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  1. Automobili Lamborhgini continues its brand expansion in an agreement Principle to create leather goods and travel collections. Compared to the stuff we've seen in years past, this stuff looks palatable and nice. The backpacks especially look like something I'd be happy to get. Press release at the end of the photos. -- PRESS RELEASE -- Sant’Agata Bolognese, 7 February 2020 – Automobili Lamborghini and Principe, an Italian company specializing in leather goods, have signed a license agreement for the development, production and distribution of a leather goods and travel collection under the Automobili Lamborghini brand. The collection consists of backpacks, trolleys, satchels, cross body bags, bags, belts and small leather goods and will be on sale from spring/summer 2020. The line will be distributed internationally, in markets including Russia and the territories of the former Soviet Union, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, via 300 retail clients and 450 points of sale. China, Japan and America outlets will follow. The sales channels include specialist outlets, department stores, duty free shops and the most important airlines. Openings are also planned, including ‘shop in shop’ and ‘boutique corner’ such as the one in the Attica department store in Athens. “For us, offering excellence in terms of design, technology and quality is an essential value. When we extend the brand into different areas, we only choose partners who are as committed as Lamborghini to the same expression of excellence in their sector. In this product line we find the distinctive design features of Lamborghini super sports cars, a quality of the materials and an exceptional attention to detail in the realization of the products," explained Katia Bassi, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer for Automobili Lamborghini. “The partnership with Automobili Lamborghini fulfills Principe's strategy of offering its international customers excellent products with differing styles. The values of the Lamborghini brand combined with our experience and professionalism provide the solid basis from which to distribute this line, which will satisfy even the most demanding consumers,” said Alessandro Maroni, Principe's Business Development Manager. The spring/summer 2020 collection is available in markets as detailed, and on the official Automobili Lamborghini store www.lamborghinistore.com -- END --
  2. 100% agree! It may be lack of sleep, but it's reminiscent of the early Countach profiles, a bit of a wedge on the back half. Either would be great, but seeing it without the wing it feels much more essential without. Granted, you can't go wrong either way.
  3. Let's file this under "Thing I didn't expect to run across". I can't say I would be putting all these in my house, but I'd definitely give the couches a try! Press Release below the photos. -- Press Release -- Sant’Agata Bolognese, Valencia, February 14th 2020 - LUXE Surfaces Atelier, a leading luxury licensing company working with iconic high-end brands in the design surfaces sector, has chosen the Spanish city of Valencia, named Capital of Design 2022, to officially present the first exclusive collection of architectural surfaces by Automobili Lamborghini, from 3 to 7 February, 2020. The innovative materials of the Automobili Lamborghini Surfaces Collection stand out for their refined style and bold character, elegant lines and iconic design, perfectly blended in an innovative, very large mineral stone slab, characterized by unparalleled technical-mechanical properties, unique aesthetic solutions and infinite customization possibilities. The significant result of years of research, design considerations and technological development, the Surfaces Collection Automobili Lamborghini was born thanks to the use of innovative and exclusive patented systems. These technologies are revolutionizing the world of design and architecture, with mineral stone used in surfaces and the latest generation interior and exterior coatings, transforming the material into a work of art. -- END --
  4. Wheels are subjective. Personally, I'm down with the dark color over light. Track driving has it's place, can be a lot of fun, just make sure you budget for it!
  5. I didn't even see the Senna's when I watched it have a dozen times! I'll be honest, your spec is my favorite that I've seen thus far. Let me know when you sell it!
  6. Looks even better in video. My goodness that's beautiful. Nice job specing that one. How much longer did you have to wait for that?
  7. Congratulations! Planning a big first drive for it?
  8. You're right on on all your points, but I think it's perfect for the entry level people who want "a vette" and don't want to pay terribly much for it. Leave the good stuff to the Z06 and ZR1's. Base model is impressive for just that, but this is hardly even getting into the capability of the car I speculate.
  9. Interesting, how would you see them changing things if that was the goal? I'm no disagreeing, I'm genuinely interested, never thought of how it would look if they just took aim at the domestic market. I'd speculate that means going to back to the front engine set up? Horsepower wise, Shelby (760 hp) and Dodge (840 w/ Demon) have that under their belt, and Ford has gone mid-engine with the GT (660 hp). I love some specific Vette's for sure, but I'm not sure I'd see where they could have taken it other than to a mid-engine as a natural evolution. Would love to get my hands on a C5 with a LSX build, or a C6 Z06 with mild mods for a fun weekend car. I'll always have a soft spot for domestic power!
