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Best V10 Engines Ever Produced

Most people probably don’t know it, but V10 engines are kind of the awkward middle child within the high-performance engine family. They are often overlooked for their smaller, more compact, and just-as-spirited V8 siblings, yet still somehow manage to cut a notably less brawny figure next to the larger V12 motors. In terms of outcomes, this is probably why even the most hardcore car enthusiasts will have a difficult time recalling more V10 production cars than you can count on one hand – there are fewer of them than you’re likely thinking, and perhaps there should be more of them for this reason, but that’s for a different discussion.

Interestingly, it’s the Volkswagen Group which currently has the monopoly on supplying this particular engine, via Lamborghini and Audi production models which are under the corporation’s umbrella (plus its namesake Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI – more on that below). Meanwhile, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Ferrari would at the very least have delved into the art of the V10 -which they did, though only to produce such engines for Formula 1 cars from 1996 to 2005.

Quantifiably speaking, yes, there are fewer V10s out there than the other engines most closely related to it. However, each V10 engine mentioned on this list is undeniably iconic and rightfully potent, particularly when it comes to panache. So while this middle child might not always steal the spotlight, nor hog affection that goes to its siblings, it is in no way lacking any of the talent in its DNA.

Here’s the shortlist of 10 such engines, which we have curated:

Lamborghini / Audi 5.2L V10

Lamborghini / Audi 5.2L V10 Engine

Ever since 2008 – when the refreshed Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 was released – all V10 engines used in the Lamborghini line-up have been based on the 5.2L architecture. This has carried over to the Gallardo’s successor – the Lamborghini Huracán – with each and every one of its models having been fitted with the aforementioned power plant, up to this point. In the current stage of its evolution, the 5.2L naturally-aspirated V10 is mechanically identical to Audi’s version of the engine (which uses ‘Fuel Stratified Injection) and is seen in Audi’s own R8 supercar; however, power outputs vary depending on the trim levels of the respective models.

Audi 5.0L V10 Biturbo

Audi 5.0L V10 Biturbo Engine

The sharing of tech (and a healthily-stocked pantry of engine parts) between Lamborghini and Audi spans back more than a decade now, and the engine used in the C6-generation Audi RS 6 has to go down as one of the best collaborations to date. Derived from the outgoing 5.0L naturally-aspirated V10 unit from the Lamborghini Gallardo, the motor in the RS 6 was repurposed with a pair of turbochargers. This allowed the super-wagon to produce 571 hp and 478 lb-ft of torque, on its way to becoming Audi’s most powerful car ever, in 2010. While it was handily more powerful than its competition – the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 – it also cost quite a bit more (almost double, after conversion) which is likely the reason why it didn’t reach US shores.

Audi 5.2L V10 FSI 40V

Audi 5.2L V10 FSI 40V Engine

Unlike the C6-generation Audi RS 6, the 5.0L unit used in the third-generation Audi S6 is less related to a Lamborghini equivalent and has more in common with an Audi 4.2L V8. For starters, it has a longer stroke and wider bore than the Lamborghini 5.0L V10 seen in the Gallardo, making for the better low-end power which is more befitting of the larger sedan. When considering the internals, the 5.2L motor in the S6 more closely resembles the aforementioned 4.2L V8 which was once used in the B6-generation Audi S4. Thanks to the tweaks mentioned above, this engine was good for 444 hp in the four-ringed luxury sports sedan.

Lamborghini Huracán Performanté 5.2L V10

Lamborghini Huracán Performanté 5.2L V10 Engine

The 5.2L naturally-aspirated V10 power plant we’ve been speaking so much about in this list is at the peak of its evolution via the current Lamborghini Huracán Performanté. In this configuration, the engine produces 640 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm; this makes the supercar good for 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and a blistering top speed of 325 km/h, all without the assistance of any type of forced induction. Augmented with the greatest technologies available today, the motor produces its power more efficiently than ever before as well, with more than 70% of its torque already available as early as 1,000 rpm.

Dodge Viper ACR 8.4L V10

Dodge Viper ACR 8.4L V10 Engine

Even if the Dodge Hellcat is hogging all the headlines these days, there’s always something you have to admire about the lunacy of a naturally-aspirated 8.4L V10 engine. No, the Dodge Viper doesn’t do subtlety very well. Yes, it does happen to fall under the ‘Old Testament’ definition of “awesome”. With 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque being produced from that colossus of an all-aluminum engine, the Viper has the exhaust note of a semi-dormant volcano. It would make absolutely no sense at all if it wasn’t just so damn fast. Variants such as the SRT-10 and ACR-X took the road-going version of the car to the next level, with the latter being a turn-key, non-street legal race car that participates in Viper racing leagues around the world.

