Teaching kids how to swim is hard enough as it is, but when you try to teach the same thing to a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV, people will automatically assume you’ve lost any semblance of sanity.
Undaunted, Jon Olsson took the proverbial book and threw it out the window at the recent Gumball 3000 run from London to Istanbul. On his way back to his home in Stockholm, Olsson encountered a few obstacles in the way for his prized supercar, none more daunting than a river crossing that required his Murcielago to brave the deep and dirty waters. With nothing in the way of losing all his marbles, Olsson decided that the best way home was going full steam ahead, which is exactly what he did with the Murcielago, driving it straight into the water for what seemed like a wet eternity.
Fortunately, it only lasted a few seconds and the Murcielago LP670-4 was back in dry land in no time. Even better, Olsson managed to make the 3,000-mile drive back to Stockholm with nothing less than clear roads.
We admire his cojones for taking his Murcielago out for a dip in the water, but we seriously advise anybody who’s thinking of doing the same to, well, not. The reward isn’t as great as the potential risk.
Just because Lamborghini has a new toy in the Aventador, it doesn’t mean that tuning firms are beginning to turn a blind eye on the Italian automaker’s other models.
One such aftermarket company is DMC, which is on tap to introduce their latest styling package for the Murcielago LP580 GT. The overall design make-up of the Murcielago includes fitting the Italian supercar with a full carbon fiber body kit that comes with an all-new carbon fiber front fascia and a new rear bumper on the exterior of the car. Inside the Murcielago, DMC continued with the carbon fiber treatment, outfitting it with the same material to go with new custom leather upholstery.
Not one to leave behind improvements on the performance department, DMC also gave the Murcielago a little engine tweaking with the inclusion of a new stainless steel sport exhaust system and a remapped ECU unit, boosting the output of the supercar’s 6.2-liter V12 engine to 600 horsepower and a 365 lb/ft of torque, a jump up of 28 ponies and 12 lb/ft of torque from the standard model.
It’s not the biggest performance upgrade we’ve seen for a Murcielago, but combined with all the carbon fiber goodies given to the exterior and interior of the car, the overall package looks mighty impressive on our end.
The Murcielago ’Ballistic’ received its edgy styling from the Premier 4509 package that includes a new front bumper, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser. SR Auto Group then finished off the look with a matte black exterior finish and a new set of 20" PUR 2WO design wheels. The tuning firm isn’t about challenging the power outputs provided by Lamborghini so the ’Ballistic" utilizes the Murcielago’s 6.5L V12 engine cranking out 631 HP at 8000 rpm and 487 lb-ft at 6000 rpm.
"Adapting our minimalistic approach with an out of the park kit that redefines the look of Project Ballistic was not a easy task to accomplish. The Premiere 4509 kit was the perfect way to complete this task. A mix of carbon fiber flowing with the glimmering gloss black exterior was definitely a sight of beauty."
If we’ve said this once, we’ve said it a thousand times, but oh how we envy Jay Leno and his ability to bring some of the best vehicles into his garage. Then there’s the little thing called being able to drive these amazing vehicles that just completely sends us over the edge. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jean Shirt Man - aka Jay Leno - was blessed with the company of Andrew Romanowski, President of the Lamborghini Club of America, and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 Super Veloce.
The Murcielago LP670 SV is powered by a 6.5 liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 670 HP. Thanks to a weight reduction of 220 lbs, the SV model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 212 mph. The particular LP670 SV brought into the garage is one of only five SVs equipped with a six-speed gearbox. Yeah, and Leno got to drive it. Lucky SOB.
It’s not common place for brands in other industries collaborating with automakers to create a line of products that have been co-branded with their partners. You could even say that Ferrari has made this a lucrative form of business, especially with laptops and mobile phones in the form of their partnership with Acer.
Another Italian supercar maker that has dived into the computer business is Lamborghini. Over the years, the Raging Bull has collaborated with computer company Asus to build a set of laptop models that not only rivals the Ferrari/Acer partnership, but also gives Lambo aficionados another way to support their favorite automotive brand without having to buy their ridiculously expensive supercars.
Recently, the Lamborghini/Asus partnership revealed the latest fruit of their collaboration: the VX7 gaming laptop. Already in its seventh generation, the VX7 was designed using the Murcielago as its inspiration. The laptop features a clamshell lid with the iconic ’Toro’ logo; it’s got leather-lined palm-rests; heck, it even has a taillight-configuration on the back of the computer.
