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Top Cars at the Geneva Motor Show: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4

Gallardo Gallardo Nera*

Extra muscle and a whole lot of style and attitude. That’s the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 for you, guys! The sleek ultra-sporty looks of the Lamborghini plus the muscle power do come at a steep sticker price though. When this sporty car goes on sale across Europe in June, each Lamborghini will cost you around $222,000!

What makes this new-edition Lamborghini a bit special as compared to the other Lamborghini that was introduced in the market in 2003?

The Gallardo by Lamborghini is the brand’s most produced model and it has been said that almost 5,000 units have been manufatcured on its first three years. This model was initially designed to compete head-on with the Ferrari 360, but now competes directly with Ferrari’s F430. This sports car is the only one that uses the Lamborghini V10 engine and every Gallardo is offered in two transmissions- you can get the conventional six-speed manual transmission and the advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled semi-automatic single clutch sequentila manual or the E-gear as Lamborghini wanted it to be called.

The Gallardo was offered in a number of variants as well. One variant is the Gallardo Spyder. This variant was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2006. This ride features 520 hp and a lower-ratio six-speed transmission. The Gallardo SE, where SE stands for Special Edition features a black-roofed two-tone color scheme with ‘Callisto’ rims shod with Pirelli tires. The Nera is another variant and was introduced at the Paris Motor Show. There’s the Superleggera that was shown at Geneva for the 2007 edition of the motor show. And now, we have the Gallardo LP 560-4, one of the stars of the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

The new Gallardo boasts of a powerful engine courtesy of the new direct-injection 5.2 liter V10. This engine can make 552 horsepower. It was mentioned that with the addition of 40hp and reduction in weight, the Lamborghini can reach 60 miles per hour in a matter of 3.7 seconds. At its peak, the Gallardo can max at 202 miles per hour. With all these great things going for the Gallardo, you will think that this comes complete and ready to strike on the road. Not quite though. There is one weakness on the side of the Gallardo, and that’s the V10’s lack of torque at midrange rpm. But this ‘chink’ in the armour of the sports car is readily solved with the addition of 22 lb-ft.

Aside from the fabled performance and muscle, style also matters for the Lamborghini Gallardo. Interior styling can be either leather or the Alcantara upholstery and trim, with carbon-fiber accents. Throw in a multi-media system and what you get is an muscle car and an eye-candy! 

* Photo shows the Gallardo Nera. Sorry for the slip. Thank you dear reader.

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Nano: No Frills/Great Thrills

The high-end version of the Tata’s Nano was finally unveiled on European soil. The site is Geneva for the 2008 Geneva motor show.
A number of automobile sector execs paid tribute to the car. Prodrive boss and CEO of  Aston Martin David Richards took notice and said that the Nano almost stole the show from the other beautiful cars in the show room. The Fiat head also dropped by and the Honda Motor CEO Takeo Fukui and likened Nano to Honda Jazz.

What has been unveiled on the motor show was actually the higher end of the Nano and it is not yet expected to be on sale. Mr. Tata, the visionary behind the Nano adds;

The Nano will address global markets in due course but when it will do so has not been decided.

When it is finally decided that Nano will conquer the European market, the Nano will undergo a number of upgrading but its basic design will be retained. Mr. Tata adds;

We will upgrade the car when we do decide to sell it in Europe or elsewhere-not the design but it will meet all the regulatory and legislative requirements.

When the Nano was first introduced, this car gained wide recognition and buzz due to its pricing. This is the world’s cheapest car and this sells for around 100,000 rupees or roughly 2,500 dollars. Because of the affordability of the vehicle, the Nano was nicknamed the “People’s car”.
Tata Nano
The four-door Nano measures 10 feet long and 5 feet wide and this car is powered by 623cc two-cylinder engine located at the back of the vehicle. The car can produce 33 horsepower and can push the vehicle to 65 miles per hour. A small trunk is provided for storage purposes.

Geneva Motor Show 2008 Unveiled.

All the best and the newest designs and trends in automotive sector will be unveiled this week. The Geneva motor show is about to open, with leading names of the automotive industry joining the said exposition.

What this automotive exposition has to offer this year is yet another round of new models, concept cars, technical innovations and of course innovations and technologies leading to better environmental sensitivity. With current innovations and developments leading to greater ‘green’ awareness, leading automobile makers both in US and the Europe incorporate a number of new technologies that are designed to make these vehicles and technologies earth-friendly. Prime examples of cars that will showcase these new technologies are the Saab with its BioPower option that allows the car to run on bioethanol and the BMW car that is equipped with EfficientDynamics. What is the EfficientDynamics all about, perhaps you may ask. This actually refer to a number of engineering improvements that are designed to reduce the weight and at the same time increase the efficiency of the car’s engine and the transmission.

Enter Nano: The No Frills Car From Tata Motors

One car that is expected to make a splash on the Geneva motor show is Tata’s Nano. This is the European debut of the so-called world’s cheapest car.

Nano

Though this car from Tata Motors is expected to be unveiled this week, this car will not be available in the market for a few more years.

Rolls-Royce Too.

Rolls-Royce too is expected to present its newest addition to the line- the new Phantom Coupe. This coupe is based on the 101EX experimental hand-built car that the brand first showed in 2006. Of course the sporty new Mini John Cooper Works will be at display as well. Aside from new cars from big automobile players, new technologies will be presented on the motor show as well. Some of the new technologies that will be presented include the wiperless windscreen and Microsoft’s partnership with Fiat to produce the “in-car connectivity”. Featured as well are new gadgets and accessories that can make every car look good and stylish.

The 78th motor show in Geneva is expected to run from March 6 to 16.