Won the lotto ?, The Lamborghini SUV Is Coming In 2018

Described by company boss Stefano Domenicali as “a super sports car inside an SUV”,

Lamborghini’s controversial re-entry into the SUV market is fast approaching its launch date, but this is our closest look yet at the Urus  and the 600bhp+ SUV looks to be a few steps closer to production than the test mules our spy snappers have previously caught setting hot laps at the Nurburgring racetrack.

we can see that the Lamborghini Urus will retain much of the sharp, angular design language of the original 2012 Beijing show concept and Lambo’s current supercars. With a low, coupe-like roofline and steeply rising shoulders it’s unlikely to be as practical as most SUVs, but it certainly looks distinctive.

Earlier this year bosses told us here at OffTheClothBoff that the Urus will cost from around £180,000 when it goes on sale by the end of the year, and it’s set to produce over 600bhp  and 800Nm of torque from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

Power will be transmitted via a dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive. The Urus will also feature a similar electronic four-wheel-steering system to the new Aventador S, with electronic dampers as well. Further down the line, Lamborghini will offer the SUV with the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, too. This will be the Italian brand’s first foray into the world of electrification.

When Lamborghini pulled the sheet off the Aventador SV in Geneva earlier this year, I had a chance to sit down with the company’s President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann. I was expecting him to play coy about the potential for a Lamborghini SUV, but I was surprised to hear what I interpreted as a bit of frustration with the Volkswagen-Audi parent company in dragging their feet on approving the Urus concept for production. Winkelmann spent a fair bit of time emphasizing how the supercar market is stagnating, and how a third model, especially an SUV, would give them a play in a growing segment

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The Aston Martin…Submarine ?

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Aston Martin is proud to announce a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines, the acclaimed manufacturer of state–of-the-art submersibles.

Codenamed Project Neptune, the venture marries Triton’s diving and operational expertise with Aston Martin’s design, materials, and craftsmanship. Overseen by Aston Martin Consulting, the partnership has shaped a unique concept that will lead to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition vehicle.

28 September 2017, Monaco: Aston Martin is proud to announce a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines LLC, the acclaimed manufacturer of state–of-the-art submersibles. Codenamed Project Neptune, the venture enables Aston Martin to further enhance and grow the brand into new aspects of the luxury world, with all the performance, beauty and elegance one has come to expect from the British marque.

Triton has unparalleled expertise in the design, manufacture and operation of submersibles for researchers, explorers and superyacht owners. Founded in Florida by L. Bruce Jones and Patrick Lahey, the team at Triton are committed to producing the safest and best performing, deep-diving submersibles in the world.

Project Neptune marries Triton’s diving and operational expertise with Aston Martin’s design, materials, and craftsmanship. Overseen by Aston Martin Consulting, the partnership has shaped a unique concept that will lead to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition vehicle. Project Neptune takes Triton’s acclaimed Low Profile (LP) three-person platform as a basis upon which to explore a new iteration of Aston Martin’s progressive design language.

Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have transformed Triton’s compact LP platform, creating a vehicle with inherently beautiful proportions. ‘Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,’ says Reichman, ‘we have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.’

Patrick Lahey, President of Triton Submarines LLC said: “We have always admired Aston Martin. The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design. From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realised in this truly exciting project.”

Aston Martin Consulting provides design, engineering and manufacturing services to select industries, distilling the brand’s essence into exciting new projects without compromising Aston Martin’s fundamental qualities. Aston Martin Consulting draws upon the exceptional skills of Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams, creating credible partnerships that go beyond the automotive sector and yet still demonstrate the love of innovation, beauty and craftsmanship.

Aston Martin Consulting Managing Director, Bradley Yorke-Biggs said: ‘Project Neptune is a flagship project for Aston Martin Consulting. It is a clear and engaging demonstration of how Aston Martin’s expertise in sports car design and craftsmanship can be extended into new aspects of the luxury world.”

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2018 RANGE ROVER VELAR

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2018 RANGE ROVER VELAR

The all-new 2018 Range Rover Velar has been revealed, filling the space between the smaller Evoque and larger Sport in the British marque’s line-up, and will land in Australia later this year, in the Summer.

