• (4.6) 8 reviews
  • Available Prices: $67,188–$276,752
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 11
  • Engine: 571-hp, 6.2-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2006 Lamborghini Murcielago

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Limited number of dealerships
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Visibility

Notable Features

  • 6.2-liter V-12
  • Roadster or coupe
  • Available sequential-shifting system
  • Scissors-style doors

2006 Lamborghini Murcielago Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Only a couple hundred Murci�lago coupes have reached U.S. customers since this Italian supercar went on sale in 2002. So for exotic-sports-car enthusiasts, the mere sight of one is something to behold.

Equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, the Murci�lago holds a 571-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-12. Lamborghini claims the Murci�lago can roar from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed beyond 205 mph.

Starting in 2004, Lamborghini's six-speed-manual transmission could be operated by a new "E-gear" system that eliminated the clutch pedal. This robotized gearbox delivers electrohydraulic sequential shifting. Twin paddles on the steering column yield upshifts and downshifts, while a Reverse button is mounted on the dashboard.

An open-roofed Murci�lago roadster debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2004 and went on sale later that year. For 2006, the Murci�lago can be equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, and an Interior Carbon Package is optional.

Lamborghini also markets a second, less-expensive model named the Gallardo, which is produced in the same Sant'Agata, Italy, facility as the Murci�lago. Though owned by Audi AG since 1998, Automobili Lamborghini functions as a separate entity.

Somewhat angular in appearance but accented with flowing curves, the Murci�lago may recall memories of the automaker's bizarre-looking Countach, which preceded the Diablo in Lamborghini's model lineage. Sporting a wedge-shaped profile like that of the Diablo, the Murci�lago features scissors-style doors hinged above the front wheel wells.

Other than the steel roof and door panels, the coupe's bodywork is composed largely of carbon fiber and is built over a frame made of high-strength steel tubing. Weight distribution is 42 percent in the front and 58 percent at the rear. Aluminum-alloy wheels hold 18-inch Pirelli tires that are wider in back.

Mounted on long arms that let the driver see beyond the prominent rear fenders, the mirrors can be folded back electronically. A number of visible air intakes and vents help cool the V-12 engine and the brakes. Two active intakes at the rear use a Variable Airflow Cooling System that permits changes in the aperture to accommodate different driving conditions. The rear spoiler can move into three distinct positions.

Two occupants get leather-upholstered seats. The driver faces a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel. Lamborghini says the chassis is lower and the door-opening angle greater in the Murci�lago than in the Diablo, making entry and exit a little easier. All instruments are grouped on a single, electronically controlled panel.

Under the Hood
The mid-engine Murci�lago packs a 6.2-liter V-12 that cranks out 571 hp. A six-speed-manual transmission sits ahead of the engine and can be operated by Lamborghini's "E-gear" sequential-shifting system, which deletes the clutch pedal. The all-wheel-drive system employs a central viscous coupling.

All-disc Brembo antilock brakes are standard.

Consumer Reviews


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Nice but not nice enough

by JClarckson from Attica on February 13, 2010

Too heavy, too much hesitation on acceleration and steering is muddy. Not responsive and way to much over steer. We at Top Gear prefer the Aston Martin DBR9 and the Ferrari FXX any day to the Murcilago. Read Full Review

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