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Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV makes Geneva Motor Show debut

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Talk of a new, lightweight and high-power variant of the aging Lamborghini Murcielago dubbed the 'SuperVeloce', or SV, has been circulating the web for months now. Today, Lamborghini breathed life into the rumors, releasing full details and photos of the new Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce.

The SV model extends the potency of the somewhat long-in-the-tooth soon-to-be-replaced Murcielago. To do so, Lamborghini has cut weight by 100kg (220lb) and boost power for a truly hardcore driving experience. The car will sport 670hp (500kW) and 487lb-ft (660Nm) from a 6.5L V12 engine that's 57lbs (26kg) lighter than the standard Murci V12. That's enough to deliver 0-60mph (96km/h) times of 3.2 seconds and top speeds of 212mph (342km/h).

Everything about the SV sets it up to be the most extreme Lamborghini ever. "The new Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce is the systematic continuation of our brand philosophy. It is more extreme and uncompromising than virtually any other automobile," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

Harnessing all of that uncompromising power, the SV uses AWD to deliver power to the ground. Lamborghini's sequential six-speed automated manual 'e.gear' transmission is standard equipment, though a manual transmission is also available. Forged 18in wheels wrapped in 245 rubber up front and 335 rubber out back help keep the car stuck to the road under acceleration and cornering. The dynamic viscous center differential complements the front and rear limited-slip differentials, sending up to 35% of the engine's power to the front axle when the rears start to slip. Weight balance is a rear-biased 42/58, lending to excellent acceleration and braking performance.

The body work is reminiscent of the Gallardo Superleggera and Reventon, with common modern Lamborghini design cues shared among all three. Carbon fiber body panels wrapped over a tubular steel frame help cut weight while keeping a new steel formulation increased torsional rigidity by 12%, despite shaving 72lbs (33kg) from the frame and body. A choice of rear wings is available - the larger of which, dubbed the "Aeropack Wing", knocks top speed down from 212mph (342km/h) to 209mph (337km/h) but greatly enhances high-speed downforce.

Inside, the SV is features extensive use of Alcantara and carbon fiber, SV-badging all over the cockpit and a redesigned steering wheel. Seventy-five pounds (34kg) were saved in the cockpit alone, compared to a standard Murcielago.

Despite the light weight, fuel consumption figures are not for the faint of heat - not that anyone who owns one is likely to care. In the city, the LP6704 SV will get about 7.3mpg (32L/100km), while on the open road things will improve to 17mpg (13.7L/100km). The combined rating sits at 11.4mpg (20.6L/100km) for emissions of 480g/km.
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  1. I would rather it have been rwd to save on the weight.
     
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  2. From what certain automotive journalists say, the standard model is pretty hairy when driven at the limit, I imagine an even higher powered, lighter version with RWD would be nearly suicidal. I imagine Reventon owners might not be happy that Lamborghini is coming out with a model that will outperform theirs while costing a third of the price.
     
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  3. How many people who buy this car will actually push it to the limit to make it suicidal.
     
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  4. haha good point, but the reventon is a far better investment so even if you pull up at the lights next to this faster merci when you lose you will be laughing because you are in the best lambo ever that will always be worth more than a mercielago.
     
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  5. That is true, I just miss rwd Lambos is all, guess I am nostalgic that way, I have nothing against awd, especially the newer versions, I just do not like the extra weight.
     
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  6. i think the awd is necessary when your dealing with a car with over 600 hp like the mercielago but a rwd would be soo good on a gallardo or something
     
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  7. i think the awd is necessary when your dealing with a car with over 600 hp like the mercielago but a rwd would be soo good on a gallardo or something

    I think the Corvette ZR-1, among others, would beg to differ on the RWD thing. 638hp and nothing but the driver to keep things under control - the way it should be.
     
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  8. A rwd Gallardo would be a pretty great car, would make me miss the Diablo
     
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  9. I wonder what would have happened if they had used rwd to save weight, oh well
     
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  10. I think they would have to invest a huge amount of money into a low volume vehicle, with this unstable economy, that's financial suicide. And they might need to pass it along as a new vehicle and restart all safety testing and crash testing.
     
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  11. Once again Lamborghini delivers and shows why they will crap over Ferrari every day of the week!
     
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  12. It's cars like this that make me fall in love with Lamborghini but only have a respectful liking of Ferrari. Sure, Ferrari's are better on the track and they're focused sports cars. But, I'm not a race car driver, I couldn't harness 50% of any of these cars if my life depended on it. I don't care about lap times or shaving seconds, to me supercars are about being better than everyone else and showing it without being afraid, that makes Lamborghini #1 in my books (following by Pagani and Koenigsegg).
     
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