All-new replacement for Murcielago spied; 720bhp motor
9 April 2010

This is the all-new 225mph replacement for the Lamborghini Murcielago, which will go on sale early next year with a price tag of over £300k and the clear goal of putting Lamborghini back at the top of the supercar tree.

Beneath the heavily disguised bodywork, the new car features a bespoke carbon composite chassis and a brand new 7.0-litre V12 engine, rumoured to have between 700-720bhp. The car is known inside Lamborghini as the “New V12”.

See the new Lamborghini Murcielago pictures

As ever, the new range-topper will be four-wheel drive, but because the chassis is made from carbonfibre, it will also be unusually light for such a big car.

Sources indicate that Lamborghini has achieved a kerb weight of less than 1500kg, making the car more than 150kg lighter than the current model. That will help give the new range-topper outrageous acceleration, thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of around 470bhp per tonne. If the rumours are true then 3.0sec to 62mph and 6.0sec to 100mph are entirely feasible, with a top speed beyond 220mph.

Unlike some rivals, the new Lamborghini will not feature a DSG dual-clutch transmission because it would be “too complex and too expensive” to engineer, according to an insider.

Instead the car is likely to come with a seven-speed paddle-shift robotised manual as standard, and the option of a sequential seven-speed unit. A traditional open gate manual will almost certainly not be available.

Inside, the driving position will no longer be offset towards the centre of the car because, at long last, Lamborghini has been able to start with a clean sheet design, meaning there will be no architectural compromises to work around. The design of the cabin itself will represent as big a step forwards as the carbon chassis and new V12 engine, and will be “totally cutting edge” in the technology it offers.

But it will still look like a Lamborghini, despite the big changes to the mechanicals and the aerodynamics, which have been described as pushing the boundaries of current technology as far as possible.

"We’re not going to throw away our design DNA just to make a statement that we’re 21st-century," said a source.

Dan Stevens

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5 April 2010

Now this is a car I can get really excited about!

5 April 2010

calm down, its an overweight volkswagen, for ostentatious arabs. personally i'd have a lotus or a mclaren

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5 April 2010

[quote rosstopher]Now this is a car I can get really excited about![/quote]

The car is so early 1990's. Both in terms of technology and styling. It has a newish V12 lump mated to a antiquated robotised manual tranny. While the styling is a mix of Ferrari Testarossa and Lambo Countach (and the Reventon).

Lamborghini, on it's own, has very limited technology and resources. If it found engineering a third-party double-clutch tranny for this car too difficult and expensive, then they may want to consider terminating it's R&D department in Italy and outsource all the "difficult" stuffs to Audi and Porsche.

Better still, get Audi and Porsche to engineer all the underpinnings and just let Lamborghini design the exterior (the interior can be done by Audi too while they're at it).

5 April 2010

[quote Chunkster]

Better still, get Audi and Porsche to engineer all the underpinnings and just let Lamborghini design the exterior (the interior can be done by Audi too while they're at it).

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That's what happens isn't it?

I'm still gonna love it!

5 April 2010

[quote rosstopher]

That's what happens isn't it?

I'm still gonna love it!

[/quote]

We all have a soft spot for Lamborghini. Don't get me wrong, it is encouraging to see Lamborghini actually testing their product in extreme temperatures. In the old days, hot weather testing at Lambo and Ferrari meant only a short drive to the neighbouring hills on a hot afternoon. If the fluids didn't boil and the cat didn't drop its guts at the end of the run, it was deemed good enough. Air-conditioning............er.............what air-conditioning??

I just feel that if Lamborghini can't move with the times and give the market something that is current with what its competitors, then why bother? Bugatti has a double-clutch tranny that's more than capable of handling the power from the Lambo's V12 engine. Sure, it maybe expensive, but it is worth it and show the world Lambo is a serious player in the 21st century supercar market and for VW/Bugatti to get some money back from the money spent on making the Veyron.

But given time, around the time of the next Audi R8, I'm sure there will be a double-clutcher for the Lambo "New V12".

If you believe the rumours, the next 458 Scuderia will ditch the heavier and less dramatic double-clutcher for the old F1 single-clutcher from the F430.................I always thought all the drama and delights of a robotised single-clutcher could be engineered to a double-clutcher by playing with the software.

5 April 2010

why are people being so downbeat about this "90s" car. OK so it isn't a technical tour de force such as the 458, but heck, it's a new Lamborghini.

Pretty much every single road test of the Murcielago noted that it had a crap turning circle, no rear visibility, utterly impractical, old-school interior and, logically, no-one should spend circa £300k on one.....but they all absolutely loved it for all of these reasons and the fact that it was an absolute beast which simply put a massive smile on the face of anyone who bought it.

These car's aren't normal, everyday driving propositions, they're pure hedonistic excess for those people lucky enough to buy one!

P.S. you can't comment on the Testarossa camo, wait until they release it before you pass judgement!

5 April 2010

[quote mark p]

Pretty much every single road test of the Murcielago noted that it had a crap turning circle, no rear visibility, utterly impractical, old-school interior and, logically, no-one should spend circa £300k on one.....but they all absolutely loved it for all of these reasons and the fact that it was an absolute beast which simply put a massive smile on the face of anyone who bought it.

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Thank you for your succinct description of the quintessential 1980's supercar.

But things have improved a great deal. Just look at the much improved user-friendliness of the current crop of sueprcars. Lamborghini has much to do to become a credible competitor today.

5 April 2010

agreed that Lambo have helped bring supercars back to being semi-'normal' cars, but the Mercielago was always the last of the old-school lot, hence the description!!!

can't wait for the new one though....

5 April 2010

[quote Chunkster]But things have improved a great deal. Just look at the much improved user-friendliness of the current crop of sueprcars. Lamborghini has much to do to become a credible competitor today.[/quote] From your comments I can only assume that you've never driven a Murciélago. Way (and I do mean WAY) more fun than you might imagine and certainly not just "an overweight volkswagen for ostentatious arabs" as someone here put it.

5 April 2010

[quote rosstopher]Now this is a car I can get really excited about![/quote]

Well it certainly puts me in daydream mode. I'd love a Reventon though ;)

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