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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Lamborghini Murciélago

Lamborghini Murcielago

Luc Donckerwolke styled the Lamborghini Murciélago. Audi took Lamborghini over, in 1998. Donckerwolke was Audi's head of design. Traditionally, Italian styling houses were associated with Lamborghini. Indeed, Bertone had already been asked to come up with a new car. And it very nearly went into production. But, at the last, the project was canned - and the design reins handed to Donckerwolke.

The Murciélago's launch did not lack fanfare. Mount Etna was the backdrop! The supporting cast was a son et lumiére extravaganza. During it, Mount Etna was aptly volcanic. While the eruption was just part of the show, the effect was still suitably explosive!

Technically - as well as aesthetically - the Murciélago shone. Its chassis was constructed from high-tensile tubing. Bodywork was carbon-fibre, and steel. The drag coefficient was low. Hence, a top speed of 205mph. 0-60 came up in 3.85s. Steady torque delivery - and electronic engine management - made the Murciélago eminently tractable. Suspension was state-of-the-art supple. Brakes were body-bending. Belgian Luc Donckerwolke had delivered! With the Lamborghini Murciélago, he had out-designed the Italians. Arguably!

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