Friday, April 8, 2011

A $380, 000 car you can drive every day

Pumps 700 HP of a formula one style, the new Lamborghini Aventador transmission is not only the Italian carmaker most powerful model, it is also the fastest. It can be from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, "what you just, go bungee jumping or parachuting according to the company" CEO Stephan Winkelmann started.

But you are not, stop you think about this new supercar for your daily commute, assuming that you can handle the expected price $380,000.

In contrast to the brand traditional extreme machines, the Aventador - like so many Lamborghinis, named after a legendary fighting bulls - is "for everyday use", Winkelmann is.

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It is a common refrain nowadays of the most exotic of luxury carmaker, Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin, among others including. Porsche launches a new campaign designed to convince potential buyers of a line of high-performance to can products be everyday driven, rather than reserved for special occasions.

Despite one automotive arms race that 400-HP exotic animals almost wimpy and almost seem top speeds of 200 mph has made see the standard, developer, that "buyers want to know they take cars to work every day, and not only drag it out of the garage every other weekend" Rob Allen said, U.S., product Planner for Fiat Maserati brand.

Indeed were former Lamborghini models, such as the legendary Countach, finicky beasts clock, in most, generally only a few thousand miles drive every year, and even require extensive expected to - read costly - maintenance.

But automakers are steps to improve the reliability and ease of use of vehicles such as the Aventador, which provides among other things a lifting hydraulic system that can add two additional inches of ground clearance for the front end, a significant relief owners of older Lambos, their front spoilers going on speed brake and parking scraped have ramps.

With the introduction of the Roadster California 2009, Ferrari treated one of the frustrating issues for owners of high-line luxury makers - maintenance. The Italian automaker the required maintenance being slashed to about 11 hours of work during the first 50,000 miles. Is, the still not cheap, of course taking into account labor prices for mechanics specialized exotics, but it's not all, the much more time in the shop as you for a Ford expect Mustang GT may, whose maximum speed a good 50 mph is slower.

"Ferrari, the CEO Luca di Montezemolo shocked purists in the meantime this month by lifting the covers on the brand new FF, as a" "price describes despite his estimated $359,000."

This is not the most sacrilegious part, however. What really Ferrari shocked traditionalists is the idea of a tailgate of brand familiar "Prancing Pony" logo wear. The design which is automotive manufacturers, "is not so much a development as a revolution."

To its credit Ferrari on his long-standing promise never builds a 4-door back go, but the "bubble butt" is not design definitely what it expected of the Modena-based manufacturer. It offers plenty of room for two rear passengers – in contrast to the cramped California - and is spacious enough to keep luggage transport travel for a long weekend.

Of course, Ferrari insists that the car without victims comes - 651-PS-FF racing 208 mph if you can late to work.

Adding more space is something have most exotic luxury car manufacturers addressing. And no wonder. Purists complained about the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne, the carmaker first sport utility vehicle, but it is now the dominant model in the German car manufacturer lineup. The Panamera, Porsche produced first 4 door which sold also handy traditional sports car models such as the flagship of 911.

Aston Martin has also the smooth Rapide five-door (about US$ 200,000) - a stun weighed a shift in strategy as of Porsche Panamera ($ 74,000 and up) or the Ferrari-FF. But Aston went even further and will soon start production of the CygNET, a luxury Microcar, which decidedly it within the framework of a joint venture with the mainstream Toyota developed. The tiny CygNET is expected for the equivalent of 35,000 to sell US dollars to $40,000 in Europe.

Even the most elite brands need to recognize the forces and transformation of the global automotive industry, including the requirements for better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, it seems trends. The recent Geneva Motor Show unveiled Rolls-Royce a battery-powered concept version of its large phantom limousine.

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While there are no plans, the car in production in fact, observers say the automaker industry have no choice as to embrace "Electrification" if it hopes to keep marketing his massive models.

Mercedes-Benz is a battery electric version 2013 launch his Gull-winged SLS supercar in the year, and Audi to a similar concept that eTron works.

Porsche set before recently a price of $845,000 for his upcoming 918 Spyder, a 2-seater, which can generate 718 HP from its V8, which is paired with two electric motors. Supercar plug-in hybrid be able, as much as 16 miles per charge in pure electric mode, and it is estimated, to around 78 mpg to get in hybrid mode - approximately the same as $42,000 Chevrolet Volt.

The typical 15,000 miles per year for someone, could, perhaps save 800 litres per year compared to a sports car of similar performance - thats about $ 3,000 per year as gas prices nudge $4. Of course would "payback period" for this plug in system to be measured in the centuries.

But the 918 Spyder, such as the Aventador Lambo, Ferrari FF and Aston Rapide pointed out, the most exotic of today's cars even are corresponding now expected some more mundane tasks as mainstream vehicles.

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