2002 Lamborghini Murciélago Barchetta Concept

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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 byRichard Owen
engine60 Degree, Aluminum Alloy, V12
positionMid Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVT & VIS
displacement6192 cc / 377.9 in³
bore87 mm / 3.43 in
stroke86.8 mm / 3.42 in
power432.5 kw / 580.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output93.67 bhp per litre
bhp/weight351.52 bhp per tonne
torque650 nm / 479.4 ft lbs @ 4000-5400 rpm
redline8000 rpm
body / frameCarbon Fibre Body over Tubular Steel Frame w/Steel Roof & Steel
driven wheelsPermanent 4WD w/Viscous Traction
front tiresPirelli P Zero ROSSO 245/35ZR18
rear tiresPirelli P Zero ROSSO 335/30ZR18
front brakesVented Discs w/Power Assist, 4-Pot Calipers, ABS, DRP
f brake sizex 355 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakesVented Discs w/Power Assist, 4-Pot Calipers, ABS, DRP
r brake sizex 335 mm / x 13.2 in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18.0 x 13.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1650 kg / 3638 lbs
wheelbase2665 mm / 104.9 in
front track1635 mm / 64.4 in
rear track1695 mm / 66.7 in
transmission6-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.941:1, 2.056:1, 1.520:1, 1.179:1, 1.030:1, 0.914:1, :1
final drive2.53:1