Lamborghini chose to debut their new 2+2 design, called the Urraco, at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. At the time, the gorgeous Miura was still stunning the world with its style and performance. But the Urraco was aimed at a different audience; those looking for a more affordable and practical sports car. Of course, that meant that this model, while still a handsome car, would fail to spark the world’s imagination in the same way as the Miura. The Lamborghini Urraco P200 was the first of three versions of the model, and as such offered the least performance.
One Small V8
The bargain Lamborghini would of course have to use a less powerful and less expensive engine than the big 4-litre V12 in the Miura. And on the first version of the car, a small 2-litre engine was chosen. Just 180 horses were goaded from that V8. Performance for this first Lamborghini Urraco was predictably tepid, with a 7.2-second 0 to 62 mph time. Sure, that wasn’t bad for an ordinary sports car at the time, but this is a Lamborghini we are talking about. The top speed was similarly mediocre: 134 mph (215 km/h). Subsequent versions of the Urraco would offer much improved performance thanks to their larger, more powerful engines.
One Famous Designer
Design duty for the new model was given once again to Marcello Gandini with Bertone. With the famed designer of the Miura on the case, the resulting bodywork was predictably attractive. Of course, this being a 2+2, the Lamborghini Urraco couldn’t match the flamboyant, timeless style of some of Gandini’s other designs. Still, for the lesser Lambo, this was a fantastic-looking model. In the end, however, it wasn’t enough to attract huge numbers of buyers.
One Slow Seller
Unfortunately for Lamborghini, their bargain offering failed to sell in appreciably higher numbers than the Miura. With 791 cars sold between 1972 and 1979, the Urraco outsold its big brother by just 27 units. And the P200 was by far the least popular version of the model, with a measly 66 cars sold. Of course, that means that today this stands as one of the rarest Lambos on the used market. Later, in 1981, the Jalpa would take over as the baby Lamborghini.