Fifth Gear apparently misses the good old days, so they have released a very old review that shows Tiff Needell driving the Lamborghini Murcielago.
Mind you, it’s not Throwback
Thursday Friday, but a rather frantic few days before the Geneva Motor Show storm hits, so let’s take a break by watching the former racing driver and television presenter review Lamborghini’s previous flagship supercar.
Made in the post-Audi era, the Murcielago came as the successor of the crazy Diablo and preceded the Aventador. It was offered in coupe and roadster body styles, and was equipped with a very useful traction control. Mr. Needell wasn’t very fond of this feature back then, when supercars were still raw, saying that those who need it should perhaps buy something else, and not a blue-blooded exotic machine. However, the Murcielago could be quite a handful – and very few, if any, possess the skills of a former racing driver who even made it to Formula 1.
The Murcielago comes from a time when manual gearboxes were the norm rather the exception among supercars. This one came with the 6-speed unit, which was mated to a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that pushed out 570 horsepower, rocketing it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds and up to 330 km/h (205 mph). Remember, these were the early 2000s, a time when changing the car stereo was common and rolling down the window didn’t always meant pushing a button.
Back then, the Murcielago had a £158,000 ($210,000) starting price in Britain. Today, we have SUVs that cost more.