8 Lamborghini’s you didn’t even know existed
Automobili Lamborghini is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury supercars, sports cars, and SUVs based in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The company is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary Audi.
Ferruccio Lamborghini, an Italian manufacturing magnate, founded Automobile Ferruccio Lamborghini S.P.A. in 1963 to compete with established Marques. This Italian automaker has produced high-performance cars since 1963 and is best known for the game-changing Miura, which established rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive as the standard layout for high-performance cars of the era. There are other models as well which seems to be in every high-profile celebrities garage such as Countach, Diablo, Murcielago, and the ever-popular Aventador.
Let’s shine the spotlight on eight lesser-known Lamborghini beasts that have become time-honored these days.
- Lamborghini 350 GT
Lamborghini 350 GT was very first production vehicle to be officially mass-produced. Only 120 of these vehicles were built. Lamborghini’s first offering was an exquisitely styled Grand Tourer designed by Carrozzeria. The 350 GT has a 3.5 liter V12 DOHC engine came with 5-speed ZF manual transmission that produced 270 bhp. The 350 GT put other established brands like Ferrari on high alert during the period 1964-1966 as it was more balanced evolution in the sports car industry for the following decades. The following specification
Designer: Carrozzeria Touring
Engine: 3.5L V12 DOHC
Power: 270 bhp
- Lamborghini Espada
The name “Espada” means “sword” in Spanish, referring to the sword that the Torero uses to kill the bull in the Corrida, it was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone and enjoyed a decade of production from 1968 until 1978. This Lamborghinis most unique models list would not be completed without Espada. A true 2+2 model with full rear passenger seating and featured a 3.9 L V12 engine capable of producing 325 bhp.
There were 1,217 Espada’s produced, having three different series, the S1 (1968–1970), the S2 (1970–1972) and the S3 (1972–1978) making it the most successful Lamborghini model until the expansion of Countach production in the mid-1980s. marked the spot of top selling vehicle by the time it ended production that’s the reason why it holds a prominent place in Lamborghini’s history.
Designer: Marcello Gandini at Bertone
Engine: 3.9L V12
Power: 325 bhp
Name meaning: Refers to a bullfighter’s sword
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- Lamborghini Islero
The Islero (Italian pronunciation: [izˈlɛːro], Spanish: [i(z)ˈleɾo]) was named after a Miura bull that killed matador Manuel Rodriguez “Manolete” on August 28, 1947. The Islero was the replacement for the 400GT and featured the Lamborghini V12 engine. Only 225 models were produced between 1968 and 1969, it came out with two versions; Islero and Islero S had slight body modifications and its front 3.9 L V12 engine of rear wheel drive produced power of 325 bhp to 350 bhp, accompanied by reverse manual all-synchromesh a five-speed transmission, with top speeds of 259km/h (161 mph)!, it was notably featured in the film of Roger Moore, The Man Who Haunted Himself
Designer: Carrozzeria Marazzi
Engine: 3.9L V12
Power: 325 bhp
Name meaning: Named after a bull that killed famed matador Manuel Rodriguez
- Lamborghini Jarama
The Lamborghini Jarama was born as the result of the Lamborghini Islero failing to meet American safety and emissions standards. This car had also a front engine produced by grand tourer from 1970 until 1976, only 328 units manufactured. This minor emission test failure impelled Ferruccio Lamborghini to order Marcello Gandini to design a new Lamborghini Jarama. The manufacturer launched this model in two separate versions; the original GT (1970-73) with a 3.9L V12 engine that produced 350 hp, while the upgraded Jarama S/GTS came out with 365 hp, integrated power steering and made an automatic transmission a regular option. Jarama had a shortened chassis technically modified as compared to Islero, This model proved the existence of long Lamborghini’s presence in North America.
Designer: Marcello Gandini at Bertone
Engine: 3.9 L V12
Power: 350 bhp
Produced: 328 units
Name Meaning: Named after the Jarama bullfighting region in Spain.
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- Lamborghini Urraco
The Lamborghini Urraco was the first widely accessible sports car because of its lower price than its predecessors and that the reason was slightly more approachable for the “working man”. The company manufactured 791 models of Urraco’s between 1973-79, including the P200 P250 and P300. The P300 had a 3.0 V8 DOHC engine that produced 247 bhp and reached out at 260 km/h. Urraco P250 was an extended modified version exclusively made for the American market. Due to American road safety and emission laws, the P111 received a larger bumper and emission controls, which unfortunately decreased the power of the original P250. While the Urraco models were more widely appealing and affordable than Lamborghini’s famed supercars. As the Urraco was more affordable to get hands-on but it came with the extra price latter in the shape of huge maintenance cost that often proved to be a financial burden for many middle-class owners and that was the prompt reason for Lamborghini to retire the Urraco in the late ’70s.
Engine: 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 V8
Power: 180-247 bhp
Name Meaning: Named after a specific breed of fighting bulls (surprise, surprise)
- Lamborghini LM002
You could not imagine that Lamborghini’s and SUV’s these two words in the same sentence, but it came to reality when Lamborghini actually produced an SUV from 1986 through 1993. The Lamborghini LM002 was initially designed to service companies in rich oil producing nations. Overall 328 units were manufactured over eight years however Lamborghini has not manufactured any commercial SUV since. This beast featured a 7.2 L V12 and 5-speed manual transmission, producing anywhere between 420-450 hp depending on the model year. LM002 luxurious features included full leather interior, tinted power windows, air conditioning and a state of the art stereo system perfect for thrashing around the deserts of the Middle.
Engine: 7.2 L V12
Power: 420-450 hp
A.K.A: “Rambo Lambo”
- Lamborghini Jalpa
The Lamborghini Jalpa had a 3.5-liter V8 engine stronger enough to be used in sports car during an era 1981-1988, with signature scissor doors. Jalpa was more affordable as compared to Lamborghini Countach because it was less powerful and cheaper than the Countach which makes it favorite for the car owners and due to such demand manufacturers produced 410 Jalpa’s. it’s significantly easier to handle in heavy traffic and had superior visibility features were ideal to sell this product to the casual sports car consumer who drives the car on a frequent basis. In 1985 the Jalpa was featured in Rocky IV made it even more popular.
Designer: Carrozzeria Bertone
Engine: 3.5 L V8
Power: 255 Bhp
Name Meaning: The name Jalpa Kandachia came from a famous breed of fighting bulls
- Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
In 2011 when the latest state of the art technology was available Lamborghini manufacturer took great advantage of that and produce such a beast named the Sesto Elemento, which translates from Italian to English as the “Sixth Element”. This was mid-engine; AWD supercar made with lightweight carbon and only produced 20 units only for track use.
The Sesto Elemento is illegal for normal roads due to its so much raw power. The price is so expensive ranging from $2.2 and $2.9 million U.S. Dollars. Despite being so expensive all 20 models have already been sold.
Engine: 5.2 L V10 570HP
Transmission: 6-speed Transmission with paddle shift
Power: 570 hp
Price: $2.2 million – $2.9 million USD
Name: Italian for “Sixth Element”