Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lamborghini Urraco

The Lamborghini Urraco is a 2+2 sports car manufactured by Italian automaker Lamborghini. It was introduced at the Turin Auto Show in 1970 but was not put on sale until 1973; production ended in 1979. It was named after a breed of bulls. When production ceased, 791 Urracos had been built. Twenty-one of these were Urraco P111 (P250 Tipo 111) for the American market. The other Urraco versions were the Urraco P200, Urraco P250 and Urraco P300 with 2 litre, 2.5 litre, and 3 litre V-8 respectively.
The Urraco P300 delivered 247 hp at 7,500 rpm. Similar to the Miura, the V8 engine was mid-mounted. The Urraco was born into cloudy times for Lamborghini.
The first Lamborghini Urracos delivered were not up to expectations. Workmanship left much to be desired and interior ergonomics were terrible.
Federal emissions regulations kept the later 250-hp, 3.0-liter DOHC engine upgrade from landing in America, the Urraco's prime target market. Choking on smog equipment the Urraco finally landed stateside in 1975 with a price of $22,500, more than twice the cost of the much faster Porsche 911.

Worse, the Urraco needed 10.1 seconds to reach 60 mph and 17.9 seconds for a quarter-mile, slower than today's Saturn Ion. Weeds grew at dealers and the car's fate was sealed.