March 7, 2012
Lamborghini graced the 2012 Geneva Motor Show by presenting a striking one-off Roadster interpretation of their Aventador Supercar. It was a secret best-kept in the finest of Motor Show traditions with its drop-jaw effectiveness basically outshining the debut of Ferrari’s most powerful road-car to date: The 740 bhp F12berlinetta.
So what exactly do we have here…? Essentially, this is Lamborghini displaying their rather unique utilization of carbon-fibre advancements within a bespoke Aventador chassis. Called the ‘J’, its name harkens back to the Miura Jota and (quite possibly) the FIA ‘appendix J’ guidelines for homologation classes and is a uniquely expensive way to achieve your driving thrills with the added bonus of various insects and road-debris ricocheting off your teeth and hair. It’s also comic-book insane… which is a very good thing.
To make up for the loss of bodywork, the Aventador’s carbon chassis has been extensively revised with loads of visible carbon bracing and carbon roll-over hoops. Understandably, the air-con has been ditched (why would you need it..?), as has the sat-nav to help reduce weight. F1-inspired aero nods embellish the front and rear sections while rather tasty carbon-fibre blades adorn the alluring wheel design. Oh, and I quite approve of the ‘upside-down’ rear wing as well…
The J retains the same 6.5L 700 bhp V12 of the standard Aventador yet we’re highly confident that the shocking performance will be greatly enhanced in the visceral sense. Interior-wise, Lamborghini has also displayed a patented new flexible ‘carbonskin’ material to adorn the fixed carbon seats – a material that Lamborghini claims will grace high-end clothing sometime in the near future – sounds geeky… I like that.
If you’d fancy getting your paws on the J, well… we’re sorry to report that it has already been sold. Price..? 2.1 million euros, plus taxes.
Rounding this off with an excellent on-the-podium, close-up view showing all of the mad details that imbue this one-off Aventador J. All I can say is, thank heavens for Lamborghini and their crazy automotive ways… We need more of that in this world.
December 14, 2011
As with last week’s ’66 Ford Mustang POTD, there’s not a lot to say here. Having captured this shot down by the local airport, I therefore felt it only appropriate to show-off the beautifully engineered doors of the Vantage as they rise up like wings upon their opening.
The angled light of a Wintery afternoon hung low in the sky and I remember it being quite cold and blowy down by the ocean’s edge – needless to say, the top came up for the drive back and the seat-warmers set to ‘Bake’…
And oh my… the sounds emanating from the exhaust… *eyes closed – no longer here*
December 13, 2011
Funny how these things transpire sometimes. Last night I was out for a wintery walk in the neighborhood when I found myself doing a double-take towards a rumbling, long-nosed Mercedes as it slowly drove on by. My initial, one-eyed glance told my brain that it was an SLR Supercar, which in turn prompted both of my eyes’ attention to reveal that it was actually just an AMG-tweaked SL…
The new 2012 Mercedes SL
Which then got me thinking about the current/new Mercedes ‘sporting’ line-up… and how the new SLK looks like it’s attempting an ill-conceived, poorly-proportioned impression of the blindingly stunning SLS AMG Gullwing Supercar… well, at least in the front.
2012 Mercedes SL interior
Yet then, upon viewing these new ‘leaked’ photos from Autoblog.nl of the new 2012 SL I couldn’t help surmising that it looks like a lengthened, widened, sleeker SLK… which, apart from the headlamps and other minor styling cues, is now actually closer in style/looks to the new SLS AMG Roadster…
The new 2012 Mercedes SL - A sexier SLK...? or a watered-down SLS Roadster... ?
And yes yes… I’m fully aware that this is the ‘SL’ line of Mercedes 2-seater automobiles and that similarities are bound to be found (the old SLK looked a lot like a cutesy SLR), but I don’t think I’d be too far off the mark by proclaiming that this has become Inbred Automotive Styling (via Porsche) in full-effect here folks…
The new 2012 SL - taking more than inspiration from...
...the AMG SLS Roadster... ?
2012 SLK - looks like an SLS (head on)