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New Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
The 640 hp longitudinale posteriore one

Murciélago 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.

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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 brands.

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 one.

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 Lamborghini 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 radiator.

An engine hood made of transparent glass is available as an option.

The 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 been added.

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 lozenge-shaped stitching.

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 exhaust fumes.

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.

The 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.

The Murciélago LP640 can be customised with special packages.

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 changed.

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 characteristic curve.

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 Q-citura.

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 panel.

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.

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