High-speed insanity: a timeline of Lamborghini
IMAGES: From the Mieura to the Huracan and even future concepts – a rundown of all 22 Lamborghini models.Neil Churchill February 17, 2015
Lamborghini. The byword amongst petrol heads for speed, noise, style and flair. Porsches and Aston Martins may be the gentleman's supercar of choice, but chances are it was a Lamborghini poster that adorned your bedroom wall as a teenager.
Established in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini to compete with the marquee brands of the time - namely Ferrari - the Italian brand may have roped in its flamboyant style over the last decade, but we can never forget the spectacular models it produced during the final quarter of the 20th century.
Currently owned by German group Volkswagen, Lamborghini's ownership has changed three times since 1973, including a brief moment of bankruptcy. There was a more recent scare when sales plummeted by 50 per cent during the financial crash of the late 2000s. But the company recovered and currently manufactures the Aventador and Huracán from its production facility and headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Here is our rundown of all 22 models - past, present and future - to have worn the famous badge of the bull. 350 GT
1964 – Ferruccio Lamborghini sees his dream come true as his first prototype goes into production as the 350 GT. 120 units were produced, the majority housing a 3.5-litre V12 engine producing 320 horsepower. Two Spyder versions were also made a year later. Top speed: 254 km/h.
1966 – Using the same 4-litre engine that fitted the final 23 350 GT models, the 400 GT was roomier than its predecessor, with a restyling giving space for two backseats. Top speed: 249 km/h. Miura
1966 – The Miura was possibly Lamborghini’s most era-defining car. Putting its V12 engine in the centre with rear wheel drive was revolutionary at the time, and led the way for future high-performance cars. Not to mention it was styled beautifully and at the time was the fastest car in the world – top speed: 280 km/h. Espada
1968 – With four seats, two doors and a 4-litre V12, the Espada was essentially a Gran Turismo version of the Miura. Lambo’s first car to have over 1,000 units made, it was the company’s bestseller for over a decade, receiving new modifications with each series. Top speed: 250 km/h. Islero
1968 – The Islero was the successor to the 400 GT. Only 225 models were made before production stopped, with the final 70 cars using extra stylish interior and a few more horsepower under the badge of the Islero S. Top speed: 248 km/h. Jarama
1970 – The Jarama was the evolution to the Islero, and reportedly one of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s favourites. Blending a strong engine with luxurious comfort, it was subtler than the Miura or Espada. Top speed: 240 km/h. Urraco
1972 – Intended to be a more affordable Lambo, the Urraco was also the company’s first model to use a newly developed 2.5-litre V8, which expanded to 3-litres in 1974. Top speed: 230 km/h. Countach
1974 – Along with the Miura, the Countach helped seal the legend of Lamborghini and was unlike any car seen before. The first generation – named LP 400 – used a 4-litre V12 taking the car from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. It is still one of the most sought-after Lambos today. Top speed: 309 km/h. Silhouette
1976 – The first Lambo to use a Targa roof, the Silhouette was the evolution of the Urraco. Only 53 units were made – each with a 3-litre V8 engine – with the final model used as a prototype for the Jalpa. Top speed: 260 km/h. Jalpa
1981 – The last V8 model Lamborghini ever produced, the Jalpa was based on the Silhoutte but with a new body and bigger engine. However the extra horsepower was for better handling rather than speed. Top speed: 234 km/h. LM002
1986 – It’s hard to imagine now, but back in 1986 Lamborghini produced a 4x4. Big and powerful, the car still came with the finest leather trim and air conditioning – a novelty for the time. Top speed: 210 km/h. Diablo
1990 – Joining the Miura and Countach to complete a triumvirate of iconic supercars, the Diablo used a big 5.7-litre V12, sending the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. Almost 3,000 units sold in eleven years. Top speed: 325 km/h. Murcielago
2001 – The first Lambo to be produced under the VW-Audi ownership, the Murcielago had five variants. The successor of the Diablo and a predecessor to the Aventador, it used a 6.5-litre V12 engine. Top speed: 343 km/h. Gallardo
2003 – Named after a famous fighting bull, the Gallardo is the company’s best-selling car, with over 14,000 models produced. It acted as stable mate to Lamborghini’s flagship V12 models for 10 years, using a 5 or 5.2-litre V10. Top speed: 325 km/h. Reventon
2008 – More a work of art than a mass-selling car, only 20 coupes and 15 roadster versions of the Reventon were ever made, each with a huge 6.5-litre V12, sending the car from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Top speed: 356 km/h. Aventador
2011 – Replacing the Murcielago and with similar style aspects to the Reventon, the Aventador drew inspiration from U.S. stealth fighter jets. Currently in production, it uses a 6.5-litre V12. Top speed: 349 km/h. Sesto Elemento
2012 – With an extensive use of carbon fibre – it’s name referencing the atomic number for carbon – the Sesto Elemento was a limited edition all-wheel drive car with a 5.2-litre V10 engine, and weighed just 999 kg. Top speed: 352 km/h. Veneno
2013 – The Veneno’s unveiling tells you everything you need to know – rising up through the floor of an Italian aircraft carrier in an Abu Dhabi port. Only three models have been made so far, each with the 6.5-litre V12. Top speed: 356 km/h. Egoista
2013 – The Egoista is a concept though there is a fully functioning model in existence, with a 5.2-litre V10. It uses a canopy door and cockpit, with a single seat. As bonkers as Lamborghini gets. Top speed: 325 km/h. Huracan
2014 – A natural successor to the Gallardo, Lamborghini hopes and expects the Huracan to continue the sales figures where its predecessor left off. Currently in production, click here to read our review of the Huracan. Top speed: 325 km/h. Asterion
The future – The Asterion is Lamborghini’s concept attempt at a plug-in hybrid, although it seems likely it will go into production. It may not have the flair of previous models, but it still packs a massive 907 horsepower. Top speed: 298 km/h. Estoque
The future – A Lamborghini saloon, if it ever goes into production the Estoque would be as ground breaking for Lambo as the LM002. Which would be ironic, as it would be the first model since the 4x4 to house its engine in the front. ‘Estoque’ is the sword used by matadors to kill the bull - a bad omen? We hope not.