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Chest-merkin users of the world have been dealt a hefty blow as Lamborghini announced that Murcielago production had ended, in anticipation of their upcoming 700 horsepower supercar.
The orange LP670-4 SV is destined for Switzerland, and is the 4,099th car produced during the car’s 9 year production cycle. While the upcoming replacement for the car is said to be chock full of technology, Lamborghini’s CEO Stephan Winklemann praised the car’s legacy, stating “The Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world. But the Lamborghini story continues. In 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor to the Murciélago – with the most innovative technology and, once again, truly stunning design.”
Come March, we’ll be eagerly awaiting the launch of the Murci’s sucessor, and you can be our collars will be open and our gold chains gleaming as we bring you the latest from Italy’s most ostentatious automaker.
We’ve seen quite a few Middle Easterners cruising around London in funny-colored exotics recently, two of which were famously booted a couple of weeks back. Now, London police have impounded a matte-pink Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 SV for revving loudly…. with a cop directly behind him. According to an eyewitness:
“Al-Thani Koenigsegg CCXR and Murcielago LP670-4 SV were just leaving Sloane street to go for a drive, as he pulls away in the SV he started to rev loudly. A few cars behind was the Matt pink LP670-4 SV which also started to rev. Unfortunatly he hadn’t noticed the police car behind! They pulled him over for revving, then asked to see various documents, a couple of which he did not have on him. They then said they would impound the car until the documents were produced, and reg plate changed to a UK spec one as the Qatar plates are illegal!”
Some are arguing that the engine revving is actually a motorcycle that’s right in front of the Lambo, but we know the sound of an unleashed V12 when we hear one, watch the video of the whole incident after the jump, including the officer trying to start up and drive away the SV without much success. Continue Reading…
In perhaps the ultimate example of schadenfreude, more details have surfaced surrounding the story of the turquoise Koenigsegg and Lamborghini that were given the boot outside the ultra-ritzy Harrods department store in London.
It turns out that the owners of the supercars were also members of the Qatari royal family, the owners of Harrods. Most people take some joy in seeing the wealthy get taken down a peg, but when you consider that they just bought Harrods for $2.3 billion, it almost makes sense for them to park in an illegal but convenient spot. Not only can they afford to pay the fines, they can probably afford to abandon their cars and buy another one if it proves to be more expedient than waiting for a traffic warden to come remove the device.
Pink is popping up everywhere lately – especially with high-end automobiles. Why you would spend so much money on a car and then paint it like a bottle of Pepto-Bismol is beyond us, but hey, it’s your money and if you’ve got it, you might as well spend it on making your ride look like the Barbie-mobile.
Take, for example, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce pictured above. It can pump out 670-hp from its 6.5-liter V12 engine, but outfitted in pink, it loses a lot of street cred. You might as well throw some Hello Kitty decals on the front hood – this fine automobile has been effectively neutered.
Worse still, there’s this Audi R8, which goes to show that you can drop $130,000 on a vehicle and still look pretty ridiculous behind the wheel. Poor car – it never stood a chance. And you know that all the other cars on the road are laughing at this garish R8 behind its back and won’t let it join in on any of their road racing games. We have to wonder… would anyone even bother stealing this pink abomination?
Let’s just hope these are wraps, because we have to think the decision making process here was about the same as tattooing your girlfriend’s name on your arm, when you’ve only been dating for a week.