Lamborghini has started to roll the red carpet for the Murciélago's successor by revealing a sneak preview of a major component in the new supercar: an al-new V12 powerplant.
With a clean-sheet design, the 6.5-liter V12 engine has a power output of 700hp and 690Nm of torque. At just 235 kilograms, the engine is extremely lightweight with Lamborghini claiming that every single kilo of engine weight represents a maximum output of around three horsepower.
Complementing the new engine is a completely new transmission, an automated manual gearbox that combines quick shift times--almost 50 percent shorter than with a dual-clutch transmission--and everyday usability with low weight and dimensions.
Production for the new powertrain combination is slated to begin early 2011.
According to Stephan Winkelmann, president and chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, the new engine is not only the brand's crowing glory, it also represents the Italian carmaker’s investment in its name.
"With this new V12, we are heralding a technological leap that encompasses all areas of the company and our future model lineup," Winkelmann said. "With a unique package of innovations, Lamborghini will redefine the future of the super sports car. This 700hp engine, together with an all-new concept gearbox, will be the strong heart of the Murciélago successor next year."