2011 Lamborghini Jota: Where Will the Supercar Insanity End?

Lamborghini Jota spy shot

Lamborghini Jota spy shot caught by AutoExpress

The folks at the Raging Bull have been hard at work designing a replacement for the fabled Lamborghini Murcielago. How can they improve on an already great car? Make it lighter and more powerful, obviously.

The 2011 Jota, which could debut at the Paris Auto Show later this year, is estimated to have a curb weight of around 3,300 pounds. A new 7.0-liter V12 will power the car, which should produce over 700 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque. That power will drive all four wheels and be controlled through a seven-speed transmission, helping the Jota reach 60 mph in just 3 seconds, with a top speed of 220 mph.

The Jota is sure to be a sweet hypercar, and experiencing such quick acceleration would be thrilling. But really, how fun would the Jota be to actually drive? Fun to ride in, yes…

With so much power on hand, computers and artificial systems are required to control it all. Where’s the driver input? Just because companies can build cars capable of 0-60 times of 3 seconds doesn’t mean they should. What’s next, the first to build a production car capable of a 2-second 0-60 time and a 300-mph top speed? There’s a point where the performance numbers are just ridiculous and unachievable. I think the Jota reaches that point.

I’d rather have a supercar that involves me as a driver, even if it means sacrificing some horsepower, acceleration, and top speed.

What do you think a supercar should be? Have they reached their limits, or will they just keep getting more insane?


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  1. Hell, that is their raison d’etre. What else would you two be writing about? I have long whined here about the insanity and obsession with cars that no one buys and no one can afford (except for Saudi princes). Yes the magic car should and must have driver involvement. No one here has driven any of these cars (maybe one of you?) and most sure as hell aren’t going to buy them. That having been said we are all fascinated by their allure and allows us to wax poetic about their attributes and their effect on our testosterone levels. The larger question should be “when does it stop”?? Oh, that’s the question.

    The short answer is that it doesn’t. My buddy the millionaire just stopped by yesterday with his new turbo Panamera. Oh, my God!! I thought driving in his Viper and Aston Martin was the cat’s meow. This thing is downright scary. All portions of my anatomy, including the goose bumps were at full staff. I was truly petrified at the raw power and torque of this monster. I asked him why he bought it and his simple and quick answer was “to race it”. That’s when I knew he was nuts. And I think I just answered your question.

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