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Melbourne shows off its motors

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By system on Saturday, 25 June 2011

The 2011 Australian International Motor Show is nearly upon use opening next month on 1st July in Melbourne, and the line-up promises to be an all star cast.

Lamborghini’s stand might just be the show’s most popular, following news that the raging bull’s brand-new Aventador flagship will make its local debut, coming less than five months after its international unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

“There is no greater drawcard for a motor show than a spectacular, brand new, never-seen-in-Australia super sports car,” Australian International Motor Show event director Russ Tyrie said.

The Aventador LP 700-4 follows in the Lamborghini form as a pure super-car, it is powered by a brand-new V12 engine, producing 525kW and 690Nm of torque. Combined with a seven-speed ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) transmission, the Aventador rockets to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds.

Also featured will be an ‘evaluation’ version of the JOSS Developments JP1, this comes seven years after it wowed visitors to the Melbourne Motor Show with an early concept. It is joined by a wind-tunnel model of the production JP1, along with a computer-generated preview of the JP1 production car.

JOSS Developments Technical Director and founder Matt Thomas said “JOSS Developments has spent the last few years working on the business: building investment, working with our technical suppliers, and putting in place the right people so that when we launch JP1 the company will be geared up to deliver a great product to the market.” However Thomas remains tight-lipped on a date for the JP1’s unveiling, or with any hints as to its final name (if it won’t in fact carry the JP1 name through to production).

Another first is a pair of scale model ‘Interceptor’ concepts designed at Ford Australia earlier this year. An after-hours project inspired by the original Interceptor – a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe – the new Mad Max Interceptor concepts are the work of Ford Australia designers Chris Svensson, Todd Willing, Nima Nourian and Simon Brook. Both Interceptor concepts, at 40 percent scale, are to celebrate the cinematic return of the 30 year-old movie franchise.

Other new models and concepts confirmed for the 2011 AIMS include the Range Rover Evoque, the 2012 Audi A6, the Toyota Prius V and Prius C, the Suzuki Swift S-Concept, the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, and the 2012 Jaguar XF.

The Australian International Motor Show opens at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 6pm on Friday 1 July, and runs until Sunday 10 July.