Lamborghini LP640 Roadster: the lowdown
Lamborghini has given its flagship Murcielago – the LP640 – the open top treatment. Conceptually, the Roadster offers no surprises, but its spec is no less breath-taking and its looks truly put the super into supercar. Named after the power output of its uprated V12 in PS, the LP640 has numerous cosmetic tweaks including revised rear lamps and bespoke 18inch rims, and a thorough engineering overhaul. Expect deliveries of the drop top in early 2007, with a likely price tag around £200,000. For more details, click 'next'.
Under the skin
Mounted inline at the back – hence the LP initials for 'longitudinale posteriore' – is Lamborghini's sensational V12, extended from 6.2 to 6.5 litres. Peak power climbs from 580 to 640PS (or 633bhp in old money), while peak torque is 506lb ft. Aside from the extra displacement, the head and breathing have been overhauled, while the crankshaft and camshafts needed upgrading, too. Note the gaping vent in front of the wheelarch, designed to channel cooling air to the bigger oil radiator. Power is sent to all four wheels (though biased 70 percent to the rear) via a six-speed manual or automatic box. The LP640 dismisses the 0-62mph sprint in 3.5sec, top speed eclipses 200mph.
The inside story
You need a degree in origami to get the fabric roof on and off: it's like juggling with a slippery accordion. Yank it off to reveal the revised cabin, with revised leather perches and new upholstery. The instrument pack is also new.