Pitched as the “avant garde Range Rover“, the Velar is claimed to offer new levels of refinement and technology for the brand, and is set to go on sale in Europe later this year.

When the Velar goes on sale in Australia, pricing will range from $70,300 to $135,400 before on-road costs. A special ‘First Edition’ variant will also be offered at launch, priced from $167,600 – again before on-road costs are applied.

Although full Australian details are still to be revealed, headline features in the Velar include the debut of the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens, along with Matrix Laser-LED headlights, Jaguar and Aston Martin-esque flush deployable door handles, and a minimalistic design approach.

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The Velar is also the most aerodynamic Land Rover product ever, achieving a drag coefficient of 0.32. In order to achieve this, Range Rover has applied numerous techniques throughout the body to reduce drag, including specially-designed air channels in the rear spoiler that also help to cut the accumulation of dirt on the rear screen.

Despite its style-focused and aerodynamic design, the Velar still has all-round practicality like its stablemates.

Behind the second row of seating is a 558-litre boot, while a 2874mm wheelbase – about the same as the Mercedes-Benz GLC – helps provide plenty of space for rear-seat occupants. Depending on model, the Velar also features a towing capacity of up to 2500kg.

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The Velar comes with the company’s renowned Terrain Response 2 system with switchable modes for different low-traction surfaces, along with offering All Terrain Progress Control, Low Traction Launch, Hill Descent Control and Gradient Release Control systems.

Models fitted with the standard coil-sprung suspension feature a class-leading 213mm of ground clearance, increasing to 251mm with air suspension (standard on V6 models, optional on higher-output four-cylinder models), along with a class-leading wading depth of 600mm (650mm with air suspension).

At speeds above 105km/h, the air suspension lowers the ride height by 10mm to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. Additionally, the Auto Access Height function lowers the suspension by 40mm when the car is turned off – allowing for easier access in and out of the vehicle.

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Under the bonnet six engines are offered, including a mix of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel units. All are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending drive to all-four wheels.

Two versions of the 2.0-litre ‘Ingenium‘ turbo-diesels will be available, in 132kW/430Nm and 177kW/500Nm tunes.

A 2.0-litre Ingenium turbo petrol will also be offered, producing 184kW of power and 365Nm of torque, propelling the luxury SUV from 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

Range Rover says an even more powerful 221kW/400Nm version will join the range not long after launch.

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Meanwhile, a V6 turbo-diesel and supercharged V6 petrol will sit atop the range, the former producing 221kW of power and a meaty 700Nm of torque, capable for sprinting from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds.

The 280kW/450Nm petrol shared with numerous Jaguar performance models sees the Velar dash from 0-100km/h in a spritely 5.7 seconds.

The Range Rover Velar also offers an array of technology highlights, some being firsts for the British marque.

As mentioned before, the Velar will debut the company’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which includes two configurable high-definition 10-inch touchscreens stacked at the centre of the dashboard.

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Featuring a quad-core Intel processor, 60GB solid-state drive and 4G internet connectivity, the new-generation infotainment system offers a number of services and functions including online search for fuel stations, real-time traffic updates, Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote app compatibility.

The upper screen is divided into three menus for navigation, media and phone. It recognises swipe and pinch gestures much like a smartphone or tablet screen for navigating between menus and zooming in on maps.

Meanwhile, the lower screen is reserved for the climate control and Terrain Response functions, along with controls for the optional massage and ventilated seats.

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The screens are complemented by to two rotary controllers that are configurable to perform different functions including climate control temperature, massage seat settings or the Terrain Response system – essentially a physical version of the touchscreen.

Between the two larger dials is a smaller one for controlling the vehicle’s audio system.

Capacitive switches sit below the screens to control maximum air conditioning and defrost settings, along with stability control and hill descent control systems.

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Four audio systems are offered, including a 23-speaker 1600W Meridian sound system with three-dimensional sound-processing technology.

Customers can also specify the rear entertainment system, which adds two independent 8.0-inch high-definition displays featuring USB 3.0 ports along with HDMI connectors.

