Date posted : July 15. 2004
Apparently Automobili Lamborghini SpA is not stopping after launching the successful Gallardo model, at this moment the design of the Barchetta version of this V10 powered, 500 Bhp super car, is nearing completion, road testing of the first prototypes could start any moment now.
Another interesting news is the fact that the pure race bred Murciélago R-GT will be offered as a road version soon, probably less dramatic but it will retain the 'race' style of the R-GT with a power output of 640 Bhp, most likely it will turn out similar to the Diablo GT, the road version for the GTR series, note that if it will be proposed to the public, it will be very limited in numbers.
As a response to the race inspired Ferrari F360 Stradale, a boosted edition of the Gallardo will be created, adding some extreme styling and horsepower, the latter will be achieved by using a modified crank shaft, boosting power above 600 Bhp on the V10, the competition from the prancing horse will again be countered by a raging bull. If this more powerful version will be available as a closed coupé or as the barchetta model (or both) hasn't been decided yet, but a lightweight version of the Gallardo could be an option too.
The fact that the Murciélago currently 'only' offers 550 Bhp is also being checked into, especially when they will offer a 600 Bhp Gallardo. The Murciélago will surely not use the 1001 Bhp Bugatti engine but will receive a modified Lamborghini V12 engine with a power output of about 700 Bhp.
Some very interesting rumors are emerging from Italy at this moment, the three models quoted on this page are just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot more to come from Automobili Lamborghini SpA in the near future, a totally new, third model range is still being considered, if this will be a new SUV style model or a 2+2 GT isn't clear yet ... but something is lurking just around the corner ... and it is safe to say that Audi AG won't be creating an in-house competition to their Cayenne/Tuareg or the prototype Pikes Peak model, so probably a front powered V12 GT is most likely to be next on the menu ...
As a side note : the new Lamborghini Murciélago Barchetta will be used in the upcoming Batman movie, who will be driving it isn't known yet, but a dark gray unit was 'on loan' from the factory during shooting of this new movie.
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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