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What some people aren’t aware of with contests and sweepstakes is that when you win a car, often you end up having to pay taxes and other fees. While this sure beats having to pay for the car itself, sometimes the taxes and fees are more than someone can handle. This was possibly the case with David Dopp, winner of this lime-green Lamborghini Murcielago.
David Dopp, a truck driver for Frito-Lay in Santaquin, Utah won a $350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago in Maverik’s “Joe Schmo to Lamborghini” contest. Shortly after receiving the vehicle, he posted on his Facebook page that he was already stopped by the cops. Ok, no surprise – the man just won a Lamborghini and drives a chips truck for a living.
But then six hours later, Dopp wrecks his Murcielago, spinning out on an icy road after going 40-50 mph in a 35-mph road. He went right back on Facebook to let all his friends know him and his passenger were safe, no one was hurt (except for the car) and that he has insurance. So that’s where it gets interesting. If the vehicle is totaled, Dopp will get a nice payday from insurance. If it isn’t totaled, well, he just screwed himself and will be stuck with a wrecked and repaired Murcielago with the same amount of taxes to pay.
Now we have to give Dopp the benefit of the doubt and believe he wouldn’t wreck a Lamborghini on purpose – and honestly if he was going to, he should have done a lot more damage. But hey maybe he wanted to play it safe and make sure no one was injured in the process, but we honestly believe he had every intention of keeping it nice and clean so that he could sell it. The accident is probably a result of getting his hands on the steering wheel of a real car.
Check out the quick clip after the break showing off the winner of the Lambo, pre-cash.
Themed builds can often times be a disaster; sometimes attributed to having a bad concept, other times it’s just poor execution. The idea of taking a Lamborghini Murcielago and applying a themed build to it is could be scary, finding out that its inspiration comes from the Zero Fighter planes of the World War II era makes it interesting. Seeing the result though is proof that execution and taste is vital to building any project properly.
Liberty Walk is a tuner based out of Japan, known for their aggressive nature in customizing and this Murcielago is no different. But there’s a big difference between aggressive and gaudy and what this Murcielago is: aggressive and classy. The outside was outfitted with Liberty Walk’s own LB Performance Type 2 body kit and the formerly yellow Murcielago received a matte green treatment with some flat black mixed in to contrast. The color scheme alone already screams military, but the camouflage-patterned lips on the wheels is an awesome touch.
Subtle details include a similar camouflage finish on the brake calipers while the trend continues into the interior. The end product is a very aggressive Murcielago, sitting low on the ground and looking threatening from any angle. We love it!
GALLERY: Liberty Walk’s LB-R Zero Fighter Lamborghini Murcielago
[Source: Jon Sibal]
In the world of matte wraps, the colors black, white, grey, blue, green and red maybe come to mind as acceptable finishes. Recently, a matte gold Nissan GT-R surfaced that made us wonder how other cars would look in non-traditional shades. Well, an answer to our curiosity has shown up with a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV exotic covered in a matte brown – yes, brown – finish. And surprisingly, it looks rather cool on the Lamborghini, contrasted by matte black accents and a nice set of gold wheels.
It would probably be way too easy to crack jokes comparing this Lamborghini to a Tootsie Roll, but really shows off how nice of an exotic the Murcielago is, being able to pull off a color such as matte brown. Apparently, the owner of the SV is a huge fan of brown-finished cars, having a Diablo 6.0 SE in his stable that’s also brown. In a way, having his white SV rewrapped in matte brown was a homage to his Diablo. A rare color for a modern exotic, we’re pleasantly surprised that our initial reaction wasn’t one of revulsion.
To the surprise of exactly no one, Lamborghini will offer a roadster version of its latest range-topping Aventador for those among us who think the regular coupe is just too humdrum.
It seems that the Aventador was just released last week, but that hasn’t stopped Lamborghini from considering a successor to the Murcielago and Diablo VT droptops—just in time to face off against the convertible Pagani and Ferrari 458 Italia. Hopefully the drop-top Aventador will sport more than the Murcielago’s Boy Scout tent.
Since the Aventador is sold out for the next 18 months, the earliest the roadster could come is in 2012, just when the world will end. No surprise there that a Lamborghini is going to have a hand in it.
GALLERY: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
To celebrate the end of production for the Murciélago, Lamborghini recently organized a parade in its hometown of Sant’Agata Bolognese.
In attendance were such Lambo icons the the 350 GT, numerous Countach and Diablo models, a Murciélago SV and of course the Miura.
The Murcie ceased production on May 11 of this year and Lamborghini is expected to debut its new flagship supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in March, sporting a carbon fiber chassis and a new V12 engine capable of 700-hp. The new car is believed to use the name Aventador.
