Lamborghini’s long history is closely linked to the naturally aspirated V12. A return to models with this legendary engine architecture.
For Ferruccio Lamborghinifounder of the brand that bears his name 1963, it was clear that a V12 engine This was the technical direction to follow to create the “perfect car”. Although this type of naturally aspirated architecture is difficulty in terms of technology and dimensionsThe Lamborghini was determined. Thus was born the V12 tradition, whose unique and emotional sound, acceleration and performance have been part of Lamborghini’s legacy ever since.
350 GT (1963): pioneer
This Lamborghini 350GTIntroduced in 1963, equipped with engine 3.5 liter V12 It was developed in-house by Giotto Bizzarrini and is a 60° angle double overhead camshaft and developing 320 hp. Legend has it that Lamborghini offered Bizzarrini one bonus for each horse can further develop. The wide front of the car housed the block, adopting the mechanical layout and concept prevalent at the time. “the ox pulls the plow”.
400 GT (1966): switch to 4 liters
This 400GT (1966) increased his ability 4.0L producing with a larger bore and stroke 320 hp at 6,500 rpm and top speed 250 to 270 km/h. This new engine formed the basis for a number of important future models, including the following.Sword (1968) 2+2 developing 350 hp and reaching 260 km/h. L’Islero (1968), evolved with 330 hp Jarama (1970) first developed 350 horsepower, then achieved an increase of 15 horsepower. Jarama S.
Miura: from the back to the middle of the car
The more the engine is placed in the middle of the car, the better. weight distributionthat miura It opened in 1966. By combining the engine and transmission in one piece, up to the latest versions of the SV, 4.0-liter V12 engine from P400 position, moved to the middle of the back of the car transverse. Fastest production model at launch with 370 hp, acceleration 0 to 100 km in 6.7 seconds and the placement of the engine, which has a speed of 285 km / h, in the middle of the rear of the Miura, The new standard for Lamborghini (Do you know the history of its logo?).
Countach (1974): lateral to longitudinal
After the success of the V12 models of the 1960s and early 1970s, to count (1974) got the engine moving again: back, longitudinalt, hence the name LP (back longitudinal) and 400 (4.0 l displacement). With its design featuring scissor doors, the Countach made a new history in Lamborghini design.
Diablo (1990): advent of all-wheel drive
Although there are no other possible locations for the engine mount to explore, performance research did not stop though. This Diablo (1990) It confirmed the position of the LP engine with a 5.7 l V12 engine and 485 hp, but presented a system for the first time. four-wheel drive Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and top speed of 320 km/h.
Introduction to modernity
Entering the new century, the V12 was still the engine of choice, and the Diablo was replaced by the next generation. Murcielagowith starting capacity 6.2 liter 580 hp and final version super speed At 330 km/h, with an increased capacity of 6.5 l, it delivers 670 hp as stated in its suffix: the LP 670-4.
The latest V12 chapter in the brand’s history begins with its launch in 2011.Aventador and the new 6.5-liter V12. With 700 hp, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h, at least four engine options are available to date. SVJ It delivers 770 hp and 720 Nm of torque at 8500 rpm.
Source: Lamborghini Media