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?