In the early hours of an overcast Sunday morning, a distinct rumble could be heard throughout the quiet streets of Adelaide’s Chinatown district. A team of our photographers – fuelled by a combination of energy drinks, coffee and McDonald’s, felt an unusual (if not slightly disturbing) level of excitement over the sound… After all; who wouldn’t get excited over the sound of a 6.5 litre V12 roaring up Gouger Street?
We don’t wake up at 5am for just anything… And this car made us so glad that we endured several hours of sleep deprivation, cold weather and a little drizzle of rain! We now present to you Shaun’s 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640-4. This is definitely our most unique and exciting shoot thus far, and oh boy did we have some fun with this raging Bull…
Shaun purchased this beauty exactly as we see it today. The Italian supercar has had extensive modifications made since its arrival in Australia – with work done by no other than Sydney’s Queen Street Group. Most prominent are the Liberty Walk front bar and rear spoiler – creating a possibly terrifying image to see approaching in your rear view mirror. As the sun rose, the wheels began to glow as the sunlight hit the lips of the RSV Forged MS10s – dipped in no other than pure 24 carat gold. Every inch of the car screamed attention to detail; it was hard to find a spot on the car where you couldn’t see your reflection staring right back at you!
As the Murcielago pulled (loudly) into the deserted Southern gates of Chinatown, we smiled amongst ourselves as a distinct and rather recognisable sound of airbag suspension echoed around the mall. The car slid gracefully to the ground; perfectly tucking the lips of the RSVs within the car’s fenders. The AirREX digital air suspension kit was tucked neatly under the bonnet (something we initially doubted would even fit in the front end of a Lamborghini) and gave the Murcielago a truly aggressive stance on the road.
The exhaust was deafening (and we loved it). The titanium Armytrix valvetronic exhaust gives the driver complete control of the sound of the vehicle with the push of a button on a remote control – it was clearly switched on.
On the inside – this raging bull still retains its aggression. The alecantara interior was simply gorgeous – for those who don’t know what alecantara is; it’s a synthetic composite for suede, offering increased durability and is largely seen in high end European vehicles. Carbon fibre trim adorned the interior – and we noted additional carbon trim in and around the car’s engine bay. We couldn’t help but excessively photograph what we now label as ‘brake porn’ – The Murcielago’s carbon-ceramic brakes provide the vehicle plenty of stopping power – and the bright yellow calipers compliment the 24 carat gold-plated wheels perfectly.
Our morning with the raging bull was definitely something to remember – After seeing this rarity discreetly (or at least mildly discreetly) turn up to our March Madness meet, we were left with no choice but to track this beauty down. It was definitely worth the hunt. Perhaps we’ll drive one of these one day – but for now, we’ll just stick with our humble little hatchbacks, and hope that one day we can ride the bull.
Photographers: Scotty Cunningham, Brandan Cotton, Tom Goldsmith.