Lamborghini Murcielago goes up in flames on Tokyo expressway

By Casey Baseel

Things got a little too hot for the driver of a Lamborghini, whose exotic Italian car went up in flames on the Tokyo expressway on Sunday.

A lot of Tokyo’s streets are narrow and congested, but the Rainbow Bridge usually makes for a pleasant cruise course. Connecting central Tokyo with the man-made island and fashionable entertainment district of Odaiba, the bridge stretches over Tokyo Bay and provides dramatic views of where the city meets the sea.

But while you can always catch a glimpse of the Tokyo skyline or Odaiba’s famous Ferris wheel, motorists on the Rainbow Bridge could also see a 25 million-yen Lamborghini Murcielago. The mid-engine supercar is rare enough in any condition, but even those who’ve already seen the model at dealer showrooms or car shows had to stop and stare, since this example was on fire.

The driver and a woman passenger got out safely.

Since only the rear quarter could be seen burning, it looked like some sort of engine fire.

Many car-loving Japanese Internet commenters expressed their sadness, dubbing the scene “a waste” and “tragic.” Even as the Murcielago came to the end of its service life, though, some felt the need to spit on its grave.

“Yeah, it’s a waste, but that color sure is dorky.” “Lamborghini or not, that shade of green is just ridiculous.” “It looks like a metallic grasshopper.”

One fan, though, literally felt the car had gone out in a blaze of glory. “That’s a high-end sports car for you. It even burns cool,” he concluded.

Source: Hamster Sokuho Photo: Twitter

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Bummer for the driver, glad no one was hurt but why is this in National news? I understand it being on Rocketnews24 and that this site is citing it from there but I feel maybe it's misplaced here.

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Well, it may very well be the driver's fault. All the custom mods he did on the car. The real question is whether or not the insurance company is gonna fork out to buy this guy a new one.

After the insurance company dissects this Lambo wreck they'll find a number of unauthorized mods that may caused the fire.

Everybody feeling sorry for these guys but I'm just the opposite.

These guys break the law with impunity. They even post the videos online for the world to see but Japanese police do nothing about it.

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Verde Ithaca (the name of the green Lamborghini uses) is NOT "dorky" nor is it "ridiculous." It's a part of their history.

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ouch 25 million yen, I have to work like 250 years for that.

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Just because it's on fire doesn't mean it's been modified. The early Gallardos had a nasty habit of igniting, if I'm not mistaken. Caused by a fluid leak, as opposed to the late-70's early-80's Ferraris which had electrical fires.

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It is a nice cool color, those people making bad remarks are just pure jealous.

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Just because a particular colour is part of Lamborghini's history doesn't stop it being dorky or ridiculous.

Or both.

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Yeah, I can't say that green would be my choice of color if I was spending that much on a car. Shame to see it burning though.

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A late model Lamborghini or Ferrari catching fire due to ruptured/faulty fuel delivery systems is common occurrence.

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I was thinking that if a section of the expressway was damaged by the fire, the owner of the car can probably afford to foot the bill for a new expressway too.

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I'm sorry, but there's only Italian name since volkswagen and that produces

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That colour is awesome, it looks fantastic. Those calling it dorky probably own some unimaginative grey crapbox.

Unfortunately Lamborghinis do have a habit of going up in flames.

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ive seen silver and brown late model Ferraris, my Russian friend who export cars from Japan keep hinting that Japanese may be color blind as the majority of cars in Japan are silver white brown black, dont see many dark blue reds or yellows orange. at auction these colors normally fetch a higher price since theyre rare compared to the normal colors. next time your in traffic count the monchrome colors compared to the rest. youll be surprised

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Some people like their toys. This one just happened to go up in flames. I'm hoping the driver will become a bit more environmentally compassionate and try and find himself a Tesla Roadster which is now a very rare car.

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25 million yen (250K USD)? I heard somebody mentioned?

That kind of money can only buy a BMW 3 series here in Singapore...

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"The driver and a woman passenger got out safely."

So what gender was the driver? If it's important to tell us for the passenger, shouldn't you also tell us for the driver?

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1 year warranty?

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If you get a lambo, you have to get it in a crazy color....its part of the reason to own one. Getting a lambo in white or silver or black seems like a waste

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It will be restored and live again no doubt....

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$250 grand up in smoke!!

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Well at least the doors worked!

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Engine blow...I wonder if the owner bothered to undergo proper maintenance on it.

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Love to stay and chat, but I gotta nip over to the paint shop and see if my K truck is finished.

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