LP640: LP for longitudinale posteriore and
640 for the hp.
24th February 2006.
When the Lamborghini
Murciélago was launched at the 2001 IAA Frankfurt motor
show, it wasn't so sure that
it would sold some 2000 units (Coupé
and Roadster) until today.
Yet, the famous Italian brand from Sant’
Agata Bolognese did it, and more, it is still growing and
promising much more. It delivered last year 1,607 vehicles
worldwide, an increase of 0.9 % on 2004 and a new
record for the brand.
After the Murciélago Coupé, the
smaller the Gallardo Coupe (2003), then the Murciélago
Roadster (2004), followed
last autumn by the new Gallardo
Spyder, here comes today the
Murciélago LP640 Coupe,
making its world debut at the coming 76th Geneva
International Motor Show (2-12 March), just before the
first vehicles become available from spring 2006.
Of course, the surprisingly new
dynamics of the brand are to be traced back to... the VW
Group (5.24 million vehicles delivered worldwide last
year) which bought Lamborghini in 1998.
As soon as it joined the German group, Lamborghini
was integrated at the Latin supercar
end of its sports brands portfolio, under the aegis of
Audi (luxury sports),
with the second Latin sporty brand, SEAT, situated at the
other end of the sports spectrum, the popular one. With
both Latin ends (Italian Lamborghini
and Spanish SEAT), Audi
remains of course the representative of the Teutonic
luxury sports trends of the Group which counts as well the Bentley,
Bugatti, Skoda and Volkswagen
Back to the Murciélago LP640. First,
the new name refers to the engine position - longitudinale
posteriore (LP) - while the 640 figure refers to the 640
hp packed in the same... longitudinale posteriore
The newly developed evolution of the
Murciélago Coupé will feature innovations in terms of
body design and mechanics, as designers and engineers
focused on reworking the engine, suspension, gearbox,
exhaust system, brakes and electronics, as well as the
interior and exterior design.
Remaining true to the
principles of purism, sport
and function, the Murciélago LP640 now appears even more
aggressive, with the new front and rear bumpers
contributing significantly to this stance, while the
exhaust system terminal has been incorporated within the
diffuser on the rear bumper.
Other innovations include the rear
lights, and on the side panels, the area behind the air
intake on the right side is practically closed, while the
left side features a vast aperture for cooling the oil
An engine hood made of transparent
glass is available as an option.
exhaust terminal is incorporated in the
diffuser on the rear bumper.
The rear view mirrors and the
windscreen wipers have been modified to improve
aerodynamics and “Hermera” light metal wheel rims have
The graphics of the instrument panel
lights in the cockpit have been revamped, and the interior
upholstery also has a new look thanks to the
Engine - The engine of the new
Murciélago LP640 has undergone significant modification.
The increased bore and longer stroke have boosted the
displacement of the classic 60° V12 engine from 6.2
litres to 6.5 litres (6,496 cm3), taking power from
580 to 640 hp (471 kW) at 8,000 rpm.
The 12-cylinder engine reaches a
maximum torque of 660 Nm at 6,000 rpm, and still complying
with every European and North American law governing
The engine review covered the cylinder
head and the entire intake system (based on the
Lamborghini variable geometry system), which have been
completely reworked, with other modifications to the
crankshaft, camshafts and exhaust system.
The enhanced performance of the
Murciélago LP640 means it can now accelerate from 0 to
100 kmh in 3.4 seconds (0.4 seconds faster than the
previous model), with a top speed of over 321kph.
Murciélago LP640 features a modified
six-speed gearbox as well as a tougher
rear differential and new axle shafts.
Drivability is enhanced by a continuous
variable timing system (intake and exhaust side) and a
drive-by-wire engine management system. To meet the higher
thermal requirements, the engineers have included a
considerably larger oil radiator and subsequently, the air
intake on the left side of the vehicle has been enlarged.
The liquid cooling system,
characterised by the Lamborghini VACS system (variable
geometry air inlet system) remains the same.
