Lamborghini Urraco

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Lamborghini Urraco
Lamborghini Urraco P111 (France).jpg
791 produced
AssemblyItaly: Sant'Agata Bolognese
DesignerMarcello Gandini at Bertone[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body style2+2 coupé
LayoutTransverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedLamborghini Silhouette
Lamborghini Jalpa
Lamborghini Espada
Engine2.0 L (122 cu in) Lamborghini V8 engine (P200)
2.5 L (153 cu in) Lamborghini V8 engine (P250 & P111)
3.0 L (183 cu in) Lamborghini V8 engine (P300)
Wheelbase2,450 mm (96.5 in)
Length4,250 mm (167.3 in)
Width1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height1,160 mm (45.7 in)
SuccessorLamborghini Silhouette

The Lamborghini Urraco is a sports car that was made by Lamborghini from 1972 to 1979. It came before the Silhouette.

History[change | change source]

The Urraco was first revealed at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. It was designed by Marcello Gandini. The Urraco has a 2+2 coupé layout.[1]

The Urraco was designed to compete with the Ferrari Dino and Maserati Merak.[2][3]

When Lamborghini stopped making the Urraco in 1979, 791 Urracos had been built. Twenty-one of them were Urraco P111s (P250 Tipo 111s), which were made for the American market.[1] In order to follow American rules, these cars had larger front bumpers. They also had a slightly detuned engine, in order to follow American rules. The other Urraco versions were the Urraco P200, Urraco P250 and Urraco P300. The number tells the engine size: the Urraco had either a 2-litre, a 2.5-litre, or a 3-litre V8.[1][3]

Both the Lamborghini Silhouette and the Lamborghini Jalpa were based upon the Urraco.[1]

Engine and transmission[change | change source]

The Urraco was powered by either a 1,994 cubic centimetres (121.7 cubic inches) V8, a 2,463 cubic centimetres (150.3 cubic inches) V8, or a 2,996 cubic centimetres (182.8 cubic inches) V8.[1] The engine was mid-mounted, like in the Miura. The engine was paired to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine’s power went to the rear wheels.[1]

Performance[change | change source]

The Urraco’s performance was different with different models.

The Urraco P200 produced 182 metric horsepower (134 kilowatts; 180 horsepower). It was able to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour (0-97 kilometres per hour) in 7.2 seconds. The Urraco P250 produced 220 metric horsepower (162 kilowatts; 217 horsepower), and was able to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour (0-97 kph) in 6.9 seconds. The Urraco P300 produced 250 metric horsepower (184 kilowatts; 247 horsepower), and was able to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) in 5.6 seconds.[1][3]

The Urraco P300 had a top speed of 260 kilometres per hour (162 miles per hour), while the P250 had a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour (149 miles per hour), and the P200 had a top speed of 215 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour).[1][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Landsem, Arnstein (Mar 15, 2011). The Book of the Lamborghini Urraco. Veloce Publishing. pp. 13–17. ISBN 978-1-84584-286-4. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  2. "Three small exotic GTs" (PDF). Road & Track (road test). September 1975. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Markus, Frank (February 2013). "Sant'Agata Bolognese to Zaragoza, the Heming-Way". Motor Trend. 65 (2): 106. Archived from the original on 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2020-07-16.