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2005 Lamborghini Murcielago Review
A supercar that is a great deal of fun.
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The Lamborghini Murcielago is available as a convertible or coupe. With a V-12 engine, the Murcielago does not lack in power or performance. The body design is fantastic, as is common with the Lamborghini brand. A top-end luxury sports car, the Lamborghini Murcielago sounds great with the engine running, and the exhaust is designed to sound equally thrilling. The convertible Murcielago’s removable top is considered difficult to remove, but the power and style are well worth the trouble. The full-time, all-wheel drive (AWD) keeps a tight grip on the road and maximizes the handling, while the V-12 engine delivers enough power to the six-speed manual transmission to make driving and shifting in the Murcielago fun and exciting.
Engines: 6.2-liter 571 horsepower V-12 with double overhead cam
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive and six-speed automanual with overdrive
Models: Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe, Lamborghini Murcielago Convertible
The convertible submodel of the Lamborghini Murcielago is a new addition to the 2005 lineup. Both the convertible and sedan benefit from a redesigned brake system that outperforms the previous Murcielago brake system.
Both submodels have the attractive addition of a rear spoiler that aids in road grip when travelling at high speeds. The alloy wheels are 18-inches and the tires are high performance. The convertible has a manually-removable roof that allows for extra airflow and heightened style for the Murcielago owner to show off. The body design is typical for a sporty Lamborghini, but the design also inhibits some views from the driver’s seat, thus hindering the driver’s visibility. A wide wheelbase and low ground clearance assist in balance for drivers who like to enjoy the full benefits of the 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago’s power and speed.
The 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago has a maximum seating capacity of two and is therefore not a good family car. The external rearview mirrors have internal remote power controls and the interior rearview mirror is auto-dimming for maximum visibility in the daytime and nighttime. The driver and passenger seats are four-way adjustable and the driver’s seat has a manually-adjustable lumbar support to maximize comfort. Leather covers the interior, including the front seats, inserts on both doors, and the headliner. The manual gear shift knob is aluminum. The floor and cargo area are carpeted. The audio system has both an auto reversing cassette player, an in-dash single disc CD player, and a six-disc CD changer under the seat. Only four speakers are wired to the stereo, but the small interior does not require a lot of speakers. The steering wheel is tilt-adjustable and telescopic for extra comfort and convenience. The front windows are powered and the rear windows are fixed.
Performance & Handling
The 6.2-liter, V-12 engine delivers 570+ horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque to the drive train. The six-speed transmission is capable of ‘E-gear’ shifting, a sequential shifting system that does not require a clutch pedal. The fuel control from the gas pedal to the engine is electronically-connected and very responsive, rather than a mechanical connection from the pedal to the engine. Drivers describe the engine’s performance and the car’s responsiveness as ""edgy and alive."" The acceleration is instant and very impressive. Some drivers found the car’s performance intimidating and dangerous, albeit addictive to play with. The width of the wheelbase and the low ground clearance ensure stability that is necessary if the full power of the V-12 engine is accessed. Electronically-controlled, hydraulic auto-manual shifting provides smooth and quick shifts when the Murcielago’s extra-responsive acceleration is tested.
The 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago has a redesigned four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with ventilated disc brakes in both the front and the rear. Electronic brake force distribution senses the best way to distribute the braking between the four wheels, and traction control assists the AWD with fantastic road grip that is completely necessary if the driver is testing the full power of the V-12 engine. The headlamps are Xenon high-intensity discharge models that pierce further into the darkness than other styles. Driver and passenger airbags are installed for protection in case the Murcielago’s power outperforms the driver.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lamborghini Murcielago Convertible: 9/13 mpg city/highway
- Fantastic access to power and control
- Supercar styling
- Advanced shifting and braking systems
You Won't Like
- Huge price tag
- Inefficient fuel economy
A supercar that is a great deal of fun.
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