Lexus LFA 4.8L V10 (1LR-GUE)

Lexus LFA 4.8L V10 (1LR-GUE) Engine

Many regard the Lexus LFA as one of the best supercars ever made. Lexus only made 500 units, and I assumed those 500 sold out quickly. I was wrong. Despite the fact that Lexus hasn’t produced the LFA since 2012, there are still seven brand new LFA supercars for sale in the US, according to Carscoops. With all that said, the LFA came with one of the best V10 engines ever produced by a Japanese automaker. The 4.8L naturally-aspirated V10 – dubbed 1LR-GUE – made 552 hp and 352 lb-ft of torque. Developed in collaboration with Yamaha, it was a free-revving engine with an exhaust note that is truly unlike any other on the planet. As the sole representative from Japan, the 1LR-GUE is certainly one for the ages.

Porsche Carrera GT 5.7L V10 (980/01)

Porsche Carrera GT 5.7L V10 (980/01) Engine

What makes the Porsche Carrera GT engine so special is that it is technically a race car engine. Not in that loosely-based sense – as is often used as a gimmick by salespeople – but in the true sense of the word. In the late 1990s, Porsche engineers in Zuffenhausen were assigned the task of developing a naturally-aspirated V10 concept engine, which was to later be used in a race car for the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Sadly, the completion of that race car never came to fruition, but the efforts of the engine builders would not go to waste.

Porsche decided to adapt the engine for use in the Carrera GT and took the necessary steps to not only refine it in order to satisfy production car protocols but also managed to make it a more powerful version than the original unit. The result is a 5.7L naturally-aspirated V10 engine, which produces 612 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 435 lb-ft of torque @ 5,750 rpm. This allowed the Carrera GT to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph.

BMW M5 V10 (S85)

BMW M5 V10 (S85) Engine

Released in mid-2005, the E60 M5 sedan featured a high-revving and ultra-powerful V10 engine, which was the only one of its kind in a series-production car at that moment in time (while also being the marque’s most powerful production car engine ever made). The 5.0L naturally-aspirated unit shared more than just the same number of cylinders as the Formula 1 engine that powered the BMW Williams F1 team. Technology forged in the heat of motorsport had enhanced the processes and components used in creating this new powerhouse. As you would expect from BMW M, this high-performance motor generates enormous pulling force over its entire speed range.

VW Touareg V10 TDI

VW Touareg V10 TDI Engine

What makes this particular automobile so remarkable is not that it’s a Volkswagen, or an SUV, or diesel-powered, but that it’s all of those things with a twin-turbocharged 10-cylinder engine thrown into the mix. This Frankenstein-ish power plant would only feature for a couple of years before the whole Dieselgate fiasco, and had it not been for the calamity which ensued, it surely would have garnered more recognition than it has mustered to this day. All of its characteristics exude a bias towards low-end power, and the stats certainly reflect this – 309 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm. Oh, and don’t forget, a very utilitarian tow rating of 7,700 lbs.

Dodge Ram SRT-10 8.3L V10

Dodge Ram SRT-10 8.3L V10 Engine

Imagine a Viper engine swapped into, then modified for use in a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, and voila. So what exactly does this magic trick entail? Well for starters, in July 2004, a Dodge Ram SRT-10 driven by NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, set the Guinness World Record (and the SCCA record) for the world’s fastest production truck when it achieved an average top speed of 154.587 mph. This was all possible with the help of the 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque that the naturally-aspirated motor produced, with 90% of its torque available at 1,500 rpm. It could even tow up to 7,500 lbs; though we would bet that most owners would forgo any procedures that might keep them from optimizing their 1/4 mile times.

Lamborghini in the Rocket League game

I don’t know if you’re familiar with Rocket League? It’s a multi-platform video game that apparently has won more than 150 “Best Game” awards all over the world, it’s a combination of two of the most popular passions ever: sports cars and soccer.

Psyonix is the production company behind the Rocket League game, and they opted to add the new Lamborghini Huracán STO for its unique design inspired by Lamborghini race cars and for its performance figures (top speed 310 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds). The virtual version of the Huracán STO is available for gamers around the world from today through April 27 and will be used to compete in the Battle of the Bulls during the Rocket League Championship Series X Lamborghini Open of which Automobili Lamborghini is the official sponsor.

The purchased package includes the car in Blu Laufey and Arancio California and with different liveries and customization options. The package is completed by the roar of the engine, two sets of tires, and the exclusive “Huracán STO Player Banner” and “Antenna” systems developed by Psyonix.

Stephan Winkelmann, President, and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini commented: “The debut of Huracán STO in the world of Rocket League is a further step in the digital strategy of Lamborghini, which entered eSports in 2020 with its own one-make championship. Gaming and simulation are phenomena of particular interest to the automotive industry, important for engaging the new generations and making our cars even more popular with young people.”

