criticisms for the A5 cabriolet, we might throw some stones at its staid looks, which we consider a step backward from the previous generation’s clean and classic design. Audi has given in to the current trend of ostentatious grilles, making the front end look overwrought, while the profile and rear end are nearly indistinguishable from those of the previous A5. Our test car’s sober Florett Silver paint didn’t help counter the A5’s tendency to blend in. More distinct hues are available, but none will give the A5 the same street presence as Mercedes-Benz’s stylish C-class cabriolet.



Worth It

 The A5 cabriolet’s goodness also doesn’t come cheap, with the convertible costing nearly $7000 more than the coupe. Our Prestige-trim-level test car was loaded with extras, including the $1800 Driver Assistance package, $1000 adaptive dampers, the $2100 Luxury package, and $1050 19-inch wheels, pushing the total to $65,050. At that price, we can’t help but start thinking about one of our other favorite droptops, the Porsche 718 Boxster, even if that sporty two-seat roadster isn’t exactly a fair competitor for the cushier, four-passenger A5.

Instead of being a highly focused machine like the Porsche, though, the A5 aims to please a wide swath of customers by doing just about everything well. In its latest iteration, it succeeds mightily at that mission.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Jaguar XJ





Jaguar, now owned by Tata Motors has always been known for luxury. One car that strongly brings forward the luxury essence of Jaguar is the XJ. The Jaguar XJ luxury sedan comes with one diesel and two petrol engines, including a supercharged V8.

Volvo S90






The Volvo S90 is the Swedish carmaker’s flagship luxury sedan in India. Like any other car with a Volvo badge, the S90 is definitely a right choice. Volvo offers the S90 with a standard diesel engine in India, and features aboard the vehicle will give more expensive cars a run for their money.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

PORSCHE-Panamera GTS



Concept

Character
The Panamera model range combines uncompromising dynamic performance with comfort and incorporates everything that Porsche stands for: the passionate crafting of highly efficient sports cars. Once again, our engineers have made further advances in this respect. The result is the Panamera GTS – sportiness in pure form. GTS. These are three letters that have secured themselves a place in history alongside the Porsche name, both on and off the racetrack. Three letters that symbolise the marriage of supreme performance and superior sportiness in a single car that is suitable for everyday use. What exactly is it that distinguishes the Panamera GTS concept? The answer may lie in the following facts: a 4.8-litre naturally aspirated engine delivering 316 kW (430 hp) power output and 520 Nm torque, 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and active all-wheel drive. Yet, pure facts alone are not an adequate way to describe the character of the new Panamera GTS. This car does more than simply bridge the engine power gap between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo, it emerges as the sportiest model in the Panamera range with a clear focus on performance. For this reason, we gave it everything we could to make it more responsive, emotive and sporty, aesthetically and technically, inside and outside. Typical Intelligent Performance. Four doors and four seats: but you knew this already. It’s time to learn about how we paired pure driving pleasure with pure power.

Exterior design
How can one describe the appearance of the Panamera models? A low, wide stance, a sleek roofline: true sports car proportions. The front, shoulders and rear all have instantly recognisable Porsche traits. The face that stands out in the crowd. However, the Panamera GTS goes one step further. Even closer to the road, its sporty character is even more clearly demonstrated. Let’s start at the front. The Panamera GTS is equipped as standard with Bi-Xenon main headlights, each with four LED daytime running spot lights. These have been carried over from the Panamera Turbo, but with one difference: the inner trims are finished in black. These are matched by the front light units taken from the Panamera Turbo, with LED light guides as a border for the indicators. Other Panamera Turbo styling features include the SportDesign front apron with large air intakes on the right and left for supplying air to the two GTS-specific air filter modules (refer to the ‘Engine’ section for more information). 

