Lamborghini to price Urus similar to Huracán

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If and when the Urus project is finally approved for production, it will take Lamborghini into not one but several new territories. For one, it will be the company’s first SUV since the demise of the LM002 in 1993. It’ll also be the company’s first front-engined model since the demise of the Jalpa and Espada in the late ’70s, and its first model to offer hybrid and turbocharged powertrains in, well… ever. Just don’t expect it to be its cheapest model.

According to Motoring.com.au, in speaking with Lamborghini sales and marketing execs, the Urus “will be priced similarly to the Huracán,” which is currently the Raging Bull marque’s entry-level model. That doesn’t mean, necessarily, that the Urus (pictured above in Beijing alongside the previous Gallardo) couldn’t undercut the Huracán’s price slightly – especially since it will likely offer more than one engine option – but don’t expect it to come cheap.

The Huracán starts in the US for $237,250. If, as reported, the Urus commands a similar price, that would make it the most expensive SUV on the market. That is, at least, before other high-end rivals from the likes of Bentley and Maserati get into the game.

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Lamborghini Huracán races Su-30 jet in Russia

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Lambo considering Huracán GT3 for United SportsCar Championship

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With all the versions of the Gallardo that Lamborghini made over the course of that model’s dozen year lifecycle, we knew the debut of the new Huracán would only be the start. And now we’re getting an idea of what Sant’Agata has in store. Before too long, there’ll be a new Spyder, and likely a rear-drive version as well. But racing teams are more eagerly anticipating the new competition versions. There’s the new Super Trofeo spec racer that Lambo unveiled in Monterey a couple of weeks ago, but now we’re receiving word of a new GT3 racer as well.

Based closely on the Super Trofeo, the Huracán GT3 is reportedly being designed to meet the regulations of numerous racing series – including, the latest reports will have us know, the United SportsCar Championship that competes in North America. This according to Sportscar365.com, which spoke to Lamborghini’s chief test driver Giorgio Sanna at Virginia International Raceway recently.

Unlike some of its rivals, racing has not traditionally been a core value at Lamborghini, but it has competed here and there. It previously relied on Reiter Engineering to develop racing versions of the Murcielago and Gallardo, but is said to be doing the Huracán GT3 almost entirely in-house, with a modicum of input from Dallara, the racing chassis manufacturer founded by the man widely credited with developing the Miura and Espada in the 1960s.

The Huracán GT3 would likely be sold to privateer teams who would enter it in individual racing series with support from the factory. Among its competitors would be the 911 RSR, R8 LMS and Continental GT3 offered by sister companies Porsche, Audi and Bentley, who have evidently found enough success on the circuit for Lambo to follow in its footsteps.

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Lamborghini’s Huracan quicker than its costlier Aventador?

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Car and Driver threw a leg over the Lamborghini Huracán and rode it hard all around the 16-turn Circuito Internationale Nardò, next to the banked oval that’s brought us many a top-speed video. On the way to discovering the bull calf sweetly eclipses the Gallardo it replaces, CD also discovered that – comparing their own tests – it is faster from zero to 60 miles per hour than its paterfamilias, the Aventador.

Now, we should all know that 0-60 tests are an imprecise discipline, but CD’s Eric Tingwall torched the sprint in the Huracán in 2.5 seconds – yes, faster than a whole lot of other very expensive super-coupes. In the magazine’s last instrumented test of the Aventador Aaron Robinson ran 3.0 seconds, and for more Aventador perspective we can compare Motor Trend‘s 2.8 seconds, also scored at Nardo, Road & Track at 2.7 seconds and Lamborghini’s estimated 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds. Any way you chop that up, 2.5 seconds beats it. A bit of a shock, then: Lamborghini lists the Huracán’s 0-62 mph time as 3.2 seconds.

We’ll get a more precise idea of the discrepancy when more tests come online, but for the moment – and in this one respect – we’ve got the $241,945, 602-horsepower Huracán showing its angry backside to the $397,500, 691-hp Aventador. Even if it remains true, though, we’re not sure it matters; in a figurative case of Predator versus Alien, it’s arguable that the only way to be wrong is not to own one.

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Lamborghini Miura and Countach driven back to back in bid to make Autoblog staff jealous

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Lamborghini may offer rear-drive Huracán

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Lamborghini may not offer a manual-transmission option on the new Huracán – so few customers were asking for it on the preceding Gallardo as it was – but don’t think that it won’t pursue ever more hardcore variants. And that will reportedly include a rear-drive version.

Speaking with journalists at the Pebble Beach unveiling of the new Huracán Super Trofeo, Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelmann is reported to have said, “We did it with the Gallardo so it might be an option. We are a four-wheel-drive super-sports car [manufacturer] but why should we not do a rear-drive option?”

The rear-drive Huracán would naturally shed a few pounds off the all-wheel-drive version’s curb weight, but the question is just how much. There is said to have only been so much of the AWD system that Sant’Agata was able to strip out of the Gallardo to make the rear-drive Balboni edition after the fact, but if the Huracán was engineered from the get-go for both drivetrains, the rear-drive version could prove that much more thrilling to drive.

