2009 Lamborghini Murcielago


2009 Lamborghini Murcielago Review

Note: This review was created when the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago was new.

Pros & Cons

  • 631-horsepower and a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 sec
  • Standard all-wheel drive aids its sporty handling
  • Aggressive, heart-pounding exterior design
  • Roadster's targa top is difficult to use
  • Scissor doors make its cabin hard to enter/exit
  • Hampered rearward visibility

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Lamborghini Murcielago has a score of 9.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 8 pieces of research and data.

9.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.
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2009 Lamborghini Murcielago Overview

Introduced in 2001, the Murcielago LP640 is the successor to Lamborghini's much celebrated Diablo. It is named for a legendary nineteenth-century Spanish bull that withstood an unprecedented 24 thrusts of a matador's sword. True to its namesake, the Murcielago combines a muscular and aggressive design with knock'em dead performance capabilities. "Snake-belly low and reverse-cowgirl sexy, this car ... is the most heinously irresponsible, developmentally arrested, awesomely cool sports car the world has ever known," writes the Los Angeles Times. "This $405,000 hypercar is, in short, a great big booger flicked in the face of respectability." Indeed, the Murcielago's 631-horsepower V12 engine wasn't engineered for the faint of heart.

If you're in the market for an exotic supercar, be sure to add the Ferrari F430 to your short list. While the Murcielago is more aggressively styled, the F430's Formula 1 inspired race technology makes it hard to ignore -- especially the high-powered Scuderia trim. For even greater sports performance, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti makes a great choice. However, its subdued styling cues may not appeal to drivers seeking to flaunt their vehicle's wild abilities. 

The 2009 Murcielago is available in two body styles, coupe and roadster.

  • "To the extreme on so many levels, the 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 remains the quintessential exotic thrill machine." -- Edmunds
  • "One look at this 50 Cent video on wheels, one taste of its seismic performance, and you'll know why the Murcilago LP640 is cross-referenced in the dictionary under 'centrifuge,' 'exhibitionism,' and 'lust.'" -- Motor Trend
  • "The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster is the Italian automaker's top convertible model, with performance credentials matched by few other vehicles in the world." -- Forbes
  • "From mind-bending speed and the guttural shriek of the V-12 to the low-slung, sharply creased sheetmetal and the butt-on-the-ground seating position, the Murcie is the archetypal Italian exotic. It always draws a crowd, and it has the performance to warrant the attention." -- Car and Driver
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