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1981 - 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa

The last Lamborghini to use a V-8 engine

The Lamborghini Jalpa was a sports car produced between 1981 and 1988. A development of the Silhouette, which was discontinued alongside the Urraco in 1979, the Jalpa was Lamborghini’s entry-level sports car in the 1980s. It was slotted below the iconic Countach, being not only significantly more affordable than the supercar, but also easier to drive in heavy traffic and at slow speeds. Unlike the Countach, the Jalpa was powered by a V-8 engine. Its retirement in 1988 meant the end of the entry-level, affordable Lamborghini until the introduction of the Gallardo, in 2003.

The Jalpa was developed in Lamborghini’s most difficult period financial-wise. Affected by the 1973 financial downturn and the oil crisis, Ferruccio sold the company in 1974, only 11 years since its birth. Purchased by Georges-Henri Rossetti and Rene Leimer, Lamborghini went bankrupt in 1978 and was placed in the receivership of brothers others Jean-Claude and Patrick Mimran in 1980. The Mimrans, who purchased the company out of receivership by 1984, were responsible for creating the Jalpa and the LM002 truck, two vehicles that were supposed to expand the brand’s offerings beyond V-12-powered supercars.

The Jalpa was discontinued shorty after the Chrysler Corporation bought Lamborghini from the Mimran brothers in 1987. The Jalpa was the last Lamborghini to feature a V-8 engine. Since 1988, all "Raging Bulls" had either V-12 or V-10 powerplants.

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2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

The Gallardo Performante gets a successor at last!

The Lamborghini Huracan made its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It replaced the Gallardo, the company’s best-selling model as of 2016, in the lineup and became Lambo’s entry-level supercar. Slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the Huracan employs a different styling language compared to the Huracan, featuring lines derived from the range-topping Aventador. The design include sharper cues, more pronounced side skirts, and a more aggressive stance overall. Under the hood, the 5.2-liter V-10 was updated for more horsepower and improved fuel economy. In 2017, Lamborghini launched the higher performance Performante model and it seems that a Spyder version is set to follow soon.

Two years have passed since the Huracan was unleashed on public roads and the supercar is already highly popular, selling more than 8,000 units since its introduction. The Huracan also spawned a Spyder model, as well as race-spec Super Trofeo and GT3 models. And, Lambo is still working on new iterations, with a higher-performance Superleggera model unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Given that the Gallardo Superleggera, the car that was replaced by the Huracan Performante also had a convertible version, it’s safe to assume that the latter will also lose its top pretty soon.

The news that Lambo may be working on a Spyder variant of the Huracan Performante is by no means surprising and the name is far from new. Although it was used to replace the Superleggera, it was originally introduced on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, essentially a convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera. The high-performance drop-top was laucnhed in 2011 and remained in production until the Gallardo was phased out in 2013. Granted, it’s a bit early for a Huracan Spyder Performante given that the coupe only debuted in 2017, but the demand for special cars is so big right now that Lamborghini will most definitely bring it out in 2018.

Updated 04/05/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder out for a new testing session, this time around Nurburgring.

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If you love high-performance cars and racing (how can you not?), you’re probably dreaming about lapping the Nurburgring track in the incredible Lamborghini Huracan Performante right now. However, unless you have a fat wallet and have already placed an order, you’ll never have the chance to do that. Let’s face it, the Performante is awfully expensive for the average Joe and it’s probably sold out anyway. Fortunately, you can still design the Performante of your dreams in the online configurator and its absolutely free.

The configurator is pretty straight forward and doesn’t include too many options beyond the usual exterior and performance upgrades, but the number of exterior colors available is impressive. There are two solid colors and five metallic hues, mostly white, black, and gray. But go with the Pearl Effect range and you can get the stunning Giallo Inti, Arancio Borealis, and Verde Mantis. Beyond that, there’s a rage of custom Ad Personam finishes, including matte, solid, metallic, and pearl. Interesting choices include Giallo Horus, Verde Scandal, Viola Ophelia, Oro Elios, Blu Cepheus, and Viola SE 30th. The latter is based on the color that Lambo launched for the Diablo SE30 Jota back in the 1990s.

Naturally, all these colors are paired to the green-white-red Italian "tricolore" above the side skirts and the dark-colored "forged composite" elements such as the side skirts, diffuser, and front splitter.

Next up, you need to pick the color for the carbon-ceramic brakes, and you can choose between six caliper finishes. There’s black, green, orange, red, silver, and yellow, each providing interesting contrasts with several body colors. Since I "painted" my Performante in Verde Mantis, I went with red calipers, since red and green are complementary colors.

As soon as you finish up the calipers, the configurator moves on to the rims. All wheels measure 20 inches, but there are three design with various finishes. The double-five-spoke rims are called Mimas and can be had in either silver, gloss black or matte titanium. The multi-spoke Narvi wheels are available in either high-sheen black or bronze, while the five-spoke, forged Loge wheels are black and come with either black or red center locking nut. The latter seems to go well with the red calipers on my build.

The configurator then moves onto technology, where you can choose whether you want a sensor or sensor plus camera for park assistance. You can also select the Style Package, which adds darker exhaust pipes among other features.

