Lamborghini has announced the end of an era as one of the most successful super sports cars of all time takes a bow. On May 11, 2010 the last Murciélago rolled off the production line in Sant'Agata Bolognese en route to a customer in Switzerland bearing the production number 4,099.
Although a bit late Lamborghini marked the occassion today November 5, 2010 with a parade of its most iconic V12 models in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Supersportcars such as the 350 GT, the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo escorted a Murciélago SV of the Lamborghini Museum during a symbolic "last ride" out of the gate of the Lamborghini factory.
"For almost a decade, the Murciélago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand, and it was enormously successful in the process," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world. But the Lamborghini story continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murciélago - with the most innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design."
Meanwhile, according to a member of the Ferrari Chat forum, who was supposedly invited to a private showing of the succeeding Lamborghini Jota / LP700-4, the car will use a 6.5-liter V12 engine with 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. It will be connected to a seven-speed transmission, which will reportedly enable the Murcielago replacement to accelerate from 0-100 in 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
Furthermore, the supercar will have a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and an F1-style rear suspension. These goodies are rumored to increase structural rigidity by 70% while cutting 229 kg (505 lbs) of weight.
We're taking everything with a grain of salt, but the car is expected to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.