  10. Destructo

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    How would you rate the gearbox and clutch against its competitors? It seems off the top of my head that the Porsche PDK is superior, but I can't remember how Ferrari ranks. Were you considering any other brands?
  11. Looks a proper Lamborghini! Congrats, it's incredible!
  12. Aston Martin has always made some of the sexiest cars on the road, but this Vantage Volante is one of the nicest looking convertibles I've seen lately. And that interior...my goodness, looks very well appointed. Press release below the photos. -- PRESS RELEASE -- VANTAGE ROADSTER: UNCOMPROMISING PERFORMANCE MEETS PURE EMOTION New Vantage Roadster joins Coupe in Aston Martin’s most driver-focussed model line Powered by 4.0-litre, 510PS/685Nm twin-turbo V8 mated to eight-speed ZF transmission Maximum speed 190mph. 0-60mph in 3.7sec Fabric hood features ultra-compact mechanism with sub-7 sec operation – the fastest for any fully automatic automotive convertible roof Prices start from £126,950. Now available to order. Deliveries begin Q2 2020 12 February 2020, Gaydon: The heartbeat of Aston Martin’s sports car range just got that little bit faster with the introduction of the new Vantage Roadster. Joining the Vantage Coupe, which was launched in 2018, this convertible model amplifies the emotional appeal of a model renowned for delivering a compelling blend of potent performance, outstanding dynamics and everyday usability. Testament to the uncompromising design, engineering and execution of this scintillating open-top two-seater, Vantage Roadster shares the Vantage Coupe’s absolute commitment to driving thrills. Powered by Aston Martin’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS/685Nm V8 engine and mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, Vantage Roadster accelerates from 0-60mph in just 3.7sec and is capable of 190mph with the roof raised. Weight increases by just 60kg compared with the Coupe thanks to a new, lighter Z-fold roof mechanism and optimised exterior and chassis revisions throughout. Careful development of structural shear panels and chassis components ensures the Vantage Roadster retains the strong dynamic ability and sporting character achieved in the Coupe with no compromise to feel or refinement. Sharing the same Adaptive Damping, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Electronic Rear Differential, the Roadster benefits from specific dynamic refinements. These include a bespoke tune for the rear dampers, Adaptive Damping System software and ESP calibration. As you’d expect from a dedicated sports car, a choice of Sport, Sport + and Track chassis modes - also tuned specifically for the Roadster - give the driver control of its dynamic character and behaviour. Working in harmony with Sport, Sport+ and Track powertrain modes retained from the Coupe offers the ability to progressively increase the car’s overall responsiveness and excitement, meaning the Roadster has a tremendous breadth of ability and feels equally at home on road or race track. While Vantage Roadster mirrors the Coupe’s exceptional tactility, pace and cornering performance, the design of the body is very much its own. The tautly tailored fabric hood features a compact powered Z-fold mechanism that ensures rapid operation (lowered in 6.7 or raised in 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 50kmh/31mph). In fact, the roof of Vantage Roadster has the fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system. An impressively low stack height pays the double dividend of allowing Aston Martin’s award-winning design team the latitude to create a seamless rear profile with minimal impact on the Roadster’s luggage space. Indeed, with a boot capacity of 200-litres, it is possible to stow a full-sized golf bag and accessories. The introduction of the Vantage Roadster sees a range of new options introduced across the Vantage range. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Vantage nameplate, Aston Martin is introducing the company’s iconic ‘vane’ grille as an option, available on both Coupe and Roadster as an alternative to the track-inspired ‘hunter’ grille featured on the Coupe from its launch in 2018. There is also a new range of optional alloy wheel designs in a choice of finishes. Enthusiasts will also welcome the manual 7-speed transmission being offered as an option on the Coupe, having initially only been available in the limited-edition Vantage AMR. Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the Vantage Roadster: “Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings your senses to life. Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level”. Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, adds: “Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their Coupe equivalents, but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated true to its mission of delivering precise, agile and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance. And of course, there’s the added dimension of driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down”. The Vantage range starts at £114,850, with the Recommended Retail Price of the Vantage Roadster starting from £126,950 in the UK, €157,300 in Germany and $161,000 in USA. First deliveries of the Vantage Roadster are scheduled to begin during Q2 2020. - ENDS –
  13. Oh my goodness... It has 830 naturally-aspirated horsepower. No turbo, no hybrid. This is what we want! Regrettably it's only track-only, but my gosh does it sound mean!
  14. Source: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a29078059/mclaren-f1-gtr-and-senna-magazine-drive/ Originally appearing in the October 2019 Issue of Road & Track, Sam Smith takes bother the famed McLaren F1 GTR and Senna on track. Saw this article and thought some of you all might appreciate this one.
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