Friday, March 16, 2012

Lamborghini Murciélago (2012)

The Lamborghini Murciélago is a two-door, two-seat sports car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 2001 and 2010. Successor to the Diablo and flagship of the automaker's lineup, the Murciélago was introduced as a coupé in 2001. The automaker's first new design in eleven years, the car was also the brand's first new model under the ownership of German parent company Audi. It was styled by Peruvian-born Belgian Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini's head of design from 1998 to 2005. A roadster version was introduced in 2004, followed by the updated LP 640 coupé and roadster and limited edition LP 650-4 Roadster. The final variation to wear the Murciélago nameplate was the LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, powered by the largest and final evolution of the historic Lamborghini V12 engine. Production of the Murciélago ended on November 5, 2010, with a total run of 4,099 cars. Its successor, the Aventador, was released at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Class                    Sports car
Body style            2-door coupé 2-door roadster
Layout                 Mid-engine, four-wheel drive
Engine                  6.2 L V12 6.5 L V12
Transmission        6-speed manual
                           6-speed e-Gear semi-automatic
Wheelbase          2,665 mm (104.9 in)
Length                2002-06: 4,580 mm (180.3 in)
                          2007-10: 4,610 mm (181.5 in)
Width                 2002-06: 2,045 mm (80.5 in)
                          2007-10: 2,057 mm (81.0 in)
Height                1,135 mm (44.7 in)
Curb weight        Dry weight:
                          1,650 kg (3,638 lb)
                          1,665 kg (3,671 lb) LP640
                          1,565 kg (3,450 lb) LP670-4 SV
Price                  $416,300

In a continuation of Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after stars from the world of bullfighting, the Murciélago was named for a fighting bull that survived 28 sword strokes in an 1879 fight against Rafael "El Lagartijo" Molina Sanchez, at the Coso de los califas bullring in Córdoba, Spain. Murciélago fought with such passion and spirit that the matador chose to spare its life, a rare honor. The bull, which came from Joaquin del Val di Navarra's farm, was later presented as a gift to Don Antonio Miura, a noted local breeder; thus began the famed Miura line of fighting bulls, and the name for one of Lamborghini's greatest designs.


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