Speculation

Two new V12-powered Lamborghinis coming this year

Lamborghini is gearing up to add more models to its lineup in 2021.

Photo courtesy of Lamborghini Automobili

At the end of its 2020 year end sales result press release, Lamborghini tacked on a bit of a spoiler. The automaker, who traditionally plays its development hand close to its chest, revealed that its planning on release two new products in addition to the Huracán STO that will be "based on the iconic V12."

That's it. That's all we know. Well, kind of.

Word is that next-generation Lamborghini products are delayed so the two new V12-engined machines are likely variants of vehicles already in the Lambo stable. There's a trio of possibilities there including the Aventador, Urus, Sìan, and Huracán.

02The Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule includes 16 color combinations and an exclusive interior.Photo courtesy of Lamborghini Automobili

2021 Lamborghini Urus

Looking down the roster of products, the Aventador looks like the most likely model to get a new model infusion. There's been a rash of new Huracáns lately, including the Huracán STO, while the Aventador just celebrated its 10,000th build.

Could an Aventador STO be in the works? If there's one thing that Lamborghini knows how to do, it's make an even more track-ready car.

Huracán and Urus models also already have Capsule variants. That would be an easier addition to the Aventador lineup than the Aventador STO. Capsule models traditionally feature fresh paint colors and interior accents but nothing in the way of performance enhancements.

A one-of-one might not be worthy of the type of tease that the Italian sports car brand is layout out here though it remains a possibility.

There is also the possibility of a special edition Lamborghini debuting to round out the 2021 model roster. Lamborghini could also be developing a new Sìan model. The Sìan FKP 37 and Sìan Roadster are limited edition models.

One thing is for certain. We won't know until Lamborghini is ready to let the cat out of the bag.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

BMW

Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDriveThe last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDriveOnly 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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