"The Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian." - the words of Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, in a speech in 2010 outlining the company's future plans and celebrating the end of production of the Murciélago. The car may have been 'unmistakably Italian' but its name is unmistakably Spanish (Castillian for Bat), and is a continuation of Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after legendary figures from the world of bullfighting, 'Murciélago' being the name of a particularly brave animal, who, in 1879, refused to succumb during a long and bloody encounter and displayed such spirit and passion that his life was spared. Introduced in 2001, and in production through a couple of variants until 2010, the Murciélago is an all-wheel drive, mid-engined, supercar that sits less than four feet tall and sports dramatic 'scissor doors'. The power output of the early cars was around 570bhp, delivered through a six-speed manual gearbox with an integral differential driving the rear wheels and a viscous coupling centre differential providing power to the front. The very low-drag bodywork is constructed from carbon-fibre, steel and aluminium and the suspension is conventional independent double wishbone. The ultimate development of the Murciélago appeared at the 2009 Geneva Show in the form of the LP 670-4 Super Veloce, and was the spiritual successor to the raw and outrageous Diablo SV of 1995. Considerably lighter (200lb.) than its predecessor and with 663bhp available at 8,000 rpm the 670 redefines the 'super' in supercar with performance quite a long way the other side of impressive. 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and 0-120 in 7.4 with 15" carbon-ceramic discs and pin-sharp steering result in one very-focussed motor car. The original production plan of the ultimate Murciélago was limited to 350 cars however, only 186 LP 670-4s were produced before the factory had to make room for the new Aventador production line making these cars extremely limited. KT59XSF was ordered on 17/09/2009 and delivered to London Lamborghini in early February 2010, finished in Gloss Black (Nero Aldebaran) with the interior in Black Alcantara/Carbon Fibre with Yellow stitching. Not many boxes on the option list were left unticked, and the original specification includes a rear-view camera, interior carbon package, floor mats, NavTrak Pro, multimedia system and yellow brake calipers. The purchaser chose the more subtle rear wing given its ability to make the car seem wider when viewed from the rear however the larger wing can be easily retrofitted. The new vehicle invoice (a copy is with the car) confirms that the final bill for this exciting Lamborghini was £288,042.53. Naturally, there are invoices supporting the car's service records and these indicate that prior to our vendor's purchase in November 2013, first and second services were carried out by Lamborghini London on 26/8/10 (1,500 miles) and 26/3/12 (11,843). Subsequently, the care of this serious motor car has been entrusted to Lamborghini Pangbourne, who most recently (15/12/2015) played host to the car for a couple of days when it was subject to its customary fifth year 'Minimum Standard Check' and received a full oil service at 18,629 miles. The only additional work required was to replace a broken Sunglasses Holder which was done FOC. In August of 2014, a coat of Topaz Armour was applied to the front end. With every invoice from new available for scrutiny, it's obvious that this Lamborghini has been superbly reliable. The lack of external visibility in cars not equipped with rear-view cameras (parallel parking 'Balboni-style' whilst sat on the sill requires a bit of practice) often results in minor indiscretions, but our vendor assures us that this car has suffered no historical dings or scrapes.
This is a two-owner, right-hand drive, UK supplied LP670-4 with less than 19,000 miles and in fabulous condition. If you are in the market for the best Murciélago you can find, then you really need to consider this exceptional vehicle.