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.”
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.