Rumors and leaked scraps of information about the Lamborghini Murcielago successor have been trickling across the Internet for the better part of two years, and today a fresh set of rumors surfaced, claiming the car will debut this fall in Paris.
We’ve heard many a rumor about the new big-banger Lambo, rumored to be named “Jota,” so this is just the latest fuel on the fire. An insider at Teamspeed is reporting that the Jota will be revealed to dealers and VIPs in July before debuting to the public in Paris in October. The source reports that the Jota will weigh less than 3300 pounds and hit a top speed of about 230 mph. The car is reported to be shorter than the Murcielago and will sport new 21-inch wheels over upgraded Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. The price is expected to fall in the neighborhood of the current Murcielago LP 640, or around $380,000.
Most importantly, the source is reporting that Lamborghini’s signature “scissor” doors may not make an appearance. There seems to be some debate as to whether the scissor doors are gone completely in the name of weight savings or redesigned to open out first, then up, like many aftermarket kits, but their future is in question regardless.
In addition to this new information, we’ve already heard that the new supercar will dump the Murcielago’s steel tub for a new carbon-fiber tub that is rumored to be made by the same company providing the McLaren MP4-12C’s tub. We’ve also heard about an aluminum space frame and heavy usage of carbon-fiber and aluminum in the body and anywhere else possible to save weight. That bodywork is expected to be influenced by the Reventon and the Estoque concept.
We’ve also heard from several sources that the Jota will sport a 6.0-liter V-12 updated with direct-injection and 700 horsepower. We hear it will be mated to either a seven-speed single-clutch paddle-shifted automated manual transmission or a seven-speed sequential automatic. We’re told that there will not be a manual transmission offered, and that a dual-clutch auto was declined because it’s “too complex and too expensive.”
Should the source’s information prove correct, we may see more information begin leaking out around July, so we’ll keep an eye out for any new details. With any luck, we might just see us a new Lambo come October.