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Old 02-21-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 @ 2006 Geneva Show

Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 @ 2006 Geneva Show



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Lamborghini has turned the dial up to 11 for its latest show-stopper, the Murciélago LP640.

Unlike the Miura concept shown at Detroit in January, the LP640 is very much for real and creates the ultimate road-going version of the company's flagship model.

The LP640 will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next week, but here we have an exclusive preview of the fastest production Lambo ever built.

A 6.5-litre V12 engine lies at the heart of the LP640, where LP stands for 'longitudinale posteriore', which refers to the V12 unit mounted lengthways behind the cockpit.

With deeper and wider cylinder bores than the previous 6.2-litre V12, the new 6.5 ups power to an imperious 631bhp at 8,000 good-for-the-soul revs per minute.

Coupled to a new six-speed gearbox, which can also be ordered with Lambo's e-gear sequential paddle shift, the LP640 howls from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds - 0.4 seconds quicker than the 6.2-litre model.

And it's helped on its way by an electronic launch-control device called, rather brilliantly, Thrust.

Lambo has yet to announce a top speed, but word is that the LP640 will top 210mph, while low-speed driving is improved with variable valve timing and an aircraft-style drive-by-wire throttle.

Helping it to achieve this colossal speed and remain stable are plenty of aerodynamic changes for the LP.

Reshaped front and rear bumpers direct air more efficiently, while the exhaust is now incorporated into the rear diffuser to help cancel out aerodynamic lift at high speeds.

Lamborghini has also created a larger air intake on the left side to feed the oil cooler.

For those wishing to show off the LP's 6.5-litre V12 to full effect, a glass engine cover can be ordered.

Under the steel and carbon fibre skin, revised suspension copes with the increased performance, while ceramic brakes are an option to help bring things to a halt more swiftly and efficiently.

There's also a four-wheel-drive system that normally splits 70 per cent of the torque to the back, but can allocate up to 100 per cent to each end depending on where the grip is running out.

There are also new 18-inch Hermera alloy wheels running huge 335/30 tyres at the rear, but one thing that hasn't changed with the LP640 is the Murciélago's signature scissor-opening doors.

Inside, there are reshaped seats for improved comfort and greater headroom, while a revised instrument panel is flanked by a new stereo system.

Lamborghini will announce prices in Geneva, but expect to pay a £15,000 premium over the 6.2-litre model's £170,000 price tag.










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Old 02-21-2006, 07:49 PM   #2
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droollll.... such a beautiful car.

but why do the gauges look so cheap...
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:41 PM   #4
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Damn I hate the rich. Would it be irresponsible of me to sell my house for a car?
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:44 PM   #5
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pure sex!

except for the guages which look like crap
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:40 PM   #6
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Wow...that is pure HOTNESS! Absolute SEX to the eyes.
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:12 PM   #7
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OMG teh sex!

All black/dark grey Lambo FTW!!!
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:57 AM   #8
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wow that is one mean car.
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Old 02-22-2006, 10:05 AM   #9
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Murcielago LP640 - The Devil Returns
Be afraid Ferrari, be very afraid. . .


Four and a half years after the launch of the Murcielago, Lamborghini has unwrapped a rather sinister looking 6.5-liter V12-powered LP640 version of its range topping model that’s capable of blasting from 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. And unlike its last show car, the highly contrived remake of the Miura displayed at the Detroit motor show back in January, this 640 hp beast is headed into production.

Set to make its public debut at next week’s Geneva motor show, the new car harkens back to some of the Italian supercar maker's most celebrated performance models, including the iconic Countach LP500 QV launched in 1982, and is planned to go on sale in North America by the middle of the year.

The price of such rabid performance will likely place a $33,000 premium on the standard Murcielago’s $328,150 stricker. However, Lamborghini is confident the LP640 will help further boost its production numbers, which hit a total of 1592 in 2005 thanks largely to the continued popularity of the Gallardo.

