• Oct 23rd 2008 at 10:58AM
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For a company with only two principal model lines, Lamborghini sure has been busy lately. The limited run of Reventon seven-figure supercars are still rolling off the line, the Gallardo LP560-4 is reaching the market, the crowds at the Paris Motor Show were wowed by the four-door Estoque concept, there's an anticipated Superveloce (SV) version of the Murcielago on its way, and all the while, the team at Sant'Agata has been working on an all-new supercar. Sources differ on whether the new model, tentatively known as the Jota (reviving a classic Lamborghini nameplate) will emerge as another limited-edition ultra-car to rival the Ferrari Enzo or whether it will serve as the replacement for the aging Murcielago. The latter has been on the market for about seven years now in various iterations, the original breeding the Roadster, the LP640 revision, a handful of Versace editions and the aforementioned Reventon. But Lambo has known for a while now that its supercar, as eminently desirable as it remains, is due for replacement.

The spy shots, snapped (where else) at the Nürburgring, show a test mule running with Murcielago bodywork, only with a few key modifications that betray its secret identity like Clark Kent caught without his glasses. For starters, the wheels are bearing what appears to be some sort of telemetry hubs. The vehicle also appears even wider than the linebacker Murcielago, and the vents behind the side windows have a different shape. Eyewitness accounts suggest the new Raging Bull will wear lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, except for the doors and roof, which seems like an odd choice. The Reventon-inspired bodywork is expected to be laid over an aluminum spaceframe to replace the current Murcielago's outdated and overweight steel tub. We expect the vehicle to retain its all-wheel-drive system – by now a hallmark of modern Lambos – with power coming from the latest version of the company's perennial V12, but with the potential addition of direct injection for improved power delivery. Whether the car in question will emerge as yet another limited version of the existing Murcielago or its anticipated replacement will become clearer as we get closer to its anticipated debut in two years as a 2011 model. But our money's on the latter.

[Source: NextAutos.com]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever market segment it is aimed at, you can bet it is going to be mind-blowingly good looking, amazingly loud, and drives with a little bull brutality, just like a bad boy raging bull should be

      Can't wait for this car to be revealed :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      those wheels are definitely "test only" I hope, but the car is slim and slick!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how good the fuel mileage is?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Like it matters...
        • 6 Years Ago
        probably 7mpg or something of the sort
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they'll do a reverse thunder bunny or whatever VW named that concept awhile back. The Concept with the w12 engine, awd, golf body.

      The can do Lambo body, fwd or rwd, vr6 engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those are wheel force transducers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I kinda like the wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I want those wheels on my car so that autoblog would post pictures of my car saying it's a test mule.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In Estonian the word "Jota" means a person,who likes to drink a lot or an alchoholic
        • 6 Years Ago
        wrong the pajero in latin america is montero no shogun ;)

        same with the MR2 in france sound like SH!T so they called it in france MRS

        • 6 Years Ago
        funny... reminds me of how mitsubishi missed the fact that pajero means "wanker" in spanish... after they found out, they called their SUV "mitsubishi shogun" in the UK - still called "pajero" anywhere else though, afaik

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