Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lamborghini Murcielago

Okay, Lamborghini. We get it. It's got 670 horsepower. It has all-wheel drive. It's really fast. It's made for China. It's a limited edition model. Did you really need to put all of that information in the name? The exclusive features of the car over the standard model perhaps takes less time to describe: An orange stripe symbolizing the "strength of an erupting volcano" (poorly timed) over flat gray paint and... well, that's about it. Oh, and a numbered badge with the owner's name. After all, nothing makes you feel special like a numbered badge.

Introduced by the Italian supercar builder today at the Beijing Motor Show to solidify its commitment to building its brand in China, the Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce China Limited Edition should help Lamborghini continue to grow its presence in the country, where it expanded business last year by 11 percent and will be launching its eighth Chinese dealership this week. A cause for celebration, no? Hit the jump for the press release or check out the gallery below to see what a Murcielago LP670-4 SV looks like with a slightly different paint job.
Lamborghini Murcielago
Lamborghini MurcielagoLamborghini Murcielago Sports Car

Lamborghini is building the suspense with news that its Murcielago successor will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. What’s more, it will feature a motorsport-derived pushrod suspension system inspired by Formula 1.

Tipped to be called the Aventador when it arrives in March, Lamborghini’s new supercar will be powered by a 690bhp V12. But the firm has clearly worked hard to ensure that the new car has the handling to match its power.

Lamborghini has worked to reduce the weight of each of the four corners of the car, by fitting lightweight aluminium double wishbones and carbon ceramic brakes. But the suspension is truly a break from the norm.

Instead of being connected vertically to the wheel mounts, the supercar’s suspension is mounted horizontally under the windscreen at the front, and close to the engine in the rear. The suspension is connected to the wheels by a series of pushrods, which Lamborghini claims should make the supercar more responsive, yet and more predictable, even when driving at high speeds.

The new suspension also includes a lifting system for the front axle, which raises the front suspension by 40mm at the touch of a button, allowing the car to negotiate speed bumps.

Finally, the firm has confirmed that the new supercar will feature electro-hydraulic steering which has three different modes which can be changed depending on driving conditions


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