Lamborghini celebrates another member of its long line of V12-powered supercars.
For Lamborghini, the end of an era has come for the brand’s signature naturally aspirated V12 engine, which has been the power unit of choice for the brand’s flagship supercars for most of its history. With change sweeping the entire automotive industry, Lamborghini is pivoting toward electrification for the brand with the upcoming successor to the Lamborghini Aventador having hybrid V12 power. However, the V12 will always be incredibly important to Lamborghini’s legacy, which is why the brand is taking this year to celebrate the V12-powered models that earned its glory. This time, Lamborghini looks back on the car that was passed the torch by the Diablo, the iconic Lamborghini Murcielago that served as Lamborghini’s flagship in the 2000s.
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The car was introduced in 2001 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and with a 6.2-liter engine and 580 horsepower, it was an amazing Lamborghini worthy of the flagship responsibility. The design of the Murcielago was the first for the brand to use the CAD-CAM system in Lamborghini Centro Stile, which at the time was the new design department. With its incredible performance and iconic design, the roadster version came in 2004, followed by the LP 640-4 coupe and roadster in 2007, and the LP 650-4 roadster in 2010, along with the SV. All of the Murcielago models were all-wheel drive and were the last Lamborghinis to come with both V12 power and manual transmission. Limited editions of the car included the 40th-anniversary edition, the legendary Versace edition, and the ten-unit China Limited Edition. Like the other V12-powered Lamborghinis throughout the brand’s history, the Lamborghini Murcielago captivated the world with its style, luxury, and performance.