As a follow up to my article on the Five Best Ferrari Models, I’ve decided to list the Five Best Lamborghinis. Like the Ferrari list, there are some classics that didn’t make it like the Jalpa. There are also some duds that will never make it such as the Espada. Unlike the Ferrari list that only had two 12 cylinder cars, this list is almost exclusively giant V12s. My top three have largely gone unchanged since the 1990’s but there are some changes at the back of the list. The good thing is, unlike Ferrari purists, there really aren’t any Lamborghini purists to piss off. Lamborghini flies in the face of that and has always been about sticking it to Ferrari. Now for my top five.
This one was a hard decision to make. I like the Jalpa but it was only a V8 and was one of the slowest Lamborghinis ever made. The Murciélago eventually took this spot for one simple reason, you could get it with a proper six-speed manual and a V12. Like almost all Lamborghinis, this one took its name from a famous fighting bull. This was the first Lamborghini under Audi ownership and they ranged from 572 to 661 HP. Lamborghinis are known for their giant V12’s and these had anywhere between 6.2 to 6.5 liter engines. All variations hit 200 mph and the SV hit 60 mph in under three seconds. They made 4,000 of these which was nearly more than Lamborghini made of every other previous model combined. As a side note, check out the photographer above, he has lots of great stuff.
The Aventador makes the list just for the sheer size of its side scoops! I’ve seen a few in person and it looks like they could swallow up the sun! Like most Lamborghinis, it has a giant V12 in the middle making anywhere from 690 to 769 HP. Again, 60 mph comes in under 3 seconds and top speeds have been recorded as high as 230 mph. Someone in my neighborhood has one of these but it’s the SV version and it’s ridiculously loud. He also makes it a point to rev it irritating some and scaring my dog. Personally, I love it! You can check out the pic I snapped of him here. Honestly, if I had a Lamborghini I can’t say I would act any differently.
The Lamborghini with the best name is the Diablo. Although Diablo is Spanish for devil, it was also the name of another famous fighting bull. It was the first production Lamborghini to hit 200 mph and it did so with a proper five-speed manual and rear-wheel drive. Some later models would have all-wheel drive but I prefer the rear-wheel drive ones. Again, there is a giant V12 in the middle making anywhere from 485 to 595 hp. The car was a star in countless movies and video games. If the Countach and Testarossa represented the 1980’s, this car represented the 1990’s. Used Diablos go for a reasonable couple hundred grand. Check out this steal in Nashville. Unlike Ferraris which you have to buy in red, Lamborghini will make you a car in any color you want. The wilder the better!
The Countach was the first supercar I’d ever seen in public. It was black and it was going in the opposite direction on this small back road. It was so wide we had to move over and I remember it going past and seeing the giant wings and the massive rear tires. That was it, I was hooked. I debated on whether this car should go first or second. The Countach is one of the few Lamborghini models not named after a bull. It’s design ushered in the now-familiar wedge shape and really came alive when they added the giant rear wing. The engine was a similar V12 from the dreadful Espada and the sublime Miura but tuned to make anywhere from 350 to 449 hp.
It wasn’t the first car with scissor doors, that would be an Alfa Romeo prototype, but it was the first to take them mainstream. Because the car was so wide, these scissor doors allowed the driver to enter and exit the vehicle in tight spaces. It was also one of the few ways to reverse as rearward visibility is practically nil. I would take pretty much any Countach including the wingless early ones. If I had to choose I would go with the LP500 QV or the 25th anniversary edition. They had the best engine, the biggest wing, popup headlights, and prominent NACA ducts on the side. Can’t beat that! This is still my go to car to online shop for when I dream about hitting the lottery.
Over time, the Miura eventually reached number one on my list as I began to appreciate it more. To me, it didn’t look like the familiar wedge-shaped Lamborghinis I was used to growing up. As I got older I began to appreciate the design more and more. Now I consider it one of the most beautiful cars ever made. It has aged extremely well and looks good from any angle. The most striking feature is when both doors are open and you look at it from the front, it looks like it has bull horns. It was the first Lamborghini to be named after a fighting bull and the first to receive the redesigned logo featuring a bull. It was also the first Lamborghini to start sporting the wild colors. To think that Ferruccio was initially resistant to the car.
The Miura set the precedence for what supercars should be featuring a mid-engine, two seat setup that would be copied for generations. It featured a transversely-mounted (read sideways) V12 that only made between 345 and 380 hp. Still, the car was good for hitting 60 in under 7 seconds and a top speed over 171 mph. The new Supra can’t even do that! Like almost every Lamborghini that follows, the one to get is the SV. The Super Veloce or “super fast” versions typically have the most horsepower and are the most sought after. Miura SVs typically go for around a million dollars with standard Miuras going for half that. That is a small price to pay to own one of the best looking cars ever made!