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Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce unveiled

Published: 02 March 2009 Updated: 26 January 2015

These are the first pictures of the new Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, the most extreme supercar to ever emerge from the Sant’ Agata factory. Unsurprisingly, it’s making rather large waves at its Geneva motor show debut…

Stop there – I want all the figures on the new Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce

Gladly. Under the outrageous yellow and black bumblebee bodywork sits Lamborghini’s 6.5-litre V12, kicking out 661bhp (670ps, hence the name) at a screaming 8000rpm, while it’s backed up by 487lb ft delivered at 6500rpm.

But this new Lamborghini isn’t just about a few extra ponies (or should that be bulls?). The new SV is 100kg lighter a ‘regular’ Murcielago LP640, yet it still retains the four-wheel drive system.

The result of the beefing up and slimming down is a 0-62mph sprint in 3.2 seconds (down from 3.4), while the top speed is 209mph. That last figure is actually one mph down on the standard car, but if you’re a digit-obsessed power freak, you can have a smaller wing which raises the headline figure to 212mph. We’d go for the bigger Aeropack Wing pictured every time.

How has Lamborghini cleaved 100kg from its big supercar?

By using stronger steels throughout the body, by equipping the interior with lightweight bucket seats and Alcantara and carbonfibre trim, and by redesigning a whole new exhaust system.

But what you need to care about is Lamborghini’s description of the sound that emanates from the new single exhaust pipe at the back. ‘From the heavy rumble of a stormy night, through the trumpeting of mighty elephants to the roar of a raging lion, the SuperVeloce performs the grand opera for 12 cylinders, 48 valves and 8000 revs.’ We guess it sounds good then…

Tell us about the visual changes!

Up front there’s a new carbonfibre spoiler painted matt black, plus more air intakes to help cool the carbon-ceramic brakes. The intakes in the side sills are also painted black, while the rear features a two-level diffuser.

And for those that love staring at engines, the SV comes with a new cover that features transparent polycarbonate hexagonal plates set on three levels within a carbonfibre framework. Basically, you get to see the V12 in all its glory.

Anything else?

Lamborghini’s sequential-manual E-gear system is standard, but buyers can have a traditional six-speed manual at no extra cost. And traditionalists will be please to hear that the Murcielago is still fitted with 18-inch wheels, albeit with gigantic 335-section rear boots.

Just 350 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloces will be made, and UK buyers can expect to pay around £240,000 for the privilege of owning one, thanks to the current exchange rates.

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By Ben Pulman

Ex-CAR editor-at-large