Batman feels naked without one. Kanye West drives Kim Kardashian in one. Shaquille O’Neal’s never-ending legs stretch out in one. Hell what, Sunny Deol was excited to have one on the sets of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. The powerful and beautiful Lamborghini has been a petrolhead’s adrenaline rush for 50 years. The Sant’Agata Bolognese-based car manufacturer keeps quite a company –– Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo… need we say more. The Italian company’s founder Ferruccio Lamborghini was a visionary when he chose the raging bull as his car’s logo and after all these years, a Lamborghini remains a Lamborghini. On its 50th anniversary, t2 lusts after some of the L company’s sexy numbers.
350 GTV and 350 GT
Ferruccio chose none other than Franco Scaglione to design the 350 GTV (precursor of 350 GT, the first production model). By then Franco had already worked with Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Fiat.... The 350 GTV became the highlight of the 1963 Turin Auto Show with its controversial semi-fastback body design. Its 3.5-litre V12 engine was a scream.
Miura S (P400S)
The iconic two-seater sports car almost didn’t make the cut because the company’s boss wanted grand touring cars and not something its rival Ferrari was producing. Ferrucio’s engineers worked in secret on the mid-engine layout and when the P400 was introduced at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, it was va-va-vroom. Miura S or Spirito appeared in 1968 and it was a design marvel. One of its famous owners: Frank Sinatra.
This can very well be the most spectacular supercar of the 1970s and 80s. Launched at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, car designer Marcello Gandini lent his magic touch to the space-age design. It looked sharp with “scissor doors” and spaceship-like tail. Unlike other cars from Lamborghini, this wasn’t named after bullfighting or bull species; “countach” loosely translates into wow. The closest most of us have been to a Countach is on the Need For Speed video game!
Four-wheel drive was here. The brand looked rejuvenated with the Diablo VT. The low and fast ride had power steering and an improved brake cooling system… and it was every boy’s dream. The VT stands for Viscous Traction. The Diablo series was designed to be, according to Jeremy Clarkson, “the biggest head-turner in the world.”
The Murcielago began a new era for the Lamborghini under the stewardship of Audi and the Volkswagen Group but it was true to the vision of Ferruccio. The car’s 10-year-reign ended when an orange Murcielago SV rolled out on November 5, 2010. The SV (SuperVeloce) could hit zero to 62mph in 3.2 seconds and move like a blur.
The new flagship model started in 2011 when Aventador LP 700–4 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The car from The Dark Knight Rises can do zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. The talk of the 2012 motor show was the special edition Aventador J (in picture), which is roofless, screenless and is the lowest Lambo ever. It’s said that the car doesn’t have prototypes, not even for the Lamborghini museum. And it has one “nameless” owner who bought it for around $2.8 million!
One of the highest-selling models in the Lambo stable. The very sound of the car is a headturner and it looks retro and futuristic at the same time. The Gallardo is considered the most practical Italian supercar... so practical that even some Italian policemen use it! Price: $196,995 (for LP550-2)
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini revealed an exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Veneno have been built (and sold!) in green, white and red, each representing a colour of the Italian flag. Price: $3.9 million. There is also Car Zero, which is meant for the Lambo museum.
Lambo’s Holly outings
Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012): In Batman Begins the Murcielago is playboy Bruce Wayne’s flaunt tool and in The Dark Knight he uses the LP640 on a mission. In The Dark Knight Rises he drives an Aventador.
Die Another Day (2002): The only appearance of a Lamborghini in a Bond movie was thanks to 007’s enemy Gustav Graves. The car was brutally “unloaded” from a cargo plane.
The Italian Job (1969): The movie had a long list of cool wheels but it’s the Miura in the opening credits that grabs viewers.
Bedazzled (2000): Elizabeth Hurley drives a black Lamborghini Diablo in the early part of the film.
Gone In 60 Seconds (2000): Like the original film (1974), this too featured the Lambo… the Diablo SE30.