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Production Ends for the Lamborghini Murcielago

If you happened to be in the market for a brand-new Murcielago, then you're out of luck. Lamborghini has announced that May 11, 2010 was the last day of production for the Murcielago. Built for a customer in Switzerland, it was the 4,099th production model. The automaker marked the occasion a couple of days ago with a parade of its most celebrated V12 models in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

These cars included the 350 GT, Miura, Countach, and Diablo, which escorted a Murcielago SV for a symbolic "last ride" out of the Lamborghini factory gate. Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, stated that "for almost a decade, the Murcielago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand...it embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand." In looking ahead to the very near future, he went on to say that "in 2011, we will take a huge step into the future with the successor of the Murcielago - with the most innovative technology and truly stunning design."

Winkelmann is referring to the upcoming Jota/LP700-4, which will have a 6.5-liter V12 with 700 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a seven-speed transmission, it'll go from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. Made of a carbon fiber chassis and an F1 style rear-suspension, structural rigidity is supposedly increased by 70% while weight has been cut by 505 lbs. Wipe those Murcielago tears away fast, because the new car is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

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