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A Dance With The Devil

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On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:17PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


A Dance With The Devil

If you are one of the lucky few on the planet to be in the market for a new Lamborghini, there is something you need to know before you walk into the dealership of the raging bull. Buying a Lamborghini is not just about buying a pretty car or a status symbol, it’s not just about having a lot of money to invest into a car that is fast, no, no, my friend, there is a lot more at stake than just a monthly car payment that exceeds a good deal of mortgage payments. No, when you plunk down the equivalent of a blue-collar life savings as a down payment for one of these beasts, you are making a deal with the devil.

Sure, it sounds crazy, but there is just no other rationale to explain the effect a Lamborghini has on the populous at large. When you are driving a Lamborghini, it gives you a power that no other car on the planet can. Sure it can defy gravity by pulling nearly 1g around any corner, and it can go faster than 98% of cars on the road, but then again so can almost any Ferrari, most Porsches, and a handful of other high-end high-power cars. No, that’s not the strength of a Lamborghini. It’s more than that. The sight of a Lamborghini draws people in: Women want to know you, men want to be you, and kids want to crown you king. People have a visceral reaction to the car as it drives by, they make noises that are just monosyllabic guttural sounds that cavemen would have made when they happened upon an easy kill in the wild. Buying a Lamborghini gives you power beyond yourself to bend the will of others to suit your needs, and power like that can come only from a dark place.

The next big Lambo is on it’s way. It will replace the very nasty Murcielago with an even more disturbing brute called the LP 700-4. Although as previously mentioned, most Lamborghinis will cost you your soul, this one may even up the price somehow. It promises to be the baddest car from Sant’Agata yet. Starting with a more emissions-friendly 6.5 liter dry-sump aluminum V12 that pumps out a very appropriate 700 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm, the car promises no shortage of power on tap in any gear of its seven-speed transmission. It should be noted that transmission can also shift faster than any other on the planet, clipping off 50 millisecond rips through gears (and all-out race ready F1 car manages the same feat in 40 milliseconds), and although there will be no manual offered, with shift that fast, the age-old clutch and stick won’t take long to forget. In place of the age-old viscous coupling in former all-wheel drive Lamborghinis, a new Haldex IV center differential sends power more efficiently to each wheel to send its driver slamming into his or her seat with a force most NASA pilots need training for.

All that power and efficiency doesn’t mean much in a tugboat-sized car, however, which is why weight was of primary focus on the LP 700-4. Thanks to a carbon fiber chassis that weighs in at just 325 pounds, giving the car a total curb weight of about 3,250 pounds, the car is nothing short of a rocket ship to Hell. That carbon fiber also helps the LP 700-4 to a torsional stiffness nearly double that of the current Murcielago. That stiff-as-a-steel-beam chassis helps keeps things calm around the claimed 220 mph top speed, more evil magic at work no doubt. Armed with six-piston carbon ceramic discs at all four corners, hauling down from those occasional insanity rides will be just as easy as it was to get there. Corners will be no challenge either, nor should they in a car that can do as much as a Lamborghini can. The new LP 700-4 will employ a front and rear pushrod suspension similar to that of past ultra-exotics, the Porsche Carrera GT and the mighty Ferrari Enzo.

As for performance, expect the new Lambo to reach 60 mph in about 2.7 seconds and run through the quarter mile (if you feel it necessary) in around 11.1 seconds at 130 mph. A skid pad number better than 1.0 g isn’t out of the question and braking from 70 mph should take about 145 feet. Rumor has it that the LP 700-4 may be dubbed ‘Aventador’ here in the states, but we’ll believe that when we see it on the auto shows. And as for price, well figure this new Italian demon will cost north of $400,000 … Oh, and your soul, and potentially your first-born male child. So enjoy the ride and all of the power that comes with owning one of these dark and mysterious machines if you dare, but don’t say you haven’t been warned!


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Johnny V | 8:19AM (Sat, Feb 5, 2011)

Where do I sign



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