Lamborghini is about to unleash an even faster, sexier top-line supercar, a redesigned replacement for its uplevel supercar, the Murcielago, which has been around since 2002. Known as the "New V12", it’s more practical, lighter cleaner and roomier.
Like the car it replaces, the new Lamborghini Murciélago will be a burly, low-slung two-seat coupe and Spyder convertible (the latter due a year or two into the program) with a big-power V12 lurking behind the cockpit and driving all four wheels. The AWD reflects the influence of Volkswagen Group's Audi Division, which has owned the legendary Sant' Agata-based sportscar maker since 1998 (the latest of several proprietors that includes the former Chrysler Corporation).
The changes begin with the structure. The supercar will be built on a new carbonfibre chassis and will be powered by a new 7.0-liter V12 engine, rumored to deliver between 700-720bhp. Weighing less than 1500 kilos, the new V12 will have a power-to-weight ratio of around 470bhp per tonne. In just 3 seconds it will reach 60 mph, while top speed will go at 225 mph.
The engine will be mated to a seven-speed paddle-shift robotized manual transmission as standard, and the option of a sequential seven-speed unit.
The new architecture will also bring markedly altered proportions, with a shorter nose, a longer tail, a definite "cab-forward" profile, and a roof sharply peaked just aft of the windshield
Wheelbase looks to be stretched some 3 inches, judging by R&T's illustration, which would jibe with the magazine's forecast of a roomier cockpit. (Some find today's Murciélago rather limited for head- and legroom.) R&T also predicts broader axle tracks, which could add 2 inches or more to the current car's formidable 81-inch overall width.
Internally known as the "New V12", the future supercar will go on sale next year and will be priced at around $450k.
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