“Battle of the Bulls” will be played in a five-match series from the 23rd to the 25th, and fans can follow the action live on Twitch. The best Rocket League gamers will compete in a series of one-on-one matches, an event format created for Lamborghini, and each winner will receive a prize of US$5,000.

Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD Gets Fresh Novitec Styling

Novitec has equipped the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD with a new styling package that includes a different bumper, developed a new naked carbon front spoiler attached to the fascia and added a front wing on the center to reduce front-axle lift when the car is at high speeds. The carbon flaps at the front are race-inspired and direct the airflow to the side air intakes.

A special trunk lid is offered as optional, the slits on the right and left side of the exterior body direct the air through a duct into the hood to improve the downforce whereas the front spoiler improves the handling and stability of the car. The naked-carbon rocker panels enable the car to appear lower and allows the brakes to cool faster through their integrated air intakes. The same materials are used on the mirror covers and the air intakes on rear windows to optimize the supply of air to the engine.

Additional parts tuned by Novitec include an optional customized glass hood with larger air intakes that helps to cool the engine or the variant pictured, carbon rear wing which increases the rear-axle downforce and Novitec diffuser.

The Huracan Evo RWD is further fitted with Y shaped 9Jx20 wheels with 245/30 ZR 20 high performance tires on the front axle and 12.5Jx21 rims with 325\25 ZR 21 tires on the rear axle for good grip. This Huracan model and wheels are available in two types of attachment system, either a conventional bolt pattern or a center lock design.

The Sport Springs lower the car by about 35mm, clients can also choose an aluminium coilover suspension option with solid-piston shocks originally designed for the GT3 which features 13 selectable compressions and rebounds for low and high speed range.

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD has maintained the power at 610 hp but the high performance exhaust system can boost its power delivery. Clients are given the choice to choose from stainless steel or lighter Inconel materials used in Formula 1 cars. The exhaust system comes with thermal insulation to lower the temperature in the engine bay, the temperature can be further reduced by use of 999 fine gold plating.

Novitec offers a variety of customization options including colors and Alcantara. Performance and price were not mentioned.

Five facts on the Huracan STO

The new Lamborghini Huracán STO has been traveling all over the world to entice people to order one … as if getting a street-legal Super Trofeo race car isn’t enough incentive, still Lamborghini marketing deemed it necessary to put the car in front of an audience anyway, and it seems to be working, as orders for this 640 hp V10 Raging Bull pile up … first deliveries are foreseen later this year.

The Super Trofeo Omologata is off course inspired by the Huracán EVO Super Trofeo developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corsa to run in their own race series, as well as the Huracán EVO GT3, the three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona and two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Automobili Lamborghini just launched ‘#Focu5on’, a monthly series that will bring us “The 5 things you do not know about…”, giving anecdotes and behind the scenes information about Lamborghinis so that both owners and enthusiasts of the ‘Raging Bull’ can learn more about, as Lamborghini states: “the more unusual and less-known enigmas of a company that is much more than just a car manufacturer of global excellence”.

The first issue of Lamborghini #Focu5on lists The 5 things you do not know about the Huracán STO:

COFANGO, a “Made in Lamborghini” design solution

The term Cofango derives from the fusion of two Italian words: cofano (hood) and parafango (fender), coined by Automobili Lamborghini to describe the design solution in which the hood, fenders, and front bumper are integrated into a single component. This innovative system created by Lamborghini engineers is inspired by the Lamborghini Miura and the more recent Sesto Elemento, and on the STO is made entirely of very light carbon fiber.

The key to opening the fastenings on the STO’s Cofango is unique: it was developed in-house by the R&D team and made using an innovative 3D printing technique.

Dynamic pit stop in just three seconds

There is not much that can be changed in three seconds, but the set-up of the Huracán STO is one. Three new driving modes – STO (normal driving), Trofeo (race mode), and Pioggia (raining or wet) – adapt the set-up of the car to match high-performance driving environments.

The Huracán STO allows the driver to experience a dynamic pit stop as if a team of mechanics was right there!

Three times around the world in simulator tests

Lamborghini’s R&D team drove a distance equivalent to three times around the world in simulator tests before starting the Huracán STO’s road tests. State-of-the-art simulator technology allowed Lamborghini engineers to save time on quality control, lead times, and emissions by verifying that every part of the car fully complied with standards during different stages of the STO’s development, certifying, and testing.

2,750 components to make an STO

“Do you want to build a Huracán STO 1:1?”. It will take a lot of patience because there are over 2,750 components needed to build the latest car from Sant’Agata.

Connected telemetry thanks to 25,000 lines of code

The Huracán STO introduces an advanced connected telemetry system where the link between car-on-board cameras Connected Cloud Lamborghini and the App Lamborghini UNICA allows, thanks to an intuitive data analysis system and videos enriched with dedicated widgets, to transform the exclusive App dedicated to Lamborghini customers into a real track engineer. The development of this technology on the Lamborghini UNICA App required more than 25,000 lines of code.

