Lamborghini Partners with Blancpain Watches

Lamborghini has been busy of late. they are now announcing the partnership with blancpain, a famous swiss watchmaker, as the main sponsor of the 1-make racing series. the new name for the series is the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. And why, you might ask, does this matter to you? Well for 1, it gives us a reason to show you this:

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for another, could there be some die-cast in the not to distant future? officially, CHARLESMAISTO says we do not announce our products in advance. kind of like apple. unofficially, i’m like what the hell – jobs is out on medical leave, let’s turn this baby upside down! you bet there is some die-cast coming. 1/32 in Bburago and 1/24 in Maisto. Take that CHARLESMAISTO! NEXT!

Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster – Only 50 Will Be Made

our friends in sant’agatha released the first “official” images of the their new lp650-4 roadster. what we did not realize is there will only be 50 of these puppies made. 50.

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so the special edition only gets me this fancy Arancio logo? no mi amico, you get an extra 10 hp AND this awesome interior

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the Grigio Telesto exterior in gray bodywork with bright orange highlights brings it all together for you, though…

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exquisite. if you are interested, here is the press release…

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Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce

more power. less weight. a self-description? i think not. in that case, imust be describing the latest lamborghini to be revealed at the 2009 geneva auto show – the Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce. a gorgeous beast…

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this latest version ofthe murcielago hits the road at an amazing 670 horsepower. with all that power, if ever you were to see one in person, it would no doubt be from the rear

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aside from all of the attention in the engine, this version has some rather stunning design cues, especially in the front with the oversized air intakes for the brakes – similar to the latest version of the gallardo. and check out the interior

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my words can’t describe this. so let’s rely on the professionals – lambo’s official 10 page press release is available after the break – Enjoy!

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Lamborghini Announces Drivers Academy – Let’s All Sign Up!

Our friends in San’t Agata are at it again. This time, they are announcing the latest information on their Lamborghini Academy for 2009. With campuses all across Europe, Lamborghini Acadamy offers owners an in depth way to learn more about how to tame their beast of a car, and for non-owners a day of dreaming about how the other half lives.

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Coming from California, the above looks like a racing school that I could get into. However, you know how it is in Europe, not always 74 and sunny.

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This is not the type of school I am planning to spend my hard-earned euros on…

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I mean, can you imagine learning about drifting in conditions like that? Yeah, maybe I can too!

The whole day only costs €3900, including accomodations (you have to get there on your own). Of course, for skilled drivers like myself, they will probably be calling me shortly to offer a guest instructors gig. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Check out the official press release…

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Posts of the Year

Happy New Year to all. Seems like there are about 4 people on the office today as almost of all the sales slugs are on there way to Hong Kong. I am heading there tomorrow, and will be in the factory again next Friday. Hope to get some good new factory photos for you then.

We thought it might be cool to look back on the most popular posts we have had for the last year, or at least since we started. not suprisingly, the most popular series is the one we did on the nissan gt-r – we actually had thought of this series when we started the blog, and it was really eye-opening to see what gets the most views. here is the top 10, with links:

1. 2009 Nissan GT-R: And So It Begins

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2. 1:18th Scale Hummer HX Concept

3. 2010 Ford Mustang GT Conv. – One More Thing

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4. 187 Models-But Not From Maisto

5. 2009 Nissan GT-R: A Closer Look

6. 2009 Nissan GT-R: Its Tooling Model Time

7. 124 Nissan GT-R: First Photos

8. Allstars Red 100: Pure Yumminess In 1:64 Scale

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9. New Lambos Spotted In Showroom

10. Come Over To The Dark Custom Side

Hope you all enjoyed reading the 2008 blog as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. there should be a TON more stuff in the coming weeks, so keep checking back. Enjoy!

New Gallardo Spyder Unveils in L.A.

with the u.s. market responsible for almost 40% of lamborghinis sold in 2007, and almost 30% of those sales occurring in southern california, it is no wonder that lamborghini chose the l.a. auto show to unveil their brand new gallardo lp 560-4 spyder. the soft-top super sports car is nothing if not drop-dead gorgeous.  here is a photo of the unveiling sent to us from our friends in sant’ agata:

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that’s the boss, stephen winkelmann, president and c.e.o. of lamborghini.

here are some up close shots of the new vehicle:

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click below to d/l a copy of the press release

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder Press Release

and, friends, your faithful maisto servants will be viewing her, live, up close and personal tonight at the sneak preview of the l.a.auto show. a nice event with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, at least until r2b2, castro, ch and myself show up. but we’ll have some good material to post tomorrow.

if you see this in your rearview mirror – pull over FAST!

