the legendary Lamborghini V12 enters the twenty first century – EAST AUTO NEWS

the legendary Lamborghini V12 enters the twenty first century

The ten-year historical past of the Diablo’s successor in a yr stuffed with V12 celebrations

Sant’Agata Bolognese, September 22, 2022 – In 2022 Lamborghini is celebrating the V12: the legendary 12-cylinder engine that has powered its most iconic fashions for nearly 60 years. Amongst these is the Murciélago, the Lamborghini mannequin which, making its first look on the Frankfurt Motor Present in September 2001, had the duty of taking the historic V12 engine into the twenty first century. And it did this in probably the most extraordinary manner, provided that when this mannequin made its debut, the 6.2-liter engine had a most energy output of 580 HP. This was extraordinarily excessive, contemplating using the massive catalytic converters required for the automotive to be accredited in all world markets, together with probably the most stringent ones when it comes to emissions.

The Murciélago was the primary Lamborghini to be totally designed utilizing the CAD-CAM system, which ensures design precision of the best degree and permits a considerably larger high quality of meeting and end. By way of look, the Murciélago took form in its entirety inside the new design division, the Lamborghini Centro Stile, beneath the path of Luc Donckerwolke who had already redesigned the Diablo however who, with the Murciélago, had the uncommon privilege of beginning with a clear sheet for the design of each the bodywork and the interiors. The whole peak was simply 120 centimeters and the distinctive hallmark “scissor doorways” had been retained.

The evolution of the 12-cylinder engine

When it was first created, the Murciélago got here in only one hard-top model with a 6.2-liter engine delivering 580 HP at 7200 rpm. Due to the dry-sump lubrication, the Murciélago engine was positioned 5 centimeters decrease than that of the Diablo, with clear advantages when it comes to drivability. It might attain a most velocity of 330 km/h and went from 0 to 100 in 3.8 seconds.

The Murciélago coupé was then joined by the roadster model in 2004. The second-generation Murciélago fashions, formally the Murciélago LP 640-4 (each closed and roadster), made their debut in 2007 and remained in manufacturing with the V12 delivering an elevated 640 HP at 8000 rpm till 2010. In 2010, the Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster arrived on the scene, with manually connected comfortable prime and 6.5-liter engine delivering 650 HP at 8000 rpm, and in 2009-2010 got here the 670-4 SV (Tremendous Veloce). With 670 HP output and a most velocity of 341 km/h, it was 100 kg lighter because of using carbon fiber for plenty of parts.

All Murciélago fashions are all-wheel drive, with the system borrowed instantly from that of the Diablo, with the Ferguson viscous coupling differential able to distributing torque as much as a most of 70% on the rear and 30% on the entrance.  The carbon fiber undercarriage with mixed-structure ground panel with aluminum was, on the time, probably the most inflexible supporting construction ever produced by Lamborghini. The chassis was fully revised, with new suspension and geometry.

Mechanical transmission

The Murciélago was the final Lamborghini V12 to come back with a mechanical transmission, on this case, six-speed with reverse. Later, the handbook transmission was complemented by an digital automated transmission with gear sequence by way of levers positioned behind the steering wheel.


In 2004, the Murciélago debuted on the racing monitor with the R-GT, developed for the GT World Championship, held beneath the banner of the FIA and the ACO for the Japanese championship. 9 vehicles had been assembled, all rear-wheel drive, considerably lighter because of the almost-total use of carbon fiber supplies, and outfitted with bigger tires and brakes.

The legend of the title

As is custom, Lamborghini chooses the names of its fashions from the world of bullfighting. Within the case of the Murciélago, Spanish for “bat”, legend has it {that a} bull with this title who survived the bullring was gifted to Don Antonio Miura, and that it was from this animal that the well-known breeder bred his Miura bulls. In actuality, there isn’t any proof supporting this legend, and there are some discrepancies within the timeline.

Restricted collection

The Murciélago was additionally produced in some restricted collection, ranging from 2003 with the celebrations for the fortieth Anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini, with 50 models. The fortieth Anniversary mannequin is recognizable by the particular “Verde Artemis” colour, some exterior carbon fiber particulars and revamped wheel rims, an upgraded exhaust and numbered plate mounted contained in the specifically designed leather-based upholstered cockpit.

The Murciélago LP 640 Versace, obtainable in solely two colours, black and white, made its debut in 2006. Lamborghini Advert Personam and Versace designers created a particular design, with a two-interior and an identical set of baggage, additionally produced by Versace. Particular equipment, together with a shawl and driving sneakers, each with Versace branding, had been designed to enhance the mannequin.

Devoted completely to the Chinese language market, simply ten models of the 670-4 SV “China Restricted Version” had been produced. It’s recognizable by the stripe working alongside the hood and roof.

Pace document at Nardò

In February 2002, Lamborghini took a Murciélago to the take a look at monitor in Nardò, Puglia, in an try and set a brand new world velocity document for the standard manufacturing automotive. On the wheel was take a look at driver Giorgio Sanna, right this moment the Head of Lamborghini Squadra Corse. The objective was completed, regardless of the sudden tire change through the gas cease, with 305.048 km (189.55 miles) traveled in a single hour and with a median velocity on the quickest lap of 325.98 km/h (202.55 mph). The information over 100 km and 100 miles had been additionally damaged. 

Murciélago on movie

Scores of movies and music movies have featured the Murciélago in a wide range of roles. No doubt, probably the most well-known is Batman Begins in 2005, the place it was used as Bruce Wayne/Batman’s private automotive, with actor Christian Bale within the main function. The Murciélago’s profession in video video games is extraordinary, the place it has been utilized in Gran Turismo 7, Forza Horizon (variations 1-2-3-4), Asphalt 7, Drive Membership, and Horizon Chase.  

The “pure” Lamborghini V12 combustion engine in its remaining type will exit of manufacturing earlier than the tip of 2022, when the final Aventador Ultimae[1] is made. From subsequent yr, the successor to the Aventador will likely be fitted with a brand new plug-in hybrid model of the V12 engine.

Murciélago vehicles produced (2001-2011): 4,099 (total collection).

[1] Gas economic system and emissions figures for Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae – Mixed gas consumption: 18.0 l/100km; Mixed CO2 emissions: 442 g/km (WLTP) 

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