It is one of the most stunning and successful super sports cars of all time – the Lamborghini Murcielago. And that will always be the case, even if its production life has now come to an end. At the headquarters of the badge bearing the sign of the bull in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the last Murcielago left the production line on 11th May 2010 – headed to a Swiss customer. With “Arancio Atlas” paintwork, the LP 670-4 Superveloce proudly bears the production number 4,099. This makes the Murcielago not only by far the most-produced Lamborghini twelve-cylinder of all time, but also one of the world’s most successful super sports cars.
The „end of production“ of the Murcielago was celebrated in the factory on 5th November 2010, with a special exhibition of the most iconic V12 cars of Lamborghini’s history, followed by a parade in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Supersportcars like the 350 GT, the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo escorted a Murcielago SV of the Lamborghini Museum during a symbolic “last ride” out of the gate of the Lamborghini factory.
“For almost a decade, the Murcielago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand, and it was enormously successful in the process,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The Murcielago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world. But the Lamborghini story continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murcielago – with the most innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design.”
The Lamborghini Murcielago is a super sports car of menacing character and brutal power. And at its presentation in 2001, it opened a new chapter for the Lamborghini brand - with state-of-the-art technology and outstanding product quality, but most especially, with a new, timelessly modern design philosophy. To this day, the purist form of the Murcielago still exudes enormous sensuality. Broad and low, with a cockpit set well forward and a long, taut back – the interplay of its calm underlying form and razor sharp edges is unique, as are its vertically opening “scissor” doors.
Augmenting the Murcielago is the Murcielago Roadster. With 640 hp under perfect control and no roof above – there is no more sensuous way to experience movement; every kilometer is a journey into the eye of the hurricane. As a roadster, too, the Murcielago knows no compromise. Its roof is nothing more than protection from the elements.
The extreme design was accompanied from the very start by phenomenal performance, razor-sharp handling and outstanding high-speed stability. The Murcielago has always been the ultimate driving machine for advanced sports car drivers. In its first generation, it featured a V12 with 6.2 liters of displacement and 580 hp, mounted longitudinally in front of the rear axle. In the second generation, the Murcielago LP 640, displacement rose to 6.5 liters and output to 640 hp.
And even this was subject to further refinement – Lamborghini works tirelessly on the ongoing development of its models. This year, the arrival of the Murcielago LP 670-4 Superveloce - with output increased to 670 hp, weight reduced by a further 100 kilograms and an even hotter design - marked an impressive finale to the story of this super sports car. The performance figures for the Superveloce are nothing short of breathtaking – in only 3.2 seconds, the SV is catapulted to 100 km/h. Not until 342 km/h do power and drag call a halt to the proceedings.
With the construction of the Murcielago, Lamborghini demonstrated its extraordinary expertise in lightweight engineering and in working with hightech carbon-fiber composite materials. From the very start, the structure of this super sports car has been a mix of extremely stiff carbon-fiber components attached to a steel frame – as in a race car. Center tunnel and floorpan are made from carbon-fiber, as are the majority of the exterior panels and many interior components.
Lamborghini has significantly developed this lightweight philosophy for the successor to the Murcielago.4,099 units of the Lamborghini Murcielago were built between 2001 and 2010 in Sant’Agata Bolognese – an impressive number, and not only in comparison to its predecessors the Miura, Countach and Diablo.
Bearing the special production number, the final one to be produced is, of course, an LP 670-4 Superveloce, sporting a large rear wing and “Arancio Atlas” paintwork. The final car has been delivered to a customer in Switzerland.
Even though many sports car fans around the world are sure to mourn the passing of the Murcielago, Lamborghini is ready to start the next all-new chapter in the story of the super sports car in 2011 with its successor – welcoming the arrival of a new automotive legend.Published 9 November 2010