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Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow: Lamborghini Urus Copycat

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow: Lamborghini Urus Copycat

The Fake Huansu Urus

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Through the years, Chinese auto makers have shown a copycat cycle in vehicle design. Previously, these businesses focused on companies such as Land Rover and Porsche. But, now, this contains Lamborghini as well. The Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow is a straight-out Lamborghini Urus copycat. The exterior is strikingly similar, with just enough alterations to have legal protection in China. Unfortunately, China has protective and byzantine copyright laws. This makes it extremely difficult for foreign companies to sue them. An example is when Porsche was attempting to sue Zotye for a Macan copycat. Unfortunately, this didn’t go to plan and the copycat is still on the market in China.

Basic Overview of the Copycat Hyosow

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

From front to rear, the Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow is a Lamborghini Urus copycat. On the cheap end, this midsize crossover is only 10% of the price. This means a MSRP of between $15,000 and $23,000. Furthermore, on the front, there is a slightly different lower front fascia. As per the roof, the Hyosow has an upright roofline. Notably, there are fewer body creases as if the car underwent plastic surgery. Another difference is the 7” smaller wheelbase. Unfortunately, these differences allow Huansu to avoid copyright concerns in China, whereas in other countries, this would be a crime.

Lamborghini Urus - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Differences Between Hyosow & Urus

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As shown above, the Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow is very similar in style to the Lamborghini Urus. Now, diving a bit deeper, the engine and other features will be in review. Instead of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 650 horsepower, the Hyosow offers two 4-cylinder engine variants. There is a 1.5-liter motor with 150 horsepower and a 2.0-liter engine with 200 horsepower. This is embarrassing in comparison to the Urus engine. But, this is exactly the goal of Huansu… to offer a knock-off “high-end” vehicle.

For the drivetrain, the Huansu will most likely sport FWD. This is also degrading in comparison to the advanced AWD system in the Urus. The Urus even includes multi-terrain settings for off-road capabilities. Furthermore, the Hyosow will offer five and seven passenger configs. Overall, there is no denying the constant auto market plagiarism in China.

Lamborghini Urus - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Background on Huansu

Huansu, the producer of the Hyosow, is owned by the BAIC Group. Surprisingly, this company is a Chinese state-owned enterprise and holding company for multiple subsidiaries. Simultaneously, this company works with Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz to build cars for the Chinese domestic market. Undoubtedly, this company does not play fair in the design realm. Recently, at the Beijing Auto Show 2018, a copycat of a G63 AMG 6×6 was on display by a Chinese manufacturer. To the dissatisfaction of Euro auto makers, this company continues to thrive in China. Maybe, one day, this company will branch into designing its own vehicles… well, probably not…

“Huansu, No Copying!”

Urus: The world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle – Lamborghini – YouTube

As Dora the Explorer would say, “Huansu, no copying! Huansu, no copying! Huansu, no copying!”. At least, Swiper hopes she would say that. Either way, Huansu needs to “man up” and begin to develop its own vehicles from scratch. Copying other auto makers is degrading and doesn’t make for a good business. Overall, the Lamborghini Urus is still the shining star of the SUV universe and the Huansu can stick it!

Note: Unfortunately, there are no quality videos of the Huansu Auto C60 Hyosow on YouTube.

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Front - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Front – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Side - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Side – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With sport cars sales flagging, several of the European performance car companies branched out into the SUV market. At the forefront of this movement was Porsche. Since 2002, Porsche has enjoyed great success with its popular Cayenne SUV. Lamborghini took notice of the Cayenne’s success and announced plans to produce their SUV, the Lamborghini Urus starting in 2018.

 

Taking the Urus from Concept to Reality

“It’s going to change the landscape of the company,” said Alessandro Farmeschi, COO of Lamborghini during an interview with Business Insider.

Lamborghini unveiled the Urus for the first time as a concept car at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Since then, they have tweaked the design and made modifications to the engine. The actual production model will sport a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as opposed to Lamborghini’s traditional V10, originally included in the concept vehicle.

The Urus will be thrown into a SUV market already stiff with competition. It’s true that high-performance luxury SUVs remain in high-demand in the United States. However, American car manufacturers, such as Cadillac, currently dominate the market.