Watch the video after the jump:
Just in time for Halloween, Russian tuner Status Design Studio has released its Lamborghini Murcielago tuning package. The front of the car is full of carbon fiber components including a hood replacement, front splitter, mirrors and headlight eyelid covers. The trend continues onto the side skirts while the rear is replaced with an LP640 bumper. On each corner is a black and orange themed wheel, but we’re guessing they’ll let you change the pinstripe color to match your car, or let you opt out of it entirely.
For their demo car, the interior has been outfitted with matching orange stitching while the seats are sewn with alligator leather. The orange and black carbon trend continues through the steering wheel, armrest and central tunnel.
The only performance enhancement comes from a sport exhaust system.
And lastly, Status Design installs a collection of car audio electronics from Macintosh, Helix and Audison.
GALLERY: Status Design Studio Lamborghini Murcielago
The official press release available after the break.
After building a twin-turbo Lamborghini LP640 that laid down 1000-hp, Underground Racing has just announced even bigger and better things for the LP670-4 SV.
Rumor has it that Underground Racing wants to claim the title of fastest Murciélago in the world with this LP670-4 SV. Their engineers are claiming that they’ll be putting down 1,100-hp out of this beast. We’re guessing it won’t be long until we feast our eyes on dyno videos and some high-speed runs. And to top it off, we’re digging the fact that this LP670-4 SV is paired up with a set of HRE Wheels; anything less on an 1,100-hp Lamborghini would be blasphemous.
GALLERY: Underground Racing Twin-Turbo Lp670-4 SV
[Source: GT Spirit]
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…
Most of the time, we hate when supercar owners block multiple parking spots, or park illegally just because they drive a car that’s worth more than most houses. We know a door ding can be a $10,000 repair on these cars, but people should still park them legally like everyone else.
Here, a visiting middle-eastern man, vacationing in London for the summer, learned that the hard way, when his matching, turquoise Lamborghini Murcielago SV and Koenigsegg CCXR got the boot – the parking boot that is.. A sad sight indeed, but we’ll make up for it with a little video of the Turquoise Koenigsegg in action! Video after the jump.
The luck just doesn’t seem to be getting any better for Lamborghinis, as another crash has surfaced - this time having absolutely nothing to do with their employees. One would think when you own just one of 10 LP670-4 SV China Edition‘s in the world, you’d be a little more careful with it. Just by looking at the photos, we can tell this bull suffered a seriously unfortunate accident in Beijing earlier this month.
Details are sparse, but what has been documented is that the vehicle was speeding at around 110 mph when the driver lost control. The exotic left the road, struck a group of trees and finally came to a stop a good 100 meters away. Luckily, as crazy as it may seem in populated Beijing, there were no pedestrians on the road and both driver and passenger were unscathed despite not wearing their seatbelts. Another proof that money just can’t buy common sense, driving experience or… well, just a brain.
This year seems to be filled with plenty of celebrity deaths and we can add on to 2010 as the year Lamborghini has really made the news with plenty of destroyed rarities.
See the rest of the crash pics after the jump:
Rapper-chick Nicki Minaj rented a 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster as a prop for her “Massive Attack” video. As you can see in the screen shot above, she didn’t really take care of it. Minaj rented the Lambo from Hollywood Exotic Car Rental for $1,750/day (a very reasonable rate in California), and used it for filming in the Southern California desert. Hollywood Exotic Car Rental is suing Minaj for $11,589 after the car came back damaged from its off-road excursions, as well as $5,250 for keeping the car three days longer than agreed.
If you know anything about cars, the damage bill actually isn’t all that bad, it sounds about right for a replacement carbon fiber bumper and paintwork. Minaj could have avoided this problem entirely simply by raising the Lambo’s hydraulic-activated front suspension. As you can clearly see in the video, she didn’t.
TMZ incorrectly reported the car as a 2008 Pink Lamborghini Murciélago, but a quick glance at the video itself will tell you that the car is actually a 2006 (non-LP640) model, and that it’s actually white with a pink vinyl wrap.
Niki Minaj’s absolutely dreadful “Massive Attack” video after the jump.
For those not in the know, Premier 4509 Limited is Veilside’s luxury brand. And the drastically different name is with good reason in our opinion, given Veilside’s reputation with Japanese vehicles that are borderline “ricey”. That image probably wasn’t helped by branding through the Fast & Furious movies, but marketing is marketing. Nonetheless, Premier 4509 Limited’s line of aesthetics is overwhelmingly exotic and really shows off Veilside’s prowess with customizing vehicles perfectly.
While some of Veilside’s body kits for the Japanese vehicles can be overwhelmingly bold, Premier 4509 Limited’s kits are spot-on for luxury and exotic vehicles. Their line covers Lamborghini‘s Murciélago and Gallardo, Bentley’s Continental GT and Flying Spur, Aston Martin’s Vantage and Ferrari’s F430 and 360. Spotted here though is Sunrise Factory’s Lamborghini Murciélago with the Premier 4509 Limited kit.
