Lambo Murciélago SV

Posted by Tom Ford at 12:06 pm on Tuesday August 25, 2009

The SV is not a subtle car. As soon as it appears, childish you starts jabbering and capering about in your head: ‘Look! It’s got a massive wing! And look, the exhaust is a lozenge-shaped cave… And it’s so BIG, and WIDE and NOISY and orange’. You are reduced to a state of pure gawp.

It’s what a supercar should be: utterly enthralling. You can’t take your eyes off it, in case it does something amazing, like explode, or transform into a helicopter gunship.

Drive it, and the SV gets even better: a proper dramatic treat. This isn’t Casualty, it’s King Lear with machine guns and real bullets. This is how supercars used to be in the glittery and inaccurate halls of my memory.

Being honest, 12-year-old me wants all supercars to be huge, wide, dramatic things that make people fall over and girls wave and smile even when you’re fugly. Noisy, immature, socially irresponsible. Massively expensive. Metallic orange with the big wing pack.

But there’s a problem: thirty-plus me needs a car that delivers. Middle age brings feelings of self-worth based around exactly how damn fast this thing is. There would be nothing worse than having all the flame-spitting gurning if the SV wasn’t devastatingly, rub-your-nose-in-it, sod-off-and-die fast.

But it is.

It’s one of the few cars on the planet that can wear that rear wing, eyeball-searing Tango paint, be wider than a Victorian terrace and still have more trouser than mouth.

Inside it’s all carbon fibre and transmission tunnel, generous slathers of alcantara and something… else. Intimidation. Whiffy fear. The nose dips away in front, the glassy lozenges stacked across that rampant V12 flick light out back. It’s pure theatre and the better for it.

Twisting the key produces a whirr replaced suddenly by a revvy bark. Heads snap around and little boys point. Good. That’s what I’m talking about.

And when you watch the Stig going hard, you see the car’s rear-biased four-wheel drive understeering slightly, then monstering to power-oversteer.

In fact, we had trouble getting the Stig out of it. We had to threaten to burn him out, by the end.

Suffice to say that everything you hope the Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV might be, it is. Which, when something makes this many visual promises, is a very big compliment indeed.

Watch Stig lapping the TG GP ’09 cars: Aston Vantage V12, Ferrari 599 HGTE, KTM X-Bow, Porsche 911 GT3, Nissan 370Z, Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup and Audi R8 V10.

Then read about all of them.

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  1. zed said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    2nd forst comment of the week. i really should do some work

  2. james said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    love that car sssoooooo much!!!! in fact the same amount as the corvette ZR1!!!!! i really do want to know what the ZR1 could do around the track, i think it’d be phenominally fast !! i think faster than an enzo on ar with the zonda F. we’ll have to see next series! or else >:(

  3. The Mauritian Stig said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    OMFG!!!!!

    One of my legs just got longer looking at this…

  4. Af said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 12:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Best car on the planet!!!
    This is what Lambo is all about!!

  5. pidgeon said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like its been tangoed. Love it.

  6. WAT said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    ZR1, LM C6.R, USF1. America is so awesome its general public doesn’t know about any of that or F1/Lemans. Yet..yet Corvettes dominate in Lemans. What is this…

  7. Porsche fan said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s a mental car – I hope it’s in Forza 3 for the Xbox 360, that’s as close as I will get to driving one! I love it!

  8. slr stirlingmoss fan said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    soz like the SLR Stirling Moss or the 599 GTB.

    sorry not much room for space in screen name

  9. Jonty said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Tom’s posting stuff again!!

  10. Jonty said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    YAYYY!

  11. ninjaaaa :D said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

  12. Daniel said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My vote goes to this one!

  13. gill said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    last salute to true lambo sportscar heritage and boy imagination

  14. zico said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    beatiful!!!

  15. zico said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 5:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    beautiful* exscuse me

  16. hot air balloon said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 7:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s first not that. Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV is an excellent car. Amazing!

    xxxx

  17. cheeseypanda said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    my favourite car at the moment, until lambo releases the replacement for this. btw if people didn’t know Lamborghini and Bugatti are confirmed to be in GT5. woooo.

  18. ryan said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this is my pick of the lot and by a huge margin

  19. Puma said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 9:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Orange, rear wing, vulgar, big, bad. I hate it.

    I need one. How much is it?

  20. JC said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 9:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    How can something be so vulgar and horrible and in the same time so gentle and terrific? That’s what a proper supercar ought to be.

  21. kubomon17 said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i absolutely adore this car, well done lambo

  22. Screen Name said...
    Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I love how it looks like the old Diablo SV.

