• Jan 25th 2010 at 7:23PM
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Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce – Click above for high-res image gallery

How much horsepower is enough? While we're fairly certain some might be answering that rhetorical question with raised eyebrows, Lamborghini is seemingly content with a number just shy of 700 raging horses. That doesn't mean that the Italian supercar manufacturer won't continue its unabated push towards ever-quicker acceleration – though top speeds higher than 211 miles per hour sound unlikely – but there's clearly more than one way to skin a cat Prancing Horse.

Why not just build a bigger engine? Simple, as company CEO Stephan Winkelmann correctly observes, "It has come to the point where acceleration equals consumption. More consumption means increased CO2 emissions." Apparently, the answer to the power conundrum will be less weight. "We will use composite materials in the right place, when it also has the right cost, stiffness and mechanical characteristics," explains R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani.

Expect aluminum to be used in place of heavier steel, along with improved aerodynamics and stop/start technology to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. We've also heard repeated rumblings of full hybrid powertrains, though those seem more likely to come at the tail end of the decade. Whatever the case, it should be interesting to see how all the world's supercar manufacturers – Lamborghini included – grapple with the push to be green while also upholding their performance traditions.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That Lambo SV looks so great in yellow/black...
      • 5 Years Ago
      While i think it'd be very cool to see some lighterweight lambo's as standard, it really bugs me that they even have to worry about co2 emissions. i mean with the small amount of lambo's even out there, topped with the fact that they're very very rarely ever daily drivers (if ever) a lawn mower probably puts out more co2 emissions per year then all the damn lambo's combined. these company should be about pure performance. thats what they were built for (aside from constantly reviling ferrari).
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's a long way until anyone, if ever will use carbon fiber structures on cars meant for daily driving because of the carbon fiber fatigue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i have nothing against innovation. I said right off the bat that lighter is good i just don't like their reasoning for it. there's too many companies going "green" just for the image and it's annoying. If they REALLY give a crap about the environment, fine; but i can't stand it when companies do it just for the image.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like Lamborghini is worried about McLaren and their MP4-12C - and
        they should be.

        McLaren gets it. Light makes right when it comes to driving dynamics. It is as simple
        as that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        there needs to be a better way to actually manufacture carbon fiber parts. right now that's the expensive part, not really just the material. If a manufacturer could figure out a way to just stamp parts out then we could have mass produced parts that would drive the costs WAY down. lol even aluminum/steel parts are still expensive in my opinion though lol maybe that's just cause i'm cheap. $150 for a fender seems like a lot to me but i guess that's nothing compared to the 2k for a lambo fender lol. If i sold my car i might be able to afford TWO lambo fenders! nice!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The technology to build lighter and stronger cars has existed for many years. If Lamborghini is making their next car with aluminum, then they're not using it.

        Carbon fiber is the way to go, not a start stop system on a supercar.

        I heard on Top Gear that the V12 in the LP670 is going to be replaced by a clean sheet engine, which would apparently be the first clean sheet V12 since Lamborghini started.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "but i can't stand it when companies do it just for the image."

        Well, if a company decides to go the direction of higher efficiency, lower fuel consumption, then it's not for the internal pleasing of its employees or to make them feel good. Companies create products based on demand and competitive trends.....that means Lamborghini believes more people will find their cars more appealing than before by going this direction.

        Shall we be mad that they follow the trend, if the trend means a bit less oil burned and lighter cars? I think not.

        I think the trend of "ricing"-out cars (Fast and Furious) is a much dumber trend, since it brings nothing positive..just fugly cars, annoying noise and street racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm liking this news. Light weight = hot lapper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Way to go Lamborghini! (Seriously... lighter weight is the way to go...)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Word. Somebody else gets it. Pretty soon everyone will and the world will be automotive nirvana.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on Lamborghini, man up.
      10 liter 1,000 hp 90 degree V12 (even firing) 105mm bore X 96mm stroke (dry sump)
      8 speed double clutch transmission, power comes to the rear comes via a short driveshaft mounted in the Vee of the engine to a center, engine mounted differential (none of this offset differential stuff, with different lengths to the left & right wheels)

