The next fortnight sees one of the most concentrated periods of auction activity outside Monterey Car Week. The action is spread across two main locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and Paris, France, where the Retromobile Exhibition is held in the city which pioneered auto racing 120 years ago.
Lamborghini has unveiled a V10-powered, rear-wheel drive version of the Huracan at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The LP 580-2, which was specifically engineered as a rear-drive car with several interior and exterior changes to delineate it from its all-wheel-drive brethren, boasts a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph) and does 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds.
Lamborghini introduced the Huracán LP 610-4 back in 2014. As part of a minor 2016 model year refresh, the folks at Sant'Agata Bolognese are adding a few upgrades to the V10 sports car. The 2016 Huracán features cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy, retuned 4WD, and a few new options.
Lamborghini has ripped the top off its Huracán, turning it into a rival for the McLaren 650S Spyder and the recently-turbocharged Ferrari 488 GTB Spyder. It might not pack turbocharged power like its closest rivals, but the Huracán Spyder LP 610-4 still has a few tricks up its sleeve to help it stand out.
The Monterey Car Week auctions have come and gone, and the analysts are still trying to sort through the numbers to figure out what they mean. There were more auctions and more cars presented this year than ever before, and the two biggest collectible car auction houses (RM Sotheby's and Gooding & Co.) grew sales considerably year-on-year, but the overall gross take for the combined auctions comes in within a few dollars of last year's record numbers. Like all those who ply the trade as buyers or sellers, the market appears stronger at the top end and slightly softer in the middle.
Lamborghini gave the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce an even sexier sibling over the weekend, revealing the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The half-million-dollar roadster packages the blistering performance of the Superveloce with a little more blue sky overhead, hitting the road as one of the hottest convertibles we've ever seen.
Monterey Car Week's auctions began on a positive note tonight when the Pinnacle Portfolio became the most valuable single owner car collection ever sold at auction. Sales from the 25-car auction totaled more than US$67 million, exceeding the previous record by nearly 25 percent. The top sellers were a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, which sold for $17,600,000, and a 1998 McLaren F1 "LM-Specification", which sold for $13,750,000. Nearly half the cars in the collection set new world records for the models.
The original Lamborghini Gallardo is a mesmerizing and eminently collectible piece of automotive art. The work of Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini's head of design, its sweeping lines, aggressive stance, and stylish good looks made it instantly recognizable as an Italian luxury supercar. But Donckerwolke, ever the designer, aimed to wring even more outrageous looks from the Gallardo when he tinkered with his original blueprints to produce the Gallardo S concept; a radical, split-cockpit roadster that thrilled at its first showing in Geneva in 2005. Now, after nearly a decade in the hands of one owner, this Italian sportscar icon is going to auction.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the accompanying Villa Erba auction put on yet another spectacular show at the weekend, with 11 cars selling for more than a million dollars, 34 of the 39 lots on offer sold, and an average sale price of $880,000 per car. While the auction was spectacular, the three day show across the adjacent villas was beyond spectacular in every respect, with the finest of Europe's vast automotive heritage on display.
Back at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Lamborghini gave the world a look
at what a modern Raging Bull-badged sport utility vehicle might look
like. Not a bad-ass, ultra-rugged Rambo Lambo redux, but a car-like crossover for the new, eco-conscious millennium. They called it Urus.
In the three years since, there's been plenty of "will they, won't
they" in the auto media, and each passing month has seemingly increased
the chances that they would not. Well, Lamborghini has now put any doubt
to bed, announcing this week that it is moving ahead with production of
a luxury SUV.