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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Chevy confirmed the new Z06 with 670 horsepower.

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After years of speculation, Chevy announced the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette for the 2020 model year. Almost immediately, a new round of rumors took off around the potential for an even higher performance Z06 model. Chevy finally confirmed the car yesterday with a design and specs that improve on the standard Corvette in almost every way.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new LT6 V8 features a flat-plane crank and an 8,600 rpm redline.Chevrolet

The star of the show is the new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank LT6 V8. The mill churns out an unbelievable 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and can rev all the way out to 8,600 rpm. Power numbers aside, the sky-high redline lets the engine wail and scream in a way that we've not heard outside of Corvette racing cars. The hand-assembled engines are paired with a single technician through the build process and each unit carries a plaque with the builder's name.

To differentiate the Z06 from "normal" Corvettes, Chevy gave the car unique front and rear fascias, 20-inch front/21-inch rear wheels, and a configurable rear spoiler designed to improve high-speed stability. The Z06 is available with lightweight carbon wheels designed to reduce unsprung weight. The car itself is 9.4 centimeters wider than the Corvette Stingray to accommodate larger wheel sizes and incorporate larger cooling air vents on the side.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06's interior features many upgrades over the standard car.Chevrolet

As a more track-focused Corvette, the Z06 comes with tech to improve performance and record drives. When in track mode, the Z06's Performance Traction Management system is activated, which offers five levels of torque reduction and brake intervention, and an electronic limited slip differential helps keep the rear planted.

Inside, the Z06 improves on the Stingray's cabin with seven interior color choices, three seat options, six seatbelt designs, and two interior carbon fiber trim packages. Chevy says that the car's interior has a bespoke and upscale feel that sets it apart from the standard Corvette, which itself already had a gorgeous cabin.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06 is wider than the Stingray to accommodate larger wheels and bodywork.Chevrolet

The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be built at the automaker's Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. Chevy will build the cars in both left- and right-hand drive configurations when production kicks off in summer 2022.

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Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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