A Look Back at the Lamborghini Urraco

A Look Back at the Lamborghini Urraco

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It was fifty years ago, this October, that the Lamborghini Urraco was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in Italy.  Named after a line of Miura-bred fighting bulls, the Urraco was a slick 2+2 coupe with a midships engine and fully-independent MacPherson strut suspension, the first in the world have such a suspension.  When initially released, the engine in the Urraco was Lamborghini's first production V8. It was small, just 2.5 liters, but with a camshaft per cylinder bank, and four double-body 40 IDF1 Weber Carburetors, it delivered 220 hp at a screaming 7800 rpm.

Was the Urraco an early supercar?

Not really, and here's a secret: contrary to popular belief, Ferruccio Lamborghini initially wasn't that much into supercars. Lamborghini, who built his wealth with tractors and agricultural equipment, started his car business building luxurious, limited edition Gran Turismos. That was his thing. The Urraco was different, however. It was a 2+2 coupe that was designed to be less artisanal than the other Lamborghini models. Apparently, the creation of the Urraco was attributed to a desire of Ferruccio Lamborghini to make a car that would be accessible to a wider range of the public and thus sell in higher quantities.

What is the history of the Urraco?

After a crushing union strike in the late 1960s, Lamborghini needed new models to get back on track and enter the 1970s with. With Paolo Stanzani as his chief technical officer, Ferruccio Lamborghini launched the high-performance Jarama 400GT in 1970 while he worked on a clean sheet mid-engine design powered by an equally new V8. The result of that project was the Urraco 2+2 coupe.

Introduced as P250 Urraco, where the "P" stood for the rear (posterior) position of the engine, and 250 for the engine capacity (2.5 liters), it was produced from 1970 to 1976. The next version, the Urraco P200, was introduced at the 1974 Turin Motor Show with a 1.994 Liter engine (182 hp). It was only available on the Italian market from 1975 to 1977 and was built specifically to comply with the then new Italian tax laws that imposed heavy taxes on car engines with a displacement of over 2000cc. The last version, the P300 (2.996 Liter, 265 hp), was presented in 1974 and was produced from 1975 to 1979.

How many were produced?

Not a lot by today's standards. From 1970 to 1976, Lamborghini produced 520 P250 Urracos. From 1974 to 1977, Lamborghini produced just 66 P200 Urracos, and from 1975 to 1979, Lamborghini produced 190 P300 Urracos.

What is the legacy of the Urraco?

Today, Lamborghini is one of the most exclusive car brands in the world. Their supercars are known for speed, power, and beauty. In turn, this has led to it being associated with status, wealth, and luxury. Today's V8 and V10 models, such as the Aventador, Huracan and the Urus can trace their lineage directly back to the pioneering efforts of Ferruccio Lamborghini, Paolo Stanzani in the design and production of the Urraco 2+2 Coupe. The Urraco, indeed, has quite a legacy.

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