Lamborghini is rushing to unleash a monster lightweight, rear-drive rocket in late 2008 as a last hurrah for the Murciélago supercar.
Sources at Sant’Agata say the car, dubbed the SV, will have even more power than the 641-hp V12 Reventón and will be blindingly fast in a straight line. Sources say it will have at least 220 pounds stripped from the Murciélago LP640’s 3663-pound body, with some suggesting the savings could be close to 300 pounds.
Losing the front differential and driveshafts will save some 90 pounds alone, and dietary lessons learned from the Gallardo Superleggera will provide the rest of the needed weight reduction.
The welded-tube steel chassis is a more difficult proposition than the aluminum-bodied Gallardo, though, because most of the larger car’s body panels are already carbon fiber. Only its roof and door panels are aluminum.
Lamborghini sources note the SV program has followed the Superleggera program by dividing the focus into three areas: interior, exterior and mechanicals. The interior will become carbon-fiber central, including the inner door skins, the seat shells and the center tunnel. Leather-lined door panels will be replaced by carbon, with a pull strap for a door handle, saving five pounds per door.