There are some automakers that have long standing names that have stuck with us for generations such as the Mustang, Corvette, Charger and many others, but there are other automakers that have a name for each new model (as they should) and once that model is done, that’s it, it’s time for a new one. One such automaker (and by the way, normally it’s in the exotic car realm that this name thing takes place) is Lamborghini which happens to have had a great deal of different names over the years, mostly named after bulls, for the various cars that it has produced, let’s look at some and learn the origins.
1968 Islero – This car was named for a bull with the same name that killed the matador Manolete in 1947. Lamborghini felt the name was appropriate and put the name on their sleek and sophisticated sports car that featured a 4.0-liter V12 that could produce 350 horsepower.
1968 Espada – This one was not named for a bull, but for the bullfighter instead. In Spanish espada means sword which was what the bullfighter could be referred to in the ring with the raging beast. This car was a four-seater that had the 4.0-liter V12 engine and could produce up to 350 horsepower.
1971 Miura SV – As a low slung sports car that really started to show some impressive aerodynamics from Lamborghini this car featured the 4.0-liter V12 engine but was tuned up to make 430 horsepower. This car was named for a fiercely powerful breed of Spanish fighting bulls which certainly made it a fitting choice.
1972 Urraco – This car was a bit of a different build. Certainly fast and sporty it sat on a taller stance and featured a 2.5-liter V8 that made 220 horsepower. This car carries a name that means “little bull” in Spanish as slang as the Urraco was meant to be a smaller and less expensive model to boost sales.
1973 Countach LP400 – If you are over the age of 35 you are familiar with this car as it adorned at least one wall you are familiar with in poster form. With a 4.0-liter V12 that made 375 horsepower this car was the cornerstone of the Lamborghini design team for years. The name is an exclamation of amazement when men see a pretty woman, and the Countach was certainly a pretty woman.
1981 Jalpa – As really another go at having a “baby bull” in the barn, Lamborghini created the Jalpa and powered it with a 3.5-liter V8 that made 255 horsepower. The Jalpa was named for a particular breed of fighting bulls and the Jalpa was certainly a feisty and more affordable model from this highly touted lineup.
2006 Murcielago LP640 – This car gained nearly as much following as the Countach did. Powered by the 6.5-liter V12 that offered up 640 horsepower the Murcielago which means bat in Spanish was actually named after a fighting bull that survived 28 sword strokes from a matador.
2008 Reventon – Named for another fighting bull, Reventon was a bull that killed a bullfighter named Felix Guzman in 1943, thus giving the bull a place in history. This car was certainly a fighter that could kill and carried in a massive 6.5-liter V12 producing 650 horsepower and offering only a very limited run of only twenty models that were ever made.
2009 Gallardo LP560-4 – Named for a historic breed of fighting bulls the Gallardo was one of the most recent and modern offerings from Lamborghini. With a build that featured a lot of geometric shapes in different places on the car the Gallardo were powered by a 5.2-liter V10 that was able to reach 560 horsepower.
2010 Sesto Elemento – This is one of the rare times the car was not named after a bull or breed of bulls. The Sesto Elemento translates to “sixth element” which refers to the carbon fiber which made up much of the car. This extremely exclusive Lamborghini was powered by a 5.2-liter V10 making a strong 570 horsepower.
2012 Aventador LP700-4 – A seriously angular build the Aventador was named for the award winner from the Spanish Corrida. This beauty is powered by the 6.5-liter V12 making a full 700 horsepower and offering a great deal of amazing aerodynamics, airflow and downforce in order to create a fantastic ride.
2013 Veneno – How do you celebrate 50 years, offer one of the most exclusive cars ever. The Veneno only had three built and is named for one of the most aggressive bulls ever to fight. This car is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 creating 740 horsepower in a build that shows off super angles, a huge rear wing and some of the sharpest lines of design ever.
2015 Huracan LP610-4 – This car is named for a Spanish fighting bull from 1879 that was known to have amazing courage and know exactly when to attack the bullfighter. With a 5.2-liter V10 engine and 610 horsepower the Huracan is curved and angular at the very same time. This car shows itself as a serious contender against any car on the road.
Now you know where some of these highly lauded names for the Lamborghini models have come from over the years. With a bull on the logo is it any wonder the company uses history and the macho and glorious art of bullfighting to name its various products; not at all.