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Video: ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour concept gets a move on

By Jonathon Ramsey

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The rather awesome ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour concept first seen at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show hasn’t been affixed to some museum plinth just yet. The high-riding assemblage of curves, wedges and prisms laid over the carcass of a Lamborghini Gallardo – in both coupe and convertible forms – was sent out to play for the cameras, solely for our benefit.

We’re not sure what we’d do with a 550-horsepower off-road coupe with a 13-inch maximum ride height and a track mode that can get to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and goes 200 mph. Oh, that’s right, we do know: we’d call it the Lamborghini LM003 and line up to buy one. We’d also watch it in action in the video below.

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Report: Lamborghini Gallardo may end run with stripped-down, manual version

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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The Lamborghini Gallardo is no stranger to special edition models, but with the car soon headed to that great racetrack in the sky, it sounds like a fitting send off is in the works. Road & Track had the chance to sit down with Lamborghini America COO Michael Lock who says that a “back-to-basics” Gallardo is being planned with a stripped interior, rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission.

Aside from marking the end of the Gallardo, this model will also mark the end for Lamborghini’s manual transmission. That might sound like a devastating one-two punch for fans of the Italian automaker, but the report goes on to say that the paddle-shifted models outsell the three-pedal models to a tune of nine to one. No official word has been given as to when we’ll see this new Gallardo model or its successor, but it sounds like at least one could be here by the end of the year.

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2013 Buick LaCrosse Shaquille O’Neal Commercial: Q Scores and A-Listers [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

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Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

When it comes to popularity, size matters. Jimmy Fallon, for example, is huge, and so is Alec Baldwin. I’m talking about their Q Scores, which are survey-derived metrics that indicate a celebrity’s overall recognition and popularity within a specific target audience. For decades, Q Scores (a proprietary name owned by the company that generates them) have been the gold standard by which ad agencies assess a celebrity’s value as a spokesperson.

As with many things in life, the larger the Q Score, the better. Which brings us to Shaquille O’Neal. To help me put things in perspective, I called Steve Levitt, president of The Q Score Company, who told me that while the average celebrity is recognized by 29 percent of young American adult males, a whopping 70 percent recognize Shaq. Among sports fans, that number is even higher. So if you’re targeting your sales message to those guys, it might behoove you to consider hiring The Big Shaqtus to appear in one of your commercials—or if you’re Buick, two of your commercials.

Last year, Buick dubbed O’Neal a “Size Authority” and squeezed him into a LaCrosse eAssist to tout the car’s luxury, interior space, and gas mileage. That entertaining commercial culminated with the line, “I’ve got shoes that are bigger than most hybrids—and more stylish, too.” This time around, they have him listing additional attributes, such as “sophisticated styling” and “fresh technology.” Shaq’s punch line? “Like my Mom said the day I was born: ‘Wow, that’s a lot more than I expected!’ ”

Given O’Neal’s size (the man is over seven feet tall and is charitably listed at 325 pounds), I don’t doubt he was enormous from day one. And given his wealth (his fortune has been estimated at $250 million), I have no trouble believing he sports some extravagant footwear. But I do have trouble believing that Shaquille O’Neal drives a LaCrosse. Even casual sports fans know that Shaq is all about cars, and that he has a stable of exotics that has included legroom-modified Ferraris, a giant Escalade, and a custom stretch Lamborghini Gallardo. So are we supposed to believe that this three-time NBA Finals MVP, multiple-championship winning sports titan tools around town in a stock, $35,000 sedan with just 38 inches of front headroom? Of course not. To quote the great philosopher Biz Markie, “Don’t even give me that.” But in these commercials, Shaq is speaking as a paid salesman, not an owner, so he doesn’t need to own a LaCrosse any more than a Ferrari salesman is required to own a 458 Italia. He’s qualified to talk about size and luxury …read more
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Video: Watch this Lamborghini Gallardo get hooned like a WRC car

By Seyth Miersma

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Driving your million-dollar supercar or ultra-lux limousine carefully and pridefully on to the well-manicured lawns of a fancy concurs d’elegance is what your old man did, square. Driving your exotic through mud and filth, with fast sideways bits and loads of counter steering is what all the hip kids are up to these days.

Having already experienced the puerile joys of seeing a Rolls-Royce turf a lawn and a Ferrari Enzo slide around the farm, we can now enjoy this Lamborghini Gallardo in the mud and ruts. The video below shows about exactly what you’d expect from WRC-themed title, except for lacking in big air and, you know, really good, fast driving. Still, there’s mud. Check it out below.

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Geneva: ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour loses its lid

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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What could possibly be better than a two-passenger, off-road performance coupe built atop the Lamborghini Gallardo platform? A topless version of said vehicle, of course. We’ve already showed you the ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour in fixed-roof form, and now we’re able to bring you some live shots of the Parcour Roadster.

