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25 Jun 2008

Rhd LP560-4 arrival dates, TVR founder dies and CTS faster than M5

Lamborghini has confirmed that the first right-hand-drive LP560-4s will arrive in the UK in July and will come with a NavTrak vehicle tracking system as standard. Priced at £147,330, the new model is £3980 more expensive than the outgoing Gallardo – the most successful Lamborghini of all time, with 7100 sold since its launch in 2003. This year’s entire UK allocation of LP-560-4s is already sold out.

TREVOR WILKINSON, the founder of TVR, has died at the age of 85. After leaving school in 1937 with no qualifications, he took an apprenticeship with an engineering firm, but left to set up on his own nine years later. The roots of TVR Engineering can be traced back to 1947 when Trevor used an Alvis chassis to build his own car. During the next 15 years over 100 TVRs were produced, with the Mark I (which became the Grantura) pioneering the familiar fibreglass and tubular steel construction. Trevor parted company with TVR in 1962 to set-up his own engineering business specialising in glassfibre. After retirement he moved to Minorca.

WATCH OUT M5, E63 et al. Cadillac is claiming its new CTS-V will be the world’s fastest saloon when it arrives next year. It’s already posted a 7.59 lap of the Nürburgring, but now the firm is claiming 0-60mph in 3.9sec and a standing quarter of 12sec at 118mph. The CTS-V has a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that develops 556bhp.

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