Project Matador – The Evilution of the SV Bull

Late last year we started the conversion of a 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago into a 2010 Lamborghini LP670 SV. Our installation was no walk in the park and the pieces to our kit were anything but direct bolt on. After waiting 120 days, we were expecting somewhat of a perfect kit to be installed on our car, instead we received 8 weeks of custom work, but can say that the results thanks to Mr Spoiler of Manassas, VA were outstanding.

At first glance our LP670 SV kit looked like a direct fit on to our earlier year Murcielago, but fitment on the actual car was a different story. The Murcielago shares a different oil cooler system and set of brackets than the LP640 or LP670, which meant that our LP670 side skirts only fit an LP640, but not so much our base model Murci. The problem was that the oil coolers are angled differently from both models which means that the sides will not directly fit, further more, the side skirts sit about 2″ too tall on the back end meaning they won’t sit flush against the car unless the body of the actual car is cut 2″ on each side.

In order to complete our install, we were forced to cut 2″ off both side quarter panels to allow fitment of the side skirts. We also had to custom design a whole set of new brackets and re-weld the oil cooler in a whole new direction.

The front bumper on the other hand was a direct fit and required minimal work from a fitment standpoint. The grill for the front vents that were included left quite a bit to be desired and as a result were refinished entirely to make them look perfect.

The rear diffuser, decklid, and wing were the some of the “must do” upgrades to any Murci, as they simply changed the car entirely. The fitment on these pieces worked but then came the biggest hold back on the installation yet. We were missing a tip and our factory exhaust simply wasn’t going to fit through a center tip. We were forced to buy an OEM tip for a whopping $4,700 and have a set of custom bypass pipes duplicated from the LP640 to have a center mount exit point.

Once that problem was resolved, we moved on to installing our new LP640 tail lights and proceeded to finish the 20″ wheels in Satin Black all over.

For those contemplating the LP670 SV kit, be warned that the side skirts, rear exhaust, and oil coolers are not a direct fit and will require extensive modifications. We spent about $11,500 total on labor without including the cost of the kit or components.

So was the transformation worth the $40,000 + you’ll have to spend and not having a car for 3 months?

You’ll have to wait till next month as we unveil the final photoshoot of Project Matador and answer that very important question.