Lamborghini has yet to officially launch its new Murcielago replacement, but it seems the company has had no trouble lining up customers ahead of schedule. A new report indicates Lamborghini has at least 50 orders for the LP700-4 (which may or may not be called Aventador), all placed from Singapore.
Last month, an early prototype Aventador -- similar to the model we recently sampled -- embarked on a four-city tour across Asia in an effort to rdum up excitement for the new model. The journey, which originated in Singapore, appears to have been somewhat successful: The Business Times reports the company has received 50 pre-orders from that market alone. A small figure, perhaps, but it's more than what Lamborghini managed to sell in the market last year.
Asia's strong regional economy certainly plays a part in the increased interest in supercars and opulent luxury vehicles, but the Aventador's early fortunes may be tied to the success of both the Gallardo and its own predecessor, the Murcielago.
"In the last five years since the arrival of the Murcielago and Gallardo, people now understand the cars better and realise the products are good," regional boss Melvin Goh told BT. "They are willing to book one even when it is new and before it is here."
Customers were reportedly pleased with both the Aventador's power output, along with its stellar acceleration figures -- both of which were recently revealed in a leaked dealer order guide. The LP700-4's 6.5-liter V-12 reportedly throws 691 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque to the ground via an all-wheel-drive system. Tipping the scales at 3472 pounds, the Aventador has a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower for every five pounds, which reportedly helps it sprint from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Carbon-ceramic rotors, grabbed by six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units out back, help bring the raging bull to a standstill.
Impressive? Perhaps, but the LP700-4 has some big shoes to fill. With 4099 cars built, the Murcielago was the most successful V-12 model in the company's 47-year history. It's hard to tell just how long the Aventador will run or how successful it will be, but if this early popularity in a single market is any indication, the Murcielago may soon be dethroned.
Look for more details and information surrounding the LP700-4 to emerge in March, as the car is expected to make its public debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Source: The Business Times