I Am Lamborghini's New Beating V12 Heart

We told you this weekend Lamborghini's Murcielago replacement will feature a 6.5-liter V12 engine with an output of 700hp at 8,250 RPM and max torque of 509 lb/ft of torque at 5,500 RPM. Here it is. More below.

It's not just a new engine, Lamborghini's also mating a brand-new transmission to its new beating beast of a bull heart. They're calling it the "Lamborghini ISR" — an automated manual gearbox combining "minimal shift times and everyday usability with low weight and dimensions to guarantee that emotional sensation from gearshifts, which customers expect from a super sports car at the very top of the premier league."

Sorry for getting carried away with that press release blurb, we just love the Italglish in Lamborghini press releases. Anyway, the details are thus: an almost 50% shorter shift time than with a dual-clutch transmission –- with the benefits of lower weight and smaller size.

The new powertrain will enter production in early 2011 — coincidentally, when we're expecting the Lamborghini "Aventador" or whatever they'll be calling the Murcielago. Here's more shots of the engine, and below them, a shot of the new transmission.

I Am Lamborghini's New Beating V12 Heart

I Am Lamborghini's New Beating V12 Heart

I Am Lamborghini's New Beating V12 Heart