Lamborghinis (known as “Lambos” to their fans) are renowned for their speed, power, and downright crazy design and manufacturing choices. Beginning with the Miura in 1966, Lamborghini has always produced vehicles which are beautiful to look at, hard to drive, and difficult to beat on the track. All Lamborghini models are named after famous bulls, bullfighters or bull fighting stables, and the machines are known for having as much power – and unpredictability – of their animal namesakes. With an emphasis on beauty and style as well as speed and power, Lamborghinis are the preferred Italian sports car for those who want to show off as well as get moving quickly.
5 remarkable things about Lamborghini
- The company introduced one new model per decade until its purchase by Audi.
- They are one of three companies in the world which produce twelve cylinder engines. The other two are Ferrari and Bugatti.
- The company’s first product was a tractor, and it produced tractors exclusively until the 1960s.
- The company’s tractors were made from surplus parts left over from WWII and contained engines originally intended for military use.
- The United States is home to more Lamborghini Aventadors than any other country.
Lamborghini Famous Models
The “Miura” was Lamborghini’s first car, and like all Lamborghinis, it was a beautiful mixture of form and speed. Capable of outrunning almost any other car produced in the 1960s, it was nonetheless a comparatively tame grand touring car. Relatively comfortable to drive when compared with its contemporaries, it nonetheless had problems with everything from handling to gasoline fires. It is, however, regarded as an ultimate classic, with even nonfunctional models fetching tens of thousands on the used market.
The second car produced by Lamborghini was the Countach, named after an Italian exclamation of astonishment. The definitive “be seen in” car of the 1970s and 80s, it also had the worst fuel mileage of any road car ever produced – about three miles per gallon! Nonetheless, the scissor doors and incredible speed it was capable of enabled the Countach to go as fast as 192 mph when properly tuned.
After the Countach came the Diablo, which was one of the fastest road cars in the 1990s. The first Lambo to travel at over 200 mph, it established that Lamborghini models were going to continue to be blisteringly fast and beautifully styled well into the 21st century. Replaced by the Murcielago in 2001 when the company merged with Audi, it was nonetheless one of the most famous and powerful street vehicles of the 1990s, and it continues to dominate street racing within its class.
The current Lambo model is the Lamborghini Aventador. Named after the most famous trophy-winning bull on all of Spanish bullfighting, the Lamborghini Aventador is the second vehicle to be put into production by the company after its acquisition and merger with Audi. The Lamborghini Aventador, despite its name, is the most “driveable” Lambo thanks to its advanced four wheel drive and traction control systems. It retains the scissor doors and beautiful styling that Lamborghinis are known for, enabling it to look just as beautiful as all other Lamborghini models. Despite its “tame” handling, it is nonetheless able to dominate within its racing class, as well as be one of the fastest road-legal vehicles in the world.