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2002 Lamborghini Murcielago Review
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The 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago is latest in the series of super-performance sports cars that include the Diablo, Countach, and Miura. Not only is this model new, but Audi is the new owner of the Lamborghini name and has done wonderful things for the revered Italian automaker. Producing another legendary two-seater is great way for the new ownership to assure fans that things will continue well in Modena. Ergonomics are more sensible under Audi’s stewardship and performance has actually increased, and the styling is now less cluttered. Hard to believe that one of the great dream car makers could see improvement, especially at the hand of new owners, but it proves that Audi has Lamborghini going in a good direction.
Engines: 6.2-liter V-12
Models: Lamborghini Murcielago
The 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago itself is new for 2002. It replaces the Diablo as Lamborghini’s new 200+ mph super car on the block.
The 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago super sports car comes in one base trim and doesn’t bother with much in the way of options. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, intermittent wipers, rear defogger, a viscous center differential, Brembo brakes, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones in the front and rear, Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamp, dual stainless steel exhaust with chrome tailpipe finish, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, permanent locking hubs, sport suspension, driver controlled ride control, adaptive suspension, power retractable rear spoiler, and headlamps with washer.
The 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago breaks with the Lamborghini tradition of simple and uncomfortable interiors that look like something form a kit car. The cockpit has appointments and amenities like leather upholstery, power steering, climate control, leather trim on the dash, doors and center console, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum gear shift knob, four-way seats, automatic air recirculation, power trunk/hatch/door release, power locks, power windows and a premium sound system with am/FM, in-dash cd player, remote CD player, and remote keyless entry.
Performance & Handling
This is what it’s all about with a Lamborghini. The Murcielago uses the mid-mounted V-12 architecture of its predecessors: the Diablo, Countach, and Miura. With an increase of 0.2 liters over the Diablo's V-12 plus a passel of high-tech engineering features, such as variable valve timing and variable intake manifold volume, this V-12 now cranks out 572 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Redline is set at 7500 rpm. This powerhouse mates to a six-speed-manual transmission that sits ahead of the engine. The rear differential is integrated into the engine unit. Permanent four-wheel drive employs a central viscous coupling sends this rage of power to all four wheels with 70 percent going to the rear and 30 percent to the front. Rather than a direct mechanical connection to the gas pedal, a drive-by-wire electronic throttle control system is used. It has the capacity to go zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, runs the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph.
Standard safety gear for the 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago includes all-disc Brembo anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, dual front impact airbags with a passenger-side front airbag that has a dual-inflation provision, front seatbelt pretensioners and traction control. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has performed crash safety tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Cockpit comfort
- Unreal performance
- Decent ride quality for speedster
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