These are the first spy pictures of Lamborghini’s next-generation supercar, the replacement for the Murcielago, snapped here testing outside Audi’s research centre in Germany.

According to insiders at Lamborghini, it is likely to carry the ‘Jota’ name, and is expected to be lighter, wider and faster than its forebear.

The test mule is based on the current Murcielago, but beneath its skin the next car is thought to have an aluminium chassis rather than a steel tub to reduce weight. The prototype is clearly wider than the Murcielago around the front end.>>See more spy pics of the next Lamborghini supercar

The engine’s expected to be a 6.0-litre V12 with direct injection, able to deliver around 700bhp to all four wheels.

We know little about what the finished supercar’s will look like but the styling’s expected to be inspired by the €1million Reventon hypercar.

It’s also a fair bet that carbon fibre will be used extensively to help keep weight as low as possible while the rood and doors are likely to be made from aluminium.