Lol! Reminds me of my delivery…The car arrived day before yesterday, I was too busy checking it out and driving to make a new post! I freaking love it, it is everything I expected and then some. The pearl paint is beautiful and the wheels make it look just like a classic Lamborghini should. There are a few imperfections, of course, the wheels have some nicks here and there and the front bumper in person is honestly a bit worse than I thought. I hardly cared when it was coming off the truck though, I just wanted to get on the road!
Here are my first driving impressions. I am coming out of a 2004 Gated Gallardo and an LP570-4 Gallardo Performante and I currently have an Aventador.
- First things first, probably the most important thing, I drove it for around 100 miles so far and you would never even know it was ever in an accident! Everything works perfectly, which was a huge relief. This car was a leap of faith and it all worked out. It drives perfectly straight (given there is a little bit of wandering, as there was with my 04 Gallardo), it shifts like butter, the power feels great, and I completely forgot about its history after a couple of minutes of driving. Amazing.
- Interior. Nice enough. I'm not a huge interior guy, the dual stitching is cool, I really like the two-tone, and the steering wheel feels good. I don't really care for the radio because I never use it and the climate control works which is good enough for me. Overall, gets the job done. The drive is more important than the cockpit!
- Steering. Steering is heavy, which I like. It feels more similar to my old 04 G as the LP570 had a bit lighter steering. The Murci steering is heavy and responsive around bends and the turning circle is better than I expected. Overall, pretty good. I have been looking into doing a RWD conversion which should wake up the steering and improve turn-in. Right now it feels kind of like a boat at low speeds, at higher speeds it feels good.
- Weight. It feels heavy at low speeds and seems to lighten up at higher speeds. Around bends, as I mentioned, it feels great, but at low speeds, it's a bit of a tank. That, and the size of it, makes it harder to maneuver than a Gallardo but I think a RWD conversion will help tremendously.
- Power. Power is solid! 570 horsepower is not bad and it comes on nicely, there is nothing like NA power. Once I install the intake, exhaust, and tune I think it will really wake up and should put out about 625hp at the crank. The gears are long which I thought would be annoying, but after driving it, it is actually pretty nice in my opinion. You can actually use 1st gear to accelerate because you don't need to immediately shift out of it.
- Sound. Absolutely terrible. It sounds like a vacuum! I have never had a stock exhaust Lamborghini aside from the Aventador, so when I started it I was like "what the hell??" I already have a DTP exhaust on the way so no worries, but I can hardly hear it when I'm driving right now.
- Suspension. Soft, too soft. The Koni suspension is really, really nice. It is the smoothest Lamborghini I have ever driven by far. I hardly feel bumps and I just float over the road. What is interesting is it's very smooth but you do not suffer from body roll. In a corner or a bend, the car still feels planted and flat. Best of both worlds it seems but in my opinion, it's too good. There were a couple of times when I was first driving it where I thought the speedometer was wrong, I would be going 80mph and it felt like 55mph it was so smooth! This would be great for road trips but the suspension is so plush it makes the car feel slower. When I'm pushing the car, I want to feel every bump in the road not only because I feel more connected, but also because it feels like I am going faster. I have been talking to White Out about his upcoming coilover setup so that might be in the cards.
- Shifting. Absolutely INCREDIBLE! This thing shifts like butter! Comparing it to my old 04 Gated G, this thing is a godsend. It is far less notchy, shorter throw, and smoother. The shorter throw is really nice and I think it already has the shorter shifter so it feels nice and quick. I'll post a video soon but it literally feels 10x better than my old G. Love it.
- Looks. Love the classic look. The wheels, tail lights, and front bumper make the car look exactly like a classic Lamborghini should look. I have been playing with the idea of an SV body kit, but I love the way it looks stock so that's on the back burner for now. The off-shade front bumper bugs me a bit, but whatever. It's a manual Murci, can't complain.
- Ergonomics. Way better than I expected. I watched countless videos and read countless forums on Murcis before getting mine and I saw numerous times people say that you'll be angled to the right side pretty hard when driving. I actually hardly noticed, you are offset a little bit, but it didn't even bother me. I honestly might not have noticed if I hadn't known about it. The steering wheel position is not the best, a bit too close IMO and the pedal box is pretty small. It took me a couple of minutes to get used to, but once you're in, you're in just fine.
- Odd Murci stuff. There are some interesting quirks I found. The traction control kicks in WAY too early. I mean, at half throttle in first gear, it's flashing at me and cutting power for no reason. The first thing I do when I hop in is shut it off. The immobilizer is pretty funny, the beeping noises definitely tell you it's an old car. Easy to get used to.
Overall, I love the package. Silly doors, V12, crazy looks, and the gated shifter. The car definitely beat my expectations and once I get all the new parts installed, it is going to be nuts. I am very happy to say the car drives as it should! There are no creaks, odd vibrations, weird steering, or issues to name. It feels like I just stole a perfect Manual Murcielago with some weird red text on the carfax, which I am totally happy with.
Big thank you to Jeff at JRGarage for representing and selling a dialed car!
Here is some shifter action! (sorry for poor quality, my iPhone doesn't like low light): IMG_1308.MOV
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