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3 out of 5 stars

For Incredible pace and handling; excellent build quality

Against Rear visibility is a pain in the neck - literally

Verdict A proper Lambo, but with none of the headaches

Go for… The standard coupe

Avoid… The E-Gear

Lamborghini Murciélago Coupe
  • 1. Characteristic squeaks and rattles of previous Lambos have been banished from the plush, high-quality cabin
  • 2. The Murcielago is worth only 50% of its original value after three years
  • 3. The handling is awesome, thanks to unfailing four-wheel-drive traction and light, responsive steering
  • 4. Power comes from an incredibly impressive, wonderful-sounding and very thirsty V12
  • 5. Avoid the E-Gear automatic version and go for a car with the manual gearbox
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Lamborghini Murciélago Coupe full review with expert trade views

There aren't too many supercars that can break the 200mph barrier, but the Lamborghini Murcielago is one of this very elite group.

The brutish performance isn't the only thing that's good about it, though. The handling is every bit as awesome, thanks to unfailing four-wheel-drive traction and light, responsive steering. The ride is better than many will expect, too.

The Murcielago's styling has all the in-your-face aggression of Lambos of old, but thanks to parent company Audi, the characteristic squeaks and rattles have been banished from the plush, high-quality cabin. The most important noise remains, however: the outrageous howl of the V12 engine.

Be under no illusion - even as a used car, the Murcielago will be amazingly, jaw-droppingly expensive. When a car looks, sounds and drives this well, though, most petrolheads that have the cash would part with it in a heartbeat.

Trade view

Kurtis Williams

Some odd colours available. Stunning looking car. You can't beat the doors

Kurtis Williams
Buyer,
Lex Vehicle Leasing

There's no denying the roadster is a pretty thing, but it'll cost you a lot more than this coupe, not least because it hasn't been out all that long so prices won't have had a chance to come down as much yet.

The basic (if you can call it that) coupe comes with a ballistic 6.2-litre V12 that pushes out a mind-blowing 570bhp, meaning the 0-60mph dash is dispatched in 3.8sec and the car won't top out until you're doing more than 200mph.

There's also an E-Gear version that comes with an automatic gearbox, and an LP640 version that squeezes 631bhp out of a 6.5-litre V12 for even scarier performance. But, the standard car is plenty fast enough for anyone, though.

Trade view

John Owen

They do actually make a nice range of tractors as well

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford

There aren't many used cars that have the potential to break the bank quite as much as the Lamborghini Murcielago, despite the fact that its residual values aren't all that terrific when compared with those of other supercars.

The Murcielago will be worth only 50% of its original value after three years, but considering the most basic car cost £175,000 in the first place, you'll still be forking out a king's ransom.

Fuel economy is probably the last thing on your mind if you're considering a Murcielago, but the stats are still pretty grim. Lambo's big coupe will return an average of just 13.1mpg, and that's if you treat it carefully.

Insurance costs, obviously, will be astronomical. It's wedged firmly in the most expensive group 20 classification. Servicing will be expensive, too - the car needs attention every 7500 miles.

Trade view

Kurtis Williams

Some odd colours available. Stunning looking car. You can't beat the doors

Kurtis Williams
Buyer,
Lex Vehicle Leasing

Lamborghini has gone through a lot of changes in recent years. Although it's still an Italian icon, the company is owned and run by Audi.

While this has failed to dilute the Italian flair with which the modern Lambo goes about its work, the Audi connection has paid huge dividends in reliability. Old Lambos were creaky and shoddily assembled. Not any more. The materials are high quality and are very well screwed together.

However, cars costing this much are always very thin on the ground, so there isn't enough data available to build up an accurate picture of how reliable the car will be in the long term. With Audi's reputation for solidity, though, the Murcielago should behave as long as you take care of it.

Trade view

John Owen

They do actually make a nice range of tractors as well

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford
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