Apart from all the Lamborghini details on the laptop, its specs also give justice to its designation as a gaming laptop. It’s got a 2.0-GHz Intel Core processor with 16GB of RAM. It also has a Blu-Ray combo drive and an enormous storage space of 1.5 terrabytes that can be stored through a dual hard-drive configuration. The VX7 is available with a choice of two colors - Orange or Carbon Fiber - at a price tag befitting of Lamborghini’s status. That’s right, if you have a remote interest in this bad boy, you’re going to have to fork over €1,995, which is about $2,800 based on current exchange rates.
Nobody ever said Lamborghini products came cheap. Even if it’s just a laptop.
Somebody once told us that when you already have a good thing, it’s best to leave it the heck alone, especially if that ’good thing’ happens to be a matte purple wrapped Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce.
Then again, nobody said anything about making a good thing better. While we have always professed our undying love for supercars decked in matte wrapping, our jaws almost fell to the floor when we caught sight of this spectacular beaut.
Apparently, the owner of this Murcielago SuperVeloce decided that matte wrapping just wouldn’t be enough to highlight his glorious Italian bull of a supercar. So he decided to get rid of the matte and have his supercar wrapped in a purple chrome foil. And we’re not even paying that much attention to the set of ADV.1 Deep Concave ADv05 wheels the Murcielago is sitting on. We love the wheels too, by the way.
But the shining purple chrome look of this Murcielago is what really sets it apart from a lot of fancy-colored Lamborghinis we’ve seen in the past. In the words of Charlie Sheen, this Murcielago SuperVeloce is definitely WINNING!
US-based tuner Platinum Motorsport has done a remarkable job in their years as one of the finest American tuning company’s. And if there ever was doubt about the capabilities of these guys, then this two-and-half minute video, which they appropriately called ‘Epic’, will squash all that skepticism away faster than the time it takes for your jaws to drop on the floor.
The video features six vehicles that have all passed through the hands of Platinum Motorsport, including the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, the Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series, and the Bentley Continental Supersports. Through our eyes, these cars are some of the finest aftermarket works we’ve seen and catching all of them in one video taking a tour of the streets of LA together is just about the very reason why the word ‘epic’ was put in the dictionary in the first place.
Check out the video and let us know how many of these amazing cars you’d want in your garage. If you ask us, we’ll take all six in a heartbeat.
The Lamborghini Murcielago has recently taken a step down in order to make room for the new Aventador LP700-4 that debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but what would a next generation Murcielago look like if given the chance to shine? IAAD student, Salvatore Simonetti, got to work to give us all an idea of his vision for hat would be the next generation LamborghiniMurcielago.
His concept study is called Lamborghini Murciélago "Next Generation" and is inspired by the past models of the company, mainly the legendary Diablo. The concept’s shape is similar to that of a jet-plane and combines the extreme aggressiveness of the Diablo with an extensive use of carbon fiber and kevlar. The shape of the concept gives off the Lamborghini-esque nature of the vehicle while the Supertrofeo race graphics and the SV letters of the Murcielago Super Veloce add a bit more edge to the already existing style.
This concept study is pretty good in theory, but our biggest problem with it is that we don’t have a full front view of the car. And the graphics are mediocre at best. What’s up with that, Salvatore?
Back in 2006, Lamborghini unveiled the Murcielago LP640, a model powered by a 6.5 liter V12 engine with an output of 640 HP. Shortly after, EDO Competition unveiled the LP710 /2 based off of that same model. This Murcielago became the world’s fastest with a bump up from 640hp to 710hp, but that stay at the top was bound to be limited. Now, the German tuner has prepared an even powerful version of the Murcielago LP640.
The V12 engine found in the Lamborghini has been updated to deliver a total of 750 HP and 546 ft-lb of torque, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now made in 3.1 seconds. It’s top speed goes up to an impressive 226 mph which is a considerable improvement over the LP710’s top speed of 219 mph achieved on the Papenburg high speed test track.
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Before anyone begins to even dream about owning any of these cars, we feel we have to give fair warning that purchasing any one of them will probably cost a few arms and legs. Of course, for anyone whose bank account has never felt the dryness that most of ours have, then listen up.
Forbes - yeah, we all know them - has released a Top 10 list of the World’s Most Expensive Cars. Think forking over $100,000 on a car is already a financial burden? Well, think again. Not only are these cars fast and powerful, but they command a pretty steep price tag, which is only affordable to those people that have as much money as we have lottery tickets.
Something of note for this list is that there are two cars that have yet to be unveiled, let alone given a price tag. Their respective prices are then assumptions by Forbes and may change the list once the actual prices have been revealed.
Another thing that we noticed is the conspicuous absence of the Aston Martin One-77, which, at $1.77 million, is easily one of the most expensive cars in the world. Forbes normally covers a lot of holes on their list, but they clearly made one oversight there.