Lamborghini Murciélago

Right. I know I'm starting early but it's a holiday and I don't have much to do, so here goes. For the first article of my passion-fueled automotive blog, I thought it'd be best and most auspicious to write about my favourite car of all time, the Lamborghini Murciélago. Named after a Spanish fighting bull, the Murciélago(which also means 'bat' in Spanish) was released in 2001 as a replacement to the Diablo and was the first new car Lambo made after the Audi takeover in 1998. It was styled by Belgian designer Luc Donckerwolke and was powered by a 580 hp 6.2 L V12 that dated back to the 1963 Lamborghini Miura. So to sum up, a 50 year-old engine in a Belgian-designed car which was partly produced by Audi. Sounds quite boring, doesn't it? Oh no it isn't. The Murciélago was one of the fastest cars of 2001 - hitting 100 km/h from a standstill in 3.8 seconds(which is quick even by today's standards) and onto a top speed of 330 km/h, which is still really high even for the current crop of supercars. And as if the speed wasn't enough already, the Murciélago delivered it with a thunderous, primal exhaust note that would shame anything else on the road. And, even if the soundtrack wasn't enough, Lamborghini offered the car with a six-speed manual. A six-speed manual coupled with that screaming beast of an engine is quite simply petrolhead nirvana. The Murciélago featured on the very first episode of Top Gear in 2001 and Jeremy Clarkson called it "better than every Ferrari on sale". Now, that is high praise. I absolutely adore this car and the funny thing is that I didn't like this car until just under 2 years ago. I was watching one of those videos of supercars accelerating out of a car meet, and in the video, a black straight-piped Murciélago SV just screamed to high heavens for 19 glorious seconds. From that point forward, I was in love. I would download videos of Murciélagos accelerating and watch them 10 times a day. I was intoxicated and mesmerised by the sound it made, and my love for this car increased tenfold when I came across the social media account of Edmond Barseghian(@edmond_mondi). His red, manual, straight-piped Murciélago SV(video of the same is attached) sealed the Murciélago as my ultimate dream car. I saw a yellow one in person for the first time last year and I couldn't take my eyes off of it. The wedge-shaped body characteristic of V12 Lambos, the big headlights, the huge rear overhang, the folding cooling vents - it's an extremely simple but equally effective design. I love it, and if at any point in my life I am able to afford a supercar, it damn well will be a manual Murciélago SV in Monterey Blue. Only thing I'd have to make sure is to drive carefully around roundabouts.

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