Pros: Probably the last V12 ever to come with a manual; Eye-grabbing styling, crazy "scissor" doors; Incredible power, especially with new SV model

Cons: Bulky size and weight makes track driving a chore; Only seats two; Expensive to buy, just as expensive to run

What's new: The 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago is largely unchanged in its last year on the market. The lone exception is the addition of a limited-production, high-performance variant called the Murcielago LP670-4 SV.

Overview:

The Lamborghini Murcielago went on sale for the 2003 model year, replacing the tired Diablo supercar. An open-top Roadster model was added in 2005. For 2007, the entire range got a facelift and a power bump to become the Murcielago LP640. Finally, the Murcielago "SV" - or "Super Veloce" - joined the lineup in 2010.

In its final year, the Murcielago offered three versions. The base-level coupe was still called the LP640 and used a 632-horsepower 6.5-liter V12. The convertible variant, known as the Murcielago LP640 Roadster, offered the same engine. The range-topping LP670-4 SV boosted power to 661 horses and was only available as a fixed-roof coupe with an enormous rear wing. All models featured all-wheel drive and available six-speed manual or sequential automatic transmissions.

The 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago started at $354,000. Drivers who wanted a Roadster would have to pay nearly $30,000 for the upgrade. But the most expensive Murcielago by far was the new LP670-4 Super Veloce, which listed for an incredible $450,000. Less than 100 examples were sold in the United States.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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