Lamborghini Calà

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Lamborghini Calà Concept
Lamborghini Calà 1.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer ItalDesign
Production 1995
1 built (prototype)
Assembly Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door targa
Layout RMR layout
Powertrain
Engine 3.9 L V10
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,522 mm (99.3 in)[1]
Length 4,390 mm (172.8 in)[1]
Width 1,900 mm (74.8 in)[1]
Height 1,222 mm (48.1 in)[1]
1,220 mm (48.0 in) (Spyder)
Curb weight 1,290 kg (2,844 lb)[1]
Lamborghini Calà: rear view

Lamborghini Calà, also known as the Italdesign Calà, was a concept car designed for Lamborghini by Italdesign Giugiaro. It was first shown at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show.[1] It was a completely functional prototype that never made it into production. Its name was derived from the Piedmentese dialect of Northern Italy and meant “look, over there!” [2]

The Calà was designed to fill Lamborghini's need for a replacement for the Jalpa,[1] which discontinued production in 1988 at the behest of then owners of the company, Chrysler. In 1994 Chrysler sold Lamborghini to Megatech, the Calà design took shape, but when Megatech sold Lamborghini to the Volkswagen Group in 1998, the concept was shelved. The Jalpa replacement would not be found in Lamborghini's lineup until 2003, with the release of the Lamborghini Gallardo.

The Calà was powered by a mid-mounted V10 engine, which produced 400 hp (300 kW). It was also mated to a 6-speed transmission that drove the rear wheels, with an aluminum chassis and a hand-built carbon fibre body. [1] It borrowed elements from some of Lamborghini's production vehicles, such as the headlights of the Miura and the widescreen of the Countach. [3][4] Top speed was estimated at 181 mph (291 km/h).[1]

The car is featured in the 1997 computer and video game Need for Speed II[5] and Need For Speed II SE. The Calà was built on previously Gandini-styled P140 prototype.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1995 Ital Design Lamborghini P140 Calà". International Lamborghini Registry. 2002-07-21. Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  2. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (18 January 2013). "Lamborghini Calà Concept To Take Part In 50th Anniversary drive". Motor Authority. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Garlitos, Kirby (16 January 2013). "Lamborghini Calà to Return for Automaker's 50th Anniversary". Top Speed. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "1995 Italdesign Lamborghini Cala Concept". Bold Ride. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Christopher Michael Baker. "Need For Speed II". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 

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