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Lamborghini plans lightweight Murcielago

Lamborghini plans lightweight Murcielago
David Bateson

Hot on the heels of the lightweight Gallardo Superleggera and the new Reventon come reports that the supercar manufacturer is planning a lightweight SV version of its Murcielago model.

UK TV Channel 4’s Car website reports the new model will be more powerful than the new Murcielago-based Reventon. Apparently it will be rear-wheel-drive only, giving substantial weight savings as well as different handling characteristics (traction control will be added) and it will be trimmed in a similar way to the Gallardo Superleggera. Aside from an aluminium roof and doors, its panels are already carbon-fibre, but more carbon-fibre will be used to trim the cabin, saving weight in the seats, door panels and centre tunnel. It may even have leather pull-straps in place of inner door handles and have its stereo deleted (but available as an optional-fit item).

In place of the automatically-lowering rear spoiler will be a choice of two carbon-fibre rear wings and ultra-lightweight forged alloys; further weight savings will be made by replacing some aluminium components with lighter-yet magnesium. The e-gear transmission system will come as standard. Power output from the 6.5-litre V12 is thought to be as much as 680bhp, with 515lb-ft of torque – and, at a weight estimated to be around 1,530-1,565kg, it will be quick. Lamborghini is expected to homologate the car for the FIA GT championships.

09 December 2007