  23. Usif said...
    Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 1:02 am Link to comment Report comment

    very cool

  24. Marks'n'Spenders said...
    Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 5:56 am Link to comment Report comment

    Stunning car, wonder how long it ‘ll be before Audi’s development team sort their awaited Soiled Pants Changed On The Move device? surely this should be the car to give the SPCOTM device it’s debut?

  25. Horsepowerrrrr said...
    Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 9:36 am Link to comment Report comment

    If it came with a complimentary bright orange helmet, it’d be perfect!

  26. GR1M3Z said...
    Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car I was waiting for checking everyday if the spec has been unveiled and when it did WOAH what a car then TopGear got hold of 1 and mate believe me when I say this I was like FUKIN HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLL GREAT MACHINE sad to see murcie’s go

  27. longbrudder said...
    Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Still the only bad boy car maker on the planet!
    This car is awesome and I would love to have one over any of the other cars mentioned. JC has a dirty habit of putting these cars down over a noncy little Fezza, but he’s wrong.
    Proper supercar

  28. Exige97 said...
    Thursday August 27, 2009 at 10:08 am Link to comment Report comment

    Good work Lambo. Mad, noisy and very, very fast.
    A proper supercar.

  29. STOCKPORT COUNTY said...
    Thursday August 27, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to comment Report comment

    y dont u do a test of the fastest cars in the world?

  30. no378f said...
    Thursday August 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    what you lot saying its soooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo o bad

  31. no378f said...
    Thursday August 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    soooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooo o bad

  32. William Hobbs said...
    Thursday August 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My Second Favorite Lambo, First Is The Miura SV!

  33. UkJam92 said...
    Thursday August 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    as almost all Lambos, I love it! A great tribute to the murcielago.
    A feat of engineering by anyone’s standards.

  34. Beardy Branson said...
    Friday August 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    my sister loves it

  35. Zaid Atoum said...
    Saturday August 29, 2009 at 9:25 am Link to comment Report comment

    That is My favorite car .
    Lamborghini must be proud of it.

    I can’t wait to see it’s lap time …….

  36. Matty Thompson said...
    Saturday August 29, 2009 at 10:06 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s bonkers car and it is my 3rd favourite car here

  37. Phillie said...
    Saturday August 29, 2009 at 11:17 am Link to comment Report comment

    This is how cars should be! I’m still 15 that’s prob. the reason why i think that way but that new cars shaped like eggs are sooo frustrating! I love it when someone makes car that we all want. Not the car that we need. But the car that we want. In my opinion we should pick our cars in the way we picked our first car. It should be exciting, not practical, loud, fast, make babies cry, make little boys eyes to pop out… and make you feel young and free.

  38. Pymmy said...
    Saturday August 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Wonderful car. Though I would rather like a Gallardo!!! :D

  39. jeza101 said...
    Sunday August 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    d gallardo is much prittier in every way

  40. Flying pig said...
    Sunday August 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    As much as I want one, I can’t have one. Because of the damn price tag

  41. CRobbo said...
    Sunday August 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOW!

  42. Lukeage9 said...
    Tuesday September 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Absolute hooligan of a car, this. I want one!

    But why can’t all Lambos look as good as the Reventon?

  43. auris13 said...
    Wednesday September 2, 2009 at 2:06 am Link to comment Report comment

    whereas the gallardo is just gorgeous (especially in pearl white) the SV makes it look almost bland, with the huge exhaust, monstrous wing, startling orange color its the return of the bad boy racer

  44. Tony Brown said...
    Thursday September 24, 2009 at 11:03 am Link to comment Report comment

    I don’t know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

  45. ben777 said...
    Saturday September 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    looks very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!

  46. ben777 said...
    Saturday September 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    :-)

  47. tayyib said...
    Tuesday December 1, 2009 at 11:21 am Link to comment Report comment

    y dont all you top gear guy suk ma dik!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. junaid said...
    Tuesday December 1, 2009 at 11:22 am Link to comment Report comment

    i luv stig…… i gave hm a t bag.. lovley n

  49. alex is epic said...
    Tuesday December 15, 2009 at 8:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Lambo is just amazing. but they need more amazing stuff on this one. I mean, there aren’t even any machine guns. fast as hell though

  50. alex is epic said...
    Tuesday December 15, 2009 at 8:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    50th comment! lol

  51. LP670-4 said...
    Sunday January 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Well, I think the name ‘SV’ is
    enough to express that car’s characters.

  52. LamboFan said...
    Friday December 3, 2010 at 4:24 am Link to comment Report comment

    God this car is amazing! SV means Super violent

  53. Lambo Man said...
    Saturday June 18, 2011 at 1:14 am Link to comment Report comment

    …………..Holy crap, coolest car in the world, then it’s the reventon,miura, aventador, murcielago, diablo, countach and so on, no cars even come close to the aura of awesomeness that Lamborghinis’ exert

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