Numerous driver assistance systems will be offered, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver condition monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree parking camera, park assist, semi-autonomous tow assist, and trailer hitch assist.

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Four LED headlight designs will be available, including segment-first Matrix-Laser LED headlights, which have a range of up to 550m and feature animated direction indicators. LED technology is also used for the Velar’s fog lights and tail-lights.

Will Bugatti Be Next To Join The Exotic SUV Craze?

Will Bugatti Be Next To Join The Exotic SUV Craze?

If you had told us a decade or two ago that exotic automakers would be breaking into the SUV market with six-figure luxury crossovers, we might very well have laughed in your face. But now we’re looking at a reality where the likes of Aston Martin, Maserati, and Lamborghini are launching ever-pricier and more exotic crossovers – as are Bentley and Rolls-Royce. So who’s next?

Probably not Bugatti, if we’re to be honest about it. Though the Alsatian automaker has toyed with the idea of a four-door sedan with concepts as recent as the Galibier, the only vehicles it has actually produced in the past few quarter-century since its revival have been two-door, two-seat, mid-engined supercars – each with four turbochargers, double-digit cylinder-counts, stratospheric output levels, and even higher price tags.

If Bugatti were to get in on this particular territory, though, the result might very well look something along these lines. Brought to us by Peisert Design, this rendering envisions a sport-ute called the Bugatti Megalon – a name that sounds about right, but borrows from a fictional, fighting giant insect monster (not a pre-war grand prix driver). It’s based on the Bentley Bentayga, but with design cues obviously inspired by the Chiron. And though the borrowed proportions might suggest otherwise, Jan Peisert tells us that he envisions the engine sitting in the back.

As unlikely as it might seem, it wouldn’t be the first time that Bugatti would stick its neck out beyond the realm of two-door sports cars. Back in Ettore’s day, the original company delved into everything from trains to aircraft. The founder left “the world’s fastest lorries,” as he famously called them, to his rivals at Bentley. But now that the two are so closely linked (even presided over by the same CEO), it would only be fittingly ironic for Bugatti to follow suit with a million-dollar, thousand-horsepower sport-ute – and upstage its British counterpart in the process.

Aston Martin SUV (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExizG_m0L30)

Maserati SUV  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PijI_e02Z0w )

Lamborghini SUV ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74lvhmjGO84 )
Bentley SUV ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostjWhG07ZI )
Rolls -Royce SUV ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8jSMcqgCqY )

Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet

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With its sensual emotional designand intelligent details, the electric ‘mercedes-maybach 6 cabriolet concept’ represents the ultimate in luxury

After fizzling out ignominiously a few years ago as a stand-alone Rolls-Royce and Bentley competitor, Maybach is resurgent as a sub-brand for Mercedes-Benz. It’s selling stretched S-class sedans under the Mercedes-Maybach badge in considerable numbers, including many V-12s in North America and those plus lesser-engined models in China. Now it’s launching a stunning convertible at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Meet the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet.

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Stretching some 236 inches in length, this Maybach is grandly proportioned. It’s not made for tight parking spots; it would claim the prime space in front of any venue anyway.

 

Powered by a 738-hp fully electric powertrain, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet is said to be able to travel more than 200 miles on a charge. A quick-charging system can add 60 miles of range in five minutes, the company said. There are four electric motors, one for each wheel, allowing for all-wheel drive and torque-vectoring functionality. Performance claims include zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a top speed governed at 155 mph.

Executed in Nautical Blue Metallic and fitted with 24-inch wheels featuring 26 spokes and a rose-gold center lock, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet is the open-top version of last year’s coupe concept that took Pebble Beach by surprise. Up front, a grille with 25 vertical slats represents the new face of the brand. You will see it elsewhere in the future.

 

The fabric top features rose gold threads, and it opens to reveal an incredibly sophisticated interior with a classic two-spoke steering wheel, futuristic lighting effects, quilted leather inspired by Chesterfield sofas, and open-pore wood with aluminum accents. The digital instrumentation incorporates physical needles—elements that Daimler describes as “hyperanalog.” The planked wooden floor plays up a maritime theme.

