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Old 6th November 2010, 10:14   #1
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It's hard to believe, but the Murciélago has been around since 2001. Few, if any, will disagree with us when we say that Lamborghini's supercar still looks as fresh and is alluring as the first day it was introduced. But unfortunately, as good as it may be, all things come to an end. For the Raging Bull brand's most prominent member, the end came in May 2010 with the production of the last example, an LP 670-4 Superveloce in "Arancio Atlas" paintwork with the production number 4,099, which was sold to a Swiss customer.

]Being that time goes by in a different way for a "boutique" automaker like Lamborghini, it doesn't surprise us that the Italian firm celebrated the end of production several months later. The festivities took place in the company's factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese on November 5, 2010, with a special exhibition of the most iconic V12 cars of Lamborghini's history, followed by a parade on the road.

An array of historic Raging Bull supersportcars like the 350 GT, the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo escorted a Murciélago SV of the Lamborghini Museum during a symbolic "last ride" out of the gate of the Lamborghini factory.

"For almost a decade, the Murciélago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand, and it was enormously successful in the process," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

"The Murciélago 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. But the Lamborghini story continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murciélago – with the most innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design," Winkelmann added.

The Lamborghini Murciélago was introduced onto the market in 2001. In its first generation, it was motivated by a 6.2-liter V12 with 580 hp, mounted longitudinally in front of the rear axle. In the second generation, the Murciélago LP 640, displacement of the V12 powerhouse rose to 6.5-liters and output to 640 hp.

The supercar was further refined with the presentation of the LP 670-4 Superveloce boasting more power (670 hp) and reduced weight (-100 kg or 220 lbs), for a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 342km/h (213 mph).

All in all, the Italian company built 4,099 examples of the Murciélago between 2001 and 2010, making it not only the most-produced Lamborghini V12 model of all time, but also one of the world's most successful super sports cars.

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9 years have gone by just like that. I never thought the day would come when Lamborghini would pull the plug on the Murcielago. But it was inevitable. It had to end someday, just like how the legendary Diablo was plugged. And just like the Diablo, nothing can really replace the Murcielago. All we can hope for is Lamborghini to introduce a worthy successor.

Long live the Murcielago!
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It's hard to bade goodbye to the Murcielago :( What a magnificent car it is! It'll sure be counted amongst the most legendary cars of the 21st century. Hope the successor to this is even more extreme and faster.
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OT: What's the red Lambo in the middle?
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That would be a Lamborghini 350GT. An interesting fact about it: It was designed and built in just four months. They sold a 120 of these if I'm not wrong.
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The Murcielago has been one of the greatest symbols of automotive history and its really sad to know that the production of this hypercar has been stopped. Really hope the successor, the so-called LP700, to be a worthy machine to replace the Murci. The LP640 has been my dream car and will be among the most favourites forever. Long live Murci !!
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This is heart-breaking! THE automobile I loved the most and the one which made it to the throne of my wish list is fading in the pages of Automobile History.

"Like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too soon" - Michael Jackson
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This is heart-breaking
Indeed! First the Dodge Viper and then this!!

A bit , whats the replacement for this? The Jotta?

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Oh, so very purrfect!!
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Im starting to feel old! You know your going grey when the supercars of your time are being eradicated one by one. Viper & Murci are going into the history books.

What i am happy about is that the Murci got a fitting goodbye in the form of the wicked SV. In the words of Jason Plato "Among the raging bulls, there is a very clear king...And in Lamborghini land, the king wears an SV badge."
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Sigh :'-( ... The last quintessential supercar passes away.

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+1 to that. The spirit of the Murci will live on in all our hearts forever. Amen.


Sorry for going off-topic, but does anyone know which auto show will Lambo unveil the 'lago's successor?

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This is simply one of the best Supercars around and it only kept getting better with the LP and the SV versions.
I still think there is no supercar which matches up with the looks of this beast .

And need I mention of the music it produced, wail of the v12.

I'm sure Lamborghini is definitely going to produce more horsepower and torque on their next models but i seriously doubt if they are going to get this aggressive with their design.
Hope they prove me wrong.

The best think about it was they were selling it almost half the price of their counterparts.

Long Live the Murci.
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