FEATURE: ITALIAN BEAUTY

– Words: Harry Tucker. Photos: Mitch Hemming

Few cars on the road carry the power and presence of a Lambo. They’re those cars that if they drive past, just about every person stops what they’re doing and stares. If your car has a Lamborghini badge on it and is one of only a handful of examples in the world, dropping-jaws is bound to happen everywhere you go as this car, descended from the Gods, drives past with its V12 engine roaring, commanding attention. SuperVeloce, or SV is a name that simply means “high-speed”, which is fitting, as Lamborghini only gives it to the most extreme, track-focussed cars as a swan song for that model at the end of its production run. One of just 186 worldwide, this is an exclusive beast: the Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV – Lambo’s ultimate Murciélago.

The SV version of the Murciélago puts out 493kW (661hp) from its 6.5-litre V12 engine – more grunt than the older LP640 thanks to revised valve timing and an upgraded intake system. The extensive use of carbon-fibre panels and a lighter exhaust system have also allowed Lamborghini to slice off around 100kg. As a result, this weapon can go from 0-100km/h in under 3 seconds and when equipped with the standard “Aeropack” wing it can reach 336km/h, more with the downforce reduced.

Stopping power is provided by 15-inch carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston callipers at all four corners. These sit behind some gorgeous gloss-black 18-inch wheels.

Its angular design distinguishes the Murciélago as unmistakably ‘Lamborghini’. At its highest point the roof is just over 1.1-metres above the ground. Its scissor doors have become one of the most recognisable features and make people lust every time they are opened.

One of the most unique features of the car are the active air intakes, integrated into the car’s shoulders toward the engine compartment at the back. These motorised ducts are electromechanically controlled, deploying only at high speeds to maximize cooling efficiency.

As the Super Veloce version played out the Murciélago model for the last time, it’s newer, bigger, more bad-ass brother arrived – the Aventador. Its appearance builds on the angular design of the Murciélago and takes on a look even more sinister and purposeful, flanked by scissor doors ready to cut through diamonds. It’s as aggressive as the origin of its name – “Aventador” was a famous Spanish bull that fought valiantly in Italian legend.

Engine output is a monumental 690 stallions (510kW) and 690Nm of torque from the 6.5-litre V12 engine, weighing in at 1,575kg that equals a power-to-weight ratio of over 300kw per tonne, enough to make it fly from 0-100 in 2.9 seconds. The engine is Lamborghini’s first all-new V12 engine since the power-plant found in the 350GT.

The transmission is a single-clutch seven-speed semi-automatic, built by the famous Graziano Trasmissioni who also make the transmission for Ferrari and McLaren’s top cars. Don’t let the single clutch turn you off though, because gear-shifts are still accomplished in a crazy 50 milliseconds.

The all new, electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is developed by Haldex Traction, the same system used in the world record holding Bugatti Veyron providing insane traction and handling capabilities.

There aren’t a lot of these cars in the world, very few of them are in Australia, and even less have come in this sinister all-black colour combo. It’s easy to draw the comparison between this Aventador and a stealth fighter, in fact the likeness is so vivid we’re just waiting for missiles to fly out the front of it.

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