A Modern Day Lamborghini Miura - Yay or Nay?
This Modern Day Lamborghini Miura Looks Great, But We Don’t Think That Lamborghini Will Ever Revive the Nameby Safet Satara, on
Ford resurrected the Bronco, Chevy did so with the Blazer, while Acura/Honda wowed us with the new NSX. What if Lamborghini did a similar trickery and revived one of the biggest names in the business - the Miura?
First of all, it would be an enormous surprise because Lamborghini doesn’t do name revivals. Secondly, we do have something remotely similar. If you go right now to the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy, you can the see Murcielago-based 2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept. It looks awesome. But that was almost a decade and a half ago. Today, the revival of the Miura would go a bit differently and we have young Brazilian visual artist Pedro Ruperto to show us how.
The 26-year old envisioned the modern interpretation of the Miura and he garnished it with a few touches currently adorning the exterior of contemporary Lamborghinis.
What Does The New Lamborghini Miura Look Like?
Ruperto did not beat around the bush with this one. He took the main proportions of the old Lamborghini Miura and with some smart and creative thinking brought it to the new age. Compared with Lamborghini’s official reimagination from 2006, I feel that Ruperto’s design brings the Miura to the modern age a tad better.
The car has a heavily raked windscreen that seamlessly integrates with the sides and side windows.
It is of a classic "helmet" design, but it works great here. More importantly, all the character traits that marked the original sit on the new car as well. See the eyebrows? They are reminiscent of the details present on the original Miura from the sixties.
See, Ruperto wanted to keep as much original styling traits and details as possible, but also give the Miura a fresh dash of modernity. He did it by combining thin LED headlights with the classic sharp front end. And it worked! Moving further back, Ruperto correctly assumed that the Miura would not use standard rearview mirrors. Instead, he integrated awesome tiny canards on the front fenders. I don’t believe that they can help a lot with the aerodynamics, but these winglet thingies look tremendous and feature cameras that project images on a set of the interior displays.
In fact, Pedro Ruperto provided us with an insight and with a rather witted way of thinking about the Miura revival. After we asked him about the design and possible propulsion method for the new Miura, he told us this:
"Talking about the powertrain, I know that real enthusiasts of the Miura would expect a huge and powerful mid-mounted, transversely-positioned V-12 engine. It would probably have more success on the market too. Yet, as a designer, I believe that the future is on electric cars. Designing a new Miura with the same proportions and aesthetics as I did and, at the same time, trying to keep it eligible for today’s safety parameters would probably require an electric powertrain. We can, and we must look to the past to seek for inspiration, but we can not let it stagnate our capacity to evolve."
We do not have any photos of the rear end, or photos of the interior, but it is safe to say that the Miura would take some inspiration from past, yet keep the modern Lamborghini proportions.
It seems that Ruperto really did an astonishing job with bringing the car to modern coordinates. His interpretation of the Miura feels retro, too. Moreover, it is a design project that fruited from the pure respect toward the simple, but beautiful design of the Miura.
"To make this illustration, I used Photoshop, and to properly make the digital drawing, I always use my Cintiq tablet. Honestly, this idea popped to my mind before going to sleep. I wanted to do something productive with my free time, and I have always wanted to make my interpretation of the Miura. I have made the sketch and the design in four days, investing two, three hours each day. Actually, I took a lot of time trying to find nice pictures of the Miura. I needed pictures that could bring me a dramatic perspective and a real feeling of the car. I also had to figure out how to reinterpret the key elements with the new Lamborghini design language without being overdone."
Can The Lambo Miura Revival Ever Happen?
Back in 2016, some rumors about the possible reincarnation of the Miura surfaced on the Internet. Then, some reported that the new model would fit between the Huracan and the Aventador. However, several media outlets said that Lamborghini apparently plans to release it after it launches the Urus. Well, the Urus is here, but we still didn’t hear anything about the Miura. Some even suggested that Lambo plans to build a 2+2 coupe and name it Miura. Whatever the case, I do not believe that Lamborghini will ever revive the Miura name. That’s is not how they do things, and we’re OK with that.
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