Project Exposure: YouTuber’s $500k Lamborghini Huracan Evo Aperta 840hp

To stay above the game on YouTube, content is everything – outstanding content. In this week’s feature of Project Exposure, we have popular car YouTuber Daily Driven Exotics who decided to convert a brand new Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder into a speedster, or Aperta as they named it. Speedsters are quite trendy now among supercar manufacturers, we have the Monza SP from Ferrari, V12 Speedster from Aston Martin, Elva from McLaren and even a one-off SC20 from Lamborghini.

Damon of DDE decided to create his own speedster using a brand new Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Spyder he picked up from Lamborghini Vancouver. The Huracan Evo is essentially a facelift model for the Huracan range which was refreshed in 2019. Choosing a Huracan Evo Spyder as the base car meant that the DDE team only needed to do a windshield delete during the conversion. This work was done by Vancouver based SR Auto Group.

The stock car comes with a 5.2L naturally aspirated V10 producing 630hp and 601nm of torque. DDE opted for more power via a new VF Engineering Supercharger and engine tune. The outcome was a 840whp RWD Huracan Evo Aperta. Being a YouTuber car, sound is everything, here they installed a Fi Valved Sport Exhaust + Sport Cats. Little of what the Huracan Evo Spyder came with was intact up to this point, the body also went through a significant amount of change.

The body changes included Vorsteiner Vincenzo Edizione Aero front fenders with integrated vents and splash carbon Matrix PP Glossy. In addition to that, they also installed Vorsteiner Vincenzo Edizione Aero side blades.

Protective Film Solutions stepped in to enhance the visual look with their 3M Fluorescent Satin Yellow and Gloss Lamination 2 layer vinyl. This was installed by Wrap Workz Vancouver.

Huracan Aperta Side

To finish off the look, a set of Vorsteiner V-FF 109 wheels in Satin Black were fitted, wrapped in Gladiator XComp Performance tires. You can follow more of the car’s action on the DDE YouTube channel, there is talk about them recreating the same project with an SVJ Roadster!

If you would like to get your car featured on “Project Exposure”, please write us a DM on Instagram or contact me directly via Twitter.

Lamborghini Launches Huracan EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spider

Lamborghini returned to work this week after a hiatus, caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. One of its first acts was to announce the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spider. The launch completes the facelift of the Huracan range.

The Huracan EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spider receives near identical updates to its coupe counterpart. At the front, the bumper gets a tighter side intakes with a larger middle intake and a redesigned front spoiler lip. The side skirts and side air intakes receive additional carbon fibre garnish and the rear bumper gets a complete redesign with centrally mounted exhaust pipes and a body coloured diffuser.

Lamborghini has built more Huracans in 5 years than it did Gallardos in 10

Production numbers can be pointless without some sort of context that validates the information. For instance, 14,022 cars built in five years sounds like nothing, but when it’s added that those 14,022 units are Lamborghini Huracans, it’s more impressive. That specific number is significant because it matches the number of Lamborghini Gallardos produced during its 10-year run, even though the Huracan has only existed for 5 years.

Lamborghini has been doing extremely well as of late. Year-over-year sales rose for the eighth consecutive year in 2018, and the Urus SUV is bringing in gobs of new customers. Reportedly, the company might even cap its production for 2020 at 8,000 units in order to maintain a certain level of exclusivity. At the core of the company’s identity is the V10-powered Huracan. In the first half of 2019, the Huracan accounted for roughly 26 percent of the 4,553 cars sold, a number that represents a 96-percent increase compared to the same time period in 2018.

Since it first debuted as a coupe for 2014, the Huracan line has expanded quite a bit with numerous different styles and performance levels. There’s the rear-wheel drive model, the Performante, the EVO, and Spyder variants. The 14,022nd car built is a Huracan EVO coupe wearing a Grigio Titans paint scheme, and it’s headed to a customer in Korea.

There’s no reason to believe Lamborghini demand will slow. The Urus has quickly become a cash-cow in a crossover-hungry market, and the possibility of an electric 2+2 as a fourth model could boost the brand even more.

Liberty Walk Previews SEMA 2019 Creation: Widebody Lamborghini Huracan

SEMA 2019 is just around the corner. It is the biggest annual tuning event. It takes place in Las Vegas every year, showcasing some a wide range of tasteful, and tasteless, aftermarket modifications.

As far as the performance market goes, one of the biggest international names, Liberty Walk, has announced that it will show a widebody Lamborghini Huracan.

Rear Wing Huracan Liberty Walk

Liberty Walk already produces one of the most popular Lamborghini Huracan body kits. This latest version builds on what is already available and adds parts inspired by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ!

It’s clear that the Liberty Walk program isn’t for those that want the ability to easily reverse the modifications. Extensive modifications have been made, adding width, a massive rear wing and a carbon fibre front hood.

