2012 Lamborghini Jota Murcielago replacement spy shots
The Murcielago, as awesome as it can be in some trims, is reaching retirement age. Its replacement, codenamed Jota and rumored to be called Aventador once it reaches sale, has been spied many times--but according to reports today, it's also being shown in the newly-minted flesh to select groups of customers.
Hand-picked customers chosen by dealers are getting the invite to look at the car, primarily those that have been long-time, multiple Lamborghini owners. Information from the viewing sessions confirms our previous intel and adds some new bits and pieces.
Most salient among the details: the new car will get a 6.5-liter V-12 rated at about 691 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque from 5,500 rpm. A new seven-speed ISR gearbox sends the power to all four wheels, cutting shift times to 50 milliseconds, or up to 40 percent faster than the marque's e-gear transmission.
Total weight for the new car is still unknown, though a carbon fiber tub chassis is expected to help shed some poundage. As for aesthetics, those are pretty well revealed in our spy shots, though unlike the few lucky customers, we'll have to wait until the official unveiling at Geneva next March to see the Jota--or Aventador--in official trim.