2003 Lamborghini Murciélago LP580-4 Coupe
The fabulous Lamborghini Murciélago made its public debut at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show with the
first examples coming to America in 2002. The low-slung V12 flagship Lamborghini featured an all
wheel drive layout and more creature comforts than predecessor Diablo but kept Lamborghini’s famous
scissor doors which has become the company’s most recognizable signature design touch.
The Murciélago was the first model introduced under the corporate ownership of parent company Audi
AG (Volkswagen Group) and was designed by Luc Donckerwolke whom also penned final SE versions of
the Diablo and serviced as Lamborghini’s chief
designer from 1998 to 2005.
Murciélago was a continuation of the Lamborghini tradition of naming their cars after
famous fighting bulls, Murciélago in particular was a bull which survived 24 sword strokes in a
fight against Rafael “El Lagartijo” Molina Sanchez in 1879. The matador chose the spare of the life
of Murciélago and thus began the famous line of Miura fighting bulls.
The Murciélago is an all-wheel drive car featuring a 6.2 liter normally aspirated V12, 48 valve
engine with maximum power of 572BHP with performance of 0 to 62MPH (100KMH) in 3.8 seconds and a
top speed of 207MPH (330KMH).
While Lamborghini may trace it’s V12 roots to the company’s very beginnings, the engines themselves
evolved with modern technology as in the case with the Murciélago’s high tech V12 fuel injected
engine integrated to the differential with the “Viscous Traction” (VT) system which transmits 70%
of its power to the rear wheels and 30% to the front wheels through a six-speed manual
The Murciélago suspension utilizes race proven independent double wishbone design layout while the
body is mostly carbon fiber with steel roof and retaining the signature aluminum scissor doors to
maintain light weight.
The active aspects of the Murciélago feature an integrated rear wing and air intakes atop the rear
wheels which are electromechanically controlled and deploy automatically in order to aide cooling
to the massive engine and keep the car stable at high speeds. The dramatic air intakes lift from
the rest of the body creating a huge air intake effectively aiding cooling as well as an aero foil
with a bit more drag.
The interior is a simple layout, nothing too over the top but a very modern update from the Diablo
with a comfortable design which envelopes driver and passenger in full leather comfort in a very
simple and clean look with all of the major controls and gated shift lever is integrated into the
“At Curated, we do not acquire cars simply for inventory but rather based on what the car is. We
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John Temerian, Jr.
1991 MERCEDES-BENZ SL60 AMG
1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV
2006 Spyker C8 Spyder
2004 Lamborghini Murciélago LP580-4
1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30
2003 Lamborghini Murciélago 40th Anniversary
2005 Porsche Carrera GT