Honestly, the Parcour’s lines probably look better on the hardtop model, but the Roadster’s lack of top did give the ItalDesign Giugiaro crew a chance to change up the design ever so slightly. The windshield has been chopped and uses carbon-fiber pillars doubling as the vehicle’s rollbars, while the hoops over the seats are also designed with safety and styling in mind. In addition to the roof, the Roadster also removes the separator between the passenger compartment and the engine bay meaning there is absolutely nothing to filter the noise created by the mid-engine 5.2-liter V10 putting down 550 horsepower.

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Geneva: ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour is a rough-and-tumble Lamborghini Gallardo

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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The Volkswagen Group had one final trick up its sleeve to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show, a daring concept car from ItalDesign Giugiaro called the Parcour. We’re thinking this one is going to be controversial, but that’s fine by us – a little conceptual shake-up never hurt anybody.

From what we can tell, the Parcour is a rough-road-ready take on the Lamborghini Gallardo, with a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 engine sending 550 horsepower to all four wheels. The version shown at VW‘s pre-show event is a hardtop coupe, but the design house has also created a roadster that you can see in the gallery below.

According to ItalDesign Giugiaro, the Parcour weighs in at around 3,400 pounds is capable of a 0 to 62 run of 3.6 seconds and it boasts a top speed of around 200 miles per hour. Ride height is adjustable from the cabin, ranging from 8.2 inches all the way up to 13 inches. A kind of terrain dial can be used inside with settings for Comfort, Off-Road, Ice and Track modes.

We don’t entirely understand the suspension system, but the company says it uses a pushrod arrangement, minus the pushrods, which have been replaced by a second set of shocks. That means there are eight shocks in total, two at each corner. In Track mode, which lowers the car as far as possible, just four of the shocks are used.

Inside, the Parcour features a Plexiglass central dashboard with touch controls. The seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission offers Auto and Sport modes. Check out the complete press release below for all the details, and be sure to peruse both our live image gallery above and the stock shots below.

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Video: Watch the Australian GT Championship take on Bathurst

By Zach Bowman

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The Australian GT Championship is one of the more entertaining race series going. Racers compete head to head in hardware plucked from our supercar dreams. Drivers campaign bruisers like the Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 911 GT3-R, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Audi R8 and even the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Ginetta G55. There are few other places where you can see so many excellent vehicles go fender to fender. This year, the series got started at the infamous Bathurst circuit. If you want a better picture of what the Australian GT Championship has to offer, look no further than the video below.

The first round saw Shane Van Gisbergen and Klark Quinn in their Porsche 911 GT3-R take the checkered flag followed by a four-man team in the No. 88 Ferrari 458 Italia GT4. The series heads to the Adelaide Street circuit for qualifying on February 28, with the main event going down on March 2. In the interim, feel free to check out the clip below for a better idea of what the action is all about.

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Bentley Design Chief Donckerwolke Bins EXP 9 F Concept, Working on New SUV and Continental

By Jens Meiners

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A few months into his tenure as Bentley chief designer, Volkswagen Group’s star designer Luc Donckerwolke is shaking up operations to prepare the brand for the future. Shortly after the departure of exterior design chief David Hilton, Donckerwolke has hired former GM and VW Group designer Sang Yup Lee to take charge. Meanwhile, former interior chief Robin Page has left Bentley to work with former VW Group designer Thomas Ingenlath at Volvo. Page’s replacement will be announced shortly.

Donckerwolke and his team have their work cut out for them. While the brand is pushing an SUV into production, the EXP 9 F concept—unveiled to incredulous eyes at the Geneva auto show last year—has been canned. After Geneva, it was shown not only at the Beijing show, but surprisingly also at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance. Now the brand is working on a sportier and more contemporary interpretation of an SUV.

Work also is progressing on the next-generation Continental GT, which will break away from the current look. Because of budget constraints during its development process, the second-generation Continental GT is little more than an extensive face lift. At least its Flying Spur derivative, finalized before Donckerwolke came on board, will be more differentiated from the first-generation model than the two-door Continentals were.

Donckerwolke is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Vevey, Switzerland. He joined Audi in 1992 and held different positions at Audi and Škoda, then moved to Lamborghini in 1998 and became the brand’s chief designer in 2003. Two years after that promotion, Donckerwolke took over as chief designer of Seat; he became head of the Volkswagen Group’s advanced design in 2011.

He was heavily involved in the Audi A2, first-generation Škoda Fabia and Octavia, and the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murciélago. Donckerwolke is a genuine car guy; his personal collection includes a Lamborghini Espada, a Lamborghini Miura, a VW-Porsche 914/6 race car, a BMW 3.0 CSI, and a Fiat 850 Coupé Sport. His level of enthusiasm for grand-turismo cars is hard to surpass.

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