Dealers have been showing the firm's all-new hypercar to potential customers

Lamborghini boss, Stephan Winkelmann, has been on a whirlwind global tour to show the firm's Murciélago replacement to carefully selected customers.

“We’ve allowed the dealers to select which customers are invited instead of getting involved directly,” Winkelmann reported. “They know who they need to invite because, in some cases, these are people they have been dealing with for many years.”

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Lamborghini’s R&D team was given just two criteria for the new motor to power the car: it had to be a V12 and have a 60-degree bank. In the end the team ended up with the old motor’s 6.5-litre capacity, but 59bhp more, at 691bhp. There’s more torque, too - a peak of 509lb ft - and it’s available 500rpm further down the rev range, at 5500rpm.

The new gearbox (called ISR, for Independent Shifting Rods) is a seven-speed, 70kg unit with a twin-plate, 235mm clutch. It uses four shifting rods to run the shift process “virtually in parallel”; times fall to as little as 50ms, around 40 per cent faster than with the Gallardo’s e-gear system.

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The new car is understood to have a carbonfibre tub as Lamborghini tries to shave weight from the Murciélago’s 1740kg bulk. Judging from the disguise on this test car, the exterior styling includes some of the angular panel surfacing that is expected to feature so prominently on the firm’s Paris concept, so far only seen in a succession of teaser images.

The car is expected to get a heavily revised interior, making Lambo’s flagship feel even more upmarket and justifying what’s likely to be a price increase, to around £250,000. It will be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.

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1 December 2010

Lotto rollover tonight, so there is hope one could be on the drive next year!

To live is to drive

1 December 2010

If it aint broke?, plus if Lamborghini changed and went more radical, they'd have to build up their client base all over again, so best left alone, eh?.

Peter Cavellini.

1 December 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]

If it aint broke?, plus if Lamborghini changed and went more radical, they'd have to build up their client base all over again, so best left alone, eh?.

[/quote] Are you suggesting they should make the same car forever? I think you're confusing Lamborghini with Porsche!

1 December 2010

[quote Lesia44][quote Peter Cavellini]

If it aint broke?, plus if Lamborghini changed and went more radical, they'd have to build up their client base all over again, so best left alone, eh?.

[/quote] Are you suggesting they should make the same car forever? I think you're confusing Lamborghini with Porsche![/quote]Lol, yeah. Porsche has received a sound beating at the hands of the R8, the GT-R and then the Evora - I think Lambo knows evolution is the way to go, as opposed to stagnation.

2 December 2010

It would be disappointing if Lamborghini decided that its designs had to be evolved rather than a design revolution. Leave lazy designs for Porsche and keep giving us shock and awe stunning designs to dream over.

2 December 2010

There are plenty of descriptions out there from people who've been invited to see it. Loads of Reventon-like sharp creases, Estoque-like rear and interior, 570 Superleggera-like front bumper, huge side intakes behind the doors, scissor doors opening at a slightly more accessible angle, more headroom. New headlight design, although nobody's really tried describing them properly yet.

Doesn't sound like a recipe for something prettier than an LP640, but it will certainly turn heads.

4 December 2010

I think this car is almost too bland too dull,

Lamborghini have been radical from day

one!,this car is many things,in my opinion

however radical it is not.

4 December 2010

[quote kdwilcox]

I think this car is almost too bland too dull,

Lamborghini have been radical from day

one!,this car is many things,in my opinion

however radical it is not.

[/quote] The trouble is that Lambos used to be designed by mad geniuses. Now they're designed by guys in sharp suits who fret over how they look in photographs and how a design will sit on their C.V.s.

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