The LP640 (the LP designating ‘longitudinale posteriore’ – Italian for longitudinally, rear mounted) may be based on the Murcielago but Lamborghini insists nothing has been left to chance. At its heart is a new evolution of Lamborghini’s long serving four-valve-per-cylinder V12 engine. Based on the Murcielago’s 6192cm3 unit, it receives increased bore and stroke measurements for an overall capacity of 6496cm3 – making it the largest engine the Italian car maker has ever applied to a road going model, along with heavily revised cylinder heads and intake system.


Further modifications include a revised variable valve timing system, reworked engine management system and a new drive-by-wire electronic throttle mechanism that are claimed to bring about a perceptible improvement in the car’s low speed characteristics, with a smoother and more linear delivery according to Lamborghini.

Power climbs by 60bhp over the Murcielago to 640bhp at a soaring 8000rpm – 500bhp beyond Lamborghini’s standard V12 powerplant. Torque also increases by 10Nm, hitting a peak of 660Nm at 6000rpm. It’s all channelled via an upgraded six-speed manual gearbox, which can also be ordered with Lamborghini’s E-gear sequential paddle shift system, to Lamborghini’s VT (viscous traction) four wheel drive system that nominally apportions 70 per cent of the LP640’s colossal reserves to the rear wheels and the remaining 30 per cent to the front wheels. Depending on the available grip, it’s also capable of sending 100 per cent to either end.

Official performance claims put the LP640’s 0-62mph time at a sizzling 3.4sec – 0.4sec inside the time of the standard Murcielago and, in an apparent indication of just where Lamborghini's priorities were focused during development of its new model, a scant 0.1sec quicker than the 650bhp 6.0-litre V12 Ferrari Enzo. Helping it achieve this figure is a new electronic launch control device incorporated in the E-gear gearbox that goes under the wonderfully descriptive name of ‘Thrust’. Sant’Agata officials are yet to put forward any top speed claim, although the new car’s gearing suggests it should top 210mph flat out.

Accompanying the Murcielago’s wholesale bump in performance is a modified aerodynamic package. Aimed at introducing greater stability and downforce, it includes a lightly re-profiled bumper with integrated splitter element up front, reworked exterior mirror housing, larger air intakes for the mid-mounted engine’s ancillaries – including the oil cooler mounted in the rear left-hand side wheel arch and a new industrial sized central mounted tailpipe that’s incorporated into central tunnel of the diffuser at the rear for more efficient air flow. There’s also an optional glass cover within the rear buttresses to showcase the LP640’s engine.

Underneath the steel and honeycombed carbon fibre body with its characteristic wedge shaped profile and dramatic scissor action doors, a revised double wishbone suspension featuring unique spring rates and beefed up roll bars as well as a reprogrammed electronically-controlled damper system help cope with the increased performance. Placing power to the ground are 18-inch Hermera alloy wheels – 8.5-inches wide up front and 13-inches at the rear - shod with 245/35 and 335/30 Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres. Also available are Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres. Alongside the standard 380mm and 355mm steel discs brakes Lamborghini will also offer optional carbon ceramic units measuring 380mm all round and operated via six piston callipers. Backing it up is a four channel ABS (anti-lock) system with DRP (electronic brake control) and TCS (traction control).

Inside, the LP640’s snug two seat cockpit features redesigned seats that are claimed to offer greater comfort than those in the Murcielago, while the instrument panel has been reworked with altered graphics and, should the soundtrack of the 6.5-litre V12 behind your shoulders fail to offer up the sort of acoustic entertainment you’re seeking, there’s also a new Kenwood sound system with a 6.5-inch wide monitor and DVD, MP3 and WMA compatibility. Passive safety features include twin front airbags.

The first North American deliveries of the LP640 are due this summer. The price, expected to touch $360,000, will be confirmed at the Geneva show – as will the new car’s final specification. Not that the new Lamborghini can expect to steal all of the limelight. With Pagani, Koenigsegg, Ferrari and Porsche all set to unleash new models in Switzerland next week, it appears high end supercars are very much back in vogue.


