Ital­ians build a new bull

Pro­to­types of Lamborghini’s lat­est car is in full charge, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE suc­ces­sor to the Lamborghini Mur­cielago is ex­pected to go pub­lic this week. The rag­ing bull at the top of the Ital­ian line — all Lam­borgh­i­nis are named af­ter fight­ing bulls — will be re­placed by a new car likely to be called Jota.

No one knows yet if the Paris un­veil­ing will be a full-scale pro­duc­tion car or a mo­tor show tease, but Lamborghini is flat-out on devel­op­ment work with the car.

It is caught by Carparazzi out­side the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many, where Jota pro­to­types are hot lap­ping for sus­pen­sion tun­ing work.

The Carparazzi pic­tures show ev­ery ma­jor de­tail. These in­clude large side in­takes for the rear­mounted radiators and aero­dy­namic parts on the car.

The Jota is still big­ger than the Gal­lardo but sits lower than the Mur­cielago, with sources hint­ing it will weigh con­sid­er­ably less with more car­bon fi­bre and alu­minium in its con­struc­tion.

The styling is in­spired by Lamborghini’s Es­toque and Reven­ton con­cept cars — so more ad­ven­tur­ous than the Mur­cielago, with cues from jet fight­ers.

Carparazzi sources say the car has a di­rect-in­jec­tion V12 en­gine around 550kW and all-wheel drive.

Lamborghini is send­ing out teaser pic­tures of the Jota and has al­ready hosted Amer­i­can deal­ers and hinted the LB715-5, prob­a­bly the Jota’s co­de­name, will go on show in Paris with the 83X, the suc­ces­sor to the Gal­lardo, to fol­low.

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