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Lamborghini Murcielago Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.2 L V 12-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 580 hp @ 7500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 8/13 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago

  • Outrageous on so many levels, the Lamborghini Murcielago remains the ultimate exotic thrill machine.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Endless V12 power, celebrity presence, seductive engine and exhaust noises, confident handling at the limit.

  • Cons

    A bit on the portly side, sexy body lines make for poor visibility, balky convertible top.

  • What's New for 2006

    A new braking system with carbon-ceramic discs is available as an option for the 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago. It's said to provide shorter stopping distances, increased resistance to fade and longer service intervals than the standard brake setup. Other new options this year include the Carbon Package and the Branding Package.

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Customer Reviews

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The #1 lamborghini

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Vehicle: 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago 2dr Coupe AWD (6.2L 12cyl 6M)

I have owned both the Gallardo and the Murcielago. The extra money spent on the Murcielago is really worth it!! The Gallardo (baby Lambo) is nice and performs well but feels like the cheap version. The Murcielago is something they went the extra mile in! The quality, fit and finish and fun factor are a few that makes it #1.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Lamboreport

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Vehicle: 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago 2dr Coupe AWD (6.2L 12cyl 6M)

This is one of the best cars ever built. It has blistering performance. Intimidating looks. The most fun I have ever had was in this car.



16 of 21 people found this review helpful

Expected more

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Vehicle: 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago 2dr Coupe AWD (6.2L 12cyl 6M)

I will say.. for the money spent on it, I'm not as impressed as I should be. The engine has had a few thousand dollars worth the problems in the last few months, the exterior design is a little boxy, riding comfort isn't spectacular. The performance is amazing obviously, really throws you back in your seat. Paint chips kind of easily. The shift is smooth but my tranny has already gone once. Gears wear down a little fast. Needs better brake pads, I've been replacing them every few thousand miles. Gas is horrible, but I couldn't give it a 1 because it IS a 12 cylinder.



Full 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago Review

What's New for 2006

A new braking system with carbon-ceramic discs is available as an option for the 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago. It's said to provide shorter stopping distances, increased resistance to fade and longer service intervals than the standard brake setup. Other new options this year include the Carbon Package and the Branding Package.

Introduction

Formerly owned by Chrysler and later an Indonesian company called Megatech, the Italian exotic car company fondly known as Lamborghini is now owned by Audi/Volkswagen. In 2002, Lamborghini introduced a high-strung yet well-mannered bambino called Murcielago. As with some past Lambos, this car gets its name from a legendary fighting bull: in this case, one whose life was spared because of the extraordinary courage he displayed while in the ring.

The Murcielago (pronounced "Mercy-ell-ah-go") is Lamborghini's flagship and as such is essentially an evolution of the previous Diablo. Its 6.2-liter, V12 engine, mounted amidships, has numerous high-tech engineering features to help both maximum power and overall smoothness and tractability. Power is sent to all four wheels through a viscous all-wheel-drive system with limited-slip differentials at both ends. Underneath the carbon-fiber body panels (the roof and doors are still steel) is a tubular steel space frame. Last year, Lamborghini introduced a Murcielago roadster. It has additional structural bracing and auto-deploying rollover bars to compensate for the loss of the fixed roof.

From a practical standpoint (a concept applied loosely to any Lamborghini), the company's newer Gallardo is a better car. Its performance capability is very similar to that of the Murcielago, yet it's more comfortable and easier to drive. And it's cheaper. But we're pretty sure there will always be a place for a car like the Murcielago. More so than Mercedes-Benz's SL65 AMG and SLR McLaren or Aston Martin's V12 Vanquish, the Murcielago has an undeniable, big-and-brash street presence. It's a bit of a throwback to the way supercars used to be made, actually, though thankfully without the heavy controls and awful ergonomics. In spirit, the Countach and Diablo live on, and we're happy to see it.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The exotic Lamborghini Murcielago is available as a coupe or a convertible. Both models come fully loaded with all the typical supercar trappings. Major standard equipment includes effective air conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power windows and locks, and a CD audio system. The suspension's damping can be adjusted, and one can also electronically raise the car's front suspension 45mm to avoid scraping the Murcielago's (normally) low-slung chin on driveway aprons. Optional upgrades include carbon-ceramic brakes, a navigation system, a carbon-fiber interior trim package, and various other ways to customize the interior trim and exterior paint.

Powertrains and Performance

A 6.2-liter, V12 engine fills the Murcielago's engine bay, and it makes 580 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 479 pound-feet of torque at 5,400. All that brute force is fed through a six-speed manual transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. A paddle-shifted sequential gearbox, dubbed e-gear, is also available. Zero to 60 mph happens in about 3.8 seconds, and the car will run up to about 205 mph if given the room.

Safety

Huge ventilated disc brakes with antilock control bring this beast to a stop, and a sophisticated traction-control system helps keep it on the road.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Audi influence is obvious inside the Murcielago, with plenty of properly fitting leather and soft-touch materials. The roomy cockpit features comfortable seating that won't leave you reaching for the painkillers. Though not as flamboyant as the exterior, the interior styling is still befitting a vehicle that commands such a high price of admission. The convertible's removable canvas top is rather fussy to install or stow, and works better as an emergency shower cap rather than a truly functional top.

Driving Impressions

Modulating the clutch and touchy throttle takes some getting used to, and the optional sequential manual isn't as quick on the draw as we'd like. Similarly, the handling favors neutral understeer -- safe, but not ultrathrilling. Though the Murcielago borders on ponderous at low speeds, all shortcomings are quickly forgotten once the mighty V12 slingshots you into the next time zone.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 8
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  • 13
  • highway
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