In addition to the Cadillac XT5 crossover, the Urus is forced to compete with Jaguar, Maserati, Bentley, and even Rolls-Royce who has announced plans for their SUV. The lone holdout is Ferrari, who denies any plans to jump in the pool.

 

Lamborghini Markets to a New Demographic

Though late to the party, the Urus is not the first of Lamborghini’s attempts to broaden their market base. The Huracán supercar, along with the Aventador hypercar, are non-traditional Lamborghinis designed to reach a different type of driver.

The Urus is not Lamborghini’s first SUV. In the late 1980’s, the company built its first 4-wheel model, the LM002. Designed to look and function as a military vehicle, the LM002 never really received the response that the company hoped to gain. In the end, only 328 of the cars made it through production.

The difference between the Urus and the LM002 boils down to styling. Even though the Urus qualifies as an SUV, the designers kept the sleek, powerful look of a Lamborghini sports car. It is one of the most aggressive looking daily drivers on the market.

Not only does it have the lines of a sports car, but it also drives like one. The Urus concept version topped 205 mph making it the world’s fastest SUV.

 

The Urus Comes as a Hybrid

For eco-conscious consumers, Lamborghini plans to offer a version of the Urus as a hybrid. They will build the hybrid using VW Group’s MLB-Evo platform.

While the Lamborghini Urus is a step into new territory for the company, there is hope that it will take the company in a new direction. Demand is high for luxury performance SUVs and Lamborghini hopes to grab their slice of the pie with the Urus.

Audi E-Tron GT Concept Appearance at Avengers: Endgame Premiere

Audi E-Tron GT Concept Appearance at Avengers: Endgame Premiere

Audi Markets E-Tron GT at Endgame Premiere

At the premiere of the Avengers: Endgame movie, Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, arrived in the Audi E-Tron GT Concept. This car made its initial debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, it’s impressing the fans of the Avenger films after this flashy appearance. While waiting for the premiere, fans were outside of the theatre, when an E-Tron GT pulled up front. To no surprise, Tony Stark hops out of the car in style. Just as the Avengers: Endgame film, Audi wants to dominate the market. Avengers: Endgame has already broken box office records within its first week. Imagine a few weeks down the road! Shh! No Spoilers!

Facts About the Audi E-Tron GT Concept

Audi E-Tron GT Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

In late 2020, Audi hopes to sell the E-Tron GT as a new model. This vehicle starts with an all-electric AWD system. This setup allows for a range of 248 miles. And, to make road trips less of a headache, this car can tackle 200 miles on a 20-minute charging time. Wow! To power this vehicle, the E-Tron GT sports electric motors boasting 590 horsepower. Furthermore, to store power, a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery system is in place. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 3.5 seconds. Lastly, the E-Tron GT’s top speed is 149 mph.

Will the Audi E-Tron GT Concept Sell on the Market?


In the past, car “gurus” thought electric vehicles weren’t going to work. They weren’t good enough and didn’t provide enough reason to switch. But, nowadays, EVs are the way of the future! So, many people may wonder – will the Audi E-Tron GT Concept sell on the market? The answer is – YES! Just take a glance at the Porsche Taycan. Porsche was definitely hesitant to jump into the EV game. Now, they’re enticing it. The Taycan is so popular, that Porsche is opening a factory just to tackle the demand. So, if Audi does a similar thing, it will most likely do very well. Plus, this car looks absolutely stunning. So, how could one go wrong?

Audi E-Tron GT Concept - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Bugatti Crossover with 1,000+ Horsepower May Head to Production

Bugatti Crossover with 1,000+ Horsepower May Head to Production

Bugatti Crossover in Consideration at Manufacturer

Recently, Bugatti is seeking to add a second model to their lineup alongside the Chiron. With rumors spreading across the market, Bugatti has two possibilities. One of the biggest considerations is a Bugatti Crossover. While not a full-out SUV, it would be similar to the Urus, but more compact and lightweight. It’d also sport a ton more power than the Urus, as well as the upcoming Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. So, if given the green light by Volkswagen Group, a crossover could come to market from Bugatti. It’s basically a revival of the Royale in ultra-luxury limousine style crossover.