The wheel arches include a front-wheel arch vent and fender gills a new side skirt leads to large air intakes which feed the rear-mounted engine. At the front, a new bumper includes a redesigned front splitter. It blends into the new front hood.

The rear gets a new engine cover which supports the rear spoiler. The massive carbon fibre unit imitates the SVJ with the centreboard. The rear bumper is entirely new with a large rear diffuser and aerodynamic rear wheel outlets.

The ride height has been slammed to the ground for maximum effect, suffice to say you would not get far on most modern roads!

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Special Edition Lamborghini Huracan EVO GT Celebration Revealed

Lamborghini have unveiled a second special edition model for Pebble Beach this weekend. The Lamborghini Huracan EVO GT Celebration debuts as a celebration of Lamborghini’s recent successes at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The design pays hommage to two successful Lamborghini customer Racing Teams, the GRT Grasser Racing Team and Paul Miller Racing. GRT scored a first in class at Daytona for two years running and a class win at Sebring this year, while Paul Miller Racing secured the class win at Sebring last year. Both run cars in the GTD class.

Both teams use the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo which also inspires this special edition. The models will be completed through Lamborghini’s Ad Personum program with this example wearing Verde Egeria green and Arancio Aten orange. A total of nine design combinations are possible.

Hexagons on the doors and front hood frame the number “11”. Customers will also be able to personalise the body with the Lamborghini Squadra Corse shield. Laurel wreaths placed on the rear fender proudly display Lamborghini’s racing wins.

Inside, the upholstery comes finished in Alcantara with contrasting stitching in the same colour as the livery. A hexagonal plate with shield, flags and laurels is displayed between the new racing seats.

Otherwise, this special edition features the same running gear as the recently updated Lamborghini Huracan Evo. This means a 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated V10 engine with 640 hp and 600 Nm of torque.

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO GT Celebration is available exclusively for the US market.

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Nimbul Custom Lamborghini Huracan By Red Bull

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed is getting more exciting as its list of items on auction gradually surface. New updates regarding the event appears to be the inclusion of an automotive masterpiece in partnership with Red Bull. They’re calling it the Nimbul and its a Lamborghini Huracan for drifting master Mike Whiddett. This custom supercar not only sports some unique livery but packs some secret sauce underneath the bonnet as well.

Whiddet, otherwise known as Mad Mike in the drifting circuit is well known for his antics with several Mazda vehicles in the past. For 2019, his team is planning to showcase his skills aboard something even more powerful. The Lamborghini Huracan he will be driving at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed is a unique beast altogether. Among the tweaks that it brings to the table are K&N filters, a nitrous oxide system, and an ECU upgrade. This allows the 5.2-liter V10 engine to push it beyond the stock configuration. Testing shows that this machine now generates up to 800 horsepower.

Meanwhile, Red Bull is swapping out the suspension with an Airrex digital setup. This allows the supercar to hover closer to the ground and make adjustments on the fly. Paired with a modified steering system and anti-roll bar, its handling and performance will be something else entirely. It looks like the Nimbul and its driver will be performing insane shenanigans alongside a KAMAZ MASTER truck for the show. An official teaser video is hinting that this monster of Russian origin will be taking center stage as well.

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Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato: Off-Road Concept Supercar Revealed

Surprisingly, Lamborghini has some history when it comes to the off-road supercar. In 1973, it released a Jarama Rally, followed by the 1974 Urraco Rally. Both cars were one-off design concepts undertaken by Lamborghini’s test driver Bob Wallace. Neither car competed in any racing at the time; this brand new Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato will likely be the same too.

Lamborghini has released a surprise concept car. This particular one-off is called the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato and is based upon the recently-released Lamborghini Huracán EVO. The Sterrato appears to be a design concept, drawing attention to Lamborghini’s latest Huracan model, and to its two historic heritage models.

The photos show a car that gets refined ground clearance and all of the characteristics of a race car. It sits 47 mm higher up, with the car’s front approach increased by 1% and the departure angle enhanced by 6.5%. The track is wider by 30mm at both the front and rear.

The bodywork includes new bolt-on wide-body wheel arches with integrated air intakes. Underbody reinforcements and body protection have been added including a rear skid plate that acts as a diffuser, protection for the front frame and special protective composite bodywork around the engine, air intakes and mudguards.

The 20-inch rims get a new set of tyres with increased side walls and, to help the driver see through those dark rally stages, Lamborghini has equipped this concept with a roof-mounted LED light bar and LED bumper lights. Inside, the Sterrato gets a new lightweight titanium roll cage, four-point seatbelts, carbon bi-shell sports seats and aluminium floor panels.

Will we ever see a production version? The answer is almost certainly no. However, the thought of a new rally class with the addition of the Jaguar F-Type Rally Car and perhaps something special from Ferrari and McLaren has us daydreaming!

