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.
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.