Lamborghini Shows Off Limited Editions in Paris
Motoring Channel Staff - 3/Oct/2006
Lamborghini Murcielago Versace Edition
The interior of the Murcielago Versace Edition
Lamborghini Gallardo Nera Edition
The Nera gets black exterior, white interior
Paris, France — Though Italian exotic marque Lamborghini didn't
release anything totally new at the Paris Motor Show - some were hoping
for a revised Gallardo or a 4x4 SUV concept car based on the Audi Q7 -
the niche car maker did show off a couple of spectacular designs in the
form of the Gallardo Nera and Murcielago LP640 Versace Edition.
Lamborghini LP640 Versace Edition is a special edition Murcielago that
features the same enlarged 6.5-litre engine as the current LP640 Murc,
and coincidentally the same chassis as well, but
gets ivory paintwork on the outside, and matching interior
It will appeal to the fashionistas out there
who love cars as much as their love haute couture, as the engine of the
big Lamborghini was given an increase in bore and stroke when the
LP640 version arrived, taking displacement from 6.2- to
6.5-litres. This larger sized engine gives the 60° V12 engine even more courage: power
rises from 426kW (580bhp) to a scorching 470kW (640bhp) @ 8000 rpm.
The 12-cylinder engine develops a torque maximum of 673Nm @ 6000rpm.
The Versace Edition Lamborghini sports car gets a 6-speed gearbox as well as a
tougher rear differential and new axle shafts due to the larger engine, and on request, the 'e-gear'
automatic gearbox is also available equipped with the new dedicated 'Thrust' acceleration program mode.
As well as the engine, the body of the Versace Edition Murcielago with its characteristic scissor doors is
created from the prized union of sheet steel and honeycombed carbon
fibre, glued and riveted together. Driving, handling and
stability at high speed are enhanced by new springs and stabilisers, as
well as by a redesigned electronically controlled damping system that controls shock absorber rebound. The
"antidive" and "anti-squat" features on the axles, which efficiently
prevent brake diving and squatting, have not been
The other Lamborghini on show in Paris was the Gallardo Nera. The Nera
is another special edition sports car that features a black paint scheme with impressive-looking matte black inserts. Production
is limited to 185 units and the model is powered by a 5.0-litre direct injection V10 engine that generates 387kW (520hp). It accelerates from 0-100km/h in about 4.1 seconds.
didn't have anything radically new to offer at the Paris Motor Show,
but it's pair of special edition models attracted plenty of attention