Who Needs the Urus When Alex Choi’s Twin-Turbo Lamborghini Huracan Unicorn V3 Exists?

An Effort to Be Different

Lamborghini Huracans are exclusive cars, but they’re not exactly super rare. Alex Choi wanted to build a car that was different than the other Huracans he saw out on the road. What he built was the Unicorn V3. It’s a twin-turbo Huracan with a cage body around the outside. It’s the off-road machine that Lamborghini should have made rather than the poorly named and rather unattractive Urus.

With a flat black paint job and a pink cage of bars around the outside that Choi calls “Monkey Bars” the Unicorn V3 is anything but ordinary. The car is a mash-up of several different ideas and components all put together into one outrageous package. While the turbochargers, one-off air-to-air intercooler, and massive semi-truck air filters might get your blood pumping, what’s amazing to us is the bars that were custom built around the car like an exoskeleton.

According to Choi, the Monkey Bars, as he calls them, were handcrafted by Studio RSR which is used to building roll cages among many other things. what’s so impressive about them, is how they work with and around the car’s body panels. At the rear, they create the car’s shape because many of the body panels were actually removed. Choi spends a lot of time talking about the lights, too. He says there are over 40 of them on the car. The rear wing is also a notable element and is higher than any of Choi’s other builds.

Overall, the car is a beast of a machine, and one of the most unique builds we’ve seen in a long time. While it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, neither is the Huracan. Honestly, that sounds like Choi’s mission in the first place, so good on him. Check out the video below where Choi does a true deep dive into all of the build’s goodies.

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19-year-old creates insane caged Lamborghini Huracan rally car

If you’re looking at this car and thinking, “what the F?” or “why?” or “ruined!” or “money doesn’t buy taste,” then Alex Choi accomplished what he set out to do with this build. Being different brings out the negativity in people who don’t understand the desire to stand out, and that’s exactly what Choi wants: to be different. He calls it the Unicorn V3, and it’s now one of the wildest custom exotics in the saturated California car scene.

As indicated by the V3 tag, this is the third major overhaul of Choi’s Lamborghini Huracan, but he’s made numerous alterations since he first took delivery of the car in June 1, 2017. Choi, who also has a widebodied winged BMW “M2-R,” first gave the car a pink and blue camo scheme. Then he added a ski box, a wing, a carbon hood, and took off the rear bumper. For the Gold Rush Rally, he unveiled V2 with a pink BAPE wrap. He then gave the car underglow and put the rear bumper back on. V3 is the crazy creature seen above.

Before Unicorn V3 gets revealed, here’s the history of the Unicorn: June 1st, 2017, the Unicorn was born, and i took delivery of the car. V1️⃣.0️⃣: the pink and blue camo. V1️⃣.1️⃣: ski box!! V1️⃣.2️⃣: @ms.emelia enjoying her picnic on my new lunch table wing, with a new carbon hood, and joining the bumper delete gang. V2️⃣.0️⃣!!!: broke a lot of necks on Gold Rush Rally with a pink bape wrap. V2️⃣.1️⃣: Underglow. and due to popular request, i put the rear bumper back on. V3️⃣.0️⃣: expected launch date, April 9th, 2019. Twin turbo, and something else that has never ever been done before that will make everyone’s head explode, and be the most controversial Lamborghini, (or perhaps even car in general) to ever exist. 🤭 *not responsible for any head explosions

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Choi first upgraded the engine with Sheepey Race twin-turbo power. RSR then added “monkey bars,” as Choi calls them, a hand-crafted chromoly and stainless steel cage that surrounds the entire car. This look was inspired by the Flip Car from Fast & Furious 6. Speed Tech Lights added the Group B-inspired round rally lights up front, and gave it a roof-mounted light bar straight from a cop car.

The wheels were custom-made for Choi’s Lamborghini by Brixton Forged Wheels. They’re technically not new, but he changed the color from white to black. The Michelin PS4S tires also have white stickers that give a white wall impression when the car’s in motion. Enormous foot-long semi-truck cannon air filters on each side of the rear give it a very Star Wars-esque look, and on the driver’s side, there is a one-off air-to-air intercooler. The carbon fiber rear wing is also a carryover from V2, but it was raised a foot. Finally, Choi added a rear diffuser and flipped the rear taillights upside down to create an entirely different light signature.

Choi says the car’s major changes are done with, but he plans numerous small tweaks in the near future. If you’re one of the people who likes the car (this author included), he does regular updates on his Youtube and Instagram pages.

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder Officially Revealed

Lamborghini has lifted the cover off of the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder, the convertible version of the recently released Huracan EVO. The Spyder will debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 which starts under a week from now.