The side air outlets behind the front wheels are finished in high-gloss black. So, too, are the side window trims, the covers of the headlight cleaning system, the trim strip on the rear and the rear diffuser. As a stylish complement, the lower section of the Panamera GTS is finished in matt black. Starting from the side ends of the front apron and moving back along the door sills through to the rear apron and the tailpipes of the sports exhaust system, the line drawn appears more dynamic. In conjunction with the 10 mm lower suspension, the contour accentuates the sporty overall impression. For greater downforce and driving stability at high speeds, the Panamera GTS is equipped with the Panamera Turbo rear spoiler. From a speed of 55 mph (90 km/h), it deploys automatically not only upwards but outwards, too. To cope with the increased engine power output, the Panamera GTS is equipped as standard with 19-inch Panamera Turbo wheels and the brake system of the Panamera Turbo, recognisable by the red brake calipers. The Panamera GTS is available in the same exterior colours as the other models in the Panamera range. An additional colour, Carmine Red, is available as an option. Set against contrasting black, it creates a sportier effect. The ‘Panamera GTS’ logo on the rear hatch and the optional logos on the lower edge of the front doors add the finishing touch to the overall appearance. Sportiness in pure form. Be honest, would you have expected the Panamera GTS to be anything else?


Interior design

You notice it instantly as you open the door. Uncluttered and ergonomic, the interior is typical of a Panamera and, yet, it looks sportier. This is achieved by the combination of leather and Alcantara as standard, available in a choice of five interior colours. The seat centres of the adaptive sports seats, the upper sections of the door armrests, the armrest on the front centre console and the rooflining are all finished in Alcantara. The SportDesign steering wheel with alloyed gearshift paddles is fitted as standard. As an option, you can have the steering wheel rim finished in black Alcantara. Specially conceived for the Panamera GTS, an optional trim package with a choice of two colours is available in conjunction with the black interior. The decorative seams on the dashboard, seats, armrests of the centre console, doors and floor mats are finished in Carmine Red or GT Silver. The headrests on all four seats are embroidered with the ‘GTS’ logo in the same colour. To match, the seat belts at all four seats are also finished in Carmine Red or GT Silver. The two-tone combinations and natural leather interiors of the other Panamera models are also available as an option for the Panamera GTS (the Alcantara finish is not included as part of these packages). What else is worth mentioning? The ‘GTS’ logo on the rev counter and the door sill guards in brushed aluminium featuring the ‘Panamera GTS’ logo will increase your anticipation as you step inside.



Drive

Performance



The Panamera GTS is powered by a lightweight 4.8-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine. It features cast aluminium pistons, monobloc aluminium cylinder heads and integrated dry-sump lubrication for a reliable supply of oil even when an extremely sporty driving style is adopted. Although it is based on the engine of the Panamera 4S, it develops 22 kW (30 hp) more power and generates 20 Nm more torque. It also has a faster-revving engine with a maximum engine speed that has been increased by 400 rpm to 7,100 rpm. The result is a maximum power output of 316 kW (430 hp) and a maximum torque of 520 Nm. 

This power upgrade was achieved through a series of measures, including modified intake camshafts with extended valve lift and a new air induction system with two additional air filter modules each located in the left- and right-hand sides of the front apron respectively. Above 3,500 rpm, the flaps on the air filter modules are opened to allow the engine to draw in air more easily. At high road speeds, headwind ram pressure is exploited to achieve a further increase in power output. In addition, the Panamera GTS is equipped with a specially modified engine management system. Not only does this help the engine to develop torque quickly for a perceptibly more direct engine response, it also contributes to a further reduction in the shift times achieved by Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which is fitted as standard. It does this by deactivating selected engine cylinders temporarily during each gearshift. Our modifications are reflected in the distinctly resonant engine sound and can be felt in every bone of your body. In SPORT PLUS mode, the Panamera GTS accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 179 mph (288 km/h).In short, the drive system of the Panamera GTS concentrates 100 % on the essentials: maximum sports performance.










