Spotted at K1 Speed in San Diego – An early model Lamborghini Murcielago. The Murcielago was introduced as a coupe in 2001 for the 2002 model year, succeeding the famed Diablo super-car in Lamborghini’s lineup. The car was the auto maker’s first new design in eleven years, as well as the first under the ownership of German automaker Volkswagen. The new chassis design is a four-wheel drive, mid-engined sports car. Its coupe body is especially low-slung, with its roof rising to just under four feet above the ground. The super-car features the well known scissor doors, which contribute to its exotic image. First-generation Murcielago’s, produced between 2001 and 2006, were powered by a 6.2-litre V12 which traces its roots back to the company’s beginnings in the 1960s.
The rear differential is integrated into the engine unit, and the four-wheel drive features a central viscous coupler. Power was sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual. The Murciélago possesses an independent double-wishbone suspension design, and features a combination of carbon-fiber and steel bodywork. The rear spoiler and the air scoops integrated into the car’s shoulders are electro mechanically activated, and fold out from the body at high speeds to aid aerodynamic performance and provide additional engine cooling, respectively.