The important information relates to the Huracan’s electrohydraulic, lightweight soft top. There are no dramatic changes for the EVO model, the top still opens via a button positioned on the central tunnel. It takes 17 seconds and operates at driving speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph). Otherwise, the changes are similar to that of the Coupe counterpart. The rollover bars are body painted and hide behind the seats. The rear window is electronically operated and can be opened when the roof is closed to let in the sound of that V10!

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder uses the same 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated V10 engine as the coupe. The specifications suggest that it has been lifted straight from the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. It has 640 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The Spyder hits 100 km/h 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupe in a respectable 3.1 seconds. Top speed remains identical though at 325 km/h.

The Spyder’s dry weight of 1,542 kg means that it has a 120 kg handicap over the Coupe. It features the same range of chassis technology with Lamborghini’s rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring system. New to the EVO is a system called Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) which controls key aspects of the car’s performance, using intelligent algorithms. The Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) system of accelerators and gyroscopes helps refine the operation of the dynamic systems and Lamborghini’s Dynamic Steering is also updated.

The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder in spring 2019 with a recommended price of 202,437 euros excluding taxes.

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder debuts ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Lamborghini hasn’t wasted any time in showing us the drop-top version of the updated Huracan, set to be called the Huracan Evo Spyder. It takes all the goodness of the recently revealed Huracan Evo, but loses the roof. Surprised? Yeah, neither are we. This supercar will be shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but Lamborghini has given us photos and a bunch of the details today.

We drove the 2020 Huracan Evo around the F1 circuit in Bahrain last month, and are happy to report that it’s still every bit the brutally quick and incredible Lamborghini that it replaces. With the roof down, you’ll be able to hear that screaming 5.2-liter V10 a little better, though. The Spyder has the same 640 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque that the coupe has, but loses a couple tenths in the run to 62 mph, according to Lamborghini. No surprise – the Spyder is a significant 265 pounds heavier than the normal Huracan Evo, bringing it up to a hefty 3,400-pound dry curb weight. A coupe will get there in 2.9 seconds, but the Spyder is rated for 3.1 seconds. Such a shame (read: sarcasm). Top speed is unchanged from the coupe at 202 mph. Lamborghini doesn’t specify if that’s with the roof up or down, but it’s safe to assume up.

The soft top roof operates at the same speed as before, going up in 17 seconds at up to 31 mph. A rear window powers down behind you to enhanced enhanced exhaust sound, just like the previous Huracan Spyder.

You’ll get all the same performance features as the normal Huracan Evo, including the predictive-logic vehicle dynamics control system that anticipates the driver’s next move. There’s an enhanced version of the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale accelerators and gyroscope sensors to monitor the car’s position at any moment in time. The Spyder’s looks adopt a lot of the elements from the normal Evo. A new front splitter, larger air intakes, and slotted spoiler help air flow better around and through the car. The same twin-exhaust coming out the rear bumper will play a wonderful note for the passengers with the top down.

As is always the case, the Spyder is more expensive than the hardtop. Base price is $287,400 for the Evo Spyder, and the first deliveries will be in spring of this year.

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Lamborghini Huracan EVO – Facelift Huracán Officially Unveiled

Soon after releasing teaser images, Lamborghini have released official details on the Lamborghini Huracan EVO. Departing with Lamborghini’s usual naming conventions, the facelift Huracan offers a little more of everything. Aerodynamics, technology and performance!

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO uses the same 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated V10 engine as the outgoing model. The specifications suggest that it has been lifted out of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. It makes use of 640 hp and 600 Nm of torque. As a result, the EVO sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. 200 km/h is dispatched in 9.0 seconds. Weight is 1,422 kg. In contrast, the Performante weights 40 kg less. The gearbox remains the same, as a result you have the same choice of Lamborghini’s traditional driving modes; Strada, Sport and Corsa.

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO has Lamborghini’s rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring system. New to the EVO is a system called Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI). The LDVI controls key aspects of the car’s performance, using intelligent algorithms. The Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) system of accelerators and gyroscopes helps refine the operation of the dynamic systems and Lamborghini’s Dynamic Steering is also updated. As a result, the Huracan Evo should handle the race track with ease.

It is in the area of aerodynamics that Lamborghini have pitched this update though. The car receives a new front bumper and new side air intakes. The rear is all-new too, the twin exhaust pipes are lifted from the Performante. The integrated tail spoiler also adds some downforce.

Inside, Lamborghini install a new 8.4 inch touchscreen in the centre console. It gets gesture control and the ability to control most of the key functions of the car including the seats, climate and multimedia. As an option, Lamborghini will integrate a dual camera telemetry system.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO Rear

The new Lamborghini Huracan EVO gets an Arancio Xanto, four-layer colour. A 20 inch set of Aesir rims are also unique to the EVO. New trim levels are on offer together with increased options for Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program.