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Old 02-22-2006, 11:17 AM   #10
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I don't think I agree with this:

Power climbs by 60bhp over the Murcielago to 640bhp at a soaring 8000rpm – 500bhp beyond Lamborghini’s standard V12 powerplant.

But I think the Murcielago is one of -- if not the -- most beautiful around.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:37 AM   #11
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:51 PM   #12
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:34 PM   #13
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taking a cue from pagani i see in regards to the interior, which is definitely not a bad thing! i love this lambo, ive heard so much speculation about what the latest murci will be, now i know and am in love.
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:45 PM   #14
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God that thing in awesome! I love those seats.
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:03 PM   #16
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I don't think I agree with this:

Power climbs by 60bhp over the Murcielago to 640bhp at a soaring 8000rpm – 500bhp beyond Lamborghini’s standard V12 powerplant.

But I think the Murcielago is one of -- if not the -- most beautiful around.
I guess they meant "500rpm beyond Lambo's standard V12 powerplant."

HAWT car nonetheless
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Old 02-22-2006, 10:28 PM   #17
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+1 for diamond-tuck interior. + 10 million for everything else.
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Old 02-22-2006, 10:41 PM   #18
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:37 AM   #20
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I love how they sculpted an "Oh PEWP" handle for the passenger into the center stack
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damn, I always liked lambo better than ferrari, that's a farking sweet ace car
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Well, I can safely say that even without looking, I know what's going on in mine when I look at this Lambo......
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looks nice.... but knowing Lamborghini, they will cripple the car with their notoriously long gearing.....which is why the current SL55 run rings around it in a straight line between 100mph and 155mph....

And also why the current Ferrari 430 absolutely spanks the Gallardo in a straight line.
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Who knew the Italians had an aircraft carrier?

http://www.classicdriver.com/uk/maga...0.asp?id=12997



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At first sight the new Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 appears more like a fighter plane that sports car. But the brutal ‘wedge’ profile, the deep air intakes and the camouflage grey paint are not meant for military service – although the 650 HP V12 gives enough ‘thrust’ to pin the driver well back in his sports seat. What better place then, to test the acceleration of these extreme ‘super sports’ car than on the deck of an aircraft carrier from the Italian navy? For the forthcoming second edition of the company’s magazine a Murciélago LP640 was delivered to the deck of the Guiseppe Garibaldi.

For those who know how difficult it is to take photographs near a restricted military zone imagine the problems of filming on board a warship. Except there is one password that gains access to all areas, softening the hearts of the toughest officers: “Lamborghini”. A short silence follows the next question “Oh, and we’d like to get in and drive the car too…” But the following Monday a Murciélago LP640, flanked from three Gallardo models, stands on the quay at the high security base at Taranto.

The story behind the photos is simple but ingenious: A naval carrier pilot finds the performance and aerobatics of his jet fighter losing their appeal. He is looking for something new, the ultimate thrill where the adrenaline is running and the endorphins kicking-in. So the Lamborghini is wheeled out and made to accelerate on full power to the corners of the deck, just stopping at the abyss. For such a complicated photo story one normally needs weeks of planning, preparation and filming, so the fact that this time the whole production was made in just two days is credit to Art Direktor Lutz Suendermann and the photographic team of Frank Kayser, under the orders of Capitano Basile and the unbelievable organisational abilities of the harbourmaster “Beppe” Cierelio. Some trips in the co-pilot’s seat of the Gallardo, with resultant ‘black circles’ on the jetty, no doubt helped a little too.

The Lamborghini magazine appears twice a year, each one featuring a ‘mono- topic’ created by editor-in-chief Michael Köckritz and his agency köckritzdörrich as standalone works of art. The first edition about “Ego” was distinguished in New York with Gold, Silver and Bronze at the Mercury Awards, as well as the “ Grand Award” for the best customer magazine in the world. The second edition about "On the Edge", in which the whole photo story is also included, appears in July. For further information please visit www.lamborghini.com .
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