The Lamborghini name has always been synonymous with luxury sports cars and was founded by Italian manufacturing magnate, Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963. His primary goal was to create a line of grand touring cars that offered top-of-the-line details similar to racing cars.
The first models were introduced in the mid-60's with the 1966 Miura sports coupe becoming the quick favorite. The Miura was Lamborghini's rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive - a high performance car standard, like the Porsche. It was known as the fastest production road car in existence.
After a few rough years financially, the company was bought and sold a few times where it finally landed in the open arms of the Volkswagon Group. Lamborghini is now a part of the company's Audi division. The unfortunate reality is that this line loses market share every time there is a financial crisis, due to the cars astronomical price tags. Although the VW Group has introduced new models with state-of-the-art parts and features, the worldwide financial debacles in the late 2000's nearly took it down as the company lost nearly 50 percent in sales revenue.
Currently, it is the Aventador that is keeping the Lamborghini factory moving forward. They are now producing V12 engines and finished cars, while the Gallardo (V10) is being phased out and replaced by the Huracan LP610-4. The Huracan was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show on March 6, 2014, and was well received after months of press touting its magnificence. With 610 horsepower (hp), a 5.2 liter V10 engine, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, a top speed of 202 mph and direct fuel injection, the Huracan has a lot of muscle.
One of the other popular concept cars, the Urus, is going into production after a few bugs are ironed out. This will be the Lamborghini's version of the SUV and was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012. This car will be much lighter than other SUVs as it will use the trademark carbon fiber; it will also have the Audi V10 engine that will include an electric engine with plug-in capability.
The plan for the Urus is to manufacture 3,000 per year, starting in 2016, and selling half to the U.S. market. With Mercedes, Bentley and Porsche coming out with their SUV's it's likely the Lamborghini Urus will have an immediate following. Owning a Porsche or Mercedes is always deluxe, but the Lamborghini name is even more desirable for high-end cars - so this model is expected to do extremely well.
Lamborghini's futuristic appearance definitely sets it apart - regardless of what year it was built. It's an amazing vehicle and a great toy for car collectors and car lovers everywhere. Feast your eyes on these ultimate Lamborghini models, as they are among the top ten most expensive automobiles on the planet. It's a rare occasion to get a glimpse of them on the road in real life, so this might be your best chance.
10 Diablo GT1: $1 Million
Only two of these were ever built; one was sold to JLOC in Japan for racing in the annual Japanese GTC (since 1997) and the other remains displayed at the SAT factory. This two-door coupe was actually built for mass production, but Chrysler didn't move on it and after Audi bought the factory, the GTC series was put to rest in favor of the newly-developed Diablo Gt and GTR.
9 Mansory Carbonado Apertos: $1.6 Million
The Mansory Carbonado Apertos is another Lamborghini success. With the Mansory trademark use of matte carbon fiber for the car's exterior, the detail that is also put into the interior is nothing short of spectacular. The black and yellow leather is gorgeous - add the incredible, unique stitching pattern and this auto is in a league of its own. This auto was made post VW buyout and it's clear that Mansory is definitely recreating the Lamborghini brand.
8 Mansory Carbonado GT: $2 Million
Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, the 1,600 hp Carbonado GT showed off its panda colored body to great acclaim. What starts as one model, the Aventador LP700-4, turns into a completely different auto. The biggest changes come in the body panels, which are made from carbon fiber, and the fenders. Complete with a 6.5 liter V12 engine, Mansory suggests the modified engine is responsible for its performance - its top speed is 230 mph and can go for 0-60 in 2.1 seconds.
7 Pregunta Concept: $2 Million
This one-off hypercar, was the last car made by Lamborghini before the VW purchase and the Audi brand took control. Built in 1998 and introduced at the Paris and Geneva motor shows, it was likened to 1960's fighter jets. It's top speed of 202 mph is powered by its 530 hp v12 engine. This car was made to be driven, unlike some of the other Lamborghini concept cars.
6 Reventon Roadster: $2.2 Million
This gorgeous Lamborghini Reventon Roadster was introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was the most expensive Lamborghini at the time and clocked its highest speed in Dubai at 221 mph. Only 21 of these cars were made; 20 for sale and one for exhibition in the Lamborghini Museum. Evidently the car's limited edition numbers are stamped between the driver and passenger seats. This mid-engine, four-wheel drive auto has a 6.5 liter V12 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The name reventon means "small explosion".
5 Aventador J: $2.8 Million
This is another one-off Lamborghini and was built and introduced in 2012. The Aventador J looks like a piece of art and it comes with an interesting story. When Designer Filippo Perini was interviewed by Top Gear, he confessed that this car was designed and built in six weeks. Yet, this auto is completely road-legal and made from the most sturdy components. With a 6.5 liter V12 engine, this baby goes up to 185 mph. Although it debuted at the Geneva auto show, it was prepurchased by an unnamed Lamborghini aficionado.
4 Sesto Elemento Concept: $2.8 Million
This spectacular Lamborghini was shown at the 2001 Paris Auto Show. It's futuristic design uses sharp features that create an even zippier look to this V10 570 hp auto that screams up to 185 mph with its six-speed transmission. The "Sixth Element" (Sesto Element) is named after carbon's atomic number - as the car uses carbon fiber throughout. If you're interested, there are 20 other units that were later produced in 2011.
3 Egoista Concept: $3 Million
The Egoista was presented at the end of Lamborghini's 50th anniversary drive. The drive was a part of the celebration in which 350 Lamborghini's participated. Stephen Winkelmann, head of Lamborghini, unveiled this model called, Egoista - meaning selfish, thus the auto seats only one. This concept car was designed by Volkswagen design chief, Walter De Silva, after the Apache helicopter. It's 5.2 liter V10 engine is what powers this solo auto experience.
2 Veneno: $5.3 Million
The Lamborghini Veneno is not a one-of-a-kind. It's a three-of-a-kind hypercar that has a name that means "venom" in Spanish. If that tells you anything about the big-bad performance of this car, here's the stats to back it up: 6.5 liter V12 engine, 740 hp, 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, speeds up to 220 mph and a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission. If you want one, you'll have to wait until one of the three buyers is Veneno'd out and ready to sell.
1 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: $5.6 Million
Last fall, Lamborghini unveiled what was considered to be the most expensive car in the world, the Veneno Roadster. This is a limited edition hypercar (only nine) that is designed like a race car but with road legal parts and construction. This "hypercar" drives up to 221 mph, which is almost as fast as a Leer jet. It's a 6.5 liter V12 engine and goes from 0-60 mph in under three seconds. Oddly enough, this auto can never be driven on a rainy day, as it comes sans roof.