Nine years have passed since we first laid eyes on the Lamborghini Murcielago at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, but it’s no secret the raging bull’s time is drawing to a close. To commemorate the end of the Murcielago era, Lamborghini threw a special celebration in honor of the model at its headquarters earlier this morning.
According to Lamborghini, exactly 4099 examples of the supercar were built, making it one of the most successful V-12 offerings in the company’s history. Interestingly, car number 4099 — an Arancio Atlas LP670-4 SuperVeloce — wasn’t built today, but six months ago. The car, one of 350 SVs built, has since been delivered to a lucky customer in Switzerland.
Along with releasing the above photo of car 4099 leaving the line (which looks remarkably similar to the photo of car 4000, which was a similar orange SV), Lamborghini celebrated the end of the Murcielago today with an official party, including a parade of the company’s past V-12 models (we hope the oddball LM002 wasn’t jilted from the festivities).
“For almost a decade, the Murcielago was the icon of the Lamborghini brand,” CEO Stephan Winkelmann said during the event, “and it was enormously successful in the process. The Murcielago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising, and unmistakably Italian. This already makes it one of the legends of the sports car world.”
Although the Murcielago’s 9-year life span was eclipsed by the 11-year production run of its successor, the Diablo, Lamborghini managed to build almost 2000 more Murcielagos within the same time span. Through the first five years of its life, power came courtesy of a 580-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-12. Halfway through the car’s lifespan, Lamborghini added an upgraded 6.5-liter mill, allowing the car to benefit from 640 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. Arguably, the best — the limited edition SuperVeloce — was saved for the car’s last year of production. SV models benefited not only from 220 fewer pounds, but an extra 30 horsepower.
The end of the Murcielago, however, represents the beginning of a new chapter within Lamborghini. At this stage, we know little about the company’s next top-tier supercar, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if the Sesto Elemento concept — which reportedly showcased the Lamborghini’s new design and engineering ethics — gives us a few hints.