Lamborghini Murcielago production ceases
Lamborghini Murcielago number 4,099.
7th November, 2010
- One of the most successful super sports cars of all time
takes a bow - the last Murciélago to be produced bears the number 4,099
It is one of the most stunning and successful super sports cars of all time - the Lamborghini Murcielago. And
that will always be the case, even if its production life has now come to an end. At the headquarters of the badge
bearing the sign of the bull in Sant'Agata Bolognese, the last Murciélago left the production line on 11th May,
2010 - headed to a Swiss customer. With "Arancio Atlas" paintwork, the LP 670-4 Superveloce proudly bears the
production number 4,099. This makes the Murciélago not only by far the most-produced Lamborghini twelve-cylinder
of all time, but also one of the world's most successful super sports cars.
The 'end of production' of the Murciélago was celebrated in the factory on Friday, 5th November 2010, with a
special exhibition of the most iconic V12 cars of Lamborghini's history, followed by a parade in Sant'Agata
Super sports cars like the 350 GT, the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo escorted a Murciélago SV of the
Lamborghini Museum during a symbolic 'last ride' out of the gate of the Lamborghini factory.
"For almost a decade, the Murciélago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand, and it was enormously
successful in the process," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The
Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and
unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world. But the Lamborghini story
continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murciélago - with the most
innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design."
The Lamborghini Murciélago is a super sports car of menacing character and brutal power. And at its
presentation in 2001, it opened a new chapter for the Lamborghini brand - with state-of-the-art technology and
outstanding product quality, but most especially, with a new, timelessly modern design philosophy. To this day,
the purist form of the Murciélago still exudes enormous appeal. Broad and low, with a cockpit set well forward
and a long, taut back - the interplay of its calm underlying form and razor sharp edges is unique, as are its
vertically opening 'scissor' doors.
Augmenting the Murcielago is the Murciélago Roadster. With 640 hp under perfect control and no roof above -
there is no better way to experience movement; every kilometre is a journey into the eye of the hurricane. As a
roadster, too, the Murciélago knows no compromise. Its roof is nothing more than protection from the
The extreme design was accompanied from the very start by phenomenal performance, razor-sharp handling and
outstanding high-speed stability. The Murcielago has always been the ultimate driving machine for advanced sports
car drivers. In its first generation, it featured a V12 with 6.2 litres of displacement and 580 hp, mounted
longitudinally in front of the rear axle. In the second generation, the Murciélago LP 640, displacement rose to
6.5 litres and output to 640 hp.
And even this was subject to further refinement - Lamborghini works tirelessly on the ongoing
development of its models. This year, the arrival of the Murciélago LP 670-4 Superveloce - with output
increased to 670 hp, weight reduced by a further 100 kilogrammes and an even hotter design - marked an
impressive finale to the story of this super sports car. The performance figures for the Superveloce are
nothing short of breathtaking - in only 3.2 seconds, the SV is catapulted to 100 km/h. Not until 342 km/h
do power and drag call a halt to the proceedings.
With the construction of the Murciélago, Lamborghini demonstrated its extraordinary expertise in
lightweight engineering and in working with high-tech carbon-fibre composite materials. From the very
start, the structure of this super sports car has been a mix of extremely stiff carbon-fibre components
attached to a steel frame - as in a race car. Centre tunnel and floorpan are made from carbon-fibre, as
are the majority of the exterior panels and many interior components. Lamborghini has significantly
developed this lightweight philosophy for the successor to the Murciélago.
The 4,099 units of the Lamborghini Murciélago were built between 2001 and 2010 in Sant'Agata Bolognese
- an impressive number, and not only in comparison to its predecessors the Miura, Countach and Diablo.
Bearing the special production number, the final one to be produced is, of course, an LP 670-4
Superveloce, sporting a large rear wing and "Arancio Atlas" paintwork. The final car has been delivered
to a customer in Switzerland. Even though many sports car fans around the world are sure to mourn the
passing of the Murciélago, Lamborghini is ready to start the next all-new chapter in the story of the
super sports car in 2011 with its successor - perhaps welcoming the arrival of a new automotive