The world’s first supercar !
The first production sports car with a mid-engine layout 2 seater !
The fastest production car at launch !
Lamborghini Miura was indeed the revolutionary that kick started the inspired insanity from Lamborghini for more than 50 years. Today, the Italian automaker Lamborghini is one of the biggest global brand. Its journey to the top of supercar world was as wild and dominant as its cars that pumped the heartbeats of generations
Lamborghini began life as the outsider looking in, trying to shake up the natural order of things. It wanted to be the rebel that challenges the norms to fulfill the dreams of children and the ultra-rich alike. Lamborghini was founded just 3 years prior to Miura’s debut which was a kind of revenge by Mr. Ferruccio Lamborghini to Enzo Ferrari for dismissing his complaints and addressing him as ‘just a maker of tractors who knew nothing about cars’.
The 350GT, Lamborghini’s first production car was amazing in its own right but wasn’t a revolutionary. It was more of a slight variant to the competing Ferrari’s and Ford’s. But then in 1966, the visitors to Lamborghini’s display during the 1966 Geneva auto show saw something out of future, a car that redefined what a car could do and created the modern supercar archetype as we know it.
Lamborghini debuted the Miura’s rolling chassis at the 1965 Turin auto show, with many believing they were building a racecar, not a production model. The Italian company then unveiled the P400 Miura (named after a type of bull) at the 1966 Geneva show.
Lamborghini and his young development team never had any reservations about how a car should be. Even when the entire automobile industry was dubious about mid-engine configuration, they insisted that a mid-engine road car was the way forward. The 350-hp, oversquare, 60-degree 4.0-liter Bizzarrini V-12 from the 400 GT (upgraded model of the 350 GT) served duty in the Miura. Unlike the longitudinal-mounted engines in cars at that time, engineers went for a transverse-mounted engine on Miura. This was done to consolidate weight closer to the car’s midpoint and also to allow room for a token 5-cubic-foot trunk behind it. The Miura easily bested its Ferrari competition, and with a top speed of about 170 mph and a zero to 60 mph time in the low six-second range, it became the fastest car in the world.
Miura captivated audiences by the sexy, striking design penned by then-25-year-old Bertone protege Marcello Gandini. As Autozine puts it, the car has a very sharklike, predatory shape with features like air vents on the B-pillars and headlamps that were flush against the hood when not in use.
The greatest significance of Miura was something other than all these. It sparked the supercar war between Ferrari and Lamborghini that lasts to this day. This tug of war has paved the way for all subsequent supercars that changed the auto world forever. Grazie, Miura. Grazie, Ferruccio