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  1. Some dealers installed a battery tender connector on the passenger side of the engine bay. The engine bay cover can still be properly closed with the tender connected.
  2. Nice video, thanks for sharing! Regrettably though, Gandini looks very frail; he needs a cane when he walks and he’s hunching. That’s rather sad...
  3. Had the pleasure of meeting/chatting with Maurizio on several occasions. Next to Balboni, he is the next best Lamborghini staff (past & present) that I had encountered. He’s an engineer to the core. He really isn’t interested in talking about the business end of Lambo SpA but when asked about the technologies, his eyes literally glow. A brilliant guy on tech & R&D for sure. Interesting trivia: Maurizio was the 2nd employee of the modern Bugatti’s staff roster.
  4. Sorry Allan, you described the battery location for the Diablo & the Murci. For the Aventador, the battery is in the front trunk hidden behind the tub. Cagliostro, what year is your AV? If it’s 2013 and beyond, you might want to reconsider. MY2013 & beyond have supercapacitors and its current is no laughing matter. Although the car battery is dead, capacitors can store a charge for some time and can give you quite a jolt if you aren’t careful. Removing/reinstalling the front trunk’s tub is a bit of an undertaking also so you may wish to think twice before proceeding.
  5. Thank you both very much gentlemen.
  6. Thank you very much rhyno for your very kind words!
  7. Are those really all of Alex's words? (Just kidding but I noticed porter edited the review. ) Anyway, I had the fortune of trying the Urus for a few days twice. The 1st time was in February right before a snow storm. In short, it does work in the snow and quite well in fact. The 2nd time was during the summer. Let's just say this vehicle can put some of the better-performance cars to shame with ease. At times, it almost felt like it was defying physics. How can a SUV have almost the same road-hugging characteristics of a high-performance sports car along with similar acceleration and almost as good the stopping power? Yes, this vehicle is worthy of the badge that has a charging bull. But therein lies the dilemma... It's styled like the current Lambo line-up (more on this later) but it shares the same chassis architecture with an Audi, a Porsche and a Bentley. Sit inside and the Audi-esque interior overwhelms you. And it has an engine that originated at Porsche. So just how authentic is this "Lamborghini"? While its performance was highly commendable, it certainly didn't feel very "Italian". It felt a lot more "clinical" like a German-made vehicle. That may not necessarily be a bad thing but it's just felt odd when it wears a charging-bull shield on its hood. And the interior really doesn't have anything to do with Italian styling or fancy leather-work either. As to the styling, I saw the original concept IRL at the Lamborghini SpA during the Grande Giro in 2013. I was very fortunate to be selected as one of the special guests who was invited to a secret preview/critique event a coupe of years later to see the evolutionary styling of the vehicle. At that time, the vehicle evolved from the original red-coloured concept but it was also quite different looking from the Urus we are seeing today. It was compared to the Range Rover Sport, the Cayenne and the X6. The interior was also quite different and was more akin to that of the Huracan. After we were individually shown the vehicle, an one-on-one interview was conducted and we were asked a number of questions as well as to express our views freely. I cannot go into details but 4 different engines were listed for the Urus at that time. I am not sure if I like the Urus' final form. Yes, it certainly has the DNA of the modern Lambo's but a lot of it seemed superfluous. E.g. the front grill, IMO, is way too complicated. Squint your eyes a bit and you can see 4 BBQ forks! The vents on the front fenders do not serve any real purpose aside from adding the visuals. And the rear definitely has the same bloodline as an Audi. In fact, I think the Q8 actually looks prettier. I will admit that the creative styling is limited given that it needs to meet the criteria of a SUV. And this vehicle is caught in a bit of a styling evolution anomaly since it was originally a Perini design and Borkert had to pick up where Perini left off and finished the job. But I would respectfully disagree strongly with Borkert casting any relationship on the Urus with the LM002. This I can say without the slightest hesitation as I, like rhyno , am an owner of a LM002 as well. Nothing is similar between the two. Not any of the LM's styling, not any of its feel and not any of its character whatsoever! The LM002 and the Urus are two mutually exclusive vehicles, period. And if I have to pick only