16 March 2009

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Lamborghini’s new Murcielago goes soft-topped. And more powerful…

See more Murcielago LP 650-4 Roadster images

The guys at Lamborghini are keeping themselves busy. Not content with whipping the covers off the awesome Murcielago SV in Geneva a couple of weeks ago, they’ve just shown us the first pictures of this: the LP 650-4 Roadster.

Yes, it’s your first look at the new soft-topped Murcielago, and there are two things you really need to know here. One, it’s even more powerful than the coupe, and two, Lamborghini will be building a mere 50.

The Roadster is a full 10bhp more powerful than its hard-topped cousin, in fact. Remember that the fixed-roof Murcielago is designated the LP 640-4 – 640 denoting the horsepower of the 6.5-litre V12 engine.

The LP 650-4 Roadster (all the numbers making your eyes hurt yet?) gets a lightly uprated version of the same engine, allowing it to hit 62mph in the same 3.4 seconds as the slightly lighter coupe, before topping out at a scary 205mph.

If you’re keen on adding the Murcielago Roadster to your garage (your massive, humidity controlled, top security garage under your personal volcano/secret evil lair, that is), you’d better be keen on that orange-on-grey colour scheme: all 50 of the Roadsters will get the same ‘Grigio Telesto’ livery. Orange brake calipers, badging and paddle shifters complete the, er, striking appearance.

Price? It’s in the ‘if you have to ask’ category, we’re afraid. But hey, with all those Reventons still unsold, maybe you’ll be able to pick one up on the cheap in a few months time. Maybe.

In the meantime, take a look at the distinctly cool promotional video of Swedish driving god Sam Hubinette drifting that Murcielago SV below. Want one?

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