It was officially announced yesterday that the upcoming 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 supercar, that was officially launched this Spring during the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, will cost UK customers £190,000.
According to the local authorized dealer, the price includes the value added tax but excludes delivery costs.
If you spent the last five months living under the proverbial rock, the LP640 index stands here for a 6.5-liter V12 longitudinale posteriore engine featuring maximum power output of almost 640 horsepower that is available at 8,000 rpm.
If you don’t speak Italian, then I can gladly inform you that longitudinale posteriore in this particular case means that the engine is mounted lengthways right behind the driver’s cockpit making the supercar more balanced and greatly adding to the vehicle’s maneuverability.
The engine, which is clearly seen through the optional transparent engine cover, is coupled to a new six-speed gearbox with electronic launch control system that can be ordered with an electronic sequential paddle shifter.
The pair is able to propel the car from zero to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
The maximum speed tops mind-numbing 210 mph, but if that is too fast for you, there is also an improvement in low-speed driving experience due to use of variable valve timing and futuristic drive-by-wire throttle control.
The list of equipment includes Carbon fiber-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite brakes (optional,) more comfortable seating, and a new entertainment system with better sound.
If you expected to find a long list of LP640’s competitors, then you must be pretty disappointed, since at this time the Italian beast has only one decent rival — the gorgeous 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano supercar.
Equipped with a 6.0-liter V12 engine, the car is a trifle slower taking 3.7 seconds to cross the 100 km/h mark, but is somehow sexier and more fun to drive.
See also: Maserati MC12 Corsa supercar