So you’ve just heard that the production of the current Lamborghini flagship has been halted, no more Murciélago LP640, a handful of LP650-4 Roadster are still being built on special order and recently the last one of those 350 SuperVeloce editions has been sold too … bummer.
However there is a small light at the tunnel, well actually two to be completely honest … for one we’ll probably see a brand new flagship in early October when the 2010 edition of the Paris Auto Show opens it’s doors, but secondly and more importantly a final, highly limited production run of an ever rarer Murciélago will be built, no more than 10 cars, all individually numbered and bearing the customer’s name on a plaque … and sadly only available on the Chinese market !
That’s right, during the 2010 Beijing Auto Show Automobili Lamborghini came up with a total surprise : the Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce China Limited Edition was unveiled next to the Asian premiere of the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera we’ve seen in Geneva last March. With this highly limited flagship model Lamborghini is underlining their commitment to the growing Chinese market … remember it actually grew 11 % during 2009, when just about all other markets suffered a serious downfall, China was still growing.
To make sure the lucky few in China that get to own this amazing looking Lamborghini can get it serviced correctly a seventh official dealership just opened it’s doors in Shenzen, later on an eight showroom in Xiamen will open be inaugurated.
Only ten of these stunning Murciélago will be built for the elite of the exotic super car enthusiasts in China, each proudly wearing an orange racing stripe from front to back as a symbol of an erupting volcano while the carbon fiber bodywork is finished in flat gray. Now the normal LP670-4 SuperVeloce was already an impressive piece of automotive workmanship, offering increased power up to 670 from the original 640 on the LP640 model, add to this a weight loss of 100 kg (220 lbs.) and you get an equation of 1 hp per 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs.) … propelling up to 100 Km/h from a standstill in a mere 3,2 seconds and not stopping until it reaches a top speed of 342 Km/h. Do note however that the stunning looking rear wing does increase the already impressive down force of the modified bodywork, but it also decreases top speed to ‘only’ 337 Km/h (209 Mph).
Several sources state this China Limited Edition of the Murciélago was built as a swan song for the current flagship and that the production line will be converted to build the successor during the August holiday period when the factory in Italy will be closed. Let’s hope it can take over the reign of the Murciélago with an even more impressive look and power, some say the new model will even get a totally new V12 engine … one thing is for sure however … it will be a stunner ! And I for one can’t wait to see what they came up with to replace a queen like the Murciélago, especially in this SuperVeloce trim.