one, I think the choice is obvious but to be fair, their purposes are entirely different as well. As a SUV, the Urus is likely the most versatile of the entire genre. Is it the best, that depends on your criteria. If you want opulence, there are several other makes that can easily top the Urus. If you want utilitarian, there are several other makes that serves that purpose at much lower costs. And if you want something almost as good but at lower costs, the Urus close cousins from Audi and Porsche would fill that gap nicely. So is the Urus in an odd position and being pointless then? Yes and no. For the yes part, the just afore-said sentences had answered that already. As to the no part, since when do practicality and rationality belong in the same sentence with the word Lamborghini? But this is categorically the most practical and most rational Lamborghini that has ever offered to the public. And by sheer statistics, the majority of Urus owners are entirely new to the brand. No one would part with that kind of money on a SUV if it is pointless and an oddball. So from a marketing point of view, the Urus is a success. It is, at least for the time being, in a class of its own and it has the performance to wear the charging-bull shield proudly. No problem if you don't like it, there are plenty who do and are ready to pay serious money for one. How long would this passion last and how much this would water-down this exotic car brand, only time can tell. Finally, would I get one? Well, never say never but I think I am still in the lukewarm stage as of now and it would likely take a lot more to convince me before I would actually pull the trigger. Not saying I don't like it. In fact, I think its mighty impressive. Just that I have yet to figure out where the Urus would belong and what purpose would it serves if I were to get one. And I am not entirely sure if I can call it a true Lamborghini. (Oops... I think my review is actually longer than the "official review" above... )
  8. Welcome back to the bullpen D!
  9. They are really whoring out the term "63", aren't they?
  10. Bologna. Don't know if they still do it but in the old days, the factory would send a car out to take you from the city centre to the factory and back. One would think that they would still do it since you are ordering a rather extraordinary model. Your Lambo dealership should be able to assist/arrange you. Renting a car is also possible but unless you plan on travelling elsewhere, I don't see the point. Plenty of taxis around the train terminal of Bologna and you can negotiate a fair price from there to the factory. The distance isn't far; it's like a half an hour ride.
  11. As mentioned in another thread elsewhere a few weeks back, there WILL be another Aventador derivative after the SVJ; that's the bad news. The good news is it's not road-legal. It will be a track-only car. In other news, it seems like a Sian roadster has arrived and is about to knock on the front door...
  12. Looks great, congrats! Agree that it needs that huge & wild-looking SV decal to complete the package.
  13. Interesting read. But given the current global economy & political circumstances, even if with Lamborghini were up for sale, who has the audacity to purchase it? China seems like the only probable candidate but until the US-China trade war is settled, China is not going to make such a bold move. And would the Western world allow such a sale? As the automotive industry seems to be making a paradigm shift away from ICE-only power plant, unless VW has the capacity & technologies to make that shift in a seamless & swift manner; which would be very challenging; setting a 200 billion Euro worth target seems overly ambitious. It seems like Lamborghini has always been “surviving on the edge”. Having gone through several owner changes, I suppose the last 15years had been its most stabilized and prosperous era in its history. Hope that can be maintained while the inevitable changes will not dilute the brand further.
  14. Unotaz is correct. That’s the issue all along: the current CF tub on the AV is too narrow for a DCT. As to being new, I suppose it depends on the context of the term. IMO, it’ll be a mod rather than brand new from the ground up. Is a mod considered “new”, I guess it can go either way but in marketing terms, it would be a yes. I am no engineer but I would think that redesigning the tub is likely the easiest part of the process. It’s the costs of retooling the associated hardware to make the revised tub, all the costs of testing and new certifications of it and likely the necessity of redesigning the cabin (along with its own testing & certifications) that’s keeping things from happening within the lifespan of the Aventador series. Let’s hope these will all be happening in the next flagship model.
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