Exterior Colours



Interior Colours

Standard colours: leather interior



Two-tone combinations: leather interior



Natural leather interior



Interior packages

Friday, 9 March 2012

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4




After multiple leaked images and camouflage shots, we can finally see the Aventador in all its glory and from every angle. After initially being disappointed that it looked too similar to the Reventon, I have to say I'm very impressed overall and I think they got the look just right, especially the interior.

What was never up for debate was the performance with the all new 6.5 liter V12 putting out 690hp @8250rpm and 509 lb-ft. of torque @5500rpm. 0-62mph comes at a blazing 2.9 seconds and top speed is 217mph. Besides the power increase, these numbers are a result of advanced lightweight technology, most noticeably the full monocoque cell. The entire occupant cell, with tub and roof, is one single physical component. This ensures extreme rigidity and thus outstanding driving precision, as well as an extremely high level of passive safety for the driver and his passenger. The engine is also 40 lbs. lighter than the Murcielagos. All in all, the Aventador comes in at 200 pounds less than the Murcielago at 3,472 lbs.

"Engineers at Lamborghini have created the perfect mate for the new twelve-cylinder engine with the highly innovative ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) transmission. The development objective was clearly formulated - to build not only the fastest robotized gearbox, but also to create the world's most emotional gear shift. Compared with a dual-clutch transmission, not only is the ISR gearbox much lighter, it also has smaller dimensions than a conventional manual unit - both key elements in the field of lightweight engineering for super sports cars. "

"This kind of extreme power must be delivered reliably to the road. The driver of the Aventador LP 700-4 can depend fully on its permanent all-wheel drive - indicated by the 4 in the model designation. In the driveline, an electronically controlled Haldex coupling distributes the forces between front and rear. In a matter of milliseconds, this coupling adapts the force distribution to match the dynamic situation. A self-blocking rear differential together with a front differential electronically controlled by ESP make for even more dynamic handling. The Drive Select Mode System enables the driver to choose vehicle characteristics (engine, transmission, differential, steering and dynamic control) from three settings - Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (track) - to suit individual preferences."

Base price is expected to be around $370,000

The wait is over ladies and gentlemen: Lamborghini’s next hypercar has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and dare we say what a hypercar it is! The new Bull God will feature an earth shattering 700hp V12 and the highest power to weight ratio of any car in its class. Yes, this is the new, long waited Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

Lamborghini is really good at creating sinister super sports cars, but it is equally as talented at naming them. According to the company, "Aventador" was the name of a bull that entered into battle on October 1993 at the Saragossa Arena, earning the "Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera" for its outstanding courage. Having the courage to go up against a new world of super sports cars will be the name of the game for the new Lamborghini flagship. Today’s world is extremely high-tech and many new players have entered the arena. Lamborghini has been promoting its carbon-fiber monocoque technology and the Aventador’s 2.9 second 0-62mph, but will that be enough?

According to Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The Aventador is a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology, it’s the result of an entirely new project, but at the same time it’s a direct and consistent continuation of Lamborghini’s brand values. It is extreme in its design and its performance, uncompromising in its standards and technology, and unmistakably Italian in its style and perfection. Overall, the dynamics and technical excellence of the Aventador LP 700-4 makes it unrivaled in the worldwide super sports car arena".



Exterior



It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the new Aventador LP700-4 follows the same design language as with the latest Reventon and Sesto Elemento concept. The model has been designed at the Centro Stile Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese and takes its inspiration from modern aeronautics and from the world’s fastest and most agile aircraft.

The supercar is 4.78 meters long, 2.26 meters wide, and only 1.136 meters high. The proportions and body parts have been calculated to improve the car’s aerodynamics as much as possible. All of the aerodynamic elements are integrated into the body shell form, from the front spoiler to the rear diffuser, while the rear spoiler is deployable and controlled electronically. The 4 degree approach angle is optimized for high speed and assists directional stability at the very top end of the spectrum. The 11 degree tilt, on the other hand, delivers considerably greater downforce at mid-range speeds, helping to optimize handling and stability.

