For 2006, the Lamborghini Murciélago coupe and roadster receive changes to their optional equipment packages. These include available carbon-ceramic brakes; an “Interior Carbon Package” with carbon-fibre trim on the dashboard and gearshift cover; and a “Branding Package”, which puts a relief of the Lamborghini logo on the headrests and a coloured logo on the wheels. Previously available only on the roadster, Oro Adonis (gold) exterior colour can now be squirted on the coupe as well.

Both models use a V12, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or optional “E-Gear” robotized gear and shifter system with paddle shift controls. The car’s 580 hp travels down to a permanent four-wheel-drive system. The chassis is a tubular frame made from high-strength steel alloy with carbon-fibre structural parts, while the body is steel and carbon fibre. A tubular X-brace in the engine compartment provides structural rigidity; it can be optioned up to a carbon-fibre unit. An automatic roll bar deploys from behind the seats in case of an impending rollover.

The roadster shares the coupe’s mechanicals, but with a drop-down top. That roof’s only there should you be out on a trip and encounter a bit of rain; it’s basically just a fabric tarp held up by metal ribs and a few fasteners. The company warns not to exceed 160 km/h when it’s in place; given that the Murciélago’s top speed is over 320 km/hr, you really can’t expect too much of a little bit of cloth.

Spacious inside, the Murciélago coddles driver and passenger in premium leather luxury, accessible through the company’s signature scissors doors. The car is nearly as wide as it is tall, for a centre of gravity that helps keep it glued to the road at high speeds. Lamborghini reports an acceleration time of zero to 100 km/h in a mere 3.8 seconds.

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