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2019 Lamborghini Aventador Performante

The company’s flagship model is about to become more aggressive!

It’s been just a few months since Lamborghini upgraded the flagship Aventador to S specs, thus introducing the facelifted model, and the Italian firm is already testing a new iteration of the supercar. With the mid-cycle facelift and the high-performance SuperVeloce (SV) already on the road it might seem out of place for Lambo to test a new version of the current generation model, but the prototype our paparazzi caught testing on public roads doesn’t appear to be a next-gen car. Instead, it looks like Lamborghini is actually preparing yet another high-performance model.

There’s no official confirmation from the automaker as of this writing, but the general consensus is that Lamborghini will launch a Performante version of the Aventador soon.

Granted, it might not make much sense with the SV already around, but given that the Huracan Aventador is quicker and better at the track than any other Aventador to date, it makes a lot of sense to have a more track-prepped version of the company’s flagship supercar.

It also seems a bit awkward to have something placed above the SV, especially since the Murcielago didn’t get a more aggressive version, but it wouldn’t be a first for the range-topping model. Back in the 1990s, Lambo offered the SE30 Jota and GT as more powerful iterations of the iconic Diablo. Needless to say, the Italian carmaker wants to do it again with the Aventador, but under a different name.

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When it comes to the creation of the fastest, most expensive cars on the planet, carbon fiber is the material of choice. Also used extensively in a variety of aerospace applications, including satellites and rockets, the world of composite brings exactly the sort of characteristics needed if you plan on building something that moves. Not only does it offer a high degree of tensile strength and stiffness, but it’s also incredibly lightweight, making it perfect for something like a supercar. Lamborghini’s been using it for years, but in the race for supercar bragging rights, the Italian automaker has come up with a new spin on carbon. It’s called forged composites, and it’s highlighted in this brief 40-second video.

Originally developed as a collaborative project between Lamborghini and Callaway Golf Company, Lambo’s first application of forged composites was in the Sesto Elemento, an AWD V-10 rocket ship weighing in at less than 1,000 kg (2,202 pounds to be exact). With so little mass and 570 horsepower to motivate it, the Sesto Elemento can hit 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

More recently, the technology was utilized on the Huracan Performante, making it the first production model to use forged composites.

The video itself is short on details, but does give the viewer a look at forged composites in a kaleidoscope of light and shadow, all set to an epic soundtrack worthy of some of the fastest cars on the planet.

If you’re in the mood to get a little nerdy, read on for the technical bits on what forged composites are all about.

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2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

Lighter and quicker than ever before

After ten successful years on the market, during which it became the company’s best-selling sports car ever, the Lamborghini Gallardo was replaced by the Huracan in 2014. Boasting a new design inside and out, a revised drivetrain, and better performance, the Huracan hit the sports car market with a bang, selling more than 1,500 units in 2014 and more than 4,700 in 2016. With some 8,500 examples sold as of early 2017, it sure looks as if the Huracan will surpass the Gallardo’s 14,022-unit record sales in a few years. However, Lambo knows that resting on its laurels isn’t the best thing to do so it’s hard at work to expand the Huracan family. The latest model to join the lineup goes by the name Performante and made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the Performante is a higher performance version of the standard Huracan and a successor to the Gallardo Superleggera. Although it was originally believed that the Huracan will also get a Superleggera badge, Lambo eventually decided to replace it with Performante. The name swap is rather surprising given that the high-performance Aventador retained the SuperVeloce name from its predecessor, but I agree that Performante is as fitting as Superleggera for a range-topping sports car.

Overall, the Huracan Performance is a big step forward compared to the Gallardo Superleggera, but it’s also a significant departure from the standard Huracan in terms of aerodynamics and performance. Find out more about it in my review below.

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Lamborghini’s World-Beating Huracan Performante Bows in Geneva

The quickest production car around the Nurburgring goes public for the first time

The highly anticipated Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the car that put Porsche’s Nurburgring lap record to shame, was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the already popular Huracan, the Performance is pretty much a successor to the Gallardo Superleggera, but features more state-of-the-art, race-bred technology than any other Lambo to date.

Designed with lightness and aerodynamics in mind, the Huracan Performante is significantly more aggressive than its standard sibling, sporting an aero kit that feels at home on the race track. This is obvious from the first moment you lay your eyes on the car, but what’s underneath the paint is even more amazing. With certain body panels made from aluminum and Lambo’s very own forged composite, which consists of chopped carbon fibers in a resin, the Performante is no fewer than 40 kg (88 pounds) lighter that the Huracan.

Not only that, but it’s also more powerful, with the naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V-10 being upgraded to produce 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That’s 29 extra horses and an additional 18 pound-feet of twist over the standard Huracan. With a weight distribution ratio of 43/57 front to rear, the Performante needs only 2.9 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start, which makes it three tenths quicker than the regular supercar. Charging to 124 mph takes an amazing 8.9 seconds, while braking from 62 mph to a full stop takes place in only 31 meters (101.7 feet).

