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Lamborghini Bids The Murcielago Adieu

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On: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Bids The Murcielago Adieu

The Lamborghini Murcielago has had a strong nine years at the top of the Lamborghini food chain, top of most car food chains to be truthful. The successor to the Countach and Diablo is treading on becoming the last-generation Lambo flagship with the launch of the Jota getting palpably close. Such an icon doesn't fade quietly into the night, though; it goes out with a celebration of its life. Last week, Lamborghini had just that celebration, holding an event to commemorate the Murcielago and bid it farewell.

Held in Lamborghini's headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the celebration included a special Lambo parade, in which V12-powered vehicles of Lamborghini past strut their stuff. The company also released the picture of the the last official Murcielago—a yellowish-orange Arancio Atlas LP670-4 SuperVeloce. The picture was part of the celebration, but the last Murcielago was actually built and delivered months ago.

While a single name, the Murcielago was in no way a static experience. Introduced in 2001, the original Murcielago was powered by a 580-hp 6.2-liter V12. Over the years, updated models were introduced, first with a bigger 6.5-liter V12 engine with 640 horsepower in the second-generation Murcielago, and then with weight savings and added horsepower found in the SuperVeloce edition. The latest and creme de la creme of Murcielagos, the LP670-4 SV hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and tops out above 212 mph. Lamborghini said that a total of 4,099 Murcielago models rolled out of its plants over the nine-year lifespan of the car.

CEO Stephan Winkelmann summed it up: "For almost a decade, the Murcielago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand and it was enormously successful in the process. The Murcielago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising, and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world."

While the loss of the Murcielago is a sad day in the supercar world, such an event reminds us that Lamborghini is getting closer to unveiling the Jota. A few specs on the Jota leaked the day before the Murcielago event, and the car's 700-hp V12 and 2.9-second 0 to 62 mph assure us that it will be a worthy successor.
Also to look forward to is Lamborghini's new focus on lightweight cars, foreshadowed by the Sesto Elemento concept it debuted in Paris.
In the meantime, the Wall Street Journal has an interesting take on the Murcielago departure that briefly touches on how much the overall car/supercar landscape has changed since the Murcielago was introduced.

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