The title of this article may be misleading. While AutoCar did drive the next-generation Murcielago, they were lucky enough to drive it twice over the span of a year and a half – once in March 2009 and once in September 2010. That means the lucky British publication has been in touch with Lamborghini and its new flagship supercar from the beginning.
AutoCar’s Steve Sutcliffe was asked by Lamborghini to join them as they go through the development process and a secret sign-off test at Nardo in Italy.
While Sutcliffe tells us he really can’t tell us much about the car, he did say this:
“…with a head full of questions answered and a notebook full of stuff that I’m not allowed to write about here. One thing I can tell you right here and now, though, is that the new V12 Lamborghini – whatever it ends up being called – is a thundering good car. One with the heart and soul of a traditional Lamborghini but the build integrity – and pure dynamic excellence – of the most advanced supercars money can buy.”
Also, while we’ve been calling the next-generation Murcielago the “next-generation Murcielago,” it is true that Lamborghini has registered the name Aventador – hinting that the next Murci will carry the Aventador LP700-4 badge.
Power for the Lamborghini Aventador will come from a new 6.5L V12 engine that makes 700-hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated to a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) transmission, which is an automated manual gearbox that minimizes shift times by almost 50 percent than with a dual-clutch transmission.
AutoCar Drives Next-Generation Lamborghini Murcielago:
Lamborghini’s New 6.5L V12 and ISR Transmission:
– By: Omar Rana