A 2016 Lamborghini breaks cover, the Alfa Romeo Giulia setting hearts alight in L.A, Volvo’s futuristic plight to eradicate car deaths and Jay Leno toying with a Ford GT. It’s all happening in this week’s edition of the coolest motoring news. Strap in.
#1 Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2
It’s a bitter sweet moment with the raging bull rewarding purists with a RWD Huracan at the L.A Auto Show whilst decreasing power ever-so slightly. It’s a traction game after all and it should be enough to keep the new tail happy bull in line. The Huracan receives 571hp as opposed to the 602hp of the LP610-4, all fed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. On the flip side, this version is also lighter as it ditches behind the heavy AWD driveline. 1,388kg is the dry weight and the result is a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds.
#2 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Difficult to pronounce, ridiculously sexy to look at. This is Alfa Romeo’s answer to BMW’s M4 and it was an absolute show-stopper at the L.A Auto Show. The top of the line Quadrifoglio model receives a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that pumps out 505hp and an Earth-moving 600Nm. Bear in mind it’s a four-door sedan that can also wheel your family to the shops. That kind of punch is almost illegal.
#3 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Want a race car but value your daily ride comfort? Porsche have the answer for you at the L.A Auto Show. For US$165,000 you can own your very own race-prepped Cayman with no hassles. Roll cage, harness and race bucket seats are all provided from the factory along with the road version’s 3.8-litre flat-six now paired with Porsche’s rapid shifting six-speed dual clutch known as PDK. And yes, big brakes come with bigger brakes and a lighter chassis. Winning indeed.
#4 Jay Leno Takes A Sneak Peek At The Ford GT
Jay Leno returned to his popular show Jay Leno’s Garage a few weeks ago and for his most recent show he will be looking at the future of supercars. Case in point the mysterious Ford GT. Besides the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 and a promise from the blue oval of “over 600hp”, nothing much else is known. Keep your eyes peeled for this one. It’s bound to be a classic even if there’ll only be 100 made at a price of around US$400,000 each. Yikes.