Few names are notably etched in vehicle folklore than that of the Lamborghini. The Italian carmaker was established in the 1960s to contend with the likes of Ferrari, and after several years picked up lots of fame among auto buffs. The firm has since gone on to become one of the world’s leaders in engineering and design, releasing multiple models of automobiles over the years that have pushed the limits on many fronts. Now its vehicles are usually seen driving up to red carpets, outside of fanciest eateries, and loved by famous and successful people. Below we celebrate the top 10 Lamborghini models of all time:
After the lovely Miura, Lamborghini’s first ‘affordable’ version was the Urraco and it vied toe to toe with the likes of the Ferrari Dino. But when compared to that vehicle’s voluptuousness, Pininfarina-designed curves, it presented orthodox, edgier lines all thanks to Marcello Gandini – a theme he would emphasize for the later Countach. Power came from a mid-mounted V8 engine, which in the strongest P300 version was capable of taking the Urraco from 0-62 mph in less than six seconds – true supercar performance.
The thought of a large Lamborghini four-seater is quite foreign to us these days, but back in the 1970s the Espada was among the most fashionable ways for a party of four to travel. Its vast, tapering fastback, long bonnet and aggressively shortened tail meant it exuded sophistication, while its broad posture and wide, vented front end showed its substantial power. The front-mounted engine up 325bhp – more in later variants – ensuring few multi-seaters could keep up.
The first Lamborghini to be completely fabricated under Audi’s stewardship, the Murcielago indicated a fresh phase in the business’s history; one in which funds and expertise from its parent company would bring about automobiles with more cohesive styling and better build quality. But this was still a Lamborghini of old, a fact attested to by the sharp-edged creases and a 6.2-litre (after 6.5-litre) V12 engine.
IN effect this was a re-skinned Murcielago, and yet it was still more outstanding than the automobile on that it was based off. That was thanks to a mixture of even more outrageous styling, and an eye-catching matt gray paint finish. Power – 631 bhp, to be precise that was chosen from the same engine as the Murcielago LP 640.
Lamborghini’s present hyper car, the Aventador, carries on the legacy of its forebears with a whopping V12 and razor sharp style. However like the Murcielago, it manages to be useable and accessible too. Do not assume that it’s not crazy quick, though; 690b hp and 0-62 mph in only 2.9 seconds takes care of that.
The Veneno was Lamborghini at its most intense – a flat-out supercar of which only four were ever made, and only three sold to actual customers, each in another color of the Italian tricolor flag. Power was an amazing 740b hp from the 6.5-litre V12 of the Aventador, on which the Veneno was based. Demand was so powerful that Lamborghini followed the Veneno upward with a roadster variant of which nine was produced.
Lamborghini 350/400 GT
This was the car that began it all for Lamborghini – the company’s’ first commercialized car. 120 were sold – enough to allow it to be rewarding – and Lamborghini built on his initial success by expanding the 350 GT’s 3.5-litre V12 engine to make way for the 400 GT, outfitted with a 4.0-litre engine. This great work of the 350 GT continued, selling 273 in total- this was a good start for Lamborghini.
The Lamborghini Diablo was on every kids’ bedroom wall in the ’90s, it took the lead set by the Countach and made it better, more usable, making it feel more modern and more attractive. Do not be deceived, though; this was still an old school Lamborghini, with jangly trim and outrageous handling, but all that could be forgiven with one touch of the accelerator, spurring the ferocious 5.7-litre V12 into life.
The Countach was the poster child for the ’80s, just like Diablo was in the ’90s. It began life as a wedge-shaped car before aerodynamic add-ons assembled it into an outlandish cocktail of wings, slits, ports, and angles. This is without a doubt Lamborghini’s longest-functioning version, taking on the Ferrari Testarossa and transforming into a celebratory 25th-anniversary version before it eventually gave way to the Diablo in 1990.
Obviously, the greatest Lamborghini ever made and also the one that most individuals will connect with. The Miura was the first generation mid-engine supercar, and as such laid down the template for every hyper car and most of the supercars, you will find on the road now. That engine placement – never seen before on racing cars – not only gave the Miura excellent handling balance but also a curiously low nose, earning it the title of one of the most amazing automobiles that has ever been seen. It was a legend when it was launched, and remains so now – and that is why it is the greatest Lambo ever made. [td_smart_list_end]
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