In Lamborghini’s alphanumeric nomenclature, the LP indicates a longitudinal aft engine placement, the next three letters for the metric output and the -2 or -4 indicating the number of driven wheels. The Balboni and subsequent, more mainstream rear-drive coupe and convertible versions of the Gallardo wore the characters LP 550-2 because they dropped ten horses together with the front driven wheels. The rear-drive Huracán, by extension, would likely be labeled as the LP 600-2.

Of course that won’t be the only Huracán derivative the Raging Bull marque might offer. “We need lots of derivatives,” said Winkelmann. “Customers expect it and we always need something new to talk about.” Look for the Spyder version to arrive first, with a successor to the Superleggera and Super Trofeo Stradale to follow sometime thereafter.

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Ferrari dominant at high-priced RM Auctions’ Monterey event

MCQUEEN FERRARI SMASHES RECORD AT RM’S SATURDAY MONTEREY SESSION

Ferraris dominate RM’s Saturday sale: 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 delivered new to King of Cool Steve McQueen garners $10,175,000; 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale realizes $26,400,000
21 vehicles achieve seven figures during Saturday sale session
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MONTEREY, California (August 17, 2014) – One of the most highly anticipated lots of Monterey Car Week, the ex-Steve McQueen 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, entered the history books on Saturday night, selling for a record $10,175,000 at RM’s flagship Monterey sale.

Delivered new to Hollywood and motoring icon Steve McQueen on the set of Bullitt, the 275 GTB/4 spurred a spirited contest between bidders in the room and on the phone, more than tripling the previous auction record for the model (video: http://youtu.be/f2kqcKcRafQ?list=UU).

While the McQueen four-cam lent star power to the RM sale, the true highlight of the night was a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, one of just three built. Dubbed the ’65 GTO, the extraordinarily rare Speciale roared onto the auction stage, with bidding opening at $15 million. The final sale price – an outstanding $26,400,000 – cements its place in the pantheon of the most valuable automobiles ever offered at public auction (video: http://youtu.be/t3kJq1WJx1g?list=UUNiTBZZrGcok8fuWlDQ-_yA).

In total, six Ferraris led a string of 21 individual million-dollar-plus sales during the Saturday sale. Among other highlights were the Austie Clark 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout, offered from single-family ownership since 1949, which realized a superb $2,530,000; and a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, which sold for $2,090,000.


Unofficial RM Monterey Million-Dollar-Plus Sales (Saturday)

Lot 239 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale $26,400,000

Lot 220 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, ex-Steve McQueen $10,175,000

Lot 231 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 $3,750,000

Lot 237 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy $3,382,500

Lot 218 1963 Ferrari 400 SA LWB Coupe Aerodinamico Series II $2,915,000

Lot 225 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe $2,750,000

Lot 235 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout $2,530,000

Lot 216 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ Berlinetta $2,117,500

Lot 230 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV $2,090,000

Lot 211 2003 Ferrari Enzo $1,925,000

Lot 245 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 $1,804,000

Lot 227 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS $1,760,000

Lot 212 1965 Aston Martin DB5 $1,650,000

Lot 251 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione $1,485,000

Lot 228 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster $1,375,000

Lot 247 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S $1,265,000

Lot 238 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster $1,182,500

Lot 219 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200 C Spider $1,100,000

Lot 217 1967 Toyota 2000GT $1,045,000

Lot 234 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC $1,023,000

Lot 249 1961 Ferrari 250 GT N.A.R.T. Spider $1,017,500


The RM group of companies rounds out a tremendous week on California’s Monterey Peninsula today (Sunday, August 17) with four motor cars freshly prepared by RM Auto Restoration set for display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2013, RM’s restoration division cemented its reputation as the world’s leading restorer of fine automobiles when the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria restored by the company was judged Best of Show. The accolade marked the fifth time RM Auto Restoration has been awarded the event’s top honor in the new millennium-an unprecedented achievement.

Complete official results for RM’s Monterey sale will be posted online at www.rmauctions.com early next week.

(All figures are reported in U.S. dollars and include the 10 percent buyer’s premium)

About RM Auctions
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Pebble Beach Concept Car Lawn adds class to the grass

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While Pebble Beach is traditionally thought of as the refuge of the pristine and pricey vintage vehicles of the world, there’s no shortage of newer vehicles on display. And when we say “new,” we mean really new. As in, not even in production new. This is the concept car lawn, and it’s home to an eclectic group of vehicles from past and present.

Of course, calling it the “concept car lawn” is a bit of a misnomer this year (as it has been in previous years, too). Production models like the Alfa Romeo 4C were on display, alongside known quantities like the Hennessy Venom GT and modified versions of already-on-sale models, like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection.

There were a few concepts on display, though. Toyota debuted the critically acclaimed FT-1 Concept in a new shade, while BMW’s Beijing Motor Show stunner, the Vision Future Luxury, was also parked on the expensive grass. Also appearing were the Nissan GT-R in sheep’s clothing, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, and the recently debuted McLaren P1 GTR.

We’ve got a hefty gallery of images from the lawn available above. Take a look, and let us know what you think of this year’s showing.

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