Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lamborghini Miura

The 1967 Lamborghini Miura is often hailed as the world's first supercar. Named after Don Eduardo Miura, a legendary breeder of fighting bulls, Miura's Bertone body was as stunning as its mid-engined mechanicals that were inspired by Ford's own line of sports-racing super machines.

The sensational body and innovative engine set the seal on the credibility of the three year old automaker. Top speed from the 350bhp V12 was over 170mph.

In 1969 an upgraded model (Miura S) was introduced which sported a 375bhp engine. And in 1971 Lamborghini took it a step further with the SV; a 385hp road eater.

The Miura was discontinued in late 1972 to make room for the legendary Countach, which was introduced just two years later.

Specification: 1967 Lamborghini Miura
Engine location: Mid, transverse
Engine: V12
Bore and stroke: 82 x 62mm
Capacity: 3929cc
Valve operation: Twin overhead camshafts per bank
Horsepower: 350bhp @ 7000rpm
Transmission: Manual five-speed
Drive: Rear
Chassis: Steel box section
Suspension-front: Wishbones and coil spring
Suspension-rear: Wishbones and coil spring
Brakes: Disc
Top speed: 171mph
Acceleration: 0-60mph (6 seconds)

Credit for a few of the stunning images above.

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