550 Maranello buying guide showed financial ruin isn't a guaranteed corollary of running one. Then Friday's POTW exhibited a 550M in its best light; a Blue Tour de France example with cream leather, it just exudes class, style and subtlety.
But who wants to be subtle when you can have scissor doors and an even bigger V12?
It's difficult to be mature or adult around the Lamborghini Murcielago. If the 550 is an RSC adaptation of Othello, the Murcielago is a Christmas panto. Huge effort goes into producing both, but where one is an intense, profound yet rather serious experience, the other is loud and raucous, a riot of colour and noise that leaves your ears ringing for hours after.
But everyone knows the sensory appeal manifest in a Lamborghini, but what about one that makes fiscal sense? This £75,000 Murcielago makes a solid case for itself, and here's why...
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Moreover, the Murcielago represents arguably the finest ensemble of Lamborghini lunacy and Audi restraint, being launched three years after Ingolstadt's takeover in 1998. So whilst the clutch no longer required the quads of Chris Hoy to depress, that gargantuan V12 still filled the compromised Murcielago cabin with noise and vibrations. And whilst there was no two wheel-drive Murcielago, its 4WD system was hardly sophisticated and very far from foolproof. It required the effort of earlier Sant'Agata supercars, but wouldn't bite your head off unless you specifically requested....
Finally, at a tenner under £75,000, how much cheaper can Murcielagos become? An early Diablo, admittedly with slightly fewer miles, is still £60,000, with the last 6.0 VT models achieving £90,000. A Countach? The cheapest on PH is £99,990... Surely it's only a matter of time before the market wakes up to the significance of early Murcielagos.
Both 550 and 575 Ferraris represent an educated supercar choice, the connoisseur's option if you will. But if your inner 12-year-old still exerts some influence, it's easy to see how the drama and beauty of the Lamborghini could win you over. Good luck...
Lamborghini Murcielago 6.2
Why you should: Because a front-engined Ferrari is a bit too sensible and it might even pay off financially.
Why you shouldn't: That V12 has its roots in the Miura's engine and it demands care. You may also prefer a more Lambo appropriate colour, such as TOWIE orange or Pina Colada yellow.
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