Time to place a bid?
Just because one may not be able to afford a Lamborghini does not necessarily mean you can't own its heart and soul. And by heart and soul, we mean a Lamborghini engine. Could you transplant that engine into another car that's not a Lamborghini? Of course. The options are unlimited. But how much does a Lamborghini engine cost? Prices vary but this one appears to be an incredible bargain that does not come up often. Up for sale on eBay right now is this naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V12 that was originally in a 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster.
The engine is complete and comes with the wiring harness, inlet manifold, and electronic throttle bodies. The price? A mere $31,000. Do note that the listing is in Australian currency for $45,000.
We don't have many details about the donor Murcielago Roadster, only that it was involved in a front end collision. The end result must have been severe enough for the supercar to be declared totaled. The engine in question produces a total of 572 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, enabling the Lambo to blast from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds. The listing also states the engine has a total of just under 4,400 miles on it, which really isn't bad considering its age.
Most importantly, this V12 shows no sign of damage as a result of the crash. It's really an incredible find and a historic one at that. Before the Murcielago's successor, the Aventador, launched in 2011, Lamborghini's V12 engine design remained relatively unchanged for four decades, dating back to the iconic Miura. It was the Aventador that debuted the all-new 6.5-liter V12.
Lamborghini has committed itself to the naturally aspirated V12 (or has it?), but there will be one significant change taking place in the next few years: the addition of hybrid assist. Not only will this help improve fuel economy, but it will also provide a performance boost.
Still, the end of an era is about to take place at Lamborghini and this bargain-priced V12 is the perfect representative of its glory days. Then again, something tells us the best is yet to come from Lamborghini.