Published on October 12th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Lamborghini Urraco Was First Shown 50 Years Ago
Back in the 1970s, supercar manufacturers were all trying hit a larger volume of buyers by creating accessible performance cars with the same brand prestige as their larger cars. Ferrari had the Dino. Maserati has the Merak. These are lesser known vehicles, but they’re still quite important to the brand history. This month, Lamborghini is looking back at their very own ‘budget’ ‘70s performance car as 50 years has passed since it was first shown. This Lamborghini Urraco got its debut at the Turin Motor Show and featured styling from Carrozzeria Bertone.
Engineering of the 2+2 seater, V8-powered Urraco was ahead of its time. It was the first production car to feature MacPherson Strut style suspension for both the front and rear. The Urraco featured relatively small displacement V8 engines ranging from 2-litre to 3-litre motors. In the beginning, the Urraco got a 2.5-litre V8 which put out 220hp at 7800rpm. It had a top speed of 245km/h. The engine came with 4 Weber double-body carburetors.
The Urraco was produced with a 2.5-litre engine from 1970 to 1976, before the 2.0L and 3.0L engines came in in 1974 and 1975 respectively. By the end of its production run in 1979, the 776 Lamborghini Urracos had been produced.
Here’s the press release with more.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Urraco, unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in late October 1970. This model immediately stood out for having introduced technical solutions that were very innovative for the time, thanks to the contribution of engineer Paolo Stanzani, the technical father of the Urraco and Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer at the time. The styling of the project was entrusted to renowned designer Marcello Gandini, who in that period was principal designer for Carrozzeria Bertone.
The Urraco is a fast 2+2 coupé, with mid-mounted V8 rear engine and independent suspension, with MacPherson strut system on both front and rear, for the first time on a production car.
Initially presented with the 2.5-liter V8 delivering 220 hp at 7800 rpm and top speed of 245 km/h, the Urraco featured the double novelty of an 8-cylinder engine and distribution with a single overhead camshaft per bank. The technical refinement was completed by the use of a “Heron chamber” engine head with flat inner part and the combustion chamber contained in a depression in the top of the piston. This solution combination made it possible to use a higher compression ratio without increasing the costs. Another novelty for Lamborghini was the four Weber double-body 40 IDF1 type carburetors.
The production system for the car was another innovation, planned from the early stages of the project to be much less artisanal than the other Lamborghini models. The creation of the Urraco was attributed to an express wish of Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was eager to expand the company’s production and make a Lamborghini that would be accessible to a wider, albeit limited, public.
Only 4.25 meters long, the Urraco’s interior spaces that were highly innovative in terms of the conformation of the dashboard, the position of the instruments, and the dished steering wheel.
Introduced as P250 Urraco, where the “P” stood for the rear (posteriore) position of the engine, and 250 for the engine capacity (2.5 liters), it was produced from 1970 to 1976. The Urraco was then proposed at the 1974 Turin Motor Show in the P200 version with reduced displacement (1,994 cc, 182 hp), intended for the Italian market, from 1975 to 1977. The next version P300 (2,996 cc, 265 hp) presented in 1974 was produced from 1975 to 1979. The concept successfully tested and brought to market by the Urraco led to the subsequent 8-cylinder models and the more recent 10-cylinder models, such as the Gallardo and the current Huracán.
P250 Urraco: 1970-1976: 520
P200 Urraco: 1974-1977: 66
P300 Urraco: 1975-1979: 190