A Few Firsts and Lasts for Lamborghini
It’s been a busy few months for Italian brand Lamborghini. They’ve retired one luxury ride, are readying to announce another and dramatically unveiled a vamped up Veneno aboard an Italian aircraft carrier.
We here at E3 Spark Plugs were a little bummed to hear of Lamborghini’s retiring of the Gallardo, the luxury automaker’s best-selling model ever. After 10 years in production and just over 14,000 units created, the last Gallardo, an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in the famous Rosso Mars hue, rolled off the Sant’Agata Bolgonese assembly line last month. Named for a famous breed of fighting bull, the Gallardo was the company’s most produced model to date.
In its 50 years, Lamborghini has built upwards of 30,000 cars nearly half of them Gallardos of one sort or another – Gallardo Spyder, Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, the Super Trofeo Stradale, and the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse. Each new model has been very cool, very powerful, and of course, very fast. And one paragraph up when we said we were a “little bummed?” We lied. We’re very bummed that new Gallardos are no more.
But the show must go on. And for the new Veneno Roadster, Lamborghini definitely put on quite a show. In a highly visual nod to the car being compared to a fighter jet, the company unveiled the 2014 model on the flight deck of the Nave Cavour, an Italian aircraft carrier moored in Abu Dhabi. With 750 horsepower courtesy of a V12, a top speed of 220mph and a $4.6 million price tag, it’s understandable that the gorgeous Veneno will see only a limited production.
Meanwhile, automotive pundits are expecting Lamborghini to announce the new Cabrera, a 10-cylinder supercar touted as the Gallardo’s successor with an upgraded 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 600hp or more, just in time for Christmas and to unveil it early next year.