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Lamborghini’s BULL Connection and the list of top cars from the brand

Lamborghini was named after the founder’s surname, and its logo featured a bull, a reference to Ferruccio Lamborghini’s zodiac sign, Taurus, the bull. However, that’s not the only reason Ferruccio decided to go on with the bull logo. As a Taurus-born, he was more fascinated by bullfights, and in the early sixties, he spent some time with Don Eduardo Miura, a renowned breeder of Spanish fighting bulls in Seville.

The large, fierce, and cunning bulls from the Miura lineage have a fearsome reputation, and matadors could not dare turn their backs on them. These bulls have been referred to as individualists with strong personal characters. When Ferruccio learned about the characteristics of these bulls, he got impressed and decided to place the raging bull on the front of all his cars as an identity of the brand.

The early stable of the Lamborghini

Lamborghini 350 GT

The Lamborghini 350 GT was the first-ever production vehicle produced by Lamborghini. The car was well-received at the March 1964 Geneva auto show, which became the reason the company began the production of the car immediately in May 1964. The success of the Lamborghini 350 GT ensured the company’s survival, establishing it as a viable competitor with the sports car maker Ferrari.

The Lamborghini 350 GT was based on the earlier Lamborghini 350 GTV and originally fitted with Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres and had an all-aluminium alloy V12 engine mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission. The car had an aluminium body, a Salisbury differential, four-wheel independent suspension, and vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes all around.

Production – May 1964 – 1966 (120 built)

Designer – Carrozzeria Touring 

Body Style – 2 door coupé 

Engine – 3,464 cc (211.4 cu in) 60° aluminium V12 DOHC

Power output – 280 bhp and 325 Nm of torque

Transmission – 5-speed ZF manual[2]

Dimensions : Wheelbase – 2,550 mm, Width – 1,730 mm, Height – 1,220 mm

0 to 100 kms – in 7.5 seconds 

Top speed – 249 kms/hour

Lamborghini 400 GT

In 1966, Lamborghini launched their first mid-engined supercar called the Miura, which featured a new V12 engine, which was then placed in the 350 GT, and so the Lamborghini 400 GT was born, with 2+2 seating with the revised roofline. The 400 GT 2+2 also had a Lamborghini-designed gearbox, with Porsche-style synchromesh on all gears, which greatly improved the drivetrain.

Production – May 1966 – 1968 (247 built)

Designer – Carrozzeria Touring 

Body Style – 2 door coupé 

Engine – 3,929 cc V12

Power output – 324 PS / 320 bhp / 239 kW @ 6500 rpm

Transmission – 5-speed manual

Dimensions: Wheelbase – 2,550 mm, Width – 1,727 mm, Height – 1,257 mm

0 to 100 kms – in 6.1 seconds

Top speed – 250 kms/hour

Lamborghini Miura 

As mentioned above, Ferruccio Lamborghini was highly impressed with the Miura-bred bulls and decided to name his third car Miura after producing two cars with alphanumeric designations. The Miura car was a trendsetter, and with its high performance, it was a mid-engined sports car. At the time of the launch, it was the fastest production road car, with a top speed of 280 km/h.

The Miura was originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, which designed the car in its spare time against the wishes of the company founder. Ferruccio always favoured powerful yet sedate grand touring cars over the race car-derived machines produced by local rival Ferrari. However, he changed his mind when he got to see the result, and the rest is history.

Production – May 1966 – 1973 (764 built)

Designer – Marcello Gandini 

Body Style – 2 door coupé 

Engine – 3,929 cc V12 

Power output – 385 PS / 380 bhp / 283 kW @ 7000 rpm 

Transmission – 5-speed manual 

Dimensions: Wheelbase – 2,500 mm, Length – 4,360 mm, Width – 1,760 mm, Height – 1,050 mm

0 to 100 kms – in 5.8 seconds

Top speed – 273 kms/hour

Lamborghini’s love for bulls never ends here; take a look at the cars and their bull connection – 

1968 – Espada

The car was named after the sword that torero – the bullfighter, uses to kill the bull. 

1968Islero

The car was named after a Miura bull Islero, who killed then-famous bullfighter Manolete.

1970 – Jarama

The car was named to recall the fighting bulls bred in the Jarama river area in Spain.

1972Urraco

The car was named after a line of Miura-bred fighting bulls, which translates to little bull.

2002 – Murciélago

The car was named after a bull called Murciélago, who was a fighting bull that survived a matador’s 28 sword strokes.

2003 – Gallardo

The car was named after a historic breed of fighting bulls called Gallardo. It was one of Lamborghini’s best-selling cars. 

2012 – Aventador LP700-4 

The car is named after an award-winning fighting bull, Aventador, who fought valiantly in the bull ring of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1993.

2015 – Huracan LP610-4

The name Huracán comes from a Spanish fighting bull from 1879 that was known for its ‘ outstanding courage and strong sense of attack’.

2018 – World’s 1st Super SUV, Urus

The name comes from the ancestor of modern domestic cattle, also known as the aurochs.

A little about the latest one, Lamborghini Urus

When Lamborghini launched Urus, everyone was awestruck and asked the same question, A Lamborghini SUV? Really? Yes, and not only that, over the last 5-years, the Urus has turned out to be a game-changer for the Italian carmaker. After many years of teasers and leaks, Lamborghini finally revealed their new 641 horsepower Urus 4×4, a car they called the ‘Super SUV’ in 2018.

Production – February 2018 to present 

Designer – Filippo Perini ( concept ) & Mitja Borkert (production version)

Body Style – 5-door SUV

0 to 100 kms – in 3.6 seconds

Top speed – 305 kms/hour 

The debut SUV from the house Lamborghini has become its best-selling model not only in India but globally. Until now, the company has launched three special variants of the car Urus Pearl Capsule, Urus ST-X and the most recent Urus Performante,  which arrives with a drastic change in design and performance specifications compared to the previously launched special variants.

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