2005 Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster
Successor: Murciélago LP-640
The dramatic Lamborghini Murciélago was introduced as the successor to the
enormously successful Diablo as the company flagship V12 model in 2001 and
becoming available to the North American market in 2002.
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.
Production of the Murciélago ran until 2010 and featured the LP640 coupe and roadster,
limited edition LP650-4 Roadster and the LP-670-4 SuperVeloce with 4,099 examples
built in total until being replaced by the Aventador.
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
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 205MPH (330KMH).
While Lamborghini may trace it’s V12 roots to the company’s very beginnings, the
engines themselves have evolved with modern technology as in the case with the
Murciélago’s high tech V12 fuel injected engine integrated with the differential with the
“Vicscous Traction” (VT) system which transmits 70% of its power to the rear wheels
and 30% to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The Murciélago suspension utilizes race proven independent double wishbone design
layout while the body is mostly carbon fiber 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 and adding an aero foil to the car 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 central console.
Introduced in 2004, the roadster variant of the Murciélago was designed to be an open
top car but has a manually attached canvas top which conveniently folds up and fits into
a leather bag that goes into the front compartment. Designer Luc Donckerwolfke used
elements of the B2 stealth bomber, Wally 118 power yacht and architect Santiago
Calatrava’s Ciutat de les Arts I Les Ciencies in Valencia, Spain as his inspiration for the
redesigned rear pillars and engine cover.
The Roadster weighs 65lbs more than the Coupe minus the roof factoring in the chassis
reinforcing elements. While the Roadster is a tick less fast than the Coupe from a
standing start, they both attain the same top speed of 205MPH.
This striking, low mileage Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster is an artistic beauty that
Lamborghini is so well known for, was completed at the Sant’Agata Bologna factory in
the spring of 2005. The new Lamborghini was built for the U.S. market and fitted with
the 6-speed manual transmission and finished in Giallo Orion over a black interior with
The Murciélago was also loaded with various options and extras; all contributing to a
sticker price of nearly $300,000. The car cleared U.S. customs in June of 2005, and
received its pre-delivery inspection by the New York, NY based Lamborghini agency,
Manhattan Motorcars in July.
The car’s first owner, from New Jersey was believed to have kept the car until 2014,
running up less than 5,000 miles during his ownership. The car’s CarFAX notes
periodical service and maintenance throughout this ownership, and it is evident when
driving or inspecting the car that is has been extremely well cared for.
In 2016, the car was auctioned by Bonhams during the Amelia Island auction, sold for
$210,000 and was then exported to Germany.
The metallic yellow Giallo Orion shows beautifully throughout, and remains in original
condition with just over 6,000 miles from new and comes with factory accessories,
CarFAX, and a copy of the factory invoice.
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We love interesting provenance, very low production, very low mileage, very special and often
John Temerian, Jr.
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