Lamborghini Islero

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Lamborghini Islero
Lamborghini Islero S.jpg
Automotive industryLamborghini
Production1968-69
Islero 125 units
