Lamborghini’s latest bull – the Aventador LP700-4 – was finally unveiled the other day at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and boy was it worth the way. The Italian automaker’s 6.5L V12 engine dishes out 690 horses at 8,250 rpm and a max torque of 509 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. Performance is taken to new heights with Lamborghini’s new ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) 7-speed transmission. It’s an automated manual gearbox that minimizes shift times by almost 50 percent than with a dual-clutch transmission. Toss all this together with Lamborghini’s Haldex 4-wheel drive system and output peaks at 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.
Attention early adopters: Apple’s updated their line of MacBook Pros with some beefed up performance. The aluminum shells remain but one of the standout features is something that most probably haven’t ever heard of. The Thunderbolt port allows you to connect high-performance peripherals and high-res displays to a single port. Transfer rates are theoretically upto 10 Gbps which is just nuts. There aren’t that many Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals out right now but that should change over the coming months.
Though Italy’s Lamborghini has been making four-wheel drive cars for quite sometime now, Maranello’s Ferrari has thrown their hat in the ring with the Ferrari FF. The FF — an acronym for Ferrari Four (Four seats and four-wheel drive) — is really something special as it’s a revolutionary masterpiece. With a V12 engine under the hood, this car’s as powerful as it is versatile, something Pininfarina took into account when designing the supercar.
Ferrari’s exclusive, patented 4RM weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four-wheel drive system and is completely integrated with the car’s electronic dynamic control systems. The FF is also equipped with the latest magnetorheological damping system, as well as the most recent development in carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo. Performance wise, the car shoots from 0 to 100 km in 3.7 seconds.
Look for the Ferrari FF to be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin sometime this summer. (via egmCarTech)
To bring their four-door sedan to a larger audience, Aston Martin has launched a new miniseries dubbed, “True Power Should Be Shared,” to shed light on the Rapide. “Shot in Lisbon, Portugal, the films follow a group of agents as they attempt to deliver a precious object, time, to a mystery figure,” Aston Martin said in a press release. “The ethos of the film is said to be based on one of life’s quandaries: the more success you had, the less time you had to share it with the people who mattered.”
This is just Part 1 of many to come and happens to be the luxury automaker’s first foray into the digital campaign medium. Swizz Beatz actually plays a role in the series so look for him. Check out Part 1 as well as a “Making of” video after the jump. (via egmCarTech)
Yesterday at the 2011 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show, Porsche took the covers off their latest concept car, the 918 RSR Racing Lab. It looks magnificent but it’s really what makes it move and punch it’s packing that’s got our attention. The supercar is built on a stiff carbon fiber plastic monocoque and is gets power from a direct-injected V8 that dishes out 563-hp, the same found in the RS Spyder. There are actually two electric motors on the front wheels which contribute a burst of 150 kW bringing overall output to peak drive power of 767-hp. This additional spark is generated during braking and is stored in an optimized flywheel accumulator and is available for roughly 8 seconds when the system is fully charged.
Vans Vault has teamed up with British bike saddle maker Brooks for this premium black tooled leather saddle. It features hammered copper rivets and looks exceptional. The package comes with a saddle care kit which includes a leather care cream, a cloth and a wrench to get this seat in place in no time.
The good folks at Gear Patrol turn us to these MS & Co. sleeves made from selvedge denim. They come in a variety of sizes, ideal for go-to items such as an iPad and iPhone, to other essentials like your Field Notes and passport. The sleeves will surely turn heads as they’re easily distinguishable from the pack, even with such a simplistic design. The construction’s pristine as well as the historic Cone Denim comes from the historic White Oak Plant in Greensboro, NC.
All-in-all, MS & Co. is offering up some great sleeves, all of which have been made with much time and dedication. With prices ranging from $28 to $65, the line’s fairly affordable as well. For a complete review of the products, head over to Gear Patrol.
Though the only hints of a 2011 BMW 6-Series at the LA Auto Show were in the form of a concept, that didn’t stop the German automaker from releasing shots of the 2012 650i Convertible. From the looks of things, it’s going to make convertible cars relevant again. Furthermore, BMW’s gone with a soft top instead of the retractable hard tops we’ve seen so much of lately. A part of me actually digs this move. The design of new generation 6-Series is looking quite promising, but that can be said about the entire BMW lineup right now.
For anyone wondering, you can drop the top in about 19 seconds and close it in 24, with both functions possible if you’re moving at 25 mph.
Power for the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible comes from the twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 making 400-hp with a peak torque of 450 lb-ft available between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. The engine can be mated to BMW’s 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or a 6-speed manual transmission. 0-60 mph comes in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. EPA figures will be available closer to the on-sale date.
The new BMW 650i Convertible will release in the spring of 2011 as a 2012 vehicle, which isn’t too far from now. Look for pricing details to be released as the drop date nears.