Although the CEO of Bugatti, Stephan Winkelmann, is against SUVs, that doesn’t rule out the crossover. To back this up, Winkelmann actually oversaw the development of the Urus. So, building a similar crossover wouldn’t be a complete surprise. There’s also consideration of a 2-door crossover sports car. Depending on VW’s decision, Bugatti will move forward with either car, or neither. For all anyone knows, VW will decline both choices, leading to chaos amongst Bugatti news outlets.

Over 1,000+ Horsepower via V8 & Electric Motors

So, as with most Bugatti models, this car will boast an obnoxious amount of power. If the Bugatti Crossover is to become a reality, this car would probably sport the Urus’ motor. This is a 641 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Furthermore, the engine would receive backup from an electrical motor to reach a goal of over 1k horsepower. In combo, these engines would make this vehicle one of the most powerful crossovers in the world.

Who Doesn’t Want a Bugatti Crossover?

If Bugatti Divo and Lamborghini Urus had a baby – Jimmy Huynh – YouTube

So, who doesn’t want a Bugatti Crossover? Well, surprisingly, there’s people that probably don’t. But, most of us auto enthusiasts do. Obviously, only time will tell if it will happen… or not. Regardless, expect a possible Bugatti unveil at an upcoming auto show… maybe. Furthermore, manufacturers are moving into a greener, fully electric future. So, using electricity to help power this vehicle is basically a requirement. And, the market has already shown electric vehicles (EVs) are popular. Although, some people may need help moving on from their gasoline engine. But many drivers are already ready and willing to do so.

Bugatti Crossover SUV - Rear Corner - Unknown Creator - EuroDrift

Bugatti Crossover SUV – Rear Corner – Unknown Creator – EuroDrift

Note: The images and video for this article are not official by Bugatti. Hence, the pictures and video only represent possibilities for design – by outside sources. For the real design, await Bugatti’s unveil in the upcoming future. Currently, the crossover is only an idea awaiting approval. Thanks for understanding!

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed: A 190 MPH SUV

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed: A 190 MPH SUV

Debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the 2019 Geneva Motor Show approaching, Bentley is ready to go. The manufacturer will debut the new 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed. Without diving into too much detail just yet, this car has a slightly higher top speed than the Lamborghini Urus! But, be sure to read below as it isn’t much of a gap. Visually, the exterior has some minor changes and enhancements. Firstly, the front and rear lights have a dark tint, with darkening certain components such as the splitter. Furthermore, there is a new tailgate spoiler, 22” wheels, and badging.

6.0-Liter W12 Engine with 626-HP

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed - Front Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed – Front Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed surely doesn’t slack on providing a powerhouse. Under the hood, the Speed sports a 6.0-liter W12 engine. This motor produces 626 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 8-speed auto transmission, this engine propels the Speed to 62 mph in only 3.9 seconds. Wow! Now, let’s discuss the top speed. The Bentayga Speed SUV can reach a whopping 190 mph. This is faster than a Urus, but only by 0.5 mph… so, technically, the Urus can possibly defeat this given the opportunity. It’s time for the Urus to hit the salt flats! The Urus has 641-HP, so anything is possible… or not!

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed - Rear Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed – Rear Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Bentley’s Most Powerful Brake System

Bentley Bentayga Speed revealed – meet the world’s fastest SUV – Auto Express – YouTube

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed is quite an amazing SUV. From the power to the design, this SUV is surely able to compete with the crème of the crop. Taking it even further, the Speed withholds the company’s most powerful brake system to date. This vehicle will have the largest and strongest ceramic brakes by Bentley, period. With a max braking torque of 4,425 lb.-ft., these will surely do the job. This system also weighs 44 lbs. less than a typical setup and can handle temps up to 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, the Bentayga Speed is an attempt by Bentley to rule the SUV market.

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Bugatti Considers Entering the Sedan Market

Bugatti Considers Entering the Sedan Market

Venturing into New Terrain

The new Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the company is considering a second model to sell alongside the popular Chiron. Bugatti has considered entering the Sedan Market but tends to favor the SUV body style instead.

“It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car…We would look at every body style and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading”. 


Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO

His reference to “something that is fading” was towards the saloon, or sedan as they are known in non-European markets. Apparently, there has been a decline in sedan sales in the European market, while SUVs have seen an increased demand.

