Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura: the birth of a legend

Wednesday, 28. June 2017 | Dominik Plüss

The Lamborghini Miura stands at the beginning of one of the biggest success stories in the car industry. Let’s take a closer look at this iconic model.

The origin of the Lamborghini Miura

If Ferruccio Lamborghini wouldn’t have met Don Eduardo Miura on his bull breeding ranch in 1966, many things would be different today. The fighting bulls impressed Lamborghini with their strength and elegance. Therefore, the name of the breeder as well as the bull as a logo strongly influenced the brand Lamborghini.

In the same year, Ferruccio Lamborghini presented the Lamborghini Miura, at that time the fastest car in the world. It was one of the first highly motorized two-seaters ever. With its fascinating exterior and the V12 mid-engine, the Lamborghini Miura brought changes to the automotive industry unlike almost every other car. It presented a top speed of 280 km/h and a sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6,7 seconds. With this performance, the Lamborghini Miura set new standards in the sports car segment. Consequently, Lamborghini now was established as a brand.

Not only the exceptional performance was remarkable, but also the design. The unmistakable “eyebrows” around the head lights instantly became the trademark of the Lamborghini Miura.

Lamborghini Miura Eyelashes

Picture by Romain Drapri / CC-BY-NC-ND

Enhancements of the Lamborghini Miura

475 units of the basic model with 350 HP were produced. Thanks to the incredible success story, the Lamborghini Miura S with 375 HP followed quickly. Finally, a large revision brought the Lamborghini Miura SV with a 385 HP strong engine

The influence on future models

The successor, the Lamborghini Countach, achieved similar success. The combination of powerful motorization and extraordinary design striked again. The unconventional car body and the flashy rear spoiler made the Countach a real eye-candy.

Lamborghini Countach

Picture by Brian Snelson / CC-BY

The Lamborghini Diablo

The influence of Miura and Counach is noticeable in later years as well. For example in the Lamborghini Diablo, that took over elements of both models. This car convinced through its futuristic, unconventional ways, too. And even today, Lamborghini stuck to their concept. The manufacturer still surprises us again and again with creative designs that always stay distinctively “Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Diablo

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