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Lamborghini Murcielago SV - Death Valley and Route 66

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The Lamborghini Murcielago SV is a modern day car that many find instantly recognisable. Some say that Lamborghini has lost some of its 'madness' but the Murcielago SV still retains many of the extreme body and performance qualities that gave Lamborghini its reputation for pushing boundaries many years ago. Recently commercial car photographer Tim Wallace was working on location in Death Valley and along the Californian element of route 66 to act as the back drop for this shoot.

If all the senses that get shattered when you drive a truly fast, loud and visceral supercar flat out, the one that’s hardest to put back together is a sense of perspective. The intensity/insanity of the act obliterates normally reliable frames of reference embedded in a world of largely benign forces and sounds. The SV costs £270,000, has 663bhp and can top 212mph without the rear wing fitted to the car you see in these pictures. It is a monster of a supercar if ever there was one - perhaps not the fastest outright, but very possibly the ballsiest there has ever been.

The SV’s personality is akin to that of the bloke who turns up a party with two supermodels on each arm, and leaves with another three in tow. Yet beneath its He-Man exterior, bolstered in the case of the test car by a comically enormous optional carbon fibre rear wing, the SV also showcases how hard Lamborghini is thinking technically nowadays. 0-60mph in 3.2sec and 0-100mph in under seven and only then will you get an inkling of what it feels like to open the accelerator in second gear and hold it there for a while. It’s also one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have on four wheels.