The Lamborghini Murcielago brought about a huge change for the Italian marque. Not only did it introduce all-wheel drive to Lamborghini’s flagship V12 line, moving away from a decades-long rear-wheel-drive tradition, but was also the first new model developed under Audi’s control. Lamborghini had become part of the Volkswagen Group not long before and it wasted no time instituting change.
Designed by Luc Donckerwolke, now chief creative officer at Genesis, the Murcielago launched in 2001 and remained in production for a decade. Its successor, the Lamborghini Aventador, is now approaching the end of its own lifecycle. All told, Lamborghini built just 4,099 Murcielagos, which pales in comparison to the Aventador. By 2016, Lamborghini built its 5,000th example. But there was one major thing the Murcielago retained from its Diablo predecessor that the Aventador lacks: a six-speed manual transmission.