It’s true that prior to the arrival of their new CEO, the company worked on the idea of a four-door sedan using the Galibier name. However, indications are that the market would better support an SUV body style.

Breaking into the SUV Market

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift
Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Winkelmann has experience in the SUV market. He was part of the conception of the Lamborghini Urus SUV which has been launched.

Bugatti is not the only car manufacturer whose looking at the possibility of a new SUV. Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley also want a piece of the action. Ferrari project, known as Purosange, will feature plug-in hybrid technology and be the fastest vehicle of its type. This could make competition for a Bugatti SUV even stiffer.

Timeline for the Next Bugatti Model

2016 Bugatti Royale INTERIOR 5-door Fastback Bugatti Veyron? Bugatti Sedan Commercial CARJAM TV HD – YouTube

Whether sedan or SUV, it does look as if the new Bugatti model is not the only project for the Volkswagen Group. It may have to take a backseat to their electric vehicle and autonomous technology development. However, with the current popularity of the Chiron, their priorities could change.

By the way, LEGO built an awesome Chiron model, check it out here!

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

McLaren Intends to Avoid SUV Market, Unlike Competition

One Supercar Brand Says “No” to SUVs

In recent years, supercar brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini have decided to venture into the SUV market. This has been a surprise for many, unlike when Bentley or Rolls-Royce jumped ship. Regardless, even Aston Martin and Lotus are planning SUV models for the market. But, one major supercar company is saying no. McLaren intends to avoid the SUV market, unlike the competition. So, there will be no McLaren SUV arriving in the future. Honestly, avoiding the SUV market is a reasonable option, especially with the pure competition going on between the other companies now.

CEO Mike Flewitt’s Interview with Automotive News

Representation of Interview In Progress - Broadcasting Room - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Representation of Interview In Progress – Broadcasting Room – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Recently, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt spoke with Automotive News about this exact topic. From the conversation, a McLaren SUV seems completely off the table.

”I’m not against SUVs… They are just not what McLaren does.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

This statement makes it clear that McLaren does not vision itself as a SUV company. Within reasonable observance, this statement is true. McLaren succeeds largely at creating vehicles in the supercar realm. Hence, staying within that will allow McLaren to spend more resources on what matters, the newest models to its fleet.

”When we decide to do a product there are three simple tests: It has to be right for the brand and right for the customer base, we’ve got to have the technology to do the best car in class, and we’ve got to make money… An SUV starts to reduce the purity of the brand as a supercar driver’s brand. Secondly, we don’t have the technology. Can you imagine from a standing start if we wanted to go out and do a better car than a Range Rover, or a Cayenne – the billions we’d have to invest? Third, therefore, is we wouldn’t make any money. So, it doesn’t tick any box.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

Obviously, from these remarks, CEO Mike Flewitt doesn’t see a McLaren SUV as a reasonable investment. Firstly, the car is not right for their brand or clientele. Secondly, McLaren feels it will degrade their supercar basis. Thirdly, McLaren doesn’t have or want the technology needed to build a SUV from scratch. Avoiding billions in investment isn’t a bad thing, as this will allow McLaren to invest otherwise. Regardless, there will be plenty of other supercar or ultra-luxury SUVs to choose from.

But… What About Electric Vehicles?

McLaren 720S - MSO Pacific Theme - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – MSO Pacific Theme – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Unlike never owning a McLaren SUV, it will be possible to own a McLaren EV in the future. Not surprisingly, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt is for EVs. But, McLaren will need a lot of preparation work in the battery creation realm.

”A McLaren EV has got to be usable… It shouldn’t be that we offer a powertrain solution that compromises. It won’t just be lower emissions, it’ll be a better sports car. We’ve set ourselves half an hour full-on track use. You need to be able to do that without recharge, and when you come in and recharge it needs to recharge in 30 minutes.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

McLaren aims to bring an EV to market, but first, it must be reliable on the track. Not only will they offer lower emissions but aim to build a better car. The goal is to allow a driver 30 minutes of track intensive driving before having to charge for 30 minutes. So, downtime may be a bit longer than simply filling a tank, but electrical wise, this is a very high expectation. Building a battery like this will take high investment, research and development, and more. It most likely will not happen, but companies such as Tesla seem to have a hold on this, so maybe reaching out for some co-operative work isn’t a bad idea… or maybe it is?

