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Lamborghini Murcielago successor (2011) scooped

Published: 24 March 2010 Updated: 26 January 2015

This might be a grainy, long-distance spy shot, but even from far away it’s obvious that this sleek wedge is Lamborghini’s 2011 replacement for the Murcielago. Taken near Estoril in Portugal, this image is our latest look at 2011’s new range-topping Lamborghini supercar.

The new 2011 Lamborghini Murcielago looks a bit, well, ‘Eighties’…

So you’ve spotted the strakes in the side intakes then? And of course the wedge shape was going to remain, emphasised by the short length – today’s Murcielago is shorter than a Mondeo. Expect the final design to be Reventon-inspired and a strong step forward from today’s Murci, but it’ll still be a Lamborghini and it’ll definitely be dramatic – scissors doors will (of course) be present.

Like today’s Murcielago the next-gen supercar will have carbonfibre bodywork, but the new bull from Sant’Agata will also have a carbon composite tub instead of the welded steel spaceframe used by the current car. The lightweight diet will mean that, despite coming with four-wheel drive, the Murcielago’s replacement should dip well under 1500kg.

Power will come from a naturally aspirated, direct-injection V12; displacements of 6.0 and 7.0-litres have been rumoured but whatever the engine size this new Italian supercar will have over 700bhp.

Don’t expect a DSG ‘box for seamless shifting though: Lambo has shied away from the twin-clutch technology in favour of sequential manual gearboxes that offer more excitement (and aren’t as expensive to develop).

It will easily top 210mph too, but there’ll be a £300k pricetag to match the performance. Looks like the bullish spirit of Miura, Countach and Diablo is alive and kicking. 

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By Ben Pulman

Ex-CAR editor-at-large