Best spy pictures yet of Lamborghni's new hypercar caught in testing; set to use a new 700bhp V12

Lamborghini’s next supercar has been spied undergoing sign-off testing at the Nürburgring, six months ahead of its planned public debut at next year’s Geneva motor show.

The firm’s next-generation flagship - which has yet to be given a name - is likely to retain the same four-wheel drive layout as the current car, and use an all-new V12 engine producing as much as 700bhp. That’s a gain of more than 10 per cent on the outgoing model.

See the latest spy pics of the new Lamborghini hypercar

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.

Less is known about the rest of the car’s running gear. Insiders say that a dual-clutch unit has been ruled out, but hint that the car will offer a different proposition from Lamborghini’s automated manual e-gear system. And Lamborghini is said to have been working on an all-new suspension set-up, possibly a pushrod configuration.

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.

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23 September 2010

Looks just like the current Murcielago! I am a big fan of Lamborghini and can't wait for the new model. I hope they are concentrating on reducing weight rather than increasing power.

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

23 September 2010

They need to get a good detailer to give that paintwork the once over...

23 September 2010

It is always good to look forward to a new top of the range Lambo, whilst 700bhp sounds alot they could do with losing a least 10% off the weight.

23 September 2010

Will be very interesting to see what it looks like. Not sure how much further they can push that single-arc bumper-to-bumper design. Mind you, Porsche have managed to massage one design for nearly 50 years now...

23 September 2010

[quote thebaldgit]could do with losing a least 10% off the weight.[/quote] cant agree more, looking forward to a proper driving position to.

23 September 2010

It seems they've done a good job of camouflaging this new beast - I'm actually worried it wont carry the game on far enough over the Murcielago as it just doesn't look different enough but hopefully that's just the disguise. I still think they're dropping the ball by not working on a double clutch box - it's going to need one eventually.

If we aren't going to see this at the Paris show, and Lambo say it's a concept being put out, and the images suggest a V10, then I can't see them reworking the Estoque, so what concept will we be getting - any ideas?

23 September 2010

[quote 5w30]cant agree more, looking forward to a proper driving position to.[/quote]

Nothing wrong with the driving position in the Murciélago. The days of viciously offset pedals and odd reaches for the steering wheel are long gone.

On another note, when did the Murciélago become a 'hypercar' rather than a 'supercar'? Autocar, stop exaggerating.

23 September 2010

[quote Orangewheels]If we aren't going to see this at the Paris show, and Lambo say it's a concept being put out, and the images suggest a V10, then I can't see them reworking the Estoque, so what concept will we be getting - any ideas?[/quote]

what about a modern take on the LM002 (Cheetah)?? that would be fun, if a bit out of kilter with the current climate!

23 September 2010

What, unlike this one, you mean. (And being in what Lord Rothschild called the overexcitement business means Autocar has to exaggerate.)

23 September 2010

[quote WFC Holden]What, unlike this one, you mean. (And being in what Lord Rothschild called the overexcitement business means Autocar has to exaggerate.)[/quote] I take it that one was or me. The title says 'Next' Lambo Hypercar. My comment goes for the last one and, unless they're planning on entering Zonda territory or above, goes for the next one too.

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