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Press Materials) The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Coupé
The new version of this
highly successful super-sports car features considerable innovations
in terms of body design and mechanics. And also with a new name:
Murciélago LP640, which refers to its engine position -
longitudinale posteriore - and to its power of 640 hp. Designers and
engineers have not only focused on reworking the engine,
suspensions, gearbox, exhaust system, brakes and
electronics, but also the interior and exterior design; improvements
that make the Murciélago LP640 the most extreme and fastest sports
car in its class, placing it at the very top.
The designers at the
Lamborghini Style Centre have remained true to the traditional
Lamborghini principles of purism, sport and function: the Murciélago
LP640 now appears even more aggressive, with the new front and rear
bumpers contributing significantly to its appearance. The exhaust
system terminal has been incorporated in the diffuser on the rear
bumper. Other innovations include the rear
lights, which enhance the distinguishing features of the Murciélago
LP640, making it unmistakable even at night. The design of the sides
is also worth mentioning: while the area behind the air intake
on the right side is practically closed, the left side features a
vast aperture for cooling the oil radiator. Together with the
aerodynamically defined front and rear, this proves yet again that
the shape of a
Lamborghini is dictated by function.
For those wishing to
flaunt the heart of their Murciélago LP640, on request an engine
hood made of transparent glass can be supplied. The rear view
mirrors and the windscreen wipers have been modified to improve
aerodynamics and Hermera light metal wheel rims have been added. The
graphics of the instrument panel lights in the cockpit have been
revamped. The interior upholstery also has a new look thanks to the
The engine of the new
Murciélago LP640 has undergone outstanding and radical modification.
The increased bore and longer stroke have boosted the displacement
of the classic 60° V-engine from 6.2 litres to 6.5 litres (6,496
cm3). Thus the already extraordinary 580 hp engine power has now
been elevated to an impressive peak of 640 PS (471 kW) at 8,000
min-1. The 12-cylinder engine reaches a maximum torque of 660 Nm at
6,000 min-1. Naturally, the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 complies
with every European and North American law governing exhaust fumes.
This evolutionary leap
forward has been possible thanks to a coherent review of every
engine component: the cylinder head and the entire intake system
(based on the tried and tested Lamborghini variable geometry
system), have been completely reworked. The crankshaft, camshafts
and exhaust system have also undergone innovation.
The increase in power
naturally determines an increase in performance. The excellent
performance of the Murciélago LP640 means it can now accelerate from
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds (0.4 seconds faster than the
have also concentrated on improving torque development. The
“drivability” of the engine is enhanced by a continuous variable
timing system (intake and exhaust side) and a drive-by-wire engine
To meet the thermal
requirements of the engine, the engineers have foreseen a
considerably larger oil radiator and subsequently, the air intake on
the left side of the vehicle has been enlarged. The liquid cooling
system, characterised by the Lamborghini VACS system (variable
geometry air inlet system) remains the same.
air intakes open depending on the outdoor temperature and the need
for cooling air, ensuring maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
Gearbox and transmission: improved
efficiency and strength
More power and higher
torque call for superior gearbox component performance. To
meet these new demands, the new Murciélago LP640 features a modified
six ratio gearbox as well as a tougher rear differential and new
axle shafts. On request, the e.gear automatic gearbox is also
available equipped with the new dedicated “Thrust” (acceleration
Just like its
predecessors, the Murciélago LP640 features permanent four-wheel
drive, based on the reliable Lamborghini VT (Viscous Traction)
system. The system is self-governing and does not feature any
electronic controls. The drive force is usually divided between the
front and rear axles in the ratio of 30 to 70. An independent
control circuit adjusts the distribution of the drive force
depending on dynamic oscillation, weight distribution and the
relative friction factor in perfect synchronisation with the Visco
clutch. In extreme cases, up to 100% of the drive force can be
applied to a single axle.
Electronics: a ‘closed loop’ for
The electronics have
also been updated. The modified engine control units improve engine
performance and driveability thanks to closed loop control.
Every engine and vehicle parameter is managed and controlled by
three master control units and a satellite control unit. The master
control units consist of two Lamborghini LIE engine control units, a
Lamborghini GFA (Auxiliary Function Management) control unit and a
Lamborghini PMC (Power Motor Control) satellite control unit. The
control units are interconnected by a CAN Bus line.
The body of the
Murciélago LP640 with its characteristic scissor doors is created
from the prized union of sheet steel and honeycombed carbon fibre,
glued and riveted together.
Driving, handling and
stability at high speed are enhanced by new springs and stabilisers,
as well as by a redesigned electronically controlled damper. The
antidive and anti-squat features on the axles, which efficiently
prevent so-called ‘brake diving’ and ‘squatting’, have not been
changed. The two springs on every rear wheel, the single spring on
every front wheel and the damper are placed coaxially.
The new aluminium "Hermera"
rims measure 8 ½" x 18" (fore carriage) and 13" x 18" (rear axle).
The vehicle can be fitted with various sized Pirelli P Zero Rosso
tyres. The Murciélago LP640 features 245/35 ZR 18 front tyres and
335/30 ZR 18 rear tyres. For sports use, especially on racetracks,
Lamborghini provides optional Pirelli P Zero Corsa (Race) tyres.
Pirelli P Sottozero (Sub zero) winter
tyres are currently being developed.
A super sports car such
as the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 ensures high safety levels.
The dual hydraulic circuit brake system equipped with a vacuum brake
booster ensures considerable deceleration values. The
self-ventilating front and rear brake disks measure 380 mm x 34 mm
and 355 mm x 32 mm respectively. The control circuit of the
four-channel anti-blocking system (ABS) with electronic brake
control (DRP) and traction control (TCS) features a new
characteristic curve. The
system consists in an electro-hydraulic control unit and four speed
When particularly high
braking performance is required, on request it is possible to equip
the vehicle with 380 mm x 36 mm ceramic carbon brakes featuring
sixpiston brake callipers. Thus, less pressure needs to be applied
to the brake pedal and the braking distance is reduced. Even in
extremely demanding conditions there is almost no perceptible
fading. Considerably reduced weight and superior lifetime represent
two further advantages, as well as a captivating graphic design.
The new Murciélago LP640
also meets with even the most rigorous safety requirements. Thanks
to the two front airbags (a 60-litre single stage air bag on the
driver side and a 130-litre two stage airbag on the passenger side),
the Murciélago LP640 complies with every international law in effect
in terms of head-on and side crashes, impacts against posts,
occupant safety, fuel supply integrity and flammability of
materials. The luggage compartment also complies with childproof
The seats in the cockpit
have undergone the most radical changes; more spacious and equipped
with redesigned head restraints, the seats now ensure better
comfort. The leather upholstery features lozenge-shaped stitching
called Q-citura. The same design is recaptured on the
upholstery on the door panels, the panel between the seats and the
engine compartment, and on the roof panel. A new instrument panel
has been developed with lights featuring a new graphic design,
flanked by a new Kenwood car radio with a 6.5” widescreen monitor
and DVD, MP3 and WMA player. An optional navigation system is also
available (standard in Japan).
Like its predecessors,
the new Murciélago LP640 can be customised thanks to the special
fittings and upholstery packages. For the first time, the renowned
characteristic Murciélago Roadster asymmetric and driver-oriented
fittings and upholstery are available for the Coupé, featuring a
perforated leather driver’s seat and door panel.
Thanks to the Ad
Personam customisation program, any Murciélago LP640 can be
transformed into a customised sports car. For example, the cockpit
can be enhanced with an extremely refined carbon finish applied to
the air conditioning control panel, the control lever console and
the parking brake.