Lamborghini LP640

A potentially expensive disaster was avoided by timely administration of four litres of engine oil

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for LP07 recently, what with one thing and another, so I’m hoping for a new year without quite so many incidents. Famous last words? Just recently the big V12 developed a tendency to cut out on roundabouts or sweeping bends.  Thinking it must be a blocked fuel filter or similar, I decided to check all the fluids, including the oil, which I hadn’t for a month or so.    This last procedure isn’t the easiest task to carry out on a Murciélago since the dipstick and filler cap are located at the very front of the engine and become a little hot to say the least. Since the LP640 is also dry-sumped, it has to be carried out when all 631 horses are at operating temperature. After burning my paws as usual and creating smoke signals after spilling oil on the hot cats, I was a touch nervous when I couldn’t locate any of the shiny stuff on the dipstick. My nervousness increased when I still couldn’t despite adding 2 litres of Agip’s finest! Four litres later and at last I had a reading just below minimum, but I couldn’t help thinking this was another potentially very expensive near-miss after the recent towing fiasco. Lo and behold, the cutting-out on corners ceased immediately.

Driving the LP640 almost daily, it’s easy to forget just how rapid this rocketship is. Its staggering acceleration – especially above 100mph – is something I’ve never taken for granted, and the howl from the V12 over 5000rpm is utterly fabulous. It’s a big bus of course, weighing in at nearly 1.7 tons, but in my book this works to its advantage: with its four-wheel drive hooked-up, the big Lambo feels almost ‘planted’ on the road, which always inspires confidence.

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It’ll be going into the paintshop soon. All the bottom panels plus the bonnet and wheels are due for a bit of cellulose ready for the summer. Lamborghini will bear some of the cost since the lacquer has separated from the paint in a couple of places, so I’m hoping it’s not going to hurt the wallet too much. At least it costs less to fill up with fuel these days – about £80 or so, a welcome change from £110ish a few months ago.

Finally, I’m pleased to say that LP07 will be joined by another 12-cylinder leviathan next month. Clues? It weighs about the same, but it’s not Italian. Answers on a postcard…

Running Costs

Date acquiredAugust 2007
Total mileage17,823
Costs this month£128 (5 litres oil)
Mileage this month553
MPG this month12.5

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