Video: The Lamborghini Winter Academy Huracan Cars in Action!

For those adrenaline junkies curious about what it would feel like to unleash hundreds of horses on snow and ice, the Lamborghini Winter Academy could be the outlet for such a wish. The event is adding more locations annually and seems to be…gaining traction!

Lamborghini Winter AcademyWhat better way to unleash the full potential of the AWD Lamborghini Huracan than through the Winter Academy course?

This is a specialized program provided by Lamborghini that includes a dedicated driving program and, of course, the luxurious experience the world has come to expect from the Raging Bull. It is among the most anticipated annual events coordinated by the brand, allowing owners and enthusiasts willing to shell out the opportunity to truly rage in the latest models. This year, the new member of the family, the Lamborghini Huracan, was the snow queen. The Lamborghini Huracan is a wonderful example to experience in all-weather conditions, as she provides a unique all-wheel-drive system paired with the brand’s first-ever seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. While roasting off in a hypercar on snow and ice is never what any driver would label ‘easy’, these factors certainly make for improved control and overall enjoyment.

Lamborghini Winter Academy

Winter driving classes and events are not exactly a new thing in the luxury automotive arena, but when it is a brand as recognizable as Lamborghini hosting—it is simply more memorable and packed with more pizazz. 

The Lamborghini Winter Academy has several events planned for this year, which is an indication that the snow-fever is spreading as it is typically held in Aspen. Watch the video below as drivers take off in the pristine white Lamborghini Huracan and proceed to have an amazing time busting through the elements and even pulling off a bit of drifting!
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Take a Listen: The Lexus RC F Auditory Extravaganza

Before reading, take a moment to enjoy the amplified acoustics of the Lexus RC F nestled inside an exhaust appreciation tunnel:
This acoustics tunnel is located in the United Kingdom, attracting all shapes and sizes to the confines of her walls to create videos, recordings and perform testing endeavors. 

Does that not sound a little bit like an automotive enthusiast’s fantasy? It is what we all wish every regular boring car on the street sounded like, but it is not quite as aggressive as anticipated from this nice lady. But why does the Lexus RC F not sound as mean as she is? The RC F is packing a robust and healthy 5.0-liter V8 engine pushing forth 467 horses that sort of fade out by the time they reach the quad-exhaust system. The best part, according to reports, is when she hits the 3,500-rpm mark and occurs from inside the cabin when the intake kicks.

In the end, it may be more interesting to hear the nearly perfect Lexus LFA singing some high notes in the exhaust appreciation tunnel. Until that point, we can always enjoy another laugh at the LFA ballet from her glory days!

Lexus LFAThe Lexus LFA was met with much criticism initially, eventually winning over the masses and even the praise of a rather difficult to impress Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear. Clarkson drove the LFA in an episode, describing it as the best car he has ever driven. 

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Some Leisurely Snowboard Action Behind the Lamborghini Huracan

The Lamborghini Huracan has a top speed of 202+ miles per hour, but when it is pulling a snowboarder, it creeps along like so:
Lamborghini Huracan snowboard action. Wait a second…gotta take a selfie: The boarder is wielding a selfie-stick, which may be the culprit that prevented any awesome tricks. Come on bro, they make Go-Pro cameras for stunts like this! The entire feat was filmed using on-car cameras, selfie sticks and a drone.

The video above has over 150,000 views, as it shows the new Lamborghini Huracan completely out of it’s element and out in the elements—pulling along snowboarder Jack Bennet (Cheshire Gent on YouTube) at a snail’s pace. In comparison to similar stunts by the legendary Ken Block, it is a bit low-key, but that does not subtract from the cool factor of attempting it.

It would have been more captivating to see the snowboarder pull off some jumps or even anything resembling an actual move. Instead, he simply glides along behind the hypercar, perhaps in a daze to be so close to such an epic machine. The stunt took place on a snowcapped hill in the fittingly named location of Derbyshire, England. Stick with it until the bitter end, because the entire video is under 2 minutes and there is a spill at the end!

A bit of classic Ken Block busting up some powder: enjoy!

