2dr Roadster LP640
The Lamborghini Murciélago is a sports car produced between 2001and 2010. Successor to the Diablo and flagship of the automaker's lineup, the Murciélago was introduced as a coupé in 2001. The car was first available in North America for the 2002 model year. The manufacturer's first new design in eleven years, the car was also the brand's first new model under the ownership of German parent company Audi. The Murciélago is designed by Peruvian-born Belgian Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini's head of design from 1998 to 2005.
A roadster variant was introduced in 2004, followed by the more powerful and updated LP 640 coupé and roadster. Production of the Murciélago ended on November 5th 2010, with a total production run of 4,099 cars.
In a continuation of Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after stars from the world of bullfighting, the Murciélago is named after a fighting bull that survived 24 sword strokes in an 1879 fight against Rafael "El Lagartijo" Molina Sánchez, at the Coso de los califas bullring in Córdoba, Spain. Murciélago fought with such passion and spirit that the matador chose to spare its life, a rare honor.
The bull, which came from Joaquin del Val di Navarra's farm, was later presented as a gift to Don Antonio Miura, a noted local breeder; thus began the famed Miura line of fighting bulls, and the name for one of Lamborghini's greatest designs.
The Murciélago is an all-wheel drive, mid-engined car with an angular design and an exceptionally low slung body, the highest point of the roof is just under 4 feet above the ground. One of the vehicle's most distinguishing features are its scissor doors which lend to the extreme image.
The First-generation of the Murciélago was produced between 2001 and 2006 and was powered by a Lamborghini V12 that traces its roots back to the company's beginnings in the 1960s. The rear differential is integrated with the engine itself, with a viscous coupling center differential transferring power to the front wheels. The total power distribution is 70 percent at the rear and 30 percent at the front. The suspension utilized in the car uses an independent double-wishbone design, and the bodywork mostly features carbon fiber except for the steel roof and aluminum scissor doors. The car utilized an aluminum spaceframe chassis in order to keep the car light weight. The active rear wing and the active air intakes integrated into the car's shoulders are electromechanically controlled, deploying automatically only at high speeds in an effort to maximize both aerodynamic and cooling efficiency. The interior was also more comfortable and ergonomic than its predecessor sporting a simple and clean look with all the major controls along with the gearshift knob integrated into the central tunnel.
The first generation cars were known simply as Murciélago. The 6.2L naturally aspirated V12 engine installed in the first generation cars generated a maximum power output of 572HP and 479 lb⋅ft of torque, accelerating the car from a stand still to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 205 MPH.
In March 2006, Lamborghini unveiled an updated version of its halo car: the Murciélago LP 640. The new title incorporated the car's name, along with an alphanumeric designation which indicated the engine's orientation (Longitudinale Posteriore), along with the updated power output. With displacement now increased to 6.5 liters, with 631HP 0-60MPH was reached in 3.1 Sec and top speed was 209MPH.
The exterior received a noticeable facelift, featuring revised front and rear facias, and asymmetrical side air intakes, with the left side intake feeding an oil cooler. A new single outlet exhaust system incorporated into the rear diffuser, modified suspension system, revised programming and upgraded clutch for the 6-speed "e-Gear" automated sequential transmission with launch control rounded out the performance modifications. Interior seating was also re-configured in order to provide greater headroom.
The Murciélago LP 640 Versace is a special limited edition that was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Twenty were produced but only 8 were available for sale. Stylists from the Versace fashion house, and Lamborghini's Ad Personam program, collaborated to design the custom interiors.
The Versace Greek key motif is displayed on the lower part of the door. The cradle seats are clad in black and white leather, while opulent full grain soft nappa leather – hand-embroidered with the Versace Greek fret motif – upholsters the instrument panel, the doors and the central console.
This Versace Roadster is believed to be 1 of just 2 built in roadster configuration. With just over 2,000 miles, this rare Bull is in excellent condition and will make an excellent addition to any collection.
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