Lamborghini is a company founded on a grudge. The founder, Ferrucio Lamborghini, set out to build a more reliable, comfortable supercar after being insulted by Enzo Ferrari while trying to have his Ferrari 250GT serviced. Nearly 50 years later, his company has released what may be the ultimate expression of his original vision: the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. The Aventador LP700-4 communicates Ferrucio’s vision of a reliable, exciting supercar built for the road while rekindling the traditions of previous Lamborghinis.
Lamborghinis have been about style as much as they are about speed. The Miura was the first Lamborghini supercar. In fact, many believe it was the first “supercar” period. Designed by Bertone, it began the wedge-shape trend of later Lamborghinis. However, Lambo became too avant-garde with such models as the Countach, softened to the point of blandness by the Diablo, and too tacky with the Murcielago. The Aventador, however, continues the tradition of the wedge-shaped Lamborghini, but brings that shape back to a more organic form, as seen in the Miura, rather than the purely geometrical ones seen on the Countach, Diablo and Murcielago.
Even though the Aventador references the style of the Miura, it is still connected to recent Lamborghinis with a few key geometric elements. In Lamborghini tradition, the Aventador is a long, low, and wide car, a land-going ICBM missile. The front features elements of the Murcielago, but the edges are softened in places like the fender and grill openings. The headlights have also been toned down to give the car a more mature look that still manages to look intimidating. Also, like the Countach, the sides of the car feature prominent air intakes, and like the limited production Reventon, the back end scowls at you through narrow taillights and large grilles. The overall effect is the first traditionally beautiful Lamborghini since the Mura, but is still aggressive in appearance. It may be the first gentleman’s Lamborghini ever – Ed Hardy aficionados.
The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Special Edition PRHT (power retractable hardtop) is a great looking car, whether you’re inside the cockpit or watching her drive by. Our sparkling black mica test model was as much fun as we could handle in this pleasant, late-summer midwest weather.
Mazda rolled out this special edition with just 750 copies being produced for the 2011 model year. The exterior has an upscale sporty look that boasts 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45R17 high performance tires, body-colored front and rear bumpers, dual power remote door mirrors, aluminum hood, dual exhaust silver outlets and body \-colored power retractable hard top. Other notable exterior features include a chrome grille, Xenon headlights, glass rear window with defogger, silver seatback bar trim, fog lights and chrome outer door handles and front headlamp bezels. The retractable hard top gives the MX-5 Special Edition a stronger and more complete look that makes it stand out from rag top models.
Yes this ad commits every cliche in the car advertisement handbook, but still, it features the new 911 up close and personal. If you can ignore the dramatic smoke, ariel shots, terrible new age music, and nary a whisper of why you should like the new 911, the ad is enjoyable. but seriously ad men, step up your game. Nothing about bad rock show special effects makes me want to buy a car.
Last weekend, Vance and Hines was gracious enough to open its doors for journalists and members of HOG (Harley Owners Group). For those of you unfamiliar with who Vance and Hines are, they are a race team that started back in the late 80s, but have managed Harley’s NHRA race program with the V-Rod since 2006. They also make some of the sweetest performance parts for Harley and many other bikes.
Here, Vance and Hines develops and builds not only their V-rod race bikes, but their own competitors engines as well. They are a family owned and staffed business with proven race results in various race series. They campaign bikes in the NHRA, produce the parts for the XR1200s in the AMA Pro XR1200 series, and also builds parts for dirtbikes as well.
One may not think of Harley and precise race applications, but Vance and Hines shows otherwise. For instance, an engine for the V-Rod drag bike takes 20 days to be milled out of a 70lb. chunk of solid aluminum. This attention to detail has led Vance and Hines to a 6 sec. pass at 199mph, and 3 championships in the NHRA pro stock division.
If you would like to see their work go around corners, check out the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series. This is a spec series where racers pilot identical XR1200s, all equipped with Vance and Hines performance parts.
Not to mention, the parts available for their road and race applications are all made in the U.S.A.
Equus is the top of the line in a growing and stylish Hyundai brand. We were very impressed with the largess, design and luxurious appointments of the Equus. The moment you get behind the wheel it’s very clear that the Equus is a serious player in the luxury market. While we test the 2011 Hyndai Equus check out this gallery and watch out for our full review.