Imagine, if you will, placing Lamborghini's million-dollar Reventon into a blender with a brand-new Murcielago LP 640-4, and pushing the button marked "blend." Although we wouldn't perform such a sadistic act on our own accord, we've no doubt that the result would look something like the 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.
But the latest iteration of the Murcielago is more than simply a cosmetic refresh. Although the Italian term Superveloce translates to "high speed," when applied to the legendary Miura and Diablo, it came to represent a hardcore supercar with heightened levels of performance. From what we've seen about the new LP 670-4 SV, that tradition continues.
Engineers first reworked the Murcielago's aluminum-block 6.5-liter V-12 engine. At first glance, it differs little from those in the LP 640 and Reventon, but thanks to a new intake manifold, exhaust system, engine computer, and optimized valvetrain, the engine now pumps out a substantial 670 hp - 10 hp more than the Reventon and 30 hp over a Murcielago LP 640. Unlike the Diablo SV, which eschewed the Diablo VT's all-wheel-drive system in favor of a rear-wheel-drive setup, the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV continues to send power to all four wheels via either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.