It may be less expensive than the sensational Miura and lengthy Espada but Lamborghini’s Urraco remains a head-turner at 50 years old…
2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Urraco which was proudly unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in late October 1970. The Italian ‘flying wedge’ was initially built to slot in at entry-level below the illustrious and extremely desirable Miura and is still one the most underrated performance cars to ever emerge from the iconic works at Sant’Agata in central Italy.
The model offered innovative technical solutions with valuable contributions from engineer Paolo Stanzani, the technical father of the Urraco and Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer and was penned by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, who was best known at the time for the Miura but whose status as a Lamborghini stylist was cemented with the Countach that subsequently followed.
It may be less expensive than the sensational Miura and lengthy Espada but Lamborghini's Urraco remains a head-turner at 50 years old. Read more about the stylish Italian: https://classiccarcuration.co.uk/lamborghinis-stylish-urraco-celebrates-its-50th-anniversary/
Posted by Classic Car Curation on Friday, 9 October 2020
The often-overlooked Urraco stands out as a fully-fledged 2+2 sports coupé with a mid-mounted V8 rear-engine, an independent suspension with MacPherson struts implemented on all four corners of the car – the first time on a production car.
Power came from a 2.5-litre V8 which delivered an impressive 220 hp at 7800 rpm and a top speed of 152 mph, but the Urraco also featured an 8-cylinder engine and distribution with a single overhead camshaft per bank.
Technical refinement was completed by the use of the ‘Heron chamber’ cylinder head which was machined flat. The combustion chamber is contained within a dished depression in the top of the piston. This solution combination made it possible to use a higher compression ratio without increasing the costs. Another new addition for the Italian marque was the four Weber double-body 40 IDF1 type carburettors.
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Production of the Urraco was also innovative with Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was eager to expand production and make a Lamborghini that would be accessible to a wider public, stating the company would take a much less ‘artisanal’ approach than building other Lamborghini models.
Measuring in at 4.25 meters long, the Urraco’s interior spaces were given tremendous thought with instrumentation logistics and ‘dished’ steering wheel all within easy access to the affluent pilot.
Introduced as the P250 Urraco, it’s numerical arrangement represented the 2.5 engine displacement and rear position of the engine (posteriore) and was produced from 1970 to 1976.
The Urraco was then presented at the 1974 Turin Motor Show in the smaller-engined P200 version which was intended for the Italian market from 1975 to 1977. The P300 followed in 1974 and was produced from 1975 – 1979.
The tried and tested concept brought to market by the Urraco laid the solid foundations of subsequent 8-cylinder models and more recent 10-cylinder models, such as the Gallardo and current Huracán.
P250 Urraco: 1970-1976: 520
P200 Urraco: 1974-1977: 66
P300 Urraco: 1975-1979: 190