Spy Shots: Lamborghini Murcielago-Replacing “Jota” Spied!

By Seyth Miersma

January 15, 2010

Spotted at a remote “secret” test track in northern Scandinavia, these new spy photos represent the world’s first ever look at the car that will eventually replace the mighty Lamborghini Murcielago. Early rumors indicate that Lamborghini with revive the Jota nameplate for its new supercar.

Lamborghini brass has been saying that its focus will be on reducing weight for upcoming models, and the Jota is no exception. Expect the car to make good use of aluminum, with that material making up the space frame, as well as the roof and doors. We also expect to see carbon fiber panels used for the most of the body.

Power will be up for the Jota as well, with something like 700 horsepower likely coming from a lighter, direct-injection V-12 engine.

The extreme winter testing seen in these photos helps to hammer home the fact that the new Lambo will retain the Murcielago’s all-wheel drive system, with the word on the street being that Sweden’s Haldex will be supplying the running gear.

Have a good long look at the future of the supercar, in our attached gallery. Firsthand notes from our spy in the field can be found below.

Location: A secret test track for the Volkswagen/Audi group in northern Scandinavia.
Temperature: -25C

Mission: To find and shoot the new Lamborghini supercar.

So, here they are: the very first spy shots of the successor of the mighty Lamborghini Murcielago. Rumored to be called Jota, this hot supercar was taking some of its very first steps earlier this week and we have been chasing it ever since. After several days of observation we got the chance we where waiting for, and now we can show you the photos. The size looks about the same as on the Murcielago but this monster is expected to be much lighter and together with an even more powerful V12 with direct injection, rumors are talking figures around 700 horsepower, this one will be a hard nut to crack for the competitors. The Jota will switch to an aluminum space frame instead of the current steel tub frame. The body will take some influence both from the Reventon and the Estoque, and most body parts will be made of carbon fiber. Roof and doors will probably be made from aluminum.  Of course the Jota will be four wheel drive, and some of the rumors are talking about a new four wheel drive system that the Swedish company Haldex is developing together with Lamborghini.