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2009 Lamborghini Murcielago Review
The quintessential Italian supercar.
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When the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 was unveiled, basically nothing changed from the 2008 model. This high-end, high-performing super car had two body styles: a two-door coupe and a two-door roadster convertible model. As with all Lamborghini sports cars, the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is a luxury sports car with an expensive price tag to ensure the exclusivity of its owners.
Engines: 6.5-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual transmission, six-speed automatic e-gear transmission
Models: Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster
The 2009 model year of the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is a carryover from the previous year. As such, no changes were made to the super car and nothing is new for the 2009 model year.
Since production of the Lamborghini Murcielago began in 2001, very little has changed with how it looks. The name of the Lamborghini Murcielago was lengthened in 2007 with the addition of LP640, which designated the engine’s orientation and power output, but otherwise, almost everything stayed as it was originally designed.
The 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 sits extremely low to the ground, with the highest point of the super car being slightly less than four feet from the ground. The doors are scissor doors and open upwards in both body styles. Eighteen-inch high performance wheels, xenon headlights, and an adjustable front suspension are standard features for both models. By lifting the front suspension, scraping the spoiler on curbs, speed bumps, or while parking can be avoided. A glass engine cover can be fitted as an option.
The Roadster is equipped with a cloth targa-style soft-top roof. It can be difficult to put on to the sports car, and Lamborghini advises that it only be used at speeds less than 100 mph so that it doesn’t fly off.
The interior is covered in leather and soft touch materials. Seating is comfortable and there is plenty of room for the driver and passenger. A telescoping steering column, automatic dual-zone climate control, and audio system that play CDs, DVDs, and MP3s are standard. Options include carbon-fiber or titanium trim and a touch screen navigation system. Through the use of the Ad Personum program offered by Lamborghini, the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 can be customized inside and out.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is powered by the same 6.5-liter V-12 engine as in previous model years. It is mounted longitudinally in the rear and has a power output of 632 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic egear transmission with manual override paddles on the steering wheel can be fitted as an option.
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 was built to go fast, and it does. According to Lamborghini, zero to 60 mph can be completed in less than 3.4 seconds, and it has a top speed of 211 mph. The width of the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 can make it difficult to drive in the city, and particularly in parking lots, but this width and low height make it ideal for cornering at high speeds.
The permanent all-wheel-drive system is fitted with an electronic traction control system. Anti-lock brakes are standard, but side air bags and stability control is not available for either model. Lightweight carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option, which provide additional durability and reduce the chance of brake fade due to overheating during use. The Roadster is fitted with rollover bars that automatically deploy when needed.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Amazing acceleration
- Secure handling
- Distinct style
- Comfortable and luxurious interior
You Won't Like
- Width makes it difficult to drive in some areas
- Difficult to install cloth top of Roadster
The quintessential Italian supercar.
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