The LP640-4 was released at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as a welcome update to the original Murciélago, which was introduced in September 2001 as the first new Lamborghini released under the ownership of Audi. The LP640 retained all the fundamental styling cues of its predecessor, but both its bodywork and interior, along with the powertrain, were upgraded to keep things fresh. The most distinguishable features of the LP640 are its chiseled front and rear bumpers, restyled taillights, and massive, singular central-mounted exhaust outlet.
As was the case with the original Murciélago, the introduction of a roadster followed the coupe. Similar to the Diablo Roadster, Lamborghini’s first open V-12 since the Miura Roadster concept, the roadster version of the Murciélago became the most desirable car in the lineup when it was released, as it allowed both the driver and passenger to hear the symphony of the V-12 that was mounted just inches behind them even better. Just like the coupe, horsepower was increased to 640, and with that, the car’s top speed was increased to 205 mph, with a 0–60 time of 3.4 seconds, which was 0.4 seconds faster than the original Murciélago Roadster.
The 2008 example presented here is in no-less-than-factory-fresh condition. It is finished in desirable Grigio Avalon over a Grigio Phoenix leather interior and is fitted with a number of options, including the six-speed “E-Gear” paddle-shift transmission, carbon-ceramic disc brakes with painted-grey calipers, black “Hermera” wheels, a quilted leather interior, and carbon-fiber interior trim. The car is stunning to behold both inside and out, as it is both simultaneously elegant and imposing. It has just less than 3000 miles on the odometer.
As the first new vehicle built by Lamborghini after the company was acquired by Audi, the Murciélago was considered by many to be the beginning of a new era for the company, as it was a car that combined both German and Italian engineering, with the visual panache that had defined Lamborghini for over 40 years. The LP640-4 Roadster is undoubtedly one of the most desirable variants of the Murciélago, as it offers the added drama of top-down motoring and the improved LP640-4 powertrain.