2008 Lamborghini Murcielago
2008 Lamborghini Murcielago Review
This review was written when the 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago was new.
The 2008 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 is characterized by supercar performance and handling dynamics, as well as head-turning exterior design. While a bare-bones cabin with uncomfortable seats and token cargo room leaves some critics disappointed, the Lambo's flaws aren't enough to hinder its universal appeal. If you're in the market for an exotic sports car, also consider the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
Named for a legendary nineteenth-century Spanish bull that acquired fame after enduring 24 thrusts of a matador's sword, the 2008 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 is a no-nonsense engineering marvel. While Automobile Magazine calls it "the best supercar on planet Earth," the says it "goes right past Ridiculous, ignores the exit for Silly, and blows by the 'Turn Here for Stupid' sign at 205 mph before finally taking the offramp -- in a screaming, smoking, three-digit, four-wheel drift of the I-see-Vishnu variety -- for Crazy." Putting the Lambo's power in perspective, Motor Trend says the Murciélago has more horsepower "than six Scion xBs combined ... more than any rational, responsible person needs in any one car, precisely why this Lamborghini is so thoroughly, exquisitely addictive."
Adding to its performance appeal is an exterior body style that commands notice. In fact, Car and Driver warns: "Only those happy to suck up the constant attention and public palaver that inevitably accrue to a Lamborghini driver should even consider one. You know who you are." Even so, the Murciélago isn't all perfect. "Yes, yes, it is still uncomfortable as hell and awkward to drive and costs more than your first house and your first divorce combined, but what it does do it does soooo magnifico that you don't even care about its flaws," remarks . While the Murciélago is expensive, Motor Trend says: "To discuss price or value quotient is irrelevant. If you have the cash and want the flash, this machine magica is worth it."
The 2008 Murciélago LP640 is equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 engine and has a maximum speed of 211 mph. It's also available as a roadster soft-top convertible.