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A 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago is equipped with a 6.2-liter, 12-cylinder, 580 horsepower engine that can accelerate it to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, power transferred to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. The car is crazy fast, drop-dead gorgeous, and creates a mechanical symphony more pleasing than anything this side of a Ferrari Enzo.
For 2004, Lamborghini added a sequential manual transmission called E-gear. Shifted using paddles located on the steering column, E-gear does away with the traditional clutch. Normal and Sport modes are available, and to engage reverse, the driver depresses a button located on the left side of the dashboard.
Now, for 2005, Lamborghini adds the Murcielago Roadster. Because the rear bulkhead is so tall, the Roadster could almost be considered a Targa instead. Same powertrain, same performance, same glorious exhaust note – and E-gear is available.
And you thought you’d made up your mind to get in line for the Porsche Carrera GT.
--Photos courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A.
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