Being an electric car, the 6’s incredibly long front end, with its twin center-hinged hoods, doesn’t house a conventional engine. Maybach has decided to put the space to other uses, with compartments dedicated to specially fitted luggage, umbrellas, even silverware. It’s a playful element in a hyper-luxury-car concept with a serious purpose: to underscore Daimler’s commitment both to electric mobility and to the Mercedes-Maybach brand.

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The PG Bugatti bicycle.

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Luxury Cars and Boats and now Bugatti have decided to try their hand at Bicycles…

It’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, but a new bicycle revealed at the recent Geneva motor show is a bold reimagining of pedal-powered transport – with prices starting at a cool £39,000 and going up to £69,000 with the full custom treatment.

Expensive doesn’t begin to describe it, but that’s not totally surprising when you discover that the machine, created by German specialist PG bikes, has been produced in conjunction with super-luxury car-maker Bugatti. The result is what is claimed to be the world’s lightest urban bicycle, weighing less than 5kg.

As with Bugatti cars such as the limited edition Veyron and now the new Chiron, the PG Bugatti bike will be built in strictly limited numbers. Production has begun already and only 667 will be built.

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The single brake is tucked behind the fork and headstock for aerodynamic efficiency – although why you’d need that on an urban bike remains a mystery

PG, which is based in Regensburg, Germany, develops and builds bikes under licence, with Bugatti providing its name as well as design expertise.

The standard PG Bugatti bike is 95 per cent carbon-fibre. As you’d expect of anything in this price bracket, the detailing is breathtaking.

The frame, fork, rims, handlebar, seat, seat post, crank and even the single brake are made of the highest quality carbon-fibre available. The handlebar is equipped with shock absorbers to substantially improve comfort, while the cross-sections of the frame elements have been optimised for the aerodynamic efficiency.

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An oil-free toothed belt provides the drive

There’s no nasty, oily chain to ruin your expensive trousers. Instead, a toothed belt provides drive, while there is only one exposed cable so the bike’s clean lines aren’t spoiled.

The Bugatti bikes are completed, refined and customised according to the customer’s wishes by hand in the PG Bugatti showroom in Weinstadt. Buyers can adapt their bicycle’s style to match their Bugatti supercar with special paints, carbon in various colours and a bewildering choice of the finest leathers.

PG’s CEO Manuel Ostner says: “We had the vision of building the ultimate bicycle to go with the ultimate car; ultimate in design, workmanship and performance.

“That is why we are very happy that Bugatti supports this vision, and we are proud to be able to use the name of this extraordinary brand for our product.”

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While the carbon fork is conventional, the rear features only one seat stay

Achim Anscheidt, director of design at Bugatti, says: “We liked PG’s idea of building a bicycle in the spirit of our company founder, Ettore Bugatti, who also designed a bike.

“The goal of developing a high-tech product using the newest and finest materials for lightweight construction which, on top of that, was to bear our brand, convinced us to develop the bike’s design together with PG and to suggest formal ideas.”

I was hoping to test one for this website, but the thought of having it tampered with or even stolen while chained up outside the post office persuaded me to reconsider…

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MANSORY Rolls-Royce Ghost – Blue / Gold

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Based on the Rolls-Royce Ghost concept, MANSORY presents one of the three limited luxury-car specimens. Subtle modifications designed to increase the car’s elegance and add a touch of sportiness are priorities. The latter especially, is achieved by adapting the engine-electronic in an impressive manner, which results in increased overall performance. A unique overall concept with exclusive features emerges.

Sophisticated elegance characterizes the White Ghost’s Limited image. The name ties into the theme here: MANSORY wraps the Rolls-Royce’s silhouette in a subtle white hue. It accents the car’s body style as well as its understated upgrades in an optimal and stylish manner. The new front-end featuring additional LED daytime running lights and vertical air outlets on the sides, directly beneath the serial cooling grill are distinct eye-catchers. This is in perfect harmony with MANSORY’s side skirts, the rear view mirrors on each side, the rear spoiler as well as the rear apron with implied diffuser and dual sport-exhaust-system.

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