Up front the Aventador gets an air guide further emphasized by glossy, black frames, and bi-xenon headlamps. These headlights are more than just a simple bulb behind a casing, they are an exercise in further design. The Y shaped lights spread out from the middle and a different set of LED lights within creates the turn signal. The side of the car have two sweeping strokes – the first emphasizes the front wheel arch; the second is a very sharply drawn line beginning at the front wheel arch. Lamborghini describes it as a tensed muscle running along the entire side of the car and over the rear wheel. Also, two large air intakes behind the upward-opening doors are used for a better cooling engine. Finally the rear gets a lower diffuser and rear LED lights that create the same shape as the ones out front.
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In what has become one of the most distinctive features for any Lamborghini, the passenger doors will open upwards towards the sky. This feature has been used on every major Lamborghini supercar since the Countach. Few companies have been able to create a specific design element that they are able to carry through various decades with such poise. The nearest competitor may be Mercedes Benz and the 300SL Gullwing of the past and SLS AMG of today.

Customers will have the ability to choose from 13 exterior colors in pastel metallic, pearlescent, or matte. These include the newest shades of Grigio Estoque, Arancio Argos, AD Personam, Nero Nemesis, Bianco Canopus, and Marrone Apus. Automobili Lamborghini has really taken notice of the aftermarket world with their new paint options. Matte paint has become all the rage in high-end cars and can look especially striking on something as svelte as a Lamborghini. Three specific Matte tones will be available from the factory and should increase the curb appeal of these machines even further.


Interior



If you are one of the lucky few to have sat in a Reventon than you would know how Lamborghini was attempting to create a cockpit out of a dashboard. The revolutionary gauges that acted like the instruments of a jet plane were the first in a line of new technologies that would evolve into the Aventador. Instrumentation for the Aventador is displayed on a large LCD screen while a completely independent system and LCD screen controls stereo and navigation functions. The press release makes the center console of the car sound like your car is a robot by calling it the, “Human-Machine Interface.”

The full leather single-color interior is available in either Nero Alde (black) or in Marrone Elpis, with the contrasting stitching offered in a range of colors. The two-tone leather interiors are offered in two style lines. For Bicolor Sportivo, the base color is black, with the contrast in orange, white, yellow or green, while Bicolor Elegante presents a harmonious blend of brown tones. A virtually inexhaustible array of variants is also offered by the Ad Personam individualization program.

The Aventador will be offered with ABS, electronic brake distribution, anti-slip control, speed-dependent servo-tronic steering, hill start assist and, of course, ESP stability control. The rear spoiler and the side air intakes are electronically controlled. The Drive Select System enables vehicle characteristics (engine, transmission, differential, stability control, steering) to be set in accordance with individual driver preferences in one of three modes – Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (track).

Engine



Lamborghini has made it clear that a V12 engine will be the only thing to ever power their supercar, but it was time to develop a new and modern version of the legendary V12 of yesteryear. The Aventador will come with a new 6.5-liter V12 engine with an AWD layout that produces 700 HP 8,250 rpm and 509 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. It is the first all-new Lamborghini developed engine since the Countach. This engine will be able to get from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds while blasting off a top speed of 217 mph. With a total weight of 1,575 kilograms (3,472 lb) it will deliver a power to weight ratio of 2.25 Kg/hp. These figures are astounding, but not out of this world. Lamborghini has surely created a super car, but until we can get it on a track with its competition we will not know if the Bull can reign King.

Design of the engine was simple in theory. The car needed a powerplant that was lighter than the old one and more powerful. That tends to be the problem with just about every iteration of a new sports car, but Lamborghini was able to develop several new ways of solving it. They made the engine lighter by using an aluminum-silicon alloy to lower the overall weight to just 235kg. Parts that are more readily exposed to high heat were still forged from steel, but the overall engine weight is equal to 3.0hp per kilogram.

