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2008 Lamborghini Murcielago

$180,771 — $276,671 USED
Coupe
2 Seats
10 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Heritage
  • Visually exciting

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago
  • 6.5-liter V-12
  • Ad Personam personalization options
  • Roadster or coupe
  • Available sequential-shifting system
  • Scissors-style doors

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Murci�lago originally went on sale in 2002. In 2006, a boost in engine power and size demanded a new name. Now called the Murci�lago LP640, it's the larger of the two models offered by Lambo; the other being the Gallardo. Murci�lagos come in coupe and roadster styles. Both the Murci�lago and its smaller Lamborghini Gallardo sibling have a new exterior and interior personalization program for 2008, called Ad Personam.

Equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, the Murci�lago holds a 6.5-liter V-12. Lamborghini says the Murci�lago can roar from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 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 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. The Murci�lago can be equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, and an Interior Carbon Package is optional.


Exterior
Somewhat angular in appearance but accented with flowing curves, the Murci�lago may recall memories of the automaker's 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 ...
Vehicle Overview
The Murci�lago originally went on sale in 2002. In 2006, a boost in engine power and size demanded a new name. Now called the Murci�lago LP640, it's the larger of the two models offered by Lambo; the other being the Gallardo. Murci�lagos come in coupe and roadster styles. Both the Murci�lago and its smaller Lamborghini Gallardo sibling have a new exterior and interior personalization program for 2008, called Ad Personam.

Equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, the Murci�lago holds a 6.5-liter V-12. Lamborghini says the Murci�lago can roar from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 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 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. The Murci�lago can be equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, and an Interior Carbon Package is optional.


Exterior
Somewhat angular in appearance but accented with flowing curves, the Murci�lago may recall memories of the automaker's 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.

Ad Personam adds a new exterior color on the Murci�lago coupe and roadster: A light blue shade inspired by polar ice, according to Lamborghini.


Interior
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.

Ad Personam's interior offering on the Murci�lago is a unique, untreated leather interior that will age and — intentionally — change color over time.


Under the Hood
The mid-engine Murci�lago packs a 6.5-liter V-12. 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.

Safety
All-disc Brembo antilock brakes are standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Amazing Experience

by Will G from Paramus NJ on April 24, 2018

The Mercielago is a beautiful example of Italian design. Although it’s difficult to drive and the drivers seat is oriented to the right, driving and being in the car is amazing Read full review

(5.0)

Lamborghini Murcielago

by Maverick from Newport California on February 18, 2010

I purchased this car about 3 months ago, and it's far different in many good and bad ways from other car's I've owned. This is by far the most extreme car I've ever owned, unparalleled in speed and ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Murcielago received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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