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Hello! It’s been way too long since my last update on this here blog, and for that I am eternally apologetic.  Here’s something pretty to look at:

The Ferrari 458 - quite the looker...

To be honest, I have no truly valid excuse to give as to why I have been so slack.  Without wanting to go into too much detail, my life has been pretty crazy of late.  What with relocations and job-hunting, I’ve only recently found myself settling down a little bit.

Now that I have the time and energy to devote back into my writing, I think it’s about high time that I get things rolling with this blog again.  I have some plans for growth and expansion in the future, and yet again I want to encourage you, the readers, to get involved.  The glory of using a platform such as this is that it really allows us to create a community, and I can hardly think of anything more Utopian than a car-loving community.

On that note, you can look forward to more news, fun, eye-candy and opinion pieces, as well as input from new contributors.  In short, I’m talking about progress.  MADmotoring is back, come ride with us…

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This posting is just for fun, because like a dullard I was slow to react to the unveiling of the new Lamborghini Aventador.  However, seeing as I’m a massive fan of Lamborghini, and seeing as this is my blog where my rules apply, I’ve decided to showcase a gallery and two videos of the Aventador.  Enjoy the eye-candy!

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It’s the new M5!

Posted: June 16, 2011 in News, Pictures
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The new M5 has finally been revealed by BMW, and it looks good.

The biggest change can be seen under the hood, where BMW have switched the V10 for a 4.4litre twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out 555bhp and a massive 506lb ft of torque.  BMW promise that it is “lag-free” and gives a “trademark M car thrust”.

The new M5 has a seven-speed double clutch auto ‘box and three modes installed, with S1 being the gentlest to S3 where things get a bit more brutal.  In S3, the M5 clocks 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and 0-124mph in 13 seconds.  The top speed is limited to 155mph, or 190mph with the “M Driver’s Package”.

On the M5 you can also find damper control, stability control, six-piston brake callipers and an “M dynamic mode”, while you can also programme two individual setups for the car and called up through the M Drive buttons.

In terms of looks, well… Take note of the 19inch M light alloy wheels, the rear spoiler, a rear apron with diffusers, flared wheel arches, intakes for the engine and brakes and the pair of tin exhaust tailpipes.  An aggressive super saloon that acts like it looks.

You can find the same stuff you’d expect on the inside too: sport seats, an M leather steering wheel, M-specific instrument cluster and the full options range from the 5 Series saloon, including a 10.2inch screen with iDrive control display.  Oh, and there’s also a head-up display.

Enjoy the M5 gallery…

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Source: TopGear.com

As the motoring enthusiast you probably are, you’re bound to have seen the legendary Gallardo patrol car.  Well, I happened to come across some shocking images of its demise; so I thought I’d blog about it.  This happened quite a while ago, so it doesn’t qualify as news, but it is something worth revisiting.

The Gallardo LP560-4 was a gift from Lamborghini to the Italian State Police, fully kitted out with all that you may need as a police officer including guns, radar, video-broadcasting and GPS.  The official story is that the officer driving the supercar at the time of the unfortunate mishap, swerved to avoid a collision with a car moving in the opposite direction, forcing him to plough into a row of stationary cars.

The officers inside weren’t too badly injured, apart from a scratch and a broken rib here and there, but the Gallardo was not as fortunate.  Although it could be salvaged and repaired it would never be able to return to its former, criminal-menacing glory.

Mercedes look set to rival Mini with the unveiling of their new Concept A, which will be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show taking place later on this month.  At first glance, you can hardly believe that it’s descended from the same ultra-utilitarian A Class you currently see running around.

First up, the specs: a new four-cylinder turbo engine with a twin-clutch automatic ‘box and 210bhp.  The range will have smaller engines as well, including a 1.6 diesel.

Inside the car you have four individual seats, with an aluminium centre rail going the length of the cabin.  The overall concept hinges, apparently, around the inspiration of jet planes, as the vents are “reminiscent of jet engines”, the red instruments are “inspired by afterburners”, the whole dash “has the shape of an aircraft wing” and the gear selector “takes the form of a reverse-thrust lever”.

A bit of healthy competition for Mini, if done right, could spark off something interesting, let’s just hope that the finished product doesn’t look too much like a flashy Corsa / Focus… Now enjoy the pictures.

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Quick stats: 600bhp, 443lb ft, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, 1,400kg, 0-124mph in 10 seconds and £168,500.

Back at McLaren’s HQ in Surrey, England, production of the MP4-12C has begun.

Ron Dennis, Big Boss at McLaren, claims that this will be the “fastest car money can buy”.  The first of these is being built at the McLaren Technology Centre, but production will continue in the £40 million, purpose built, Production Centre next door, due to be completed in May.

McLaren plan on building 1000 examples following last year’s successful debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year.

Enjoy the nifty slideshow below of the construction process and click here to see an awesome MP4-12C gallery.

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Source: Autoblog UK & Top Gear UK