Lamborghini – The Wild Evolution

It might be strange to hear for people who did not know, but Lamborghini was founded by a wealthy Italian who owned a tractor factory. Ferruccio Lamborghini founded the company in 1963 because he dreamed of producing a refined grand touring car that could easily take on the likes of Ferrari and others. Most would say he has been successful in that aim.

For years, Lamborghini have been known for their wild, overtly bonkers cars thanks to their founder who was so impressed with the Muira animals that he adopted the Spanish fighting bull as his emblem. In fact, the majority of their cars have been names after famous and legendary bulls.

Lamborghini Miura

While the Lamborghini 350GT and 400GT 2+2 were released between 1964 and 1968, the car that truly placed Lamborghini on the map was the Miura. It is widely seen as one of the best high-performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports cars of the era and set off a trend that still continues today. It became Lamborghini’s flagship car and was in production from 1966-1973.

The Miura came with a V12 engine and 5-speed gearbox. The Miura started mid-engine design that has continued ever since, but at the time was extremely impressive to many of the buyer, car reviewers and critics at the time.

Lamborghini Countach

A year after the Miura’s production was ended, Lamborghini launched its second flagship car in the form of the Countach. This car was Lamborghini’s longest running flagship car, lasting an impressive 16 years from 1974-1990.

Like its predecessor, the Countach popularised the wedge-shape, sharply angled design that became very popular with other high performance sports cars. It came with another big Lamborghini V12 that has defined the brand for the last half century, but it also defined the cab forward design that has also become popularised. The cab forward concept simply pushed the passenger cabin forward to fit a larger engine like a V12.

Lamborghini Diablo

The fourth Lamborghini flagship sports car in the high performance mid-engined breed was named in Spanish, the “Devil”. Like the flagships that came before, the Diablo achieved its own success, attaining a top speed that exceeded 200 miles per hour.

It was launched in 1990 and lasted for 11 years before production ended in 2001. It continued the trend of a cab forward design with a V12 engine, either 5.7-litres or 6.0-litres with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Lamborghini Murcielago

The Murcielago was the first Lamborghini flagship supercar under the ownership of Audi, but it never lost the Lamborghini madness. Introduced in 2001, the Murcielago was the first Lamborghini flagship car to have a solely all-wheel drive system as well as remaining a fast, mind-engined super car with a big V12 engine and 6-speed gearbox. Throughout its tenure, the engine initially started as a 6.2 litre V12 developing 572 bhp, but then evolved and remained a 6.5-litre V12 that increased its bhp from 640 bhp to 670 bhp.

This car became the perfect every day car for the Batman in the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Especially as the name in Spanish stands for Bat. The car itself was named after a fighting bull that survived 24 sword strokes during a bullfight in 1879.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Lamborghini launched the Gallardo in 2003 and lasted ten years up to 2013. In that time, it became the best-selling model Lamborghini has ever produced, selling 14,022 built in its lifetime. Like similar Lamborghinis, it was named after a famous breed of fighting bulls.

Despite not having a V12 engine, it cannot be sad that the Gallardo went small. It initially had an even firing 5.0-litre V10 engine and that only increased in its second generation with an odd firing 5.2-litre V10 engine. The perfect stablemate for both the Murcielago and the Aventador that followed.

Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini launched their current flagship supercar in 2011 in the form of the mid-engined, 6.5-litre V12 Aventador. It has continued all the trends that have been successful with the past Lamborghini flagship cars including the cab forward design to fit their famous large V12 engines, the fact the car is mid-engined to balance the car and is all-wheel drive.

The Aventador was named after a famous fighting bull that fought with particular bravery in the bullring of Zaragoza and also earned the Trofeo de la Pena La Madronera for its courage.

Lamborghini Huracan

The replacement for the bestselling Lamborghini, is the Huracan. Simarly to the now dead Gallardo, the Huracan comes with a 5.2-Litre V10 engine, but this time with a 7-speed double-clutch automated manual gearbox.

Like many of the other Lamborghinis the Huracan was named after a fighting bull that fought with courage in 1879. It is also Spanish for hurricane and there was a Mayan god of the same name that was the god of wind, storm and fire.

Lamborghini have long been making some of the best sports cars on the market. The current models, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Huracan are amazing examples of luxury cars than can take you to exceedingly fast speeds in the comfort of a beautiful interior and stunning exterior.

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