The Heart of the Bull: Lamborghini V12 Power

………The bull is relentless

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The extremely formidable Lamborghini V12 has a long and successful history. Feruccio Lamborghini established the company in 1963. He wanted to build better products than the competition. The prototype for all later Lamborghini supercars was the 350 GTV presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. The 350 GTV was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini. It had performance figures that were astounding for the day. The 12 cylinder in “V” configuration had four overhead camshafts when the rest of the industry was using a single camshaft. It used a six-bbl carburetor and a dry sump lubrication system. It generated 360 hp @ 8,000 rpm. The 350 GT series production introduced a year later produced 320 hp @ 7,000 rpm.

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1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV

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The Bull was off the hook in the sixties when everything else was docile

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1964 Lamborghini 350 GT

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1965 Lamborghini 350 GTS Spyder

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Lamborghini Miura Prototype

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The same 360 hp engine was put into the Lamborghini Miura prototype that debuted at the 1966 Geneva Auto Salon. The engine was mounted transversely behind the cockpit with transmission and differential in a single unit mounted directly to the frame. The 320 hp made the series production Miura the fastest production car of its time with a top speed of 280 km/h. This was the first true super sports car.

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Lamborghini Miura SV

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…….the Veeeeeeeeeeeee12

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The Lamborghini Miura SV rocked the world with speed and presence

This engine was further refined over the years with several updates and modifications featuring in the Miura S that produced a whopping 370 hp @ 7,000 rpm and the Miura SV with an unbelievable 385 hp. The Miura Jota was a one-off creation made exclusively for racing, the V12 cranked out 440 hp @ 8,500 rpm. Applications for the four litre V12 were not limited to the mid-engine Miura. In the front engine Islero introduced in 1968 and in the 400 GT Jarama, the engine produced 350 hp and later 350 hp. In 1974 the Espada received an automatic transmission offered for the first time.

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Lamborghini Miura Jota…..on a serious rampage here 

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1966 Lamborghini 400 GT

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1968 Lamborghini Espada

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1968-1969 Lamborghini Islero

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1973-1976 Lamborghini Jarama

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Lamborghini Jarama

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….the bull charges!

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1973-1981 Lamborghini Countach

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Lamborghini broke all the rules with the vicious Countach

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……and if the Countach wasn’t fast enough for you…….

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1985-1989 Countach Quattrovalvole

Lamborghini has always been enthusiastic with change. The Miura series was replaced with the astounding Countach LP 400 in the early seventies. 1971 Introduced the prototype with a completely all new design that was totally radical for the time. It was shockingly outrageous! I remember seeing one for the first time in 1971 and was absolutely spellbound by the unorthodox styling. This was the beginning of the outrageous styling Lamborghini has become famous for. Automobili Lamborghini went to where no other automaker had ever dared to go before……this was the spirited seventies that had a vehicle of the future already. This is when the “LP” was born…the mounting of the mid-engine “Longitudinale Posteriore.” Shortly after the introduction of the production Countach, other automakers tried their hand but could not cut it! Lamborghini was already a neck ahead in the race.

The Countach engine underwent a series of evolutionary modifications retaining the familiar attributes of the first Lamborghini V12 engine. It was the 1985 Countach Quattrovalvole that increased engine displacement beyond the five litre versions. It featured a four-valve cylinder head engine producing a prolific 455 hp @ 7,000 rpm that rocked the world of production sports cars at the time. Lamborghini has always been a pioneer in performance, paving the way for the rest of the industry to follow.

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1986-1992 Lamborghini LM002 SUV

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In 1986 the five litre V12 was used for the first time in a completely new application, the Lamborghini LM002 which was the first and only SUV produced by Lamborghini as a four-door all-terrain vehicle. The Countach ceased production with the Countach Anniversario model. The Diablo picked up where the Countach left off burning the asphalt leaving the competition to eat their dust. The Diablo produced a legendary 492 hp from the V12 now almost six litres. The Diablo VT was the first four-wheel drive sports car. Output grew to 520 hp with the 1993 Diablo SE. The Diablo GT with 575 hp and the Diablo GTR with 590 hp were both introduced in 1999. The Diablo 6.0 was the first Lambo to feature the V12 pumped up to six litres producing 550 hp.

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1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE

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1995 Lamborghini Jota

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1996 Lamborghini Diablo SV

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2001 Lamborghini Diablo 6.0

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Lamborghini  Murcielago LP 670-4

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The first 21st Century Lamborghini appeared in 2001 as the incomparable Murcielago. It had a new 6.2 litre alloy V12 with a crankshaft running on seven bearings and dry sump lubrication. It pumped out an astounding 580 hp @ 7,500 rpm with a top speed of 330 km/h. Maximum torque of 650 Nm was achieved @ 5,400 rpm. The Murcielago LP 640 was introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It produces 640 hp. In the rare Lamborghini Reventon, the V12 generated 650 hp. The Murcielago LP 670-4 Superveloce produced an amazing 670 hp. You GO Lambo!

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Lamborghini Reventon

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

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Lamborghini Aventador J

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

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2011 Was the beginning of a new chapter in the illustrious heritage of Automobili Lamborghini. The Aventador series is now capturing the hearts of supercar lovers around the world. The Aventador LP 700-4 is the pinnacle of super sports cars. The Aventador LP 700-4 uses an entirely new technology package. Its innovative carbon-fibre monocoque is lightweight and extremely rigid. Its new V12 delivers a prolific punch with 700 hp. The superfast ISR transmission provides imperceptible and extremely fast gear changes. The high-tech pushrod suspension inspired by Formula 1 race cars is tuned perfectly to this road car.

The Aventador series has taken its place at the head of the class as the flagship model. The Aventador J, an exciting completely unorthodox one-off vehicle exhibited prowess in the supercar arena at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Aventador J is an utterly indescribable experience of power and dynamics. And last but not least is the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster that is comprised of every superlative of the Aventador series and has since created a new benchmark in the world of open-top luxury super sports cars. Its performance and elegant style made this an instant Lamborghini hit. The Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is a dream come true that can be ordered from any Lamborghini dealer in the world for the price of 300,000 Euros plus tax of course.

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Anniversario

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The heart of the bull has been pumping adrenalin for 50 years. Automobili Lamborghini has been the purveyor of speed producing shockingly-outrageous muscle machines that continue to stun the entire world. Centro Stile Lamborghini is cranking out works of art without working up a sweat! The formidable Lamborghini V12 is an evolutionary achievement that keeps getting better. Just when the pinnacle has been reached at Sant’ Agata Bolognese…….they raise the bar on technology leaving the competition burning in rubble from their exhaust. Cutting edge technology is the impetus to the success….The V12 will live forever. Happy 50th Anniversary Lamborghini…..may the beginning of your Centennial remain prosperous. Keep the “Bull kickin’!”

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