As we merged into traffic on Sunset, heading east, the Lambo felt like a caged animal waiting to be let off its leash. The brutal punch of its fat torque curve is the forte of this motor, and it responds to even the smallest of throttle openings with an urgency that belies the car’s 3,700-pound weight. As this is an original Murciélago with a manual gearbox, it would be purgatory to get stuck in rush hour traffic. Luckily, traffic is relatively thin this Saturday afternoon, and we’re heading out of town.
On the open road now, and with its vital fluids fully warmed through, the Murciélago delivers its knockout punch with gusto. This is a big, wide car, but American roads are wide, and where you have to be circumspect on narrower European roads, the big Lambo is in its element here.
The structural rigidity conferred by the spaceframe chassis is still impressive all these years on, and the firm suspension easily copes with the bumps and lumps on the tarmac. Even on the eve of its replacement, the Murciélago is still a mighty force to be reckoned with.
The only real threat in this environment is the California Highway Patrol, who seem to think that cars like this are speeding even when they’re standing still.
We’re not big fans of modified Lamborghinis only because we’ve seen so many badly executed ones before. But we really took to the Platinum Motorsport Murciélago because it is as dramatic—yet subtle—as such a car can ever be, and the quality of workmanship is absolutely top-notch. It is the perfect advertisement for what this family-run enthusiast company can do.
Platinum Motorsport Lamborghini Murciélago
Longitudinal mid-mounted, all-wheel drive
6.2-liter V12, dohc, 48-valve. Custom ECU software re-map
Wheels and Tires
Platinum Motorsport custom alloys, 8.5x19 (f), 12x19 (r) Pirelli P Zero Nero, 235/35 (f), 345/25 (r)
Carbon front section with lacquered carbon brake inlets, carbon air intakes, carbon rear underbody diffuser, carbon wing
Custom Alcantara with contrasting white stitching, custom perforated leather inserts and floor mats, custom integrated audio w/ McIntosh amplifier in front boot, JL Audio subwoofer in rear bulkhead
Peak Power: 640 hp (est.)