Cars Coming Soon->Lamborghini’s Next Masterpiece and BMW’s Latest M

Lamborghini LP700-4

Even poorly wrapped in vinyl (or possibly electrical tape), the replacement for the Lamborghini Murcielago looks devilishly evil.

The guys at Evo got an early preview drive of the Lamborghini LP700-4 (or Jota or Aventador) and snagged a couple camo-clad photos showing the wedge-like shape of Lambo’s next supercar. There’s an obvious genetic resemblance to the Diablo and Murcielago, with a little Reventon tossed in for an extra dose of awesomeness. Pretty good DNA, if you ask me.

The newest Lamborghini will come with a 6.5-liter V12 expected to punch out around 700 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, which should be plenty of juice to propel the plastic-and-carbon-fiber-clad machine to 60 mph in under 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph.

Is there any practical reason for a car like this? No. But there was no practical reason to send a couple of guys to the moon, either. If practicality is your thing, keep reading.

I suppose anything with the BMW M label in its name isn’t exactly the essence of practicality, but when compared to a Lambo, it fits.

The 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe finds itself in an odd situation, trying to position itself between the standard 1 Series and the sinister BMW M3 (one of my favorite cars in all the world).

First, the specs on BMW’s newest M:

The 1 Series M Coupe uses BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six to pump out 335 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. Push the pedal to the floor and you’ll experience a 0-60 sprint in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is 155 miles per hour. Combine all that with a six-speed manual and you’ve got some M-powered fun concentrated into a compact car.

I just wish it had a little more power. The BMW 135i makes 300 horses and scoots to 60 in 5 seconds, so another 35 horses and 3/10 of a second of speed could make the M variant a tough sell. Of course, you will get the legendary M driving dynamics to go along with the added performance numbers.

For comparison, the M3 has been clocked doing 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and has a 414-hp V8, which makes it far worthier of the letter M. That’s the one I’d park in my garage.

Which would you be most likely to buy: the BMW 135i, 1 Series M Coupe, or M3?


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