These Prototypes Spawned The Most Successful Lamborghini Of All Time

Concepts

Although the ideas behind them eventually led to the baby Lambo.

Lamborghini is known for creating some stunning concept cars, but not every creation from the Italian supercar company ends up making it to production. Back in the late 1980s, Lamborghini needed to replace its flagship Countach and entry-level Jalpa. We all know that the Countach was replaced by the Diablo, but what ever happened to the Jalpa's replacement? When Chrysler took over Lamborghini, a replacement was built in concept form, but it never saw the light of day. Photos from Hemmings by Ron Glon show us what we missed out on.

The Jalpa's replacement was given the internal name P140. The styling was similar to the Jalpa but the new car was supposed to have a more powerful engine. The Jalpa was powered by a 3.5-liter V8 with 255 horsepower. The P140 prototype was built with a 4.0-liter V10 engine rated at 370 horsepower. This V10 drove the rear wheels through a manual transmission. An AWD version was planned but never built. Lamborghini records show that three or four examples of the P140 were built. The first example was orange and was the only model to ever be tested on the open road. Apparently it hit 183 mph on the Nardo Ring in Italy. A white model was crashed, and later restored. It now resides in the Lamborghini museum.

You Might Also Like
8 Awesome Used Nissans That Show How Cool The Company Once Was
8 Awesome Used Nissans That Show How Cool The Company Once Was
10 Best V8 Engines Of All Time
10 Best V8 Engines Of All Time

The P140 never saw production because of a lack of resources and a downturn in the supercar market. Later, Lamborghini tried again to create a entry-level model to slot under the Diablo. At the 1995 Geneva Auto Show, the Raging Bull revealed the Cala concept which had the same 4.0-liter V10 that was developed for the P140. Unfortunately, this model did not reach production. In 2003, the Gallardo was released with a 5.0-liter V10 that shared nothing with the engine from the P140 and the Cala. While these concepts were never actually built, the idea behind them eventually helped Lamborghini build its most successful model of all time, the Gallardo.

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$259,100

Related Reviews

2017 Lamborghini Huracan RWD Coupe First Look Review: You're Gonna Love It
First Look
13
2017 Lamborghini Huracan RWD Coupe First Look Review: You're Gonna Love It