Hear the name Lamborghini, and you immediately go into a trance of brute power, sporty aesthetics and an orgasmic sense of petrolhead delight. All of this, thanks to the bull-fighting, wine-making, genius of an engineer, Ferruccio Lamborghini who gave some of the wildest and most awe-inspiring cars to the world.
On the occasion of the Italian carmaker’s birth centennial, we look at the top 10 machines that were manufactured under his name…
Lamborghini 350 GT
Powered by a 3.5-litre all-aluminium alloy V12 engine, the 350 GT was the first vehicle produced by Lamborghini. Debuting back in 1964, the car went on to become a resounding success in the market, establishing the company as a viable competitor to sportscar maker, Ferrari.
The latter half of the 1960s then saw this sultry coupe from Lamborghini. Housing a 3.9-litre engine under the hood, the car was widely considered to have instigated the trend of high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports cars. When released, it was the fastest production road car available.
The Urraco was a 2+2 coupé with its body designed by Marcello Gandini in the mid-70s. Rather than being another supercar like the Lamborghini Miura, the Urraco (coming in three engine options – 2-litre, 2.5-litre and 3-litre) was a more affordable alternative to the contemporary Ferrari Dino and Maserati Merak.
The word countach is the literal equivalent of ‘Holy F*ck’ in local Italian dialect. The V12 sports car sure derived a lot of it in the late 70s with its wedge-shaped, sharply angled look that has been carried forward till today. It also popularised the ‘cab forward’ design concept, which pushes the passenger compartment forward to accommodate a larger engine.
The SUV came in as a surprise, though short-lived, departure for Automobili Lamborghini from its high-performance grand tourers and flashy sports cars. Manufactured during the 80s, the ‘Rambo Lambo’ also is worthy of a mention for being the Italian carmaker’s first 4WD car.
Carrying forward the design style of the Countach to the 90s, the Diablo became the first car from the Bolognese manufacturer to attain top speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 kmph). Its power came from a 5.7-litre powerplant that churned out mammoth outputs of 499PS.
The 21st Century saw Lamborghini’s first new design in more than a decade, with the Murciélago succeeding the Diablo as its flagship coupe, in 2001. Powered by the largest and final evolution of the Lambo V12 engine, the car was also the brand's first new model under the ownership of German parent company Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen.
Named after the famous fighting bull breed, the Gallardo achieved roaring success in the market, becoming the best-selling Lamborghini ever. Trading more than 14,000 units in its lifetime, the last unit of the beast was rolled out of the production line in November 2013.
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Debuting in the year 2007, the Reventon was the most expensive Lambo at around Rs 6.36 crore, until the Sesto Elemento. With a design inspired by that of ‘the fastest airplanes’, only 20 of these cars have been sold out to public. Each of them carries a number from the sequence of 20, between the driver and passenger seats.
The Murciélago finally got its successor in the form of the Aventador as Lamborghini’s new flagship model. Powered by a 6.5-litre V12, the mid-engined sports car has sold around 5,000 units till date and still remains in production. To be launched next week, Lamborghini’s next offering in India will be the Huracan Spyder. Read more about it here