Many trolled and mocked the young chap with comments like: “My grandmother drove faster on snow in her Caddy…what a waste of a Lamborghini.” Overall, Bennet took the critics with true English reserve and grace, knowing that the haters will likely never get the opportunity to even attempt such an adrenaline rush. Verdict: Not everyone can do it Ken Block style, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a bit of fun!

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The Aston Martin Vulcan Requires Special Training to Operate

The Aston Martin Vulcan is the latest high-performance offering from the badge with a $2.3 million dollar asking price and a rather exclusive production run of just 24 units. The new member of the fleet has not only a prestigious family behind it, but also a special driver training course commencing in 2016 to teach owners to operate the Vulcan properly and to her highest abilities.

Aston Martin VulcanThe Aston Martin Vulcan looks every inch the racer (Photo: Aston Martin).

The Aston Martin Vulcan owners will be offered the opportunity to train with experienced racing drivers on some of the world’s most prestigious tracks in order to fully grasp how to properly drive, control and unleash the Vulcan’s abilities. Even thought the Vulcan’s multi-million dollar price bracket is much higher than her $200k-$400k siblings, it is unlikely that these elite training courses are included in the asking price. The courses are intended to “Support owners on their learning journey”, according to the brand, and there will also be simulation training offered for owners. So why the extra care in regards to driving this car when some of the other Aston Martin cars are quite powerful?

The Aston Martin Vulcan at a glance:

  • This is a track-only variant, packing a robust 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine producing upwards of 800 horsepower.
  • For comparison purposes, super-sibling Aston Martin One-77 boasts a 7.3-liter V12 kicking out 750 horses, yet is cleared for road use.
  • The Vulcan was meticulously developed with input from Aston Martin Racing, which likely explains why she is track-only. There are components and specs that are probably not street legal.
  • Heavy use of light carbon fiber shaves weight and increases overall performance.

Full details will emerge for the Aston Martin Vulcan this week at the exhilarating Geneva Motor Show. Until that point, check out the short teaser clip below:

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The Coventry Speedback GT Offers Flavor and Power

The Coventry Speedback GT by David Brown Automotive is a breath of new air hitting the automotive circuit. The asking price of $925,000+ has failed to terrify potential buyers, as orders have already been placed for the trendy ride.

At first glance, the Coventry Speedback GT looks rather like the product of an Aston Martin/Jaguar one-night stand. The unique features that mold her final personality also lend a sense of classic cars from the past with a touch of elegance. The nice lady has had a full year of touring automotive shows across Europe and is potentially poised to invite flirtations from a larger market base.

Coventry Speedback GT The Coventry Speedback GT at a glance:

  • Under her diminutive hood lurks a thirsty 5.0-liter V8 engine. With the power and appearances, the Speedback GT is certainly every inch supercar material.
  • With such a svelte form and robust engine, she nails the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in an impressive 4.8 seconds. Top speed is somewhat less than expected, limited at 155 miles per hour. Though her intended owners are the metropolitan types, so while it is nice to own a machine with an insanely high top speed to boast about— most city drivers know that the opportunity to ever take a car up to their potential speeds without reserving track time is…well…a bit of a pipe dream!
  • That distinctive Jaguar vibe stems from the Jaguar XKR chassis. It was stripped bare and rebuilt using just the lower section, though it is difficult to mask in the finished product.
  • Each unit consumes an estimated 3,000 man-hours to create, with just 10 people managing the process. From hand-formed panels to custom leather interiors, the Speedback GT is every inch bespoke.
  • Alan Mobberly, who has had a hand in projects with Peugeot, Land Rover and Austin Morris, designed the Speedback GT.

Coventry Speedback GT Interested parties should note that just 100 units of the Coventry Speedback GT are scheduled for the production run.

Coventry Speedback GT

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The Topless Lamborghini Aventador is Hotter and Therefore Pricier

Fans of the dynamic Lamborghini Aventador roadster LP700-4 will appreciate her drop-top styling, just perhaps not her lofty price demands. Interested parties already know that they shall shell forth approximately $450k in order to grip the wheel of the convertible Aventador. My verdict: worth it.

