Pray to the Heavens That The Lamborghini L595 Roadster Becomes Reality
Four years ago, Italian coach builder Zagato unveiled the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, a one-off creation that spawned into a limited edition series because deep-pocketed customers couldn’t get enough of it. Fast forward to 2018, and we could be in for a case of déjà vu. Sitting on Zagato’s website for all the world to see is a rendering of the Lamborghini L595 Zagato, a droptop version of the 5-95 Zagato that we saw in 2014. It’s unclear if Zagato has plans to build this version, but the image was accompanied by “2018,” a sign that we could see this car come to life sometime this year.
It would be wrong to describe the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a classic car show. It is in a whole other league of classic car event, along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, though the Villa d’Este event is much older, and the model on which the Pebble Beach event was built. These events have become so popular that big that manufacturers now bring concepts, the same as they do for big international auto shows. Sometimes these are new concepts, but usually they’re cars that have been shown before, brought to give the mega-rich attendees of the event a closer look.
This year, Lamborghini brought the Asterion plug-in hybrid hypercar concept that was unveiled toward the end of last year. The video will give us a much better look at it, and we’ll hear the 5.2-liter V-10 (admittedly not a new engine) being fired up. We get some good looks at the details as well, although the somewhat questionable looks of the car are still very much present. But the car does look very much at home on the hotel grounds, which is surely why Lamborghini chose to bring it.
Lamborghini and Zagato have a long history of working together, having collaborated on a handful of past one-off models, including the first Zagato-bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ. From it, a 50-year relationship was born and has culminated in the latest collaboration: the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.
Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4, considered as the best-selling Lamborghini in history, the 5-95 Zagato is essentially a new aesthetic look of the Gallardo LP570-4, designed by Zagato to evoke an instant classic look that shows the purest expression of Zagato’s unique coach-building skills. One look at it and you can immediately tell the noticeable differences between what a Gallardo looks like and what Zagato did to the 5-95.
Unfortunately, the supercar’s look is as far as the changes are concerned. Under its hood - and pretty much all mechanical functions - is still purely Lamborghini. What that means is you still get a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.
It would’ve been nice to have seen a little performance bump but we’re not complaining on how the entire collaboration came about. That’s one nice looking Zagato-commissioned Lamborghini 5-95, if we do say so ourselves.
Updated 08/07/2014: Zagato produced its second Lamborghini 5-95 which is now ready to leave the Zagato facility in Milano on its way to meet her lucky collector. This second unit is painted in a cool pearl yellow paint. (Farhan AlBastaki)
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