2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster Review

Even among high-priced exotics, the LP640 Roadster is a testament to individuality and excessive power

2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster Review

Few automobiles possess the required machismo to stop a person dead in their tracks, pull out a camera and take a multitude of pictures. The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster is capable of causing such a reaction with not just one person, but a complete crowd. Spending two days behind the wheel of this incredible supercar in Bologna, Italy recently, I was impressed anew at the rock star status the Italian bull enjoys.


1. The LP640 Roadster generates 640-hp and 468 ft-lbs of torque from a 6.5L V12.

2. Lamborghini claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.

3. Pricing is set at a lofty $382,400.

4. Recently Lamborghini unveiled its most hard-core Murciélago variant, a light-weight 670-hp LP670 SuperVeloce model.


Elongated scissor doors open wide to reveal a passenger cabin certain to make women swoon and grown men giddy with anticipation. In our test vehicle, a stylized black leather dash and center console housed the necessary equipment to unleash the massive power within. Carbon fiber wrapped the HVAC and navigation panel as well as switches for traction control, power windows, mirrors and the fuel filler release. 

Ensuring optimum driver and passenger comfort is the work of sculpted, one-piece sport seats. Complimenting the rest of the interior, our supercar featured black leather trim with red center inserts. Tight side bolsters restrict movement, but given the performance potential of the Murciélago and their excellent design, the amount of support provided was superb.

Power for the LP640 Roadster comes in the form of a 12-cylinder 6.5-liter engine that produces a whopping 640-hp at 8000 rpm and 486 ft-lbs of torque at 6000 rpm. Performance numbers are extraordinary. Zero to 60 mph is reached in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is listed at 201 mph, but I have every reason to believe the Murciélago LP640 Roadster could indeed go significantly faster.

Fuel economy suffers as a result of the high power numbers, achieving a combined average of 16-mpg. 

Two water-radiators plus twin oil-coolers keep engine temperatures from soaring into the stratosphere. Heat is an issue with so much horsepower available. I noticed this on several occasions while driving at speed; vapors blurring the image in my rearview mirror.

Drive-by-wire technology offers the advantage of direct communication between driver and engine. Press the pedal and the response of power is certain to push you back in your seat.


The visceral experience of engaging a 12-cylinder powertrain is heightened by the wind blowing through your hair and the aria of so much power concentrated solely on the task of acceleration. Grabbing hold of the Alcantara steering wheel with the intention to drive fast is a task not to be taken lightly.   

Dramatic stopping power is provided by massive aluminum alloy calipers with 8-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes. Carbon ceramic brakes are optional, as are colored brake calipers and the Alcantara steering wheel found on our test vehicle. 

Permanent 4-wheel drive and a viscous traction system with electronic traction control assures the road ahead will be met with authority no matter the environment. Over the course of two days we experienced a broad range of road and weather conditions.

Driving in bright sunshine, mist or the occasional late summer shower, the Murciélago LP640 Roadster never stepped out of line. Even on the sometimes-slippery tight two-lane roads in and around Bologna, it showed complete confidence and was surprisingly easy to control.

Cobblestone streets have a way of upsetting the ride quality of even the best luxury automobiles, but to my surprise the Murciélago felt right at home. Perhaps it was the Italian heritage, but most likely the result of a tubular frame made from high-strength steel alloy and carbon fiber. Power-assisted rack and pinion steering allowed for quick maneuvering of the Pirelli P-Zero shod 18-inch aluminum wheels.

To aid in overall handling and performance, a two-stage rear spoiler deploys as speed builds. Step one takes place between 80 and 110-mph. Step two occurs at around 135 mph and retracts as speeds reduce to around 110.


Leaving the city of Bologna behind, we headed northwest on highway E45 toward the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. An hour later we arrived at our destination.

A tour of the Automobili Lamborghini assembly facility, which included a look at how the Murciélago is built, left us breathless with enthusiasm. Our guide walked us through the assembly line process, taking time to explain in detail the craftsmanship involved with each Lamborghini built. It requires several days to complete a vehicle with this unique DNA, much of it by hand. Here we saw men and women assembling parts, stitching seats, building dash panels and piecing together some of the finest and most exclusive automobiles to be built anywhere in the world. 

Later that day as we drove back to Bologna at speeds exceeding 150 mph, I was impressed anew at just how unusual the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster is in today’s market.


