Lamborghini Murcielago is a type of sports car produced by an Italian automobile manufacturer, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, from 2001 until 2010. It was intended to be the successor of Lamborghini Diablo, and it was later replaced by Lamborghini Aventador. It was assembled in Italy and designed by Luc Donckerwolke. It has mid-engine all-wheel drive layout with two different body styles: 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster.
Lamborghini Murcielago features four different engines, namely the 6.2 liters V12 engine capable of producing 572 horsepower, 6.5 liters V12 engine capable of producing 640 horsepower, 6.5 liters V12 engine capable of producing 650 horsepower, and 6.5 liters V12 engine capable of producing 670 horsepower. It uses 6-speed manual and 6-speed e-Gear semi-automatic transmission system. This model has 104 inches wheelbase, with 180-181 inches length, 80-81 inches width, 44 inches height, and 1565-1650 kilograms curb weight.
During its production period, the company has produced various models of Lamborghini Murcielago. For the first generation models, there are Lamborghini Murcielago (2001-2006), Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster (2004), Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 (2006), Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 Roadster (2006), and Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce (2009).
There are also several limited editions available, such as the Lamborghini Murcielago 40th Anniversary Edition (2004), Lamborghini Murcielago LP 540 Versace (2006), Lamborghini Murcielago LP 650-4 Roadster (2009), and Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce China Limited Edition (2010). For the motorsport edition, there are the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT (2008), Lamborghini Murcielago RG-1 (2004), and Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV (2010) models.
In order to ensure the safety of the vehicle, there are many safety features being added to the vehicle, such as driver and passenger frontal airbags, ABS and driveline traction control, front height adjustable safety belts, front seatbelt pretensions, high intensity low/high beam Bi-Xenon headlights, standard LED brake lights, standard illuminated entry, optional parking assist, keyfob remote keyless entry for all doors, power door locks with 2 stage unlock, standard content-deterrent alarm system, optional theft-deterrent radio, and standard low tire pressure warning.
Lamborghini Murcielago has been recalled a few times due to various problems that may potentially increase the risk of the crash. Here is the list of safety recalls issued by National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA):
– In May 2010, the United States branch of Automobili Lamborghini recalled the 2007-2008 Lamborghini Murcielago coupe and roadster models due to the problem in the fuel system, which may potentially lead to fuel leak and fire. There were 428 units of Lamborghini Murcielago recalled.
– In September 2013, the United States branch of Automobili Lamborghini recalled the 2006-2010 Lamborghini Murcielago models due to the problem found in the braking system. The models that use carbon ceramic braking system has the problem in the stainless steel screws, which may not function properly after being exposed to a salty condition. Thus, if the problem happens, the screw may not trigger effective braking mechanism, which may lead to a car crash. For the purpose of fixing the problem, the company recalled the owners of Lamborghini Murcielago for 2006-2010 model years, in which the company will replace the problematic screws free of charge.