Milestones

Lamborghini celebrates 10,000th Aventador with a unique model bound for Thailand

The Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey is one chapter in the nine-year Aventador story.

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The Lamborghini Aventador story stretches from 2011 to today, encompassing 10,000 models. The super luxury Italian automaker celebrated the landmark V12 model crossing the end of the production line this week in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

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The Aventador debuted in 2011 as a coupe, known as the Aventador LP 700-4. It had a carbon fiber monocoque produced in the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory combining the cockpit, floor, and roof of the car in a single structure improving structural rigidity. A new high-performance V12 engine was developed exclusively for the car. It reached 700 horsepower and sent a quickness benchmark getting from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and had a top speed of 217 mph.

The roadster version of the Aventador debuted in November 2012. The roof is comprised of two sections and made almost entirely of carbon fiber. Each section of the roof weighs less than 13 pounds.

Lamborghini Aventador J

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At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador J (as seen above) was revealed, showing an "open" super sports car with the exterior and interior combining into one structure. The roof and windscreen were gone. It was designed to travel at speeds over 186 mph.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage

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In 2016, the Aventador Miura Homage (as seen above) bowed as a special series coupe that paid homage to the Miura, the forerunner to Lamborghini's V12 super cars, and celebrated that model's 50th anniversary.

A new Lamborghini Aventador S was introduced later that year featuring a new exterior, revised suspension, additional power, and a thorough reworking of the company's driving dynamics. The "S" denotes enhanced versions of pre-existing Lamborghini models. Its 6.5-liter V12 delivered 40 horsepower more than the original and offered a new Ego driving mode, which offered customization of various drive dynamics and throttle settings.

Lamborghini Aventador  SVJ

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The Aventador SVJ (as seen above) was offered starting in 2018. "SV", as per tradition, stands for Superveloce, and the "J" stands for "Jota", which denotes the car's superiority on the track and in terms of performance. The car held the lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track and was limited to 900 units.

The SVJ 63, a special edition with a unique setup that features an extensive use of carbon fiber, was produced in only 63 examples to pay tribute to the year Automobili Lamborghini was founded: 1963.

Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey

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A one-off model, the Aventador S by Skyler Grey (as seen above), was unveiled last year, fusing together the concept of street art with the design of the Aventador. Artist Skyler Grey used the main techniques of street art – airbrushing, spray guns, rollers and stencils – to personalize the car body in his typical Pop style in orange and yellow. The car was painted in three weeks in Lamborghini's new paint shop.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Chassis 10,000

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Chassis number 10,000 is an Aventador SVJ Roadster (as seen above) that wears a Grigio Acheso (grey) paint job and Rosso Mimir (red) livery and Ad Personam interior in Rosso Alala (red) and black. The car is destined for the Thai market.

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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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