The Aventador’s engine is mated to an all-new “Lamborghini ISR” – the ISR stands for Independent Shifting Rod - seven-speed single clutch automated manual gearbox that combines quick shift time with manual shifting, which proves to be quite useful when a car has a low weight and compact dimensions.

The ISR gearbox allows the Aventador to shift gears almost simultaneously. It comes with two modes and 50 millisecond shifts that works in such fashion that when one of the shifting rods is moving out of one gear, the second rod is already shifting on to the next. Another important aspect of the new Lamborghini transmission fits perfectly with the company’s new goal of making its supercars more lightweight: the ISR transmission weighs in at only 79 kilos – about 174 pounds – significantly lighter than any other DSG transmission out on the market.



Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore





We’ve recently unveiled the new Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Bicolore (known in the US as LP 550-2) that was presented at the Qatar Motor Show. The problem is that only one of the 5 available colors was made public (Arancio Borealis), so we’ve decided to put our hands to work and render 4 angles of the car in another 4 colors of our choice.

Here’s what we came up with (after the jump); feel free to let us know what you think about our speculative rendering!

Would you like to see more colors?

The most successful super sports car in Lamborghini’s history captures the imagination with the brutal power of its 560 hp V10 engine, the absolute grip of its permanent all-wheel drive and the razor-sharp precision of its chassis. Every kilometer in the Lamborghini Gallardo is an intense experience of explosive dynamics and absolute control. Its breathtaking performance is indicated by the 3.7 seconds it takes to reach 100 km/h and its top speed of 325 km/h.

“With the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore, Lamborghini demonstrates once again the extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian nature of our brand. The super sports cars from Lamborghini combine volcanic energy with design that is as unique as it is stylish,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

Unique design DNA
The success of Lamborghini’s unequalled design DNA lies in the beauty of highly-concentrated power and precise function. The Gallardo is the sheer essence of form with a purist approach, so the body shell is crisply sculpted and completely free from decoration. A timeless piece of design and an uncompromising driving machine – the Lamborghini Gallardo is both.

Even more extreme, thanks to a personalized appearance
With its new Bicolore model, Lamborghini is now setting a further design highlight in the ten-cylinder model series. The colored exterior finish matched with the black on the upper area of the body gives the Gallardo a new, more aggressive personality that looks even wider, even more extreme and innately adhered to the road.

From the window-line upwards (including pillars, roof, engine hood and rear spoiler), the vehicle is decorated in Noctis Black – a pastel black that contrasts perfectly with the lower area of the body, available in a choice of five colors: Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Bianco Monocerus and Blu Caelum.

The exterior appearance is enhanced by Skorpius aluminum-alloy rims with 15 thin spokes that are forged to minimize unsprung weight and are finished in titanium gray enamel. And, the air intakes and front spoiler have a high-gloss black finish, as does the upper section of the rear diffuser.

Top-quality and highly individual interior
The contrast between black and color is repeated in an understated, elegant manner in the interior of the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore. The instrument panel, seats, door panels and other elements in the passenger compartment are upholstered in the finest “Nero Persus” leather, with a refined contrast provided by precise stitching that is colored to match the exterior paintwork: yellow, orange, blue and gray (also used on the Bianco Monocerus version).

The bezel of the e-gear transmission on the center console is in Nero Noctis, just like the upper area of the vehicle. Obviously, the interior is finished in the Lamborghini tradition using only the materials of the very highest quality, which are crafted with undisputed professionalism and fine Italian workmanship.

V10 like a work of art in a glass display
The complete range of standard equipment includes the fast e-gear automated transmission controlled by paddles on the steering column. A lifting system enables the front axle to be raised for safer travel onto ramps and over humps in the road, and the engine hood in tempered glass provides a stunning view of the heart of the vehicle: a 5.2 liter, 90° V-10 engine with stratified direct injection.

