Most-Watched Videos of the Week

PickupTrucks.com's tow testing of a pair of 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks hauled it to the top of this week's most-watched videos list. The video, narrated by PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams, puts the pickups' towing capabilities to a tough test near the Arizona-Nevada border on Highway 68's "infamous" Davis Dam section. Other newcomers to the list include our test drive of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga., at No. 2, and Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek's critique of the 2013 Toyota Avalon at No. 5. Check out what was popular this week:

1. Road Test Review: 2013 Ram 1500 V-6
2. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at Roebling Road Raceway
3. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
4. 2014 Toyota Tundra
5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
By Matt Schmitz | March 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at Roebling Road Raceway Video

So, you suddenly find yourself with $433,000 you can either blow on a super-luxury performance sports car named like an inkjet printer — say, the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 — or 4,300 inkjet printers. What to do? Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder leans toward the Lambo, with its jetfighter-inspired exterior, space-agey scissor doors and sub-3-second zero-to-60 time from its 700-horsepower V-12. Wiesenfelder marvels at how the Aventador rocketed off the line at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia and just kept gaining, its confident brakes cultivating an air of permissiveness all the way. That said, never having to refill an ink cartridge again would be pretty sweet. Watch the video and decide.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

Lamborghini Veneno: First Look

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  • Competes with: Ferrari LaFerrari (giggle), Bugatti Veyron, a Malibu beach house
  • Looks like: A 21st century take on the Lamborghini Countach, with some jet fighter thrown in
  • Drivetrain: 6.5-liter V-12 making 750 hp; seven-speed single-clutch manual transmission; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Never - only three are being made and all are already sold
  • MSRP: $3.9 million

Lamborghini is throwing a 50th birthday party and to celebrate it has created this, the extremely limited-edition Lamborghini Veneno. Based loosely on the Aventador platform, the Veneno is tuned up to 750 horsepower and features unique and extensively carbon-fiber-based bodywork.

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Most notable is a vertical ridge running from the roof to the rear wing, which meshes into the familiar Lamborghini Y-shaped taillamps. The side view reveals some classic Lamborghini styling cues, such as the asymmetrical wheel openings that harken back to the Marcello Gandini-designed original Countach from 1974 and the traditional Lamborghini-style scissor doors. Plenty of modern touches are included as well, like the LED running lights and carbon-fiber turbine rings on the wheels that scoop in additional air for brake cooling.

By Aaron Bragman | March 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery

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It wasn't exactly the stuff of Hemingway, and it didn't take place in a Pamplona, Spain, bullfighting arena. But when Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder stepped into the ring at Georgia's Roebling Road Raceway with this Aventador — not the famed bull, but the Lamborghini — it all but had him yelling "Ole!" Most of us may never find ourselves behind the wheel of this $433,000 performance sports car to feel the 700 horsepower and 509 pounds-feet of torque its V-12 sends to all four wheels, but we can still admire it from afar. Check out Cars.com photographer Evan Sears' photos below, taking note of the Aventador's spectacular features, particularly its jetfighter-inspired design, scissor doors, those giant scoops on the side that feed cool air to the engine and the automated spoiler for greater down force at high speeds.

By Matt Schmitz | March 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012 Lamborghini Aventador

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Lamborghini is recalling 144 model-year 2012 Aventador sports cars because of headlamps that do not conform to federal safety standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles, manufactured from July 15, 2011, through April 20, 2012, may have headlights that can be aimed horizontally but not vertically. This may reduce the driver's visibility and blind oncoming motorists, increasing the risk of a crash. The problematic headlights also fail to conform to the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Lamborghini will begin notifying owners on Monday, and dealers will enable the vertical aiming and disable the horizontal aiming of the headlamps for free. Owners may call Lamborghini at 866-681-6276 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 14, 2012 | Comments (2)

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: Photo Gallery

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Lamborghini's luxury super-coupe is getting a droptop version, the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. It should be just as fast as its sibling: The convertible borrows the coupe's 700-horsepower, 6.5-liter V-12. Lamborghini says it's good for a zero-to-62-mph run in three seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

The Roadster uses a two-piece Targa-like top made of carbon fiber. The automaker says each weighs just 13 pounds, and the pieces can be stowed in the front luggage compartment. It also sports 20-inch forged aluminum rims in front and 21-inchers in the rear.

The Aventador coupe was introduced in the summer 2011; the convertible will make its public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next March. The Aventador LP700-4 Roadster starts at 300,000 euro, or $381,600 at today's exchange rate. Check out more photos after the jump.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

Lamborghini Aventador J at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

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  • Looks like: a chop-top Aventador
  • Defining characteristics: It’s missing a roof and windshield
  • Ridiculous features: Almost everything is made of carbon fiber
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Lamborghini will make and sell just one

A racing-inspired version of Lamborghini's Aventador supercar was unveiled in Geneva today, but it’s missing a few things, namely a roof and windshield. Not quite a concept and not a typical production vehicle, the Aventador J is a one-of-a-kind convertible, and Lamborghini will build and sell only one unit.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 5, 2012 | Comments (7)

Hybrids, Luxury Cars Top Cars.com Search for April

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Fuel-efficient cars and some luxury models topped our 15 biggest gainers in Cars.com search traffic for April. After analyzing the last 30 days of search data, the recently launched Infiniti M35h, Fiat 500, Ford Focus and the Lexus CT 200h saw significant gains on our site.

Increased search demand for more fuel-efficient options lead to a surge in compact and hybrid car traffic on Cars.com when gas surpassed the $4 a gallon mark for the first time in 2008. As we near $4 a gallon once again, it looks like the same trend is shaping up this time around; the only difference is this time more automakers are prepared with fuel-efficient options, including luxury players.

By Colin Bird | April 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

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  • Competes with: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lexus LFA
  • Looks like: Bruce Wayne will soon be trading in his Murcielago
  • Drivetrain: 700-hp, 6.5-liter V-12 with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: June 2011
  • MSRP: $376,705

As far as exotic sports cars go, it's hard to top the panache that Lamborghini brings to the table. The automaker has outdone itself with the new Aventador, which is even more aggressive-looking than the Murcielago and stunningly quick.
 
A cursory look at the critical specs will make you do a double-take. At full steam, the Aventador can reach 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The car's top speed is 217 mph.
 
What enables such stupefying specs? The Aventador features a 700-horsepower, 6.5-liter V-12 that sends power to all the wheels through a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The car is also a showcase of aluminum and carbon fiber construction, with a curb weight of just 3,472 pounds.
 
As if the Aventador's distinctive wedge shape weren't enough of an attention-getter, there are vertically opening side doors, electronically controlled air intakes and a movable rear spoiler. A transparent cover for the mid-mounted V-12 is optional.
 
In terms of design and materials, the Aventador's cabin is a significant improvement over the Murcielago's. Unique design elements include a red cover on the large center console that hides the engine's start button, and the instrument panel consists of a large LCD screen. Lamborghini's Ad Personam program offers a number of personalized colors and materials for the car — if it doesn’t stand out enough as is.

By Mike Hanley | March 1, 2011 | Comments (6)

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