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Lamborghini LP640 Roadster (2006): first official pictures

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0800

By Phil McNamara

First Official Pictures

29 November 2006 11:10

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'.

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.

By Phil McNamara