Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Zagato Lamborghini 5-95

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



Oh, Zagato. You and your ways.
It's something of a theme for this quirky Italian styling house to build deliberately jarring and polarising cars. Look at the Alfa Romeo SZ, for example, or the Lancia Hyena, or the Bentley GTZ - these are cars that you immediately either fall in love with or really, really don't. There's no middle ground. And so it is with this, the Lamborghini 5-95 - with its sad, sad face.
I actually think it's a very pretty little car, but I can see why others wouldn't. Based on the outgoing Gallardo LP570-4, it exists to celebrate Zagato's 95th anniversary - built for collector Albert Spiess - and features an appropriate level of outrageousness. It's got the stock Gallardo set-up under the skin - 5.2-litre V10, 570bhp, 0-62mph in 3.4s, 202mph, 4WD - and couples this with such trademark Zagato staples as the double-bubble roof and wraparound glass. The wind deflector at the base of the screen serves to lengthen the bonnet, while the tail is shorter and stubbier; the back end is undoubtedly the prettiest angle, and the roof scoop gives the rear aspect a little Koenigsegg flair.
So, a bit of a headscratcher. I love it - what do you think?

Spotted at Salon Privé 2014 - click here for more photos.







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