After an unveiling at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, it became quickly apparent that the mid-engine, two-seat platform of the Lamborghini Miura Prototype P400 would be the new standard for supercars around the world. On the other hand, Ferruccio Lamborghini (owner and founder) was less than convinced. You see, while Ferruccio embraced a high-performance chassis, he believed that a Lamborghini should maintain the low-profile aesthetic of a grand touring machine. Once the automotive press and the public began to rave about the sleek lines and unique design of this high-performance sports car, Ferruccio loosened up and allowed a limited production. Eventually, the Lamborghini Miura would become the automaker’s flagship; remaining in production from 1966 until 1973, when it was succeeded by the Lamborghini Countach.
Between 1966 and 1969, approximately 275 Lamborghini Miura units were sold. Each of these innovative mid-engine sports cars had a 4.0-liter V12 engine rated at 350hp. From 1969 until 1971, the Lamborghini Miura S was produced with a 370hp 4.0-liter V12 engine. It had an estimated top speed of 177 mph. The final version of the Lamborghini Miura was manufactured from 1971 through 1972. With the Lamborghini Countach already in the works, the Italian automaker surprised the world with the latest evolution of the supercar. The Lamborghini Miura SV featured a wider mud guard and a reconfigured 4.0-liter V12 engine. With an updated lubrication system, the new engine could produce 385hp and had a projected top speed of 186 mph.
Once Ferruccio Lamborghini had accepted the shape of things to come (so to speak) in the supercar segment, an even more radical and powerful Lamborghini was inevitable. It is first seen in the stunning Lamborghini Countach. Produced from 1974 through 1990, the Countach popularized the familiar Italian Wedge design seen in so many modern supercars. As though the stunning wedge design weren’t eye-catching enough; the Countach’s scissor door setup put it over the moon. The Countach was succeeded by the Lamborghini Diablo in 1990.
The Lamborghini Diablo was everything a supercar should be – wide, low and futuristic. Don’t forget fast. This successor of the Miura and Countach could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5-seconds and had a top speed of 200 mph. The Diablo was established as the fastest production car of its time and became wildly popular. The Diablo (Devil) was succeeded by the Murcielago in 2001.
The Lamborghini Murcielago, with its wing style doors and space age styling, is the first Lamborghini model to add an alphanumeric engine designation to the car’s name. The 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 represented a longitudinal posterior (LP) engine capable of producing 640hp. The Murcielago was produced from 2001 through 2010 and was succeeded by the Lamborghini Aventador.
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