The Lamborghini Murcielago is an important vehicle for the Italian brand. It replaced the Diabo as the brand’s flagship and carrier of the V12. Under the leadership of Luc Donckerwolke, who recently left his position as head of design for Hyundai Motor Group, the Murcielago excels in terms of design and performance, in particular its iconic scissor doors.
In terms of performance, the first version of the Murcielago was powered by an atmospheric 6.2-liter V12 developing 572 horsepower (427 kW) and 479 pound-feet (650 Newton meters) of torque.
These figures were enough to propel the Murcielago to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 3.8 seconds from a full stop. Most importantly, the then flagship Lambo has an official top speed of 206 mph (332 km / h).
AutoTopNL puts a Murcielago on a maximum speed race along the unrestricted section of the highway. It almost hit the target, although it depends on the part you are watching. You see, the speedometer indicates about 320 km / h – still below the official top speed but a little close. However, the GPS recorded a different number: 284 mph, which was far from reading the speedometer.
You don’t believe us? See for yourself through the integrated video above. The difference was hilarious, but many factors could have been the cause. First of all, the Murcielago is about two decades old now, so any inaccuracies in its instruments would be understandable.
As for the missed top speed, road conditions must also be taken into account. But then again, how many 20-year-old cars can go that fast in testing?