2002-2006 Lamborghini Murcielago
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Jon Paulette is a veteran automotive writer who has spent a fair portion of his life hanging out at racetracks and talking to amazing people who make extremely loud cars reach ridiculous speeds. Despite all that, he still has enough hearing left to enjoy a stupidly large music collection. A native Virginian, Jon lives in the Charlottesville area, roots for the Nationals and would like a good BBQ sandwich right about now.
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Lamborghini Murcielago (Crutchfield Research Photo)
Carping about the stereo sound quality in a car like the Lamborghini Murcielago is kind of like visiting the Grand Canyon and complaining about the candy selection in the gift shop. Okay, maybe it's not so hot, but good grief, is that really what you came for?
The only sound that truly matters in the Murcielago is the rumble of the 6.5 liter V-12 behind your head. Anything else you hear, be it music or the wail of distant sirens, is almost beside the point. This car was made to go fast and look as cool as possible doing it, period, so the radio and speakers just are whatever they are. Maybe they're not awesome. So what? Drive a Murcielago down a city street and you'll see pedestrians rotate like pinwheels just to watch the car go by. Not a one of 'em cares about the factory stereo, trust us.
You, on the other hand, do care, or you wouldn't be reading this. Let's face it, the average Murcielago (if there is such a thing) spends more time cruising around town than it does hurtling down high-speed straightaways. Even though that wonderful V-12 sounds as good idling as it does at full shriek, a little music can be nice, too. If the sound of your favorite tunes matters as much as the sound of a high-performance engine, you'll definitely want to upgrade your Lambo's factory system.
Look at it this way: You're good enough at what you do to afford a Lamborghini Murcielago, so why should you settle for anything less than the best in stereo sound?
The Murcielago's standard radio is a Lamborghini-branded AM/FM/CD receiver connected to four speakers located in the scissor doors. The receiver and speaker locations are the same for the coupe and the targa-topped convertible. A touchscreen nav system was available as an option, but we have not yet had a chance to research that radio. (Editor's Note: If you have one, drop by some time – our research team would love to meet you.)
A variety of single-DIN (2" tall) receivers will fit in the standard radio cavity, so you have plenty of options. A digital media receiver is a great choice for the Murcielago because, let's face it, there isn't a lot of room in this car for a ten-pound CD case. These all-digital receivers (there's no CD player) let you enjoy music from a variety of sources, including your smartphone. If you do want to play CDs, there are numerous stereos that will fit.
The Murcielago's factory radio (Crutchfield Research Photo)
Replacing your factory radio
Removing the factory radio is reasonably easy, but you will need to have DIN tools that will fit this receiver. Starting at the front edge, pry out the lower console panel on the passenger's side to release three clips; then remove the panel. With the panel out of the way, it's a lot easier to reach behind the stereo to remove the rear mounting screw. To do this, you'll use a socket wrench and an extension to remove the 10mm nut securing the back of the radio.
Once that's done, insert the removal tools all the way into the slots on the lower corners of the radio faceplate, then push the tools away from the center of the radio to release the unit. Pull the radio out of the dash, disconnect the harnesses and remove the radio.
Tools needed: radio removal tools, socket wrench, extension, 10mm socket
Like any good supercar, the Murcielago has scissoring doors (Crutchfield Research Photo)
Replacing your factory speakers
The Murcielago's incredibly cool scissoring doors house a component system with woofers and tweeters mounted in close proximity. Replacing the woofers is quite simple, but replacing the tweeters requires removing the door panel. On this car, that's not a task to be taken lightly, so if you're installing a new component system, we recommend that you have the work done by a car audio professional.
The woofers are 6-3/4", 3-ohm units made in Italy. They can be replaced by a host of same-size, 6-1/2", or 5-1/4" aftermarket models, though you will need a speaker adapter bracket for the smaller sizes. Thankfully, that's included free when you purchase your speakers from Crutchfield. A wiring harness is not available for this application, so you'll need to hook up everything using a set of Posi-Products speaker connectors.
To remove the woofers, use a small hook tool to carefully pry out the grille from the grille ring and remove it. Remove four Phillips screws securing the grille ring and speaker to the door, and carefully remove the grille ring before you disconnect and remove the speaker. We emphasize "carefully" in this step because you'll want to use the grilles and rings to cover your new speaker. And also because the set itself is probably worth more than some of the cars in our parking lot.
If you're planning to sell your car sometime in the future, it's good to have as much original gear as possible. Find a safe, climate-controlled place to store the factory speakers and the receiver until it's time to go to the auction.
Tools needed: Small hook tool, Phillips screwdriver
Not much room for suitcases, but there is room for amps (Crutchfield Research Photo)
Bass in your Murcielago
With an engine that produces plenty of bass on its own, plus a supercar's typical shortage of space, adding a subwoofer to a V-12 Lamborghini might seem A) unnecessary and B) unworkable. Both would be untrue.
Some pretty wild aftermarket stereos have found their way into various Murcielagos over the years, so anything's possible. With the right custom-built enclosure, a shallow 10" sub (or two) can fit neatly on the bulkhead behind the seats. There's room for a compact, powerful Class D amp back there, too. We've also seen multiple amps installed in the front luggage compartment.
Like we said, anything's possible.
There are plenty of other ways to make subtle improvements to your Murcielago. Here are some of the ways Crutchfield can help.
Just because most people (including a bewildering number of would-be car thieves) can't drive a stick-shift doesn't mean your Lambo is theft-proof. Installing a security system in any car can be difficult, but on a car like this, we recommend turning the work over to an experienced professional.
It seems silly to suggest that a set of $7.00 foam speaker baffles can make a difference in a car like the Murcielago, but they really can. Installing a set of these will help your new speakers work at peak efficiency.
Okay, so maybe your busy life barely allows you time to drive your Murcielago; much less install your own car stereo. With a prepaid InstallCard, you can have your new gear installed by any professional who's a member of the InstallCard network — and that includes more than 1500 locations across the country. You'll get all the benefits of buying your gear from Crutchfield, plus the time savings and peace of mind that come with professional installation.