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The Evolution of Lamborghini

By Falcon Car Rental
The Evolution of Lamborghini

For almost 60 years, Lamborghini has been producing some of the most coveted supercars in the industry. Ferruccio Lamborghini manufactured tractors after World War II, and he had the vision to create the ultimate sports car. In 1963, the first official Lamborghini was released. Since then, every new model released is more innovative, faster, and more attractive.

TimeLine of the Lamborghini

1963 – Many people forget the very first car released by Lamborghini. It was the 350GT, and there were only 120 cars ever made. This sleek car harnessed 280 horsepower and was considered the fastest production car of its time.

1966 – Miura. The Miura is often considered the very first supercar to be built by Lamborghini. This is the first car to have special aerodynamic designs and featured a rear mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. This design created the standard for supercars of the era. The Miura also increased its engine performance to 350 horsepower.

1969 – The Miura S was released. This was almost identical to the original Miura with just a few cosmetic changes and an increase of engine power to 370 horses.

1971 – The Miura SV was released. Again, the engine increased in power. Sporting 385 horsepower, there were some changes to the appearance of the front end, most notably at the headlights.

Next Era

The gasoline crisis of the early 1970s took its toll on the gas-guzzling supercar company, and Lamborghini had to sell the company and retired. The company purchased by two investors decided to revamp the design, and the Countach was born.

1974 – The Countach. The newly-designed Lamborghini was very futuristic looking for its time. It had very sharp lines and a longer frontend. Many people complained that the design made it hard to see out the windows, yet everyone loved the vehicle. The engine power dropped to 370 horsepower for this first model.

1978 – The Countach LP400S. This car marks the first time that Lamborghini used the now-iconic scissor doors. The LP400S also added an optional tail fin. The power of the motor, however, dropped further to 350 horses.

The Countach LP400S was the last vehicle made by these owners. The company went bankrupt and was purchased by two brothers. These brothers continued to make the Countach for eight more years. Additionally, Lamborghini released the Jalpa sports car and the off-road vehicle LM002.

1982 – The Countach LP500S. There were not many noticeable cosmetic changes to this vehicle. However, the engine increased in size to a 4.7-liter V12 and horsepower increased to 400.

1985 – The Countach LP5000QV – Again, there were very little changes to the cosmetic features of this version of Countach. However, the engine increased in size again to a 5.2-liter V12 featuring 455 horsepower. Later versions of this vehicle changed to fuel injection. This change caused the horsepower to drop to 414.

The Chrysler Era

Lamborghini was sold once again to an American car manufacturer. The Countach was discontinued under Chrysler and a new model, the Diablo, was released.

1990 – Diablo. The Diablo had an entirely new body design and was very innovative for its time. The engine power was significantly increased, and the car had a record top speed of 202 miles per hour.

1993 – Diablo VT. The VT was very similar to the original Diablo in appearance. The main changes to this vehicle concerned the cooling systems and the addition of all-wheel drive. The car also had a new and improved interior.

1995 – Diablo SV. This release of the Diablo was supposed to be the “ultimate” car. The horsepower had been increased to 510, and the car reverted back to rear-wheel drive.

1999 – Diablo GT. The Diablo GT can only be described as a racecar built for the road. The car was stripped of almost all amenities and beefed up with power. The GT version has a V12 engine with 575 horsepower.

Volkswagen Era

2000 – Diablo VT 6.0. The last of the Diablo’s and the first Lamborghini made under the Audi/Volkswagen brand, this Diablo was redesigned to have a smoother appearance and was upgraded to a 6.0-liter V12 engine

2002-2004 – Murcielago. The Murcielago was a complete redesign of the Lamborghini, and many new technology upgrades were added to the vehicle. This was the first Lambo ever to offer an automatic transmission.

2006 – Murcielago LP 640. The new Murcielago was bigger, stronger, and more aerodynamic. It had a 6.5-liter V12 engine with 632 horses. This is the first Lamborghini to offer ceramic brakes.

2008 – Reventon. This ultra-rare version of the Lamborghini was designed to represent a fighter jet. It had sharp lines and creases; the cockpit even looked like a fighter aircraft. Only 36 vehicles were made.

2009 – Murcielago LP 6704 SV- This was the fastest Lamborghini ever built. Capable of 212 miles per hour, the new Murcielago had a 661 horsepower, V12 engine and now offered paddle shifting.

2012 – Aventador LP 700. This amazing car was completely redesigned. Taking from all previous models, this Lamborghini was everything that you could want in a supercar. It was low, wide, fast, and sleek. The Aventador has a 691 horsepower V12 engine with 4-wheel drive.

2014 – Veneno – The Veneno took the fighter jet design to the next level. This is one of the most impressive Lamborghinis ever made. However, the chance of ever seeing one outside of a picture is slim. There were only 13 made, and one of them is in the Lamborghini museum.

2014 – Huracan – The Huracan is the newest in the Lamborghini family. Aerodynamically superior and lightning-fast, this newest version of the Lambo has become one of the most popular since the car first started being produced.

2018 – Urus. The Urus is Lamborghini’s first real attempt at making a Super SUV. This ultra-luxury SUV has everything that you could want, including an incredibly large and fast engine, and all the conveniences of an SUV.

Pick Your Favorite

Driving a Lamborghini should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is an experience you will never forget. If you are ready to take your driving experience to the next level, Falcon Car Rental has several Lamborghinis available. The hardest decision to make will be which one you want to try.

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