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522kW of pimped muscle for Lambo

2008-08-05 07:21
A real rear-wheel drive Lambo again thanks to Edo

A real rear-wheel drive Lambo again thanks to Edo Competition and their insane PL710/2 conversion.

Ahlen based bespoke German tuner Edo have a very traditional package available for Murciélago owners.

For those who find the forbidding mid-engined Italian supercar too reserved, quiet and secure in standard 6.5-litre, 471kW, all-wheel drive trim, the dedicated Edo team can convert it to LP710/2 spec.

At the heart of the LP710/2 conversion is the 6.5-litre V12 engine which is left untouched dimensionally, but sees significant improvements to all aspects which could facilitate better breathing.

Loud and proud

New exhaust headers, more aggressive camshafts running in unison with flowed cylinder heads all controlled by a radically recalibrated ECU system – while still retaining some remnant of emission control via high-flow catalytic converters – ensure a jump in power from 471kW to 522kW.

Orchestrating an epic blend of acoustics is the new stainless steel exhaust system which features remote controlled butterfly valves for added resonance when necessary – when leaving your driveway at 5am for example…

Rear-wheel drive Lambo?

The increase in power output and unethical, synthetically boosted acoustic resonance thanks to Edo’s trick exhaust system is usurped in tuning excess by Edo’s conversion of the Murciélago to rear-wheel drive in LP710/2 trim.

All-wheel drive was ushered into the Lamborghini range specifically to protect owners with more money than driving ability from themselves. With increased performance and Edo’s single-plate clutch system ensuring each LP710/2 drives through the rear-wheels only, expect to see many of them end up in the cliff-faces of Southern France.

In mitigation Edo claims the all-wheel to rear-wheel drive conversion shaves 40kg in weight, one would think the 52kW power increase would easily offset the 40kg weight penalty of all-wheel drive security…

Beyond the radical performance upgrades the Edo LP710/2 sports exposed carbon-fibre bodywork trim, a stability aiding adjustable rear wing, 19-inch mags shod with high-performance Continental V-max 225/35 tyres up front and 325/30 at the rear.

Interior upgrades included the obligatory reverse aiding rear-view camera, exposed carbon-fibre trim and tyre-pressure monitor system warning of impending doom during a high speed run. Don’t make light of that last feature either, with a 0-200km/h sprint potential of ten seconds and top speed of 360km/h the LP710/2 needs all the onboard diagnostics it can be equipped with.


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