Electronically managed air intakes open
depending on the outdoor temperature and the need for
cooling air, ensuring maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
Gearbox and transmission - To
meet the new power and torque demands, the Murciélago
LP640 features a modified six-speed gearbox as well as a
tougher rear differential and new axle shafts.
On request, the e-gear automatic
gearbox is also available equipped with the new dedicated
“Thrust” (acceleration programme) mode.
Like its predecessors, the Murciélago
LP640 features permanent four-wheel drive, based on
the reliable Lamborghini VT (Viscous Traction)
system. The system is self-governing and does not feature
any electronic controls. The drive force is usually
divided between the front and rear axles in the ratio of 30%
to 70%. An independent control circuit adjusts the
distribution of the drive force depending on dynamic
oscillation, weight distribution and the relative friction
factor in perfect synchronisation with the Visco clutch.
However, in extreme cases, up to 100%
of the drive force can be applied to a single axle.
Murciélago LP640 can be customised with
Electronics - The modified
engine control units improve engine performance and
drivability thanks to closed loop control. Every engine
and vehicle parameter is managed and controlled by three
master control units (2 engine control units and an
auxiliary function management unit) and a satellite
control unit (Power Motor Control). The control units are
interconnected by a CAN Bus line.
Frame and chassis - The body is
made of sheet steel and honeycombed carbon fibre, glued
and riveted together. Driving, handling and stability at
high speed are enhanced by new springs, stabilisers and a
redesigned electronically controlled damper. The anti-dive
and anti-squat features on the axles have not been
The new aluminium Hermera rims measure
8 ½" x 18" (front) and 13" x 18"
(rear) and can be fitted with various sized Pirelli P Zero
Rosso tyres. The Murciélago LP640 features 245/35 ZR 18
front tyres and 335/30 ZR 18 rear tyres.
For sports use, especially on
racetracks, Lamborghini provides optional Pirelli P Zero
Corsa (Race) tyres. Pirelli P Sottozero (sub zero) winter
tyres are currently being developed.
Brakes and safety - The dual
hydraulic circuit brake system is equipped with a vacuum
brake booster, with self-ventilating front and rear brake
disks measuring 380 mm x 34 mm and 355 mm x 32 mm
respectively. The control circuit of the four-channel
anti-blocking system (ABS) with electronic brake control
(DRP) and traction control (TCS) features a new
On request, it is possible to equip the
vehicle with 380 mm x 36 mm ceramic carbon brakes
featuring six-piston brake callipers. Thus, less pressure
needs to be applied to the brake pedal and the braking
distance is reduced. Even in extremely demanding
conditions there is almost no perceptible fading.
Considerably reduced weight and superior lifetime
represent two further advantages.
With its two front airbags (a 60-litre
single stage air bag on the driver side and a 130-litre
two stage airbag on the passenger side), the Murciélago
LP640 complies with every international law in effect in
terms of head-on and side crashes, impacts against posts,
occupant safety, fuel supply integrity and flammability of
materials. The luggage compartment also complies with
childproof safety regulations.
Interior - The seats have
undergone the most radical changes, becoming more
spacious, with redesigned head restraints. The leather
upholstery features lozenge-shaped stitching called
The same design is applied on the door
panels upholstery, the panel between the seats and the
engine compartment, and on the roof panel.
A new instrument panel has been
developed with lights featuring a new graphic design, a
new Kenwood car radio with a 6.5” widescreen monitor and DVD,
MP3 and WMA player. An
optional navigation system
is also available.
Like its predecessors, the new
Murciélago LP640 can be customised thanks to the special
fittings and upholstery packages. For the first time, the
Murciélago Roadster asymmetric and driver-oriented
fittings and upholstery are available for the Coupé,
featuring a perforated leather driver’s seat and door
With the "Privilegio"
customisation program, many other distinguishing features
can be applied, such as the cockpit with a refined carbon
finish applied to the air conditioning control panel, the
control lever console and the parking brake.
Market-specific information about
Lamborghini prices, product equipment and options can be
obtained from Lamborghini
website or from local dealers.