the kind folks at lamborghini just donated their newest production ride – a gallardo lp560-4, to the head of the italian state police for use on the roadways of italy. the press release states the purpose is to “continue accident and crime prevention to sustain security on the italian roads.” uh, ok, but i’m telling you, if i am driving in italy and i see this i am stopping and gawking and i don’t care who runs into me. actually, i am probably going to intentionally do something illegal just so i can check it out.

rome already has a 1st gen gallardo polizia version on the road, already clocking nearly 62,000 miles. a second gallardo has been in service in bologna since 2005.

maisto actually had the 1st gen up until last year in 1/18 scale

the electronics in the real car are definitely from some futuristic world. upon spotting a suspicious driver, a proof video data system is activated. using gps, current speed, and vehicle location, the computer will accurately determine the speed of the pursued vehicle. thus, the “but officer, I was only going 63 mph” is pretty much rendered useless.

the Lamborghini is used for urgent medical transportation too, as the luggage compartment is equipped with a refrigeration system for safe transportation of donor organs. or, in extreme circumstances, a 24 pack of moretti. dude, the kidney is shot, just pop me another cold one.

click below to dl a pdf of the official press release from lamborhini on this ride…

Gallardo Polizia Press Release

thanks again to our pal elisa for sending us the info!

Batman Drives A Murcielago!

The latest press release from our friends at Lamborghini was just received, so we thought we would share it with you – it it has to do with Batman’s other car…

LAMBORGHINI MAKES ANOTHER ICONIC APPEARANCE IN LATEST BATMAN MOVIE “THE DARK KNIGHT”

~ Bruce Wayne Drives Batmobile by night, Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 by Day ~

The latest Batman movie premières in London on 25 July 2008.

SANT’AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy – When he isn’t protecting Gotham City from various villains, as his alter ego Batman in his Batmobile, billionaire Bruce Wayne’s vehicle of choice is one of Lamborghini’s most extreme super sports car ever built, the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640.

The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Coupe is not Bruce Wayne’s first Lamborghini.  The association with the marque began in 2005 when Propaganda Global Entertainment Marketing, Lamborghini’s worldwide entertainment marketing firm, brokered the deal for the Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster to make its on-screen debut in “Batman Begins.”

The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Coupe appearing in “The Dark Knight” is powered by a 640 horsepower 12-cylinder engine and is capable of more than 211 mph.

“The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 is the natural choice for Bruce Wayne’s other car,” stated Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “Lamborghini is proud to be associated with one of the greatest movie franchises in history, especially co-starring with the Batmobile.”

About The Dark Knight
The follow-up to the action hit “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good.  The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain”) stars as arch-villain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays District Attorney Harvey Dent.  Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast in the role of Rachel Dawes.  Returning from “Batman Begins” are Gary Oldman as Lieutenant Jim Gordon; Oscar winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) as Alfred; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Lucius Fox.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, “The Dark Knight.”  Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.  Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E.Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers.  “The Dark Knight” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.  Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Here is a look at the other car Batman is driving, Tumbler…

and this is believed to be the bumper sticker on the back of Tumbler…

hey, if you can afford a lamborghini…

i’ve always liked these types of mash-ups. take a high-end brand, say lamborghini, and match it up with another high-end brand, say versace, and see what you have. it would stand to reason if you can afford a murcielago lp 640 roadster, your not going to have any trouble stepping up to the Versace edition.

this edition will include, for the first time, a transparent engine hood, as well as, and i quote from the press release, “cradle seats are clad in black and white leather, while opulent full grain soft nappa leather – hand-embroidered with the Versace Greek fret motif – upholsters the instrument panel, the doors and the central console.” seriously, i want to be able to have descriptions like that roll off my tongue before i die.

not only will there be a car, but lamborghini and versace will be teaming up on a line of leather luggage, beautifully adorned with both logos on the palladium-engraved tag.

if you are looking for the luggage, i’ll see you down at the versace boutique’s, or at selected lamborghini showrooms. if you want one of the cars, it is made to order…

Reventon Flying High

got to hand it to the folks at Lamborghini – they really know how to make an entrance. They were invited to take part in the Turin 2008 World Design Capital conference, an italian symposium for all that is, well, italian design, and by that we mean cool and expensive. to mark their arrival at the Lingotto Conference Center, the good folks from sant a’gata decided to use a military helicopter to crate in a reventon to drive around on the test track ON TOP OF the conference center (why don’t we have test tracks on top of our conference centers in the us?) check out some of the pix below… 

and here the reventon hovers above a bowl…

and now getting ready to drop off it’s precious cargo on the test track…

and finally, it makes it onto the track for a few laps.

and by god, if they send us a beauty shot of the reventon, you are going to get it…

click { lamborghini-and-speed-eng1 } to read the official press release from lamborghini.