The 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago.
Let's talk about cars.
No. Scratch that. Let's talk about REAL cars.
Growing up in the 80's, there was only ever one REAL car in my mind-- the Lamborghini Countach. There was that OTHER famous car from the 80's that Don Johnson was so found of pimping around in, the Ferrari Testarossa. But in my mind, it was always a distant second. There was only the Lamborghini Countach.
It was everything that embodied style, power, class, and grace. Or, to put it plainly -- the car was just plain off the hook. All you had to do was get in and instantly you were the man. It's impossible to drive down the street without turning every head you pass.
Lexus' are tight. Benzes are tight. ESCALADES are tight. But, nothing turns heads like a Lamborghini.
When the 80's gave way to the 90's, so too did the Countach give way to the Diablo. The Diablo was the next generation sports car. It made the Countach look like a bucket in comparison. It took all the great features of the Countach, added a twist of 90's style, and created the future of luxury sports cars once again.
If you are unfamiliar with the car, go rent "Dumb and Dumber" -- it's the car they buy once they get their hands on the loot. Shoot, Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels knew what was up, and they were supposed to be dumb as spit! If you don't like Jim Carey, go watch the video for Usher's "U Remind Me". He gets in a Diablo after he gets his grove on in the middle of the video.
Now, with the turn of the millennia, Lamborghini has done it again. The tight ride's handle? The Murcielageo (pronounced mer-they-el-ah-go). Aside from it's mouth wrenching name, the car is sick as hell. It's got everything you would expect from the next generation Lamborghini -- looks, power, IMPACT!
You'd be hard pressed to drive down the street in this thing and not cause the world to stop and stare.And best of all, you don't need to do a damn thing to it. You don't need to slam it, you don't need to put rims on it (it comes stock with 18's), you don't need to get a body kit for it. It IS the complete package. The only thing it might need are a couple of 10's and it'd be crackin'.
Granted, what you DO need is 275 large. A hefty price tag for a hefty automobile. But get this: the car has a 580 HP V-12 engine, does 0-100 KPH in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 320 KPH. With all that, the only way you'll get burned on the highway is if Michael Shumacher decides to take his Formula 1 car for a spin!
In addition to added power and looks, the new Lamborghini boasts improved ergonomics and safety. The interior has been enlarged and given some edgy curves and sleek style. It looks more like a Lexus on the inside then a sports car.
The bottom line is this. 22 years after the Countach hit the scene, there is still only ONE car -- it's name just happens to be Murcielageo.
MSRP Price: US $273,000
Wheelbase : 2665 mm
Overall length : 4580 mm
Overall width : 2045 mm
Overall height : 1135 mm
Front track : 1635 mm
Rear track : 1695 mm
Weight : 1650 kg
Distribution : 42/58 % front / rear
Structure : Tubular frame made from high-strength steel alloy with carbon fibre structural parts
Body : Carbon fibre and steel
Suspension : Independent front and rear double wishbones, anti-roll bars, anti-dive and anti-squat, electronic shock absorber system with manual and automatic control
Brakes : All wheel Brembo, power vacuum, H system with ABS+DRP, aluminium alloy four cylinder calipers
Front : 355 x 32 mm
Rear : 335 x 32 mm
Steering type : Power-assisted rack and pinion
Turning circle : 12.55 m (41.18 Ft)
Front tire size : 245/35 ZR 18
Rear tyre size : 335/30 ZR 18
Type : Pirelli P ZERO 'ROSSO' with asymmetric unidirectional tread
Front rim size : 8.5 x 18 inch
Rear rim size : 13x18 inch
Type : Three-piece
SpeedLine Mirrors : External mirror with electrical closing and heating system, internal mirror with anti-blinding system
Rear Spoiler : Electronically controlled
Type : V-12 60 degree, light-alloy block, mid mounted (longitudal), permantent four-wheel drive with viscous traction system
Distribution : Dual overhead camshafts
Main bearings : 7 Cyl.
Capacity : 6192 cc
Bore & stroke : 87 x 86.8 mm
Compr. ratio : 10.7:1
Max. power : 580 bhp at 3800 rpm
Max. torque : 650 Nm at 5400 rpm
Cooling system: Two water radiators +oil cooler, variable geometry air inlet system (Lamborghini VACS)
Emission contr.: Catalytic converters with lambda sensors
Ignition : Electronic with integrated injection
Electr. system : 12 V
Fuel system : Lamborghini L.I.E., with individual static ignition, multipoint sequential fuel injection, drive-by-wire system, traction control system, OBD system
Fuel type : Unleaded 95 R.O.N.
Fuel cons. :
City : 9 mpg, Highway : 13 mpg
Lubrication : Dry sump