      Make Ferrari regret going with a twin turbo V8 for their next flagship.
        • 5 Years Ago
        $500,000 is a good price.
        I was thinking, due to the axial offset for split crank journals [even firing, and center mounted counterweight] there would be room for long & wide intake runners to be interleaved. Normally in a low axial offset 60 degree the runners are small
        or wide runners do not cross over

        (I was thinking about a center exhaust, but Lambo usually has a flat-horizontal engine cover, and Italians do nice and arts-y looking intake manifolds)
        Direct injection, off course. Maybe three spark plugs-that could be overkill though.
        Cylinder shutoff. Take a system like Toyota's Valvematic-retune it so the minimum valve lift is 0,[in the 2.0, minimum lift is 1mm, max is 11mm] also apply it to the exhaust valves.
        Both banks can shutoff-run on one bank for 60 seconds, then the other.
        The double clutch transmission would have decently wide/tall gearing 5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40 mph per 1K (8:1 ratio spread is what Audi has with their diesel & double clutch DQL450-wide ratio gearset)
        Top speed in 7th, 8th for cruising. (it should get 5mpg at 200, if not better)

        The Countach was wrong in that the center of mass was too high, they decided to put the driveshaft under the 60 degree engine.
        The Diablo had an offset driveshaft, not symmetrical. Engine was offset a few inches.

        I would keep the butterfly doors, of course.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think we should do this!!!! CMON... lambo is about ridiculous. They can greenificate (GDub word) the Gallardo all they want, but the flagship car should be about ridiculous.

        But seriously I just hope that the next supercar has two traits.
        1. A brilliant shape that looks modern yet classic lamborghini. Early Lambo supercars do not have wings and other ridiculousness on them right away. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lamborghini_Countach(front-side).jpg
        2. A v12 Engine. dislike its carbon footprint or not, its part of what makes a Lambo a lambo

      • 5 Years Ago
      Less weight = better handling...as long as it makes the glorious sounds the V12 does still It's win / win.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well... if anyone should, it's lambo, that V12's damn near tapped out. Plus some real competition for a Yamaha powered lotus would be delightful
        • 5 Years Ago
        About time someone besides Lotus figured out that "adding lightness" is a good idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Naturally aspirated V12's are in Lamborghini's premium model for a reason. They'd hopefully never switch to a turbocharged V10...

        It'd have to be twin turbo, instead of quad for a 10 cylinder engine, which would produce lag, and be a terrible engine to drop into the Murcielago replacement.

        They could quad turbocharge a V12 for nice results. It'd be perfectly balanced and they could make the engine compact and light, with lots of magnesium and titanium.

        Really though, if Lexus can get 550 bhp out of a tiny 4.8L V10, Ferrari can get about the same out of a 4.6L flat-cranked V8, I don't think Lamborghini needs to resort to forced induction.

        Keeping bhp around 700 from a V12 with plenty of torque is more than enough. They need to stop using aluminum frames and switch to carbon fiber for everything on their next cars.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Bugatti, Lexus and Aston Martin all have extremely light-for-what-they-are carbon fiber vehicles too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        er no. keep it na. but make it lighter :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Modern supercars all need to loose weight. Back in the 90s the millionaire's toys were still capable of reaching over 200mph and were considerably lighter. Improved safety and rigidity measures determine the increase in weight for modern cars. McLaren remain leaders of the game.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AMEN! lambo should just twin turbo charge the gallardo LP-540 V10 and stick it in the new murcielgo. then make the car carbon fiber, and aluminum and call it a day. not only will it produce much much or power than the current V12 but it would shave valuble pounds off of the murcielago, thus making the car lightning fast.
      • 5 Years Ago

      A Lotus Exige with a 4-cylinder engine will accelerate faster than your fuming 4000 lbs monster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Accelerate faster to what, 100, 150, 200, 250mph?

        I was thinking less than 4,000lbs.

        and is that with the supercharger?
      • 5 Years Ago

      I think that's an excellent assessment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Memo to Lamborghini engineering brain trust:

      "Lotus Exige"

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