From a satellite navigation system to a rear-view camera, from a brake system with carbon-ceramic discs to heated power seats, a long list of optional equipment and accessories allows the vehicle to be adapted to the personal requirements of any client.

Unique success for a super sports car
Well over 10,000 Gallardos have left the production facility at company headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese – a unique success story in the world of super sports cars. The Bicolore Special Edition is particularly intended for the enthusiast who desires a supercar with an exclusive appearance and remarkable design. In any event, he or she will own a Lamborghini that is altogether distinguished by an extremely dynamic character, maximum driving excitement, yet an ability to be driven daily.

Individual characters in one model range
The Gallardo Bicolore completes Lamborghini’s ten-cylinder model range, which is enjoying enormous resonance worldwide with its broad spectrum of individual characters. While the Gallardo LP 560-4 is already a highly trained, extreme athlete, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera takes the notion of thoroughbred high performance even further. Thanks to its extensive experience in carbon-fiber lightweight engineering, Lamborghini succeeded in reducing its weight by a further 70 kilograms. At 2.35 kilograms per hp, the power-to-weight ratio of the Superleggera is the best in its class, with breathtaking performance guaranteed.

The Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, on the other hand, offers a very different kind of extreme driving pleasure – every trip with the roof down is a journey with a hurricane, yet with maximum protection. This can only be bettered – in true Lamborghini style – by the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante. Its purist carbon-fiber lightweight engineering, according to Lamborghini’s tradition, adds an even sharper edge to the dynamics.

While most people are familiar with Lamborghinis in traditional red, white or black, the ultimate statement of style is a purple Lamborghini. Finding a Lamborghini in this unusual color is rare, and it is sure to get the driver noticed anywhere he or she goes. Most people don’t realize that the company actually offers several shades of purple direct from the factory. Both the purple Lamborghini Diablo and Murcielago come in a shade known as Viola Ophelia Mic, a pearl metallic violet shade. You can order a new purple Lamborghini directly from the dealer, or you can paint yours to the shade you want. If you plan on sticking with original Lamborghini authorized colors, ask for Lambo Thirty Met or Viola Pyxis Mic in addition to the Violoa Ophelia shade. No matter which of these beautiful shades of purple you choose, your Lamborghini will stand out in any crowd of vehicles.

Exterior










The Bicolore edition will be distinguished by a combination of two colors: the pillars, roof, engine hood and rear spoiler will be painted in Noctis Black, while the lower area of the body will be available in a choice of five colors: Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Bianco Monocerus, and Blu Caelum. That’s yellow, orange, gray, white, and blue for us common folk. The air intakes, front spoiler, and rear diffuser will be dressed in a high-gloss black finish to complete the exterior color scheme of the vehicle.
The aggressive appearance of the exterior is continued by forged Skorpius aluminum-alloy rims with 15 thin spokes and finished in a titanium gray enamel.



Interior



The same dual-color contrasting combination continues inside the Lamborghini with the instrument panel, seats, door panels, and other elements in the passenger compartment finished in "Nero Persus" leather combined with precise stitching. This stitching will be done in the same color chosen on the exterior with options of yellow, orange, blue, and gray.
The bezel of the e-gear transmission on the center console is painted in Nero Noctis, just like the upper area of the vehicle.


Engine



Under the hood, the special edition Gallardo is rocking a 5.2 liter, 90° V-10 engine with stratified direct injection that delivers a tremendous 560 HP at 8000 rpm. With this amount of power, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 0-124 mph at 11.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 201 mph.

Prices

Lamborghini hasn’t revealed any prices for the Bicolore edition just yet, but surely it will cost more than a standard Gallardo LP560-4 at $205,000. The Bicolore Special Edition is particularly intended for the enthusiast who desires a supercar with an exclusive appearance and remarkable design. In any event, he or she will own a Lamborghini that is altogether distinguished by an extremely dynamic character, maximum driving excitement, and an ability to be driven daily.