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2002 Lamborghini Murciélago Barchetta Concept

A year after we first saw the Murcielago at Frankfurt, Lamborghini have taken the next logical step towards a roadster version. While the Murcielago Barchetta is still in a conceptual form, without a doubt we will see a production version as early as this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

What sets the Barchetta apart from its coupe counterpart is a number of aggressive styling elements including wheels and a new engine cover. Lamborghini hints this new styling may reflect the future of their design language still headed by Luc Donkerwolke.

More subtle differences further distinguish the Barchetta Concept. Beneath the engine cover are new reinforcing braces to cope with the increased stress the roof would normally absorb. Inside, the roadster has streamlined seats and a chopped windscreen.

Traditionally, Lamborghini have always offered their products in roadster form from the very first 1965 350 GTS. After that came Miura and its corresponding P400 Roadster Concept. Much like the Murcielago Barchetta, the Miura Roadster was a prototype, but sadly never saw production. Lets hope the new Barchetta doesn’t suffer the same fate.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine 60 Degree, Aluminum Alloy, V12
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVT & VIS
displacement 6192 cc / 377.9 in³
bore 87 mm / 3.43 in
stroke 86.8 mm / 3.42 in
compression 10.7:1
power 432.5 kw / 580.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output 93.67 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 351.52 bhp per tonne
torque 650 nm / 479.4 ft lbs @ 4000-5400 rpm
redline 8000 rpm
body / frame Carbon Fibre Body over Tubular Steel Frame w/Steel Roof & Steel
driven wheels Permanent 4WD w/Viscous Traction
front tires Pirelli P Zero ROSSO 245/35ZR18
rear tires Pirelli P Zero ROSSO 335/30ZR18
front brakes Vented Discs w/Power Assist, 4-Pot Calipers, ABS, DRP
f brake size x 355 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Power Assist, 4-Pot Calipers, ABS, DRP
r brake size x 335 mm / x 13.2 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18.0 x 13.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1650 kg / 3638 lbs
wheelbase 2665 mm / 104.9 in
front track 1635 mm / 64.4 in
rear track 1695 mm / 66.7 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.941:1, 2.056:1, 1.520:1, 1.179:1, 1.030:1, 0.914:1, :1
final drive 2.53:1