With power increased, the team in Sant'Agata Bolognese looked at decreasing weight. Although a base Murcielago already used a considerable amount of carbon fiber throughout the car, its 3670-lb curb weight isn't the definition of svelte. As such, Lamborghini worked on cutting weight out of multiple components. That new exhaust system may help boost power, but it's also 22 lbs lighter than before. Switching to a high-strength steel for the tube frame chassis sheds 44 lbs, while increasing torsional rigidity by 12 percent.
Although it's still well appointed, the Murcielago's cabin isn't spared from the crash diet. Sport seats are requisite for a sports car, but those in the LP 670-4 SV are fashioned from carbon fiber. They're also trimmed in Alcantara, a material Lamborghini claims is much lighter than leather hide. Don't look for any audio or navigation systems, either - unless specifically requested by customers, they're purged in the pursuit of a lighter car.
Designers also had some free reign to revise the Murcielago's form. A new chin spoiler, side skirts and intakes, rear diffuser, and spoiler may seem as if they're merely design tie-ins to the ultra-rare Reventon, but they're so much more. Each part plays a big part in adding downforce, something many Lamborghinis sorely lacked. A fixed rear spoiler plays a big part in keeping the rear end planted to terra firma, but an even larger unit (pictured) is also available. Although the LP 670-4 SV is available in seven different colors, Lamborghini seems intent on painting the new body kit in a contrasting black hue.
The end result is a lighter (3450 lbs), meaner Murcielago that's ready for either road or track. Lamborghini claims the SV-spec Murcielago can hit 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 212.5 mph. That's certainly fast, and we expect the entire production run (limited to 350 examples) to sell out just as quickly.