Overview & Reviews
Massively powerful, definitively flamboyant and as eyeball-grabbing as an A-list Hollywood celebrity, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 firmly embodies the spirit and meaning of the word "supercar." Big and brashly styled, it has an undeniable street presence that few other contemporaries match.
In Spanish, Murcielago means "bat," though Lamborghini says the name actually refers to a 19th-century Spanish bull that earned fame through its courageous nature in a bullfight. As Lamborghini's top sports car from 2002-'10, the Murcielago carried on the tradition laid down by its V12-powered predecessors, including the Miura, Countach and Diablo. It wasn't a particularly easy car to drive or, given its approximate $300,000 as-new price, an easy car to obtain. Then again, that was all part of the appeal.
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The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 was offered in two body styles -- coupe or convertible -- and both were powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine. Positioned amidships, it produced 632 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. While the car's basic form was introduced in 2002, it underwent major changes for 2007, including the addendum to its name, LP640, which referred to its engine position en Italiano (longitudinale posteriore) and that it made 640 European hp (ps). Prior to this, output was listed at 580 hp and 478 lb-ft of torque. For 2010, a special-edition LP670-4 SuperVeloce was introduced that produced 661 hp and was limited to only 350 examples.
Feeding and cooling its powerful engine were a variety of scoops and ducts, including two electronically controlled air scoops that automatically raised from the car's rear haunches when needed. Power was sent through an all-wheel-drive system. A six-speed manual transmission was standard, and e-gear -- a paddle-shifted automated-clutch manual gearbox -- was available as an option.
The Lamborghini Murcielago's top speed was in excess of 200 mph. All body panels except the roof and doors were constructed of ultra-lightweight carbon fiber. The suspension featured electronic adjustable damping, which raised the car's front suspension 45mm to avoid scraping the Murcielago's (normally) low-slung chin on driveways and inclines.
In contrast to the wildly styled exterior, which included the trademark Lamborghini scissor doors, the Murcielago's interior was an exercise in simplicity. The seats were supportive and comfortable, though difficult to get into. Standard equipment included air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows and locks, and an audio system with CD player. Options included a touchscreen navigation system and a variety of custom accents for the interior, including carbon fiber.
The Roadster featured a cloth roof panel that sat atop the cockpit like a toupee and took several minutes and a great degree of difficulty to erect. Lamborghini also suggested not exceeding 100 mph, as the roof tended to fly off -- the owner's own toupee would have followed shortly thereafter. The LP670-4 SuperVeloce received matte-black paint accents, slightly revised body elements, a transparent engine cover, the choice of a larger fixed rear wing and carbon-fiber and Alcantara interior trim.
In road tests and reviews, we found the Lamborghini Murcielago drove every bit like the supercar that it was. Its trucklike amble at low revs gave little clue as to the apocalyptic power delivery that awaited. At full throttle, there was a quick surge at 3,000 rpm, which gained urgency at 4,500 as the exhaust cleared its throat. This thrust was followed by the all-wheel-drive system shuttling torque to the rear and the most magnificent feral yowl up to redline. You could feel the accelerative Gs weighting your fingertips, the scenery exploding through the widescreen windshield. Handling, though never known as a Murcielago strength due to the car's size and weight, was still quite impressive.
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this is the hottest car ever made - 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago
By driig096 - January 27 - 10:00 am
this car is the bomm digedy its so cool every one should buy it thats if they have enough money becuase its $298,963 but still buy it
excellent - 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago
By danielg619 - January 5 - 10:00 am
the car is has good handaling and excelent performance and nice interior great design
This is the BEST car i have ever owned! - 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago
By Patrick08 - November 22 - 10:00 am
This is your ultimate automotive fantasy! With sleek looks and excelent performance, this car is the best of them all! It has 580 hp and can reach a top speed of 205.1 mph! 0 - 60 in less than 3.5 sec.! Say good bye Ferrari... Hello Lamborghini!
Lambo - 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago
By olive_60 - October 25 - 2:00 am
The car is absolutly fantastic, fun to drive, great front design and a high performance engine
performance - 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago
By Dean - September 11 - 9:03 pm
I do have a Porsche GT3 the Porsche is a super car no doubt about that i think for a 12 cylinder motor it should give a Porsche a whipping but the Lamboghini finds it hard to keep up with the GT3. The car is very nice it feels like you on a Ducati but on 4 wheels thats what I like about the Murcielago..,in total the GT3 is still the demon of super cars...
Fred Beans - 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago
By Fred Beans - June 28 - 10:00 am
this is a great and fun car, alittle bit pricy but its the car of my dreams!
The #1 Lamborghini - 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago
By The #1 Lamborghini - June 16 - 10:53 am
I have owned both the Gallardo and the Murcielago. The extra money spent on the Murcielago is really worth it!! The Gallardo (baby Lambo) is nice and performs well but feels like the cheap version. The Murcielago is something they went the extra mile in! The quality, fit and finish and fun factor are a few that makes it #1.
Awesome Car - 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago
By BOOM! - May 27 - 2:00 am
This car is one of the best European cars I have ever drove. Id have to say that this car is the first real challange to the Diablo Ive ever driven. The performane of this car is superior to that of even the Ruf 911 Turbo.
Murcielago - 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago
By Salik - May 17 - 10:00 am
I love this car at first i didnt think this car was a worthy successor to the Diablo, mostly because of the styling but after looking at it for about 5 min It is an amazing car. This car is defintely a cross between the countach and the diablo but with nextgenration styling. many features like the headlights being higher then the center hood and the fold out "batwings" come from the Countach. I dont give it a high rating in fuel economy (DUH) but who cares! This car is so fun to drive I have tried to keep it in show room condition but its too hard to resist driving! I might even go to the track (someday) My color is Rosso Red w/ black interior
Phoenix opinion - 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago
By Phoenix - May 17 - 10:00 am
This vehicle is one of the most impresive automobile you will find on the market.The intriguing looks and glorious handling will require an experienced driver to properly handle this dark angel.