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Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

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The 2007 redesign of the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 took an incredible car and made it even better.  This car looks so fast, that it could get a speeding ticket parked on the side of the road.  Once it’s screaming down a highway, it won’t get a ticket because this car is so fast and so sleek, you’ll barely be able to see it.  And it’s short, only 3 foot 9 inches tall, so most people would actually have to look down in order to catch a glimpse.  When you say the word “supercar,” the Murcielago is what you’re referring to.

The carbon fiber bumpers were redesigned for the 2007 model year in order to trim every ounce of fat off the car and make it as aerodynamic as possible.  If the Murcielago were a person it would have 3% body fat and run the mile in 3 minutes flat.  Sleek and fast is the name of the game.  And considering that the Murcielago costs upwards of $325,000 (attach a few performance extras and you’ll hit $400k, no problem), you’d expect that the engineers took a lot of time getting it right.

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The 6.2-liter V12 engine from the 2006 model was revamped and bored out to make the 6.5-liter V12 in the current car.  Als, the measly 571 horsepower from the old model has been boosted up to 631 with 487 lb-ft of torque.  And a good thing, too.  Lamborghini was starting to get a reputation for building sub-600 horsepower slowpokes.  You may be thinking, if there’s 631 horsepower, why call it an LP640?  Well, the Europe tuned version gets 640 horsepower, and the LP comes from the Italian for a longitudinally mounted engine (in line with the car, as opposed to transvers, which is mounting parallel with the bumpers).

How fast does the Murcielago LP640 go?  o-to-60 mph takes 3.7 seconds and hitting the 100 mph mark takes 8 seconds.  Top speed is 211 mph.  Why?  This is a supercar, and anything that can’t hit the 200 mph mark doesn’t count as “super” in Lamborghini’s mind.

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So how is the ride?  Don’t try drifting this car through a corner.  It’s not built for that.  The Murcielago is all about going ridiculously fast while still maintaining absolute control.  There are many cars that are described as having a “good road feel,” meaning that the driver feels confident in the handling and response of the vehicle and that it can handle what you throw at it.  In comparison with the Lamborghini, all those other cars seem like you’re completely out of touch.  Respect the power of the throttle and be smart about your shifting, and the drive is like no other.  Whether you want to open up on a straight stretch or tear around hairpin turns, generating multiple G’s of force, the Murcielago is up to the task.  Heck, it might even laugh at you when it is ready for more, but you’re feeling a bit skittish about pushing 200 mph.

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From the style to the drive, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is the physical manifestation of the word “supercar.”  Are there problems?  Small ones.  The seats are horribly uncomfortable over long periods of time, but this thing goes so fast that any distance you need to go is probably achievable in 20 minutes.  And…, well, that’s it.  The only bad thing to say about this car is that if you sit in it for a few hours, your back will cramp up a bit.  Oh, and your face may ache from having that wide smile from the second you catch sight of it until the moment you go to bed that night.

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