No to McLaren SUV, Yes to McLaren EV

We Build Sports Cars, Not SUVs: McLaren CEO – Bloomberg – YouTube

Overall, the decision to avoid a McLaren SUV is reasonable, without a doubt. On the other hand, entering the EV market is a must. An EV will allow McLaren to retain full supercar status while offering a modern take on technology. By avoiding an SUV, McLaren saves billions in investment funding as well as headaches. First generation SUVs tend to arrive with problems, such as the Cayenne 10 years ago. Regardless of this decision, plenty of SUV options will be readily available by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Lotus. In conclusion, McLaren’s decision to avoid SUVs wasn’t really a surprise anyway.

Below, a picture of the Lamborghini Urus is shown as a representation of the supercar SUVs currently on market.

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2020 Aston Martin DBX: Another British Luxury SUV

2020 Aston Martin DBX: Another British Luxury SUV

Get Ready for the Aston Martin SUV

For the 2020 model year, Aston Martin plans to bring a 4-door crossover SUV to the market, the DBX. The 2020 Aston Martin DBX will be Aston’s attempt to join the luxury SUV market. Recently, many luxury brands have built their own style of SUVs. This includes manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and even Rolls-Royce. With this vehicle, Aston hopes to increase its sales above 4,000 globally per year. But, this will heavily depend on the market reaction upon an official debut. By impressing everyone, Aston may be able to stand out in the luxury SUV market.

Features & Specifications

Initially, the Aston Martin DBX was on display as a 2-door concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. From exterior to interior, this car should please most auto enthusiasts. Firstly, there will be a reworked component set of the DB11 coupe, mostly of aluminum. Secondly, the production version in 2020 should feature a Mercedes V8 engine. But, Aston does intend to release a fully electric SUV within a few years later. Thirdly, as per production, this vehicle is on track to be built in Wales. Unfortunately, for 2-door SUV enthusiasts, Aston doesn’t plan to build an AMC Spirit.

“To Be, Or Not To Be? That is the Question.”

FIRST LOOK: Aston Martin DBX Concept – Geneva 2015 – Shmee150 – YouTube

This famous quote by William Shakespeare in Hamlet, Act III, Scene I relates to this vehicle. But, with every new luxury SUV, this question falls present. Aston Martin does not want to embarrass itself with another failure such as the Lagonda SUV (not saloon). The Aston Martin Lagonda SUV was on display at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. As per the 2020 Aston Martin DBX, this vehicle will have decent competition. These vehicles include the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and the Tesla Model X. As per price point, the DBX is expected to cost around $225,000. This is decently more than the Model X but definitely cheaper than a Cullinan. In conclusion, time will only tell if the DBX will be successful… or not.

Aston Martin DBX 2-Door Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBX 2-Door Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: The pictures for this article are of the 2-door concept DBX. The release DBX will be a 4-door variant. Aston Martin has not released official pictures yet for the rendition.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUVs

If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie, you may have noticed the Mercedes-Benz SUVs throughout the film. For the expedition to Isla Sorna, InGen builds three customized 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs. The purpose of these vehicles is to drive and navigate the island for transporting equipment. This equipment mostly consists of camera and study items. The nicknames for the three vehicles are: AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana. Unfortunately, the Montana was left behind in this film. Regardless, these vehicles “shine bright like a diamond” through the film.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Official Trailer #1 – Jeff Goldblum Movie (1997) – Jurassic Park Fansite – YouTube

The film The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released on May 19, 1997 by director Steven Spielberg. This 1997 film was able to reach a box office value of 618.6 million USD on a 73 million USD budget. Furthermore, at 2 hours and 9 minutes, this film provides quite a look into InGen’s invasion of Isla Sorna. One main reason for their invasion is to capture dinosaurs to display at an amphitheater zoo in San Diego. Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, thinks this is a terrible idea, and he isn’t far from being correct. Over the film, the entire process turns into a disaster leading up to a t-rex invasion of San Diego. With such a large box office value, the film unfortunately didn’t receive amazing reviews, with a rating of 6.5/10 by IMDb.

AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, & AAV Santana

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the film, the three 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were customized with a ton of aftermarket components. Each of three vehicles have the following options:

  • Camouflage Paint
  • Custom Step Bars
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Bull Bars
  • Front Tow Cable
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Taillight Guards
  • Winch
  • 4-Wheel Drive

These features provide the basis for the overall vehicles before the additional options differentiate the three 320s. Next, each vehicle will be discussed pointing out the additional features that distinguish them individually from the others. The AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana all have features that provide them slightly different advantages in varying situations.

For the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 AAV Fontana, the car has quite a few additional features. These features include:

  • Additional Round Bubble Top
  • Bottom & Top Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Search Lights
  • Grey Interior
  • Mounted Side Lights
  • Protective Bars

For the AAV Montana, the options differ slightly than the AAV Fontana. The AAV Montana’s enhancements include:

  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Grab Bars on Rear Sides
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Searchlights
  • Grey Interior
  • Hood Mounted Carrier
  • Extra Wheel Top Mounted
  • Mounted Door Guard Panes
  • Protective Bars

Lastly, the AAV Santana had the least amount of additional options. These features include:

  • Aluminum Interior
  • Bottom Mounted Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Cut Out Backside
  • Mounted Light Bar

Each of these vehicles serves a slightly different purpose due to their features. Unfortunately, two of these vehicles were destroyed during the film. Luckily, for the AAV Montana, it remained safe in the InGen gatherers equipment facility.

R.I.P. AAV Fontana & AAV Santana

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4/10) Movie CLIP – Ripped Apart (1997) HD – Movieclips – YouTube

Unfortunately, the AAV Fontana and AAV Santana didn’t remain safe during the film. While attempting to fix a young tyrannosaurus rex’s leg, two adult T. rexes show up. As this occurs, the AAV Fontana ML320 is hurtled off the cliff. However, the T. rex adults don’t stop there… the entire trailer containing Ian, Nick, & Sarah is pushed about halfway over the cliff. This causes the characters to fall and eventually dangle from a rope. This rope is set up by Eddie who drives the AAV Santana to the scene. Unfortunately, for Eddie, the two T. rex adults return, and he doesn’t survive, and neither does the Santana.

The AAV Montana is Still Alive!

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear - Pixabay - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Overall, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a great movie. Critics may not agree, but if you’re a fan of dinosaurs, you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Furthermore, the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were a perfect match for the movie. These vehicles are built for adventures and the outdoors, so their arrival on Isla Sorna isn’t a surprise. Even though the AAV Fontana and Santana didn’t survive, the AAV Montana is still alive! Long live the Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUV!

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

The First Production Lamborghini

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Front Corner in Black - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Front Corner in Black – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 1964 to 1966, the Lamborghini 350 GT was a production 2-door grand tourer coupe. Not surprisingly, this model may not be familiar to most people. This is probably due to the 350 GT’s very limited production of only 120 units. This limitation makes surviving models a rare spectacle. Now, Lamborghini is famous for it’s rear-engine sports cars as well as the all-new SUV (the Urus). Regardless, and most noteworthy, the Lamborghini 350 GT was Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first production car.

3.5-Liter Aluminum Alloy DOHC V12

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT sports a 3.5-liter aluminum alloy DOHC V12. This engine produces around 280 horsepower and close to 240 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor works in sync with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. From 0 to 62 mph, the 350 GT takes only 6.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 16.3 seconds. At the high end, the 350 GT can reach a top speed of 158 mph. Lastly, to top it off, this motor can produce 400 horsepower but was limited for production.

Aluminum Body, Carburetors, & Wishbone Suspension

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT starts with an aluminum body. Next, there is four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones. On top of that, the suspension uses concentric coil-spring-damper units. Furthermore, there is a Salisbury differential as well as a four-vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes. Lastly, the 350 GT is built with twin-barrel side-draught Weber 40 DCOE 2 carburetors.

The Beginning of the Lamborghini Empire

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Jay Leno’s Garage – YouTube

Overall, the Lamborghini 350 GT was the beginning of the empire built by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Due to its importance in the Lamborghini line-up, it is quite the collector’s car. On top of that, with it’s limitation of 120 units, there are only a handful left in the world today. With it’s race design, this car is meant to compete with alternative sports car rivals. Imagine… only if they left the 400 horsepower in the production model. Regardless, the 350 GT is an automobile of beauty and marvel.

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear Logo - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear Logo – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

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