6 greatest Lamborghinis of all time
The definitive list.
Lamborghini, founded in 1963, has developed a persona no other car brand has. Lambos have just the right level of insanity, so that people can actually drive them without bits of their bodies falling off (most of the time) but they still bring the staggering power and planet-shaking looks that make your jaw slam into the ground every time one pulls up next to you at the traffic lights and makes noises.
Here are the six greatest Lamborghinis of all time, as submitted by you:
6. Sesto Elemento – Earth, water, air, fire, lunacy, and this
Unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Sesto Elemento, meaning ‘Sixth Element’, is a positively ridiculous car. In spite of the joke in the subheading, its name is not a reference to the classical elements but rather it refers to the atomic number of carbon, which is Lamborghini’s way of pointing out the fact that absolutely everything in this car – its wheels, its windscreen, the air inside it – is made of carbon fibre.
Branded as a track day car, the Sesto Elemento is a mid-engine, four-wheel-drive 2-door coupé. Its more sensible cousin (by Lamborghini’s standards, anyway) is the Gallardo and it also bears a certain of relation to the Audi R8. Its 6-speed semi-automatic transmission is connected to a 5.2-litre V10 engine, the same one as in the Gallardo Superleggera, which generates 562 brake horsepower, despite the car weighing less than a tonne.
5. Murciélago – Make cylinders, not war
Succeeding the Diablo and preceding the Aventador, the Murciélago spent nearly a decade as the flagship Lamborghini model. It was the first Lambo to be released after the company was swallowed up into the Volkswagen empire. Murciélago is the Spanish word for ‘bat’, but the car is named after a fighting bull that survived being hit with a sword 24 times in an 1879 fight. Which is rather more impressive than it being named after a mouse with wings.
The Murciélago had various incarnations during its run, the latest and most powerful of which was the LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, known to you and I as the SV, a moniker that had already been initiated into the Lambo world with the Diablo and the Miura. Its 6.5-litre V12 engine generated 661 brake horsepower and it could do 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, which is probably fast enough to make your face look as though you have played rugby for ten hours a day your whole life.
4. Miura – The long-forgotten 1960s no-eyelashes trend
The Miura allows us to delve for the first time into Lamborghini’s history somewhat, trading the carbon fibre and sharp edges of today for the long bonnets and drop-dead gorgeous looks of the ‘60s. Launched in 1966, just three years subsequent to the company’s founding, the Miura was (probably) the first supercar to have two seats and its engine in the middle, making it an intrinsic part of motoring pioneering and history.
The P400SV, commonly known as the Miura SV, had a very substantial 380 brake horsepower and up to 400 newton metres of torque. The most notable difference between the SV and the other lesser-known Miura models is the lack of so-called eyelashes on its headlamps. Lamborghini teased us with a Miura revival concept in 2006 and followed that up with an Aventador Miura Homage Special Edition a decade later.
3. Huracán – Strong winds expected with a chance of natural aspiration
Huracan (notice the lack of accent on the ‘a’) is the name of the Mayan god of wind, storm and fire. Throw some soil and lunacy into the mix and you have yourself a Sesto Elemento. Huracán, however (the accent is back) is, as one might have predicted, the Spanish name for a hurricane. This, too, is a Lamborghini named after a fighting bull, this time one famed for its courage in fights, also from 1879.
The full name of the Huracán is the LP 610-4, which refers to the fact that it has 610 metric horsepower and 4-wheel-drive, and the LP stands for ‘Longitudinale Posteriore’, which does not mean ‘long posterior’ but rather refers to the mid-rear position of the engine. These guys are very good at using the names of their cars to full effect to point out the bits of them they want you to notice. The Huracán has a little-known distant relation in the bonkers Zerouno by Italdesign.
2. Diablo – Satan, have mercy
We slip back behind the turn of the century once again for this one, the devil of Lamborghinis. Originally commissioned in 1985 as a replacement for the Countach, the Diablo was the first Lamborghini ever to achieve a top speed north of 200mph. It was replaced by the Murciélago when it went out of production in 2001 and is notable even at first glance for its delightful ’90s styling.
The GT version of the Diablo coughed up a momentous 575 brake horsepower along with up to 630 newton metres of torque. Only 80 examples of the Diablo GT were produced for sale as it was considered an experiment to a certain extent, with Lamborghini building on the sporty, race-oriented upgrade kit given to the SE30 Jota version and making it even more extreme, which is, of course, their speciality.
1. Aventador – And Agatha will have the spaghetti with a side of automotive frenzy, please
And here you have it, ladies and gentlemen – the greatest Lamborghini of all time, officially, is the Aventador. Unveiled in 2010 in Sant’Agata Bolognese (which roughly translates as Saint Agatha’s bolognaise) the Aventador is the current flagship model of the Lamborghini line-up, having taken the place of the Murciélago in 2011. It, too, is named after a fighting bull, but not a valiant one from the 1870s, this time; the Aventador is named after a competition-winning bull from 1993, which says a lot.
Lamborghini, as we know, is nothing if not a stickler for moderation, meeting deadlines and keeping things within the set limits. Back in 2011, it announced its intention to sell only 4,000 Aventadors, and in 2016, it achieved the 5,000 unit milestone. When it is not being evil in Transformers films, the Aventador SV is busy churning 740 brake horsepower out of its 6.5-litre V12 engine and taking itself to a top speed of ‘somewhere in excess’ of 217mph.
It is truly deserving of this title.
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