To mark the end of production of the Murcielago, a celebration was held at the Sant' Agata factory on 5th November 2010. The celebration featured a special exhibition of Lamborghini's iconic V12 powered cars like the 350GT, Miura, Countach and the Murcielago's predecessor, the Diablo. All of with was paraded escorting a Murcielago SV from the Lamborghini Museum for a symbolic last ride out of the gates of the factory.
The Murcielago was launched in 2001 to an adoring public. I remember a journalist friend of mine getting a Murcielago for a whole day and to this date, he has not stopped talking about that experience. This is usually the case of most motoring journalists around the region. There are not many chances of getting media drives from manufacturers those days. Of course these days, Lamborghini does its track events for the media. Usually at Sepang, in a controlled environment.
Anyway, the last Murcielago LP670-4 SV came with 670bhp, lost another 100kg from the original version and does 0-100km/h in 3.2seconds. It also tops out at a mega 342km/h and it is still a very relevant supercar after a nearly a decade of production. See one pass by and you will still do a double take and hear the V12 rumble, your jaw will drop. It is still a fabulous, stupendous dream car for most of us.
Lamborghini has stated that it has planned a replacement for the Murcielago in 2011. Expect it to be lighter, in line with Lamborghini's plan to make every car lighter than its predecessor. There is also no question that everything would be improved a tad bit more than before. It should accelerate better, travel faster and would be safer to drive as well as environmentally friendlier than before. Let's also hope that the Countach-Diablo-Murcielago heritage and character will not be diluted in the new car scheduled for next year.