Lamborghini Aventador roadsterDo not have $450k? No worries–the Lamborghini Aventador coupe is roughly $60k less.

Owning a machine like the award-winning Lamborghini Aventador is a privilege. When something important like the Aventador emerges, often a slew of special edition and roadster siblings are created. While it is impossible to predict what she will be valued at far into the future, it seems like a safe bet that even at almost a half a million dollars, it is a good investment. It is also a good track car, for those interested in adrenaline rather than collecting…just putting that little slice of information out there. With 700+ horsepower and improved aerodynamics and handling, taking the Lamborghini Aventador to a track is every driver’s dream.

The Lamborghini Aventador roadster at a glance:

  • Her underpinnings include a lightweight carbon fiber chassis paired with carbon and aluminum components
  • She is not exactly a dainty lady—tipping the scales at 4,200 pounds. But with a hefty pack of horses in her stable, she is certainly powerful, even if her mass is of Bentley proportions.
  • How does she do it? A ridiculously potent 6.5-liter V12 engine redlining at 8500.
  • The Aventador convertible nails the 0-60 mile per hour jump in 3 seconds flat with a top speed of 217+ miles per hour

Lamborghini Aventador J

The one-off Lamborghini Aventador J sold for $2.8 million, making her siblings appear more attainable.

In the end, the convertible versions of most exotic sports cars and even standard cars are typically more expensive. People are willing to pay more to be seen in them and they are amazingly fun vehicles to drive.

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GTA Spano Increases Game to the Tune of 925 Horses

We have fantastic news for fans of newbie automakers: Remember Spanish company GTA Spania with their GTA Spano concept from back in 2009? It seems the newbies are all geared up and prepared to unleash the latest version of her at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show! The kicker: Now the Spano GTA is rumored to be packing a hefty 925 horses in her stables, putting her on level with the likes of LaFerrari and a select few others.

GTA SpanoGTA Spania has been producing the GTA Spano on a per-order basis over the past few years, but this new mega version is something to be thrilled about. Let us take a peek at the new trimmings and tunings we can expect from the latest version next month:

The revised GTA Spano at a glance:

  • Word is that this lady is wearing ultra-lightweight carbon fiber to reduce curb weight as well as Kevlar and titanium. Graphene has also been added to the construction mix.
  • Power has been tweaked and tuned as follows: The GTA Spano V10 engine has been derived from the Dodge Viper and hit with dual turbos. It is now an 8.0 rather than the standard 8.4-liter.
  • The nice lady now rips forth approximately 925 horses and 900 lb-ft of glorious torque.
  • Early estimates place her at a 0-60 mile per hour sprint of 2.9 seconds with a top out of 230 miles per hour. It seems that with such an overstuffed stable of horses, she could catapult up to the 60 mile per hour mark a second or more faster, but it appears that may require a bit more revising in the aerodynamics arena.
  • The previous version boasts a top speed of 217 miles per hour.


GTA Spania has been busy teasing the world with their latest beauty prior to the Geneva show. At this juncture they are tempting with shots of her derriere and taillights. Interested parties should note that just 99 units are to be produced of this robust she-beast!

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Bugatti Veyron La Finale: The Final One is Sold

The very last Bugatti Veyron has been sold. Named the Bugatti Veyron La Finale, she was the final unit the 450 car production run that spanned over a decade. True to form, the brand has been dragging out the closing of the Veyron chapter in dramatic fashion. Who can blame them–goodbyes are never easy!

According to Bugatti brand president Wolfgang Duerheimer: “An unprecedented chapter in automotive history has reached its climax. Even 10 years after its market launch, the Veyron remains unique in many respects.”

