Following a standing tradition with the Lamborghini motor company, the Murcielago was introduced as the heir apparent to the Lamborghini Diablo in 2002. As the Diablo followed up on the Countach, so has the Murcielago, followed in the footsteps of the Diablo. Only this time you have the best of both worlds. You have the sleek world-class sexiness of the Countach and the hard-pounding performance of the Diablo. The two words blend perfectly in the latest incarnation from Lamborghini as you have one of the most powerful sports cars in the world that is also one of the most visually stunning.
The name itself comes from an infamous bull from the 1800's. Apparently this bull was stabbed 24 times and never died. I am not sure exactly what this means for a high performance sports car, like the Murcielago, other than it will never quit. There is definitely no quit in this sports car. Perhaps not as memorable as Countach or evil as Diablo, the Murcielago is still working on making its name a badge of honor among the sports car enthusiast set.
In Lamborghini tradition, the Murciélago comes in sporting a bigger engine than its predecessor with a 6.2 liter engine on the traditional V-12 Lamborghini engine block. This car has all the power of the Diablo and then some. It will top out at over 200 miles per hour, like any real Italian sports car must do these days. In terms of models, you have the traditional coupe and then a roadster version that was introduced in 2004. Also introduced was a Lamborghini 40th Anniversary edition of which only 50 were made, in 2003. These Anniversary Murcielago's are now priceless classics. It is unlikely the most ardent sports car enthusiast will ever see one in their lifetime, let alone be able to get behind the wheel. Finally there is the LP640 which is scheduled for introduction in 2007, and will push out over 640bhp with a massive 6.7 liter engine. This is based on the track-only version of the LP640 which has been in use for the past several years.
The visual appeal of the Murcielago is very much classic Lamborghini. It is a two-door, two-seater with the traditional side opening doors that are an Italian sports car standard, and a Lamborghini mainstay. The low slung tires, as well as new retractable mirrors to help improve aerodynamics make this one stunning combination of style and power. In terms of modern day sports cars you can not really go wrong with the dastardly bull Murcielago.