For most people, 2020 has been a mixed year, but this year is the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Urraco, according tomedia reports. Mr Lamborghini said Urraco stood out in its time with a range of technological innovations. Lamborghini unveiled Urraco at the 1970 Turin Motor Show, a friendlier 2 plus 2 sports car powered by a smaller V8 engine.
It is reported that the production of Lamborghini Urraco began in 1970. The first-generation Urraco P250 model (P for Posteriore, “250” for engine capacity) is equipped with a 2.5-liter V8 engine with an output of 217 horsepower and a torque of 162 pounds-feet. This engine features an overhead camshaft, a “Heron Chamber” engine head and four Weber 40 IDFI dual-body oils in each row.
Meanwhile, the Urraco P200 went on sale in 1975 and was produced until 1977. It is equipped with a smaller V8 engine with an output of 180 horsepower, 130 lb-ft and 2.0 liters of torque. The strongest version of the Urraco V8 engine appeared in the 1975 models. The Urraco P300, which debuted at the 1974 Turin Motor Show, has a 3.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 247 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
It is understood that Urraco’s angled wedge design is a masterpiece of Italian car designer Marcello Gandhini. The 4.25-metre-long car has all the elements of a 1970s poster car with pop-up headlights and wedge-shaped body contours. At the time, Gandhini was the chief designer of Carrozzeria Bertone and was responsible for other Lamborghini classics such as Miura, Countach and Diablo.
Urraco is the first production vehicle to have a fully independent MacPherson pillar suspension system at the front and rear. By the way, Lamborghini’s Jalpa, Silhouette and Espa are all based on Urraco. It also paves the way for the development of modern Lamborghini sports cars such as Gallardo and Huracan.
Anyway, happy 50th anniversary to Urraco!