Bugatti Veyron La FinaleWant to get up close and personal with the Bugatti Veyron La Finale? Let’s keep the mystery up and unleash it at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The last of the 450 Bugatti Veyrons crafted was officially sold to a buyer located in the Middle East (Yes, big shocker there). The buyer has not ventured forth and identified him or herself at this juncture–though this hot score will not be a secret for long. I say this because those purchasing an exquisite machine like a Veyron will drive it, at some point, and word will get out faster than the car can hit 100 miles per hour. The Veyron is a beast of a machine, but it is also tame enough to roll out to regular events in style. This is why the versatile exotic sports car is so coveted by the select few able to indulge in her glory.

Bugatti Veyron La FinaleOverall, of the Bugatti Veyron production run, roughly a quarter were delivered in the United States and half found homes in European countries. The remaining numbers were dispersed elsewhere around the globe. The La Finale Veyron brought the long-running daydream to a fitting close, as she is a convertible Grand Sport Vitesse housing 1,200 well-heeled horses. The nice lady will take the stage to bid adieu at the Geneva Motor Show next month, possibly alongside some potential Veyron successor concepts. The Geneva Show is an excellent space for companies to gauge consumer responses to possible new products, so testing out the next concepts is fairly likely and would be a slam dunk.

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100 Beastly Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 Units Have Sold—Production Ends

The creative Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 rolled onto the scene back in 2013 on her 6 wheels. The typical rumor topics swirled, including pricing, specs and number of units. Against all odds, 100 units of the G63 6×6 have sold in just two years…at $400,000+ each!

Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6

Initially, Mercedes-Benz approached the idea with supreme caution, creating just two units and gauging customer demand. That demand ended up being quite large for the interesting vehicle, with orders pouring in regardless of the high price tag. It seems that vehicles with a distinct sense of style and personality tend to attract and maintain a steady fanbase: Think Land Rover, Jeep and now the Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6. So why in the world is the brand pulling the plug on the model after unloading 100 units? It could just be a case of quitting while ahead. It is not clear if Mercedes-Benz will accept special orders for the 6×6 at anytime down the road.

Reviewing the Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6:

  • She boasts a lively personality perched on 6 wheels rather than the standard 4. To make that more impressive, the wheels are 37-inches.
  • 5 differential locks
  • Power is derived from a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8
  • 536 bhp
  • The military version gets a 3-liter V6 diesel variant

Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6

The shortest Mercedes-Benz production run ever? Meet the G63 6×6!

For those still hoping to see more tough off-roaders from the brand, it has been reported that Mercedes-Benz will be open to producing the recently revealed G500 4×4. Some say the G500 4×4 is but a smaller version of the G63 6×6 drama queen. It will be interesting to see which direction the carmaker takes with the concepts in the future, as they have a well-rounded fleet of offerings on the market currently.

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Fifty Shades of Audi

For those who have not noticed, Audi is positioning itself as the car for the young affluent types. One would have to be blind not to see the spicy Audi R8 supercar serving as the ride of choice of frontrunners like Iron Man and Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey erotic thriller. Exotic meets erotic meets superhero? Tie me up…err…sign me up! Audi appears to like the domination approach, taking over the headlines and jockeying for that special spot as the top choice for wealthy youth. Check out the Audi commercial below, designed to coincide with the premier of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie recently:
So why is Audi taking this approach on the market when competitors like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are strategically targeting the more mature drivers? With the three brands in constant competition and also the top three tiers on the market, it would seem that Audi is eager to set their brand apart from the traditional standards. While those who could afford flashy luxury cars and the entire lifestyle have typically been members of the older crowd in the past, there is a new generation of young entrepreneurs. These young wealthy types are just as eager to separate themselves from previous norms by driving different things—and that is why Audi’s doors are wide open!

Audi Fifty ShadesOverall, the somewhat understated but still very smooth appearance of the Audi R8 appeals and works on many levels to serve the targeted marks. Would Iron Man look as cool rolling around in a red Ferrari competing with his red superhero suit? Nah. And would the billionaire Christian Grey type character work well with a plethora of exotic sports cars? Yes. But have they all been covered, coveted and recovered for decades? Precisely. The R8 is new and it is different, and now that it has found where it belongs, it can look forward to a long, sexy and successful future.

Audi Fifty Shades

The role of Christian Grey was carefully cast, as was the part of Audi. 

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