Geneva Motor Show

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Murcielago: The Gas-guzzler?

With rising petrol prices, some consumers are taking a step back and taking a good look at their situations at the outside. Who wouldn’t? Rising prices of oil means spending more for gas, while reducing the budget for other expenses. Owners of fuel efficient cars need not worry but for the owners of the so-called gas-guzzlers on the road this issue is sure to worry them a bit. One such car that is often labeled as a gas-guzzler is the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 roadster. A gallon of gas on this roadster can get you to only 8 miles in the city! The Murcielago post 13 miles per gallon on highways. Based on estimates, a driver of the Murcielago is expected to pay $5,025 a year in fuel costs.
Pic 2 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster 07

The roadster version of the Murcielago. If enthusiasts can shell out more than $300,000 for this roadster, then perhaps the cost of fuel for a year that can help sustain the Murcielago won’t worry the enthusiasts too much?

The LP640 of Lamborghini was initially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006, and this model is modified for the coupe version. Performance and power is centered on the 6.5 Liter engine that can produce 472 kW. As with the base Murcielago, engine is mounted backwards. The body of the car is crafted from steel and carbon fiber. The vehicle also features a new 18 inch Herrera alloy wheels and the vehicle also retains the original car’s scissor-opening doors. When it was initially offered in the market, the LP640 coupe has a sticker price of $318,800. The term ‘LP’ actually stands for Longitudinale Posteriore that actually refers to the longitudinally-mounted engine.

The car above is the roadster. The new Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster was unveiled at the 2006 Los Angeles Autoshow. The car retains the same engine and the only design modification were the oil cooling vents behind the air intakes, interior changes and a reinforced body.


Out Of This Land Car! Well, Literally.

The Geneva motor show that started this week showcased a number of cars with different designs and styles, others are innovations, some are small and other retains the bulk. There are a number of cars as well that was designed to meet growing demands for ‘greener cars’. In short, it was all business yet again and almost all cars exuded confidence, style and seriousness. Well almost. Automotive shows will not be complete without the entry of concept cars, cars that may be seem weird now but may be feasible in the near future- or may be not. While I was bloghopping I took note of some of the news and posts about the on-going Geneva motor show and these concept cars/weird cars caught my fancy. These cars provide some form of relief. The reactions may be varied, of amusement or bewilderment and I am one of those who find these cars ‘refreshing’. One such car in the Geneva show is the Rinspeed sQuba. From the name of the model itself, you will find contextual clues as to what is unique to this sports car by Rinspeed. Read on.

The Rinspeed sQuba Concept

Take a good look at the picture.

the Swiss's sQuba

Now from the looks of it, it seems that the Rinspeed sQuba vehicle is underwater.  Your eyes is not fooling you. The car is indeed underwater and this picture was released by the Swiss car maker Rinspeed. The picture shows people aboard the Rinspeed car and this Rinspeed model was unveiled at the Geneva motor show just this week. This model is supposedly the world’s first real submersible car. Another cool thing about this Rinspeed model is that this sQuba concept is a zero-emission electric sports car and that its power is supplied by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries.  And it is expected that this sports car can perform a submerged stable flight at a depth of 10 meters. Whoa.


So this car will be useful on flooded and flood-prone areas. Sounds good. Since the press release pictures show that the Rinspeed sQuba is underwater, some of you will soon ask if this car was indeed inside the tank when unveiled. Nope, to compensate for the lack of ‘water’ or ‘beach’,  a fake beach front was re-created inside the show room.


This sports car looks cute but then we have to ask, is this feasible? Will someone do his driving in the beach front and drive into the water? Kidding aside, this is one cool concept and I would’nt mind driving this one and no, not towards the seas.

The Minis In ‘Big’ Packages!

One more reason why I am maintaining this blog, is to tell you what type of cars I really like. What really matters to me- am I a fan of speed? Do I drool over highly customized rides? Do sports cars make my heart beat faster? Or am I one of those who have the passion for energy-efficient and highly efficient cars? I will let you know a secret of mine; style matters for me.

First on the list for me is the MINI Cooper. From the moment I saw the Mini Cooper at play on the film The Italian Job that stars Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron; I know that this iconic car belongs to my garage. (I know, let me dream for a while.)

It all started in 1959 when a new car was introduced in England and this car featured a transverse-mounted engine and an efficient boxy front-wheel drive lay-out. The design of the new car is revolutionary and this set the car apart from the usual pack on the road. Its name says it all- this is a mini but then without sacrificing interior space. Completing the iconic look, is the affordability of the vehicle, its style and of course the convenience of easy parking even on small spaces. Sales of the Mini shot up and have become a favorite over time.

The Mini has been available in a number of generations and has served a generation of fans and enthusiasts.

Another news item that should make every Mini fan excited-our favorite Mini is getting a makeover! The BMW brand is expected to release the first new models under the Mini John Cooper Works badge. This new model is expected to be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show this month. If you are still wondering what’s with the John Cooper name, then here’s a little recap for you. John Cooper was the racing constructor and tuner that was responsible for the first Mini Cooper. So what’s the new Mini got to offer?

2008 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works @ DIGIADS

For starters, this will feature a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine with twin scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection that can deliver 155kW and this car can feature a maximum torque of 260 Nm between 1850 and 5700 rpm. The JCW gets to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and the Clubman on the other hand zooms to the same speed at around 6.8 secs!

This Mini is expected to be unveiled today, March 4 and will be released in the market starting July 2008. Aside from the fact that it can offer you better performance, the car can deliver better styling as well. Some of the things that will come as a standard on the Mini or JCW include the leather sports steering wheel, air conditioning, interior trim in glossy Piano Black and Anthracite roof lining. For the music lover in you, an upgraded sound system is present that features 10 speakers. Another great vehicle in the making don’t you think?