When Audi group took control of Lamborghini, they had a considerable task on their hands to create the successor to the illustrious Diablo. The first car to be released under the new ownership would either make or break Lamborghini. Fortunately, the Murcielago heralded a triumphant return for the Italian brand after many years of declining sales. The new ownership helped breathe new life into the struggling manufacturer and the Murcielago proved an instant success, a combination of flamboyance and excitement combined with the refinement and reliability one would expect from a modern supercar.
The Murcielago was fitted with a 6.2-litre 60 degree V12 developed from the Diablo 6.0 V12, immediately signing its name to an engine heritage that started in the 1960s. With all-new variable valve timing and variable geometry intake systems, this V12 produced 572bhp at 7,500rpm and 650 Nm of torque at 5400 rpm fulfilling a top speed of 205mph and when combined with its four-wheel drive system, it could accelerate from standing to 60mph in a shattering 3.8 seconds.
To reduce weight the Murcielago's body was constructed of Carbon fibre over a steel tubular chassis with a steel roof and doors to help aid rigidity. This resulted in a weight of just 1,650 Kgs and a power to weight ratio of 350hp per tonne. The ride was handled using 4 wheel independent suspension and 4 piston brake calipers were used front and rear to stop this raging bull.
The ultimate version of arguably the most outlandish supercar on the road, the Murcielago SV was introduced 14 years after the formidable Diablo SV. A significant upgrade saw the car push 663bhp at 8,000rpm, up nearly 100bhp over the first introduced 6.2 and 29bhp over an LP640. No mean feat for a naturally aspirated engine. The retuned V12 receives a revised intake system, new valve timing and a new exhaust. Revised aerodynamics including a significant Carbon Fibre rear wing saw the car reach a higher top speed with greatly improved stability across the board.
The car shaves 100kg from standard. This was achieved by extensive use of Carbon Fibre combined with weight reductions in the engine, gearbox and the roof lining. The chassis changes alone save 20kg whilst increasing stiffness by 12 per cent. The LP670-4 SV can break 60mph in 3.2 seconds and 0-100mph in under 7 seconds. Limited to just 300 cars at launch, production ceased after just 186 examples. From which, just 28 RHD examples exist.
This example was supplied new to Singapore in November 2009 and believed to be unique in Giallo Maggio, a colour latterly used on the Aventador Anniversario Edition. The first owner covered a healthy 10,500 miles and serviced the car with supplying dealership Euro Sports PTE Ltd on four annual occasions. In February 2016 the car was imported to the UK and was subsequently purchased by its second and current UK owner.
Since then, this example has been serviced by Lamborghini Pangbourne and has formed part of an extensive collection. Ready to use and enjoy, this Murcielago SV today shows 17,400 miles from new. Competitively priced, this example will be serviced as part of the sale and is available to view at our showrooms just outside London immediately.