The Urus by Lamborghini is here

The Super SUV dubbed as the SSUV is a V8 twin turbo delivering 641bhp with pure Lamborghini DNA, it utilises all the underpinnings of the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne a vehicle which performs on all terrain and offers 'unrivalled performance'.

The Urus names derives from a Breed of Bull, quite apt really - The power is delivered by a 4.0 litre twin turbocharged

Lamborghini Urus unveil 5pm GMT

Lamborghini Urus

It's been coming for many years, a Lamborghini SUV, well this evening the vehicle expected to double Lamborghini sales is being unveiled to the world, the vehicle is surrounded by mystery from it's looks, spec and even its price, expected around $200,000. The Super SUV will certainly turn heads -

This is the first SUV for the Italian car manufacturer since the infamous LM002, famed for its appearance in Toys with Robin Williams and LL Cool J, 

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Lamborghini Urus spotted on the road

The Lamborghini Urus concept has been on the cards since the Beijing Autoshow in 2012. However today, it was spotted being tested on public roads for the first time.

These latest Urus spy shots reveal quite a bit about the upcoming 2018 Lamborghini SUV.

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Liberty Walk EU Aventador Global Reveal at The Performance Car Show 2018

Liberty Walk

The bespoke Liberty Walk EU Aventador will have its global reveal at the Performance Car Show in Birmingham on January 11th, the show which is part of AutoSport International runs from the 11th till the 14th January 2018.

The Performance Car Show's and AutoSport International are part of the Motorsport network, one of the biggest motorsport coverage providers.

Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Countach

The Countach single handedly saved Lamborghini and it was also an Italian supercar. It was first launched at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, with the last one rolling out of the factory in 1990. 
 
The Countach revolutionised the wedge-shaped lookl, adopted today by supercar manufacturers alike.
The name of this Super car meaning 'an exclamation of astonishment' is pronounced Koon-tash is from Piedmontese dialect, Italian. It received this name after Nuccio Bertone saw the prototype.
 
Even today this car still wins awards in 2004 the Countach was named the 3rd best sports car of 1970 and was 10th of the 1980's.

The car

It was Marcello Gandini the Bertone studio designer who was the inspiration behind the Countach. He was seen as a rookie designer with a wreckless approach, no guides or idealistics, this approach gave Gandini waht he needed to radicalize auty design. The Lambo was made very low, it stands only 42.1" high & very wide, yet quite short. This unique design gained the label they were looking for, a desirable Italian supercar.
 
This car revolutionised 'scissors doors' later becoming known as gullwing doors, this pushed the car into the fashion arena, and it became an icon, however this design came at a cost you couldn't park it anywhere with a low roof or too close to another car.
 
The aerodynamics weren't as effective as first thought, but it was styling and power they were pioneering for which it achieved with its fast and cool look.
 
The cars skin was very similar to the aluminium used on aircraft, this was then placed over a tubular space frame, this meant for a strong yet light build quite expensive and basically racing car technology. However the Countach weighed only 1500kg due to it. The underbody of the car was fibreglass.
The running gear and engine
 
The legendary Lamborghini Countach ran a V12 engine long ways mounted in a mid-engined configuration with 6 Weber carburettors, with the exception of the 5000QV which featured Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection. The engine was fitted backwards to improve weight distribution. It's gearbox was fitted in front of the V12 , and the front also housed the drive shaft.
 
Initially the car came with a 4 litre Miura engine however this was upgraded to 5 litre with the exception of the Quattrovalvole model this was given a 5.2 litre engine with 4 valves per cylinder.
The Diablo put an end to the carburettor for Lamborghini.

Countach Models

LP500 Prototype

The LP500 first appeared at 1971 Geneva Motor show in sunflower yellow, this prototype design wowed the audience and press alike.
 
The car actually was technological nightmare, it had the looks, but there was no practicality. The air ducts didn't cool the engine ,which meant additioanl scoops and an airbox had to be fitted. NACA air intakes were assisted in the overheating. The LP500 was a one off and manufactured from aluminium honeycomb sheeting, this was never used again. The car was used in a controlled crash test to aid of European crash approval, a real shame.
 

LP400

The next production car to follow was the 4 litre LP400 Countach it was delivered to its first owner in 1974. It had looks similar to the LP500 prototype, but looked more sinister.
 
The auto was fitted narrow tires, due toi that being the only tires available however this aided the car to reach high speed due to reduced friction. This particular model is seen as a fresh original car, simple, with smooth lines and no extras. The emblems on the back simply read "Lamborghini Countach". This was seen as the cleanest of all models.

LP400s

 
 
The next car to be launched was the LP400S in 1978. The engine was modded slightly and the car was treated to Pirelli P7's, wider fibreglass wheel arches.
 
The V-shaped spoiler became an optional extra, however was highly recommended for high-speed stability, however this lost the supercar 10 mph. Most owners obviously feared fro their life and ordered the wing. This car was far better than its predecessors with better handling and looks incorporating smooth lines. 1982 saw the the engine uprated to a 5.0 Litre. and then again in 1985 to a 5.2 and the car was renamed the 5000QV.
25th Anniversary
 
A limited edition Countach model was released in 1988 to commemorate the 25th year anniversary, the car a 5000QV with a new look. The rear 'air boxes' were increased in size and restyled, the vents were moved from front to back. A new air dam, side skirts incorporating air intakes, restyled narrower rear lights were added. The chnages to the original concept didn't go down well, but the car ran better and the V12 stayed cooler.The Anniversary Countach stayed in production till the 1990's when the Diablo was released.
The Walter Wolf
 
The Wolf Countach still remain the rarest of the three cars which were the only ones ever made. 1975, Walter Wolf, a rich Canadian businessman who owned Wolf F1 Racing team bought an LP400, however he wasn't not impressed, he asked Dallara, Lamborghini's chief engineer and founder of Scuderia Italia 1990, to design a more higher-powered model. Dallara took up the challenge, the car was coded NO 1120148" and dubbed the 'The Walter Wolf special', it ran a countach engine but generated 447 hp @ 7900 rpm and 315 km/h Top speed (Approx) it came with the original additions, as well as new wheels, wider bumpers and arches.
The car was red, and cmae with black fenders. The first Walter Wolf Countach now resides in Japan, the second model was in blue, NO 1120202 and lives in Germany, the final version was a dark blue model, NO 1121210 Wolf owned this car, but eventually sold it to a undisclosed buyer.

Production Figures

  • 2,042 Lamborghini Countach cars were built during the cars 16 years of production.
  • 1 LP500 Prototype
  • 157 LP400
  • 237 LP400S
  • 321 LP500S
  • 676 LP5000QV
  • 650 25th Limited edition Anniversary models