Inside, the Huracán Performante comes with a new digital instrument cluster configurable for Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes, while offering data on downforce and drag. The new infotainment system also includes Apple CarPlay and iPhone apps, as well as Lamborghini’s telemetry system, which allows the driver to record, replay, and study his own performance.

“The Huracán Performante is the convergence of technological developments to produce a car delivering perfect performance,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation, and a 360 degree approach to creating class-leading super sports cars. It illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V10 production car performance to date, on both track and road, and is perfectly exemplified by its name: Lamborghini Huracán Performante.”

Pricing for the Huracan Performante starts at $274,390 in the U.S., with deliveries to commence this summer.

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Lamborghini Smashes Nurburgring Record, Puts Porsche 918 Hybrid to Shame

The upcoming Huracan Performance is amazingly fast!

When Trump was elected president of the U.S., I had a bit of a shock when I woke up to the news the next morning. And, Lamborghini setting a new production car record on the ’Ring is of similar magnitude. Because the upcoming Huracan Performante not only lapped the "Green Hell" quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder, a high-profile supercar, it did so no fewer than five seconds faster.

Specifically, the Huracan Performance needed only 6:52.01 minutes to go around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, smashing the 918 Spyder’s 6:57-minute from 2013. Although the record was announced on March 1, 2017, the run actually took place on October 5, 2016 with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli.

“This was an incredible and emotional moment,” says company CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Together with Maurizio Reggiani we agreed during the car’s development that with the technical and performance prowess of the Huracán Performante, not only was a sub seven-minute lap at the Nordschleife possible, but the lap record too. We wanted to achieve the Nurburgring victory in advance of the Performante’s launch, which was a challenge in terms of weather and availability of the Nordschleife. Not only did we take the lap record, we took it by some seconds!"

Making Lambo’s run that more spectacular is the fact that the Huracan Performance was quicker than the Radical SR8, which lapped the ’Ring in 6:56.08 minutes. Although the SR8 isn’t exactly a production model, its lap is often listed together with production models, as is the Radical SR8LM’s incredible benchmark of 6:48 minutes. The Huracan Performance is the first Lamborghini to outrun a Radical since 2005!

Since the Huracan Performante won’t be unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show next week, we don’t know much about what makes it so quick. However, Lambo did say that the record was established through innovative aerodynamics, lightweight engineering, a revised engine, and a dedicated setup for track performance. Stay tuned for updates from Geneva.

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Since its unveiling at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Huracán has already spawned three new versions — the Spyder, Super Trofeo, and GT3 — with two more iterations underway. I’m talking about the lightweight, high-performance version of both the coupe and spyder, which will be unveiled in 2017. It’s not yet known which will arrive first, but logic dictates that the coupe should break cover earlier. This will happen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March according to Lamborghini’s latest teaser video.

The 43-second clip shows a beefed-up Huracán on the Nürburgring track. The supercar is equipped with active aerodynamics front and rear, and also has a large wing atop the decklid, which makes it safe to assume that it’s not a regular Huracán. Lambo showcases its mobile front spoiler and rear wing, which can provide either maximum downforce for better stability or minimum drag for enhanced acceleration. The firm also announces March 1 as the date we will find out more, but doesn’t say anything else about the car. Not even a name is mention, so we don’t know what badge this new Huracán will sport.

If the previous Gallardo is any indication, the coupe should be called the Huracán Superleggera, while the Spyder should be christened the Performance. However, some sources claim that the latter is more likely to be used for the coupe. But whatever the name, it’s pretty obvious that the upcoming iteration of the Huracán will be incredibly fast and loud. We will find out more in March so stay tuned for updates.

2018 Lamborghini Huracan By Italdesign

More wings than an airport

Lambo introduced us to its Huracan hurricane in 2014 as a replacement for the seemingly endlessly popular Lamborghini Gallardo. With the Gallardo’s successful past looming large, the Huracan had some mighty big shoes to fill, tasked with becoming the Italian automaker’s best-selling model in the lineup. So far, the Huracan has done well in that regard, thanks in no small part to a surprising number of special edition models and limited runs. Now, joining the list is this new special edition from Italdesign, an engineering and design company based out of Moncalieri that decided the Raging Bull just wasn’t angry enough from the factory. As such, Italdesign gave the Huracan this wild-looking all-composite exterior treatment, transforming the Lambo into something that looks like it was plucked from an arcade racing game frequented by Ritalin-toting ADD cases. Only five will be produced, with production slated to stop by the end of the year.

Coinciding with the release of the limited-run Huracan, Italdesign, which has worked closely with Lambo in the past, is also introducing the Italdesign Automobili Speciali brand, so it’s likely we’ll see similar treatments sometime in the near future.

Italdesign says its upgraded Huracan is “intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, [and] it combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads.”

Sure thing, Italdesign. Because after all, who wouldn’t wanna drive a race-ready Lambo down to the shops for a quart of milk?

This customized Lambo will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show alongside an exclusive Excalibur Spider timepiece from watchmaker Roger Dubuis, signaling a collaborative partnership between the two companies. No price has been announced for the car, but rest assured it’s firmly in the “if you have to ask” category. As reference, the “normal” Lamborghini Huracan retails for about $230,000, give or take.

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