Seen recently at the Special Import Car Show (SICS) in Japan, this matte gray Lambo screams exotic. The kit outfits the Murciélago with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear wing and rear diffusers. Limited to only 300 units worldwide, this kit has a great degree of exclusivity – as if owning a Murciélago wasn’t enough.
While we’re absolutely in love with the overall styling of this Murciélago, we’re not a fan of the wheels at all. The full face design seems really bulky for a vehicle so sleek and smooth. But truth be told, we’d take it with or without the wheels – beggars can’t be choosers after all.
GALLERY: Veilside Premier 4509 Limited Lamborghini Murcielago
[Source: Jon Sibal]
Ever heard of DMC? Neither have we, but the tuner of high-priced exotics has just released a styling kit for the ever-popular Lamborghini Murciélago and has named it, Quattro Veloce.
Starting with the aesthetics, the body is refitted with lightweight carbon fiber which includes a carbon fiber spoiler, hood, side vents and rear diffuser. Then it’s almost impossible to miss the white carbon fiber wheels, a world’s first. Given that carbon fiber has just recently shown up on wheels, it’s no surprise that color variants are on the horizon.
On the inside, DMC went the luxurious route of ostrich hide for re-upholstering the headrests, while various areas of the cabin receives ostrich-style cow hide for durability.
The car continues to be powered by the factory 6.5L V12, pumping out 670 adrenaline-inducing horsepower with over 485 ft-lbs of torque. DMC tosses in a custom red carbon fiber cage surrounding the heart of the bull.
So you have to be asking, what’s the price tag on this premium luxury kit? Well for starters, there is going to be a very strict limited edition of 40. And you better believe when DMC says 40, they absolutely mean 40. For close to $75,000 you will have the kit installed by DMC themselves, transporting your car to and from Dusseldorf. If you want the leather overhaul, carbon fiber seats and wheels, be prepared to fork over $124,000 or so. Forgo the installation by DMC themselves and save yourself $25,000.
Lining up yet?
GALLERY: DMC Lamborghini Murcielago Quattro Veloce
[Source: JamesList Blog]
Italian automaker may resurrect the Jota name
Recently spy photographers captured a Lamborghini out testing on the Nürburgring, and while it was speculated this model might be the upcoming replacement for the Murciélago, that seems unlikely – especially as that car won’t debut until 2012.
Instead it appears as though Lamborghini might be resurrecting the Jota name and building a track version (or more likely a track-oriented) version of the Murcie.
Autogspot is reporting from their sources the Lamborghini is in fact preparing a new model, with an engine based on the 6.4-liter V12 monster that powers all of the top-level Lambos.
Apparently the wheelbase will be shorter and the car will be wider – which is certainly in keeping with the way the car spotted on the Nürburgring looks.
Light-weight materials will also be used, including plenty of carbon fiber for the body panels.
According to a recent report in German auto pub Auto Motor und Sport the replacement for Lamborghini’s flagship Murciélago won’t arrive until 2012. This means the current Murcie will have to hold on for an additional two (or possibly even three) years before it bows out. This will give the raging bull a total production run of 11 years – the same as the Diablo before it.
Lambos can typically have such a long production run due to the ultra-modern styling and excessive amounts of horsepower, both of which ensure the cars aren’t overshadowed easily.
Lamborghini also tends to release several special edition and even higher performance models to keep up interest its vehicles. So far these have included the LP640 as well as the 40th Anniversary and Versace editions, in both coupe and roadster versions.
More recently the company has also introduced the LP650-4 and the amazing LP670-4 SuperVeloce. We expect that before the Murcie exits the stage, we’ll see at least one other amazing version.
As for the 2012 successor, it is expected to use an aluminum chassis, as opposed to the steel one used in the Murcie. This should help to reduce weight significantly. The chassis itself may be a modified version of the R8 platform with a long wheelbase and very short overhangs. All-wheel drive will continue to be used, as will a V12 engine.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Autoblog]
Lamborghini has just released the first official photos of the new Murciélago LP650-4 Roadster and as the name suggests, it’s more than just a drop-top version of the coupe. The coupe, (the LP640) makes 640h, whereas this roadster makes an additional 10 ponies for a total of 650hp.
The same 6.5-liter V12 engine is used, but has been tweaked for the additional power. Torque is rated at 487 ft-lbs.
Lamborghini claims the naturally-heavier roadster will still achieve an alarmingly fast 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
To keep demand high, Lamborghini has decided to limit production of the new LP650-4 Roadster to just 50 units. All models will come with a Grigio Telesto grey exterior (as shown) with a bright orange Arancio color used for details like the front spoiler and side skirts.
The brake calipers will also be orange and at the rear of the car there is a clear engine cover to show off the massive V12 engine.
Inside the roadster gets some orange details as well as a unique split-down-the-middle two-tone color combo. The driver’s side comes with black Alcantara Nera and black leather Nero Preseus is used for the passenger’s side.
A graffiti-like LP650-4 logo appears on the side of the front bumper as well as on the air intake behind the driver.