About the Lamborghini Murcielago
The Murcielago is best known for its minimalistic design. Unlike the other Lamborghini’s before it, the Murcielago doesn’t have any big spoilers or other flash that might give away the power under the hood. Some say this is because of Audi’s hand in the manufacturing of the vehicle. The German company took over the Lamborghini company eight years before the release of the Murcielago. The man truly responsible for the look of the Murcielago is Belgian car designer Luc Donckerwolke, who is now Design Director at Volkswagen.
The car was stylish, but function was more important than form. For example, the oil cooling, which is usually doubled on high performance cars for symmetry was proven not necessary, and it was removed on the Murcielago. Instead, vents only open on the Murcielago when the engine is hot.
The Murcielago was originally only available as a two-door coupe, but a two-door roadster was released later.
The car is also known for its over-the-top price tag. Simple optional features such as a carbon fiber center console can run several thousand dollars.
The Murcielago was discontinued in 2010 in favor of the Aventador, which is the new flagship for the Lamborghini company. Lamborghini Murcielago Evolution
Two generations of the Murcielago existed.
The first generation was an all-wheel drive car that ran from the release of the vehicle in 2001 to 2006. Under the hood, the Murcielago delivered the power of a 6.2-liter V-12 with a top speed of 207 mph. This amazing engine produces 580 hp. The car could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.
Lamborghini took great pains to make the Murcielago a slightly more comfortable ride that of its predecessors. Headroom was higher, leg room longer, and the creature comforts on the interior were also refined with a better audio system, air conditioner, and other amenities. Scissor doors, which open up and down instead of out, was also a distinguishing feature of the vehicle.
A roadster version of the Murcielago was introduced in 2004. This version had a soft top that could be removed when travelling at high speeds, effectively making the car an open top vehicle. A warning on the dash indicated that the driver should not exceed 100 mph with the top still attached.
The second generation Murcielago was released in 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show as the LP 630, while the first generation was designated as the LP 580s. The new generation upgraded its engine to a 6.5-liter with 631 hp at 8000 RPM. This was the generation that introduced the asymmetrical oil cooling intake as well as new front and rear fascia. The six-speed E-gear was offered standard on this model. The E-gear also offered a launch control system in the center console that allowed you to press a button for sport performance or takeoff. The roadster was also updated in 2006. Lamborghini Murcielago Features
A top-of-the-line Murcielago called the LP 670-4 SuperVeloce was introduced in 2009 at the Geneva Auto Show. The V-12 engine was again upgraded, this one producing 661 hp at 8000 RPM with 490 lb-ft of torque at 6500. Carbon fiber was introduced throughout the vehicle to lower its weight. Zero to 62 was reduced to 2.9 seconds, and zero to 124 mph was reduced to 7.4 seconds. The top speed was increased as well, up to a staggering 213 mph.
Several limited edition vehicles were produced during the Murcielago run. A 40th anniversary version was released in a run of 50 for the Lamborghini celebration. This edition was colored Jade Green and had extensive carbon fiber details throughout.
The LP 640 Versace was shown at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Only 20 coupé and roadster models were produced. Lamborghini and Versace made custom interiors. The vehicle came with matching luggage supplied by Versace.
The LP 650-4 Roadster was released as an update to the roadster model. The engine was updated to 641 horsepower with 490 lb-ft of torque. The roadster could hit zero to 62 in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. The model was only available in grey with orange highlights.
The Murcielago was an impressive update to the Lamborghini line. If you’re in the market for a supercar and the Adventador is out of your reach, the Murcielago is a great compromise.