Future Cars

2009 Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura Concept is a latter-day version of the 1966 P400 Miura, which many regard as the sexiest car ever from the raging bull. But unlike the current , which is virtually indistinguishable from the original GT40, the Lamborghini Miura Concept–credited to Audi/Lamborghini design chief Walter de Silva–is inspired by the original Miura but is clearly more modern. The chin features aerodynamic winglets, resulting in a somewhat more contrived front-end appearance than the lovely original. But de Silva’s design also has many nice aspects, including exquisitely detailed head- and taillights, wraparound front glass, brushed metal louvers over the engine, and four of the largest tailpipes we’ve ever seen.

Although the show car isn’t a runner, it was designed on the Gallardo‘s platform with production feasibility in mind. If the response to the concept is amply enthusiastic, look for the Miura as a 2008 or 2009 model with a 6.5-liter version of the Murcielago‘s V-12 engine. While the original Miura’s motor was transversely mounted, the new one would have a more conventional longitudinal configuration. Expect more than 650 hp and a price north of $350,000 if and when the Miura appears.

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