With so much focus being paid to carbon-copy automobiles, each one looking similar to the next, there is still something to be said for individuality and excess power when it comes to the supercar as a whole. On the open road with wind blowing through a sun drenched passenger compartment and plenty of horsepower underfoot; well it just doesn’t get any better than this. 


2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Review 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante: First Drive 2009 Bentley Continental GTC Speed 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series 2009 Maserati GranTurismo S 2010 Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI: First Drive 2009 Dodge Viper ACR 2009 Nissan GT-R

  • Sadfatguylmao

    Nice, pretty good.

  • Sadfatguylmao

    im joking it sucks




    i like this car

  • Mrrythi


« Back

AutoGuide.com’s Monthly Overlay Newsletter Signup – By subscribing to our email newsletter, Entrants are eligible to win one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card (value of $100.00 USD). One (1) winner will be chosen every month at random and contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. *Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Amazon.com Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.


2. PRIZE: One (1) Winner will be randomly selected every month to each receive: one (1) $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Card (the “Prize Supplier”). Total approximate retail value of all prizes is approximately $100.00 USD. Prizes are not transferable and no cash or prize substitution is allowed. Prize package is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

3. ELIGIBILITY: From the time of entry through the final date of prize fulfillment, each contest entrant and selected entrant must be a permanent lawful citizen and resident residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or in Canada, and be twenty one (21) years of age or older. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, IN ALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES OR CANADA AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives, of the Sponsor and the Prize Supplier and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, promotion partners and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, and the immediate family members (e.g., spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandparent, in-law, daughter and son, regardless of where they live) and persons living in the same household (whether or not related) of such individuals are not eligible to participate or win. Only one selected entrant per household. All decisions of the Sponsor with respect to this sweepstakes are final. The Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes.

4. ENTER BY INTERNET: You may enter this sweepstakes via the Internet by logging onto AutoGuide.com and subscribing to our email newsletter via the pop-up overlay.

5. SELECTION OF WINNER: One (1) Entrant will be selected by random selection who have subscribed to our email newsletter. The winner may be announced publicly on AutoGuide.com and will be contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. The winner will be required to provide a mailing address (that is not a P.O. box) to receive the prize which will be shipped free of charge.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning a prize are determined by the total number of eligible entries received.

7. RESTRICTIONS: The prize package consists of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card with an approximate value of $100.00 USD. If prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsor or Prize Supplier, no substitute prize will be awarded due to the unique nature of the prize. Sponsor and Prize Supplier shall not be liable to the winner or any person claiming through winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, utility failure, internet failure, terrorist acts, threatened terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Sponsor's or Prize Supplier's control (collectively, "Force Majeure Event"). Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the performers/events, other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same.

8. CONDITIONS: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions and that Sponsor has the irrevocable right to use in perpetuity entrants' names, user names, likenesses, photographs, voices, home mailing address, biographical and prize information, and entry materials, without notice to entrants and without compensation or obligation, in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world, in any manner whatsoever, to advertise and promote Sponsor, its products and services, the Sweepstakes, and for any other purpose except where prohibited by law. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants not by the Sponsor. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned by reason of damage by computer viruses, worms or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical limitations or failures, any Force Majeure Event or any other cause which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, could corrupt, compromise, undermine or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, viability or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of the Sweepstakes, and to select a winner from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor up until the time of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, as applicable. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that (i) tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operations of this Sweepstakes in any manner, (ii) violates the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions or (iii) acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND/OR DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Any expenses and receipt and use of the prize and federal, state and local taxes and fees applicable in connection with the prize awarded are the sole responsibility of the winner. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of the winner for the actual value of the prize received. This Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws of the United States. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sponsor, Prize Supplier, and their respective officers, directors, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, employees, representatives and agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for (i) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by a prize resulting from acceptance, possession or usage of the prize, or (ii) printing, distribution or production errors. Sponsor or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain such errors without liability at its or their sole discretion.

9. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this contest is VerticalScope Inc. (the owner and operator of AutoGuide.com), 111 Peter Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1.

Subscribe to our email newsletter and automatically be entered to win.
*Restrictions apply. See offer for details

Get Breaking Automotive News, Reviews and Video in your Facebook Feed!

Already Liked