Customers will be able to take delivery in Spring of this year. The price? In the UK, £165,256, in the US $261,274 and in China, 3,298,100 RMB.

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder getting Performante looks

The Lamborghini Huracán has been around since the 2015 model year, and has been pretty much unchanged with the exception of a slightly restyled rear-drive variant. Lamborghini seems to think it’s about time the Huracán was updated, since one of our spy photographers caught a new version in light camouflage out testing. It appears the new model borrows heavily from the Huracán Performante.

Up front, the main grille has pretty much the same set of fins and gills as the ultra-fast Huracán. There does appear to be an extra pair of horizontal slats on either side of the middle trapezoidal shape in the grille. Along the side, things are pretty much the same as on any current Huracán, but the lower intakes now have little winglets in the middle of the air inlets.

The rear of the car is the most noticeably changed. It features two large exhaust tips in the middle of the rear fascia à la the Performante. They’re also housed in another trapezoidal structure, again like on the top-dog Huracán. The rear diffuser is more aggressive than the current model, but not as much as the Performante. There aren’t any openings behind the rear tires, either, and the air outlets on either side of the exhaust area are new. There’s also a more pronounced duck tail spoiler than on previous models.

We aren’t expecting any earth-shattering changes for this updated Huracán. For one thing, the visual changes show that this is mostly the same car underneath. We could see it taking advantage of the stiffer suspension and some the light, molded carbon fiber parts of the Performante to help improve the performance a bit more. The Performante’s active aerodynamics will probably stay exclusive to that high-performance model, though. There’s also the fact that completely new versions of the Huracán and Aventador are on the horizon, and may pack some huge changes such as hybrid powertrains. As such, Lamborghini is probably just going to try and stretch this model until it’s time for the new one.

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VW Group plan puts Porsche in charge of a ‘super-premium’ division

An Automobile report looks into what’s happening on the organizational and technical sides of the Volkswagen Group, and what those changes could mean for the premium brands. The wide-angle view is that Porsche appears to have been anointed to “coordinate the future activities” at Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini. Audi would cede Lamborghini guardianship to Stuttgart, and Ducati — via a new concern called Ducati Enterprises — would become the shepherd for VW’s other Italian investments. Executives target Jan. 1, 2019, to complete the reshuffle.

VW wants to save a boodle by tying up four of its five top-tier brands, and putting the one with the highest ROI in charge. Porsche, within its own house, wants to reduce expenditures by $2.3 billion per year over for four years, the savings already earmarked for improving internal processes like R&D and production. Having Porsche share those gains as well as lead development of platforms, components and future-tech strategies for the sister sports car brands could benefit everyone.

In the near-term, the brands have their own plans:

Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann is said to want a Chiron Superleggera, a roofless and “completely reskinned” Chiron Aperta, and a track-only Chiron SS. The Superleggera could take the Chiron Sport‘s and Divo‘s Jenny Craig routines even further. The Aperta seems a natural successor to the Veyron Grand Sport, a natural evolution of the recently introduced Sky View roof, and a reskin might include numerous Divo cues. It’s also said Bugatti’s considering “an all-electric high-end model” in conjunction with Porsche, Rimac, and Dallara, but name one supercar or hypercar manufacturer that isn’t considering a lightning-fast EV.

Lamborghini, deep into work on follow-ups for the Huracán and Aventador, might get a bit of a bump with the new plan. The carbon “monofuselage” for the next V12 flagship is said to be too far developed and too complex to scrap. It puts two electric motors on the front axle, batteries in the middle, and a naturally aspirated V12 with around 770 horsepower plus another e-motor with 402 horsepower in back.

The Huracán is said to get a version of the same carbon architecture at the moment, but the corporate reorganization might press pause on it. Automobile says options include continuing the Huracán/Audi R8 twinning, but that depends on Audi saying “Ja” to a third-gen R8 with Lamborghini bones. Beyond that, the Huracán could move to the Mimo II platform created by Porsche for the in-limbo-since-2011 mid-engined 960, or the entire premium group could get a new aluminum architecture for a “modular multi-brand sports car.”

Bentley and Audi need the most help at the moment. The UK carmaker needs to flesh out its current financial issues and vision for the future, and the latter relies in large part on the former. Audi remains in upheaval — the Automobile piece calls the brand “seriously overstaffed and worryingly over budget.” — and we can’t know when that will end. The ex-CEO who made the brand VW’s highest earner remains in jail, and we wouldn’t be surprised by any new bombshell that drops when he gets his days, or weeks, in court.

A total reintegration, if it all comes off, means monumental work. Yet according to a Bloomberg corporate analyst, potential rewards from going all the way with the plan might make it impossible to resist. Bloomberg said that if VW created a premium group and floated it on the markets, the result “could be valued at more than 120 billion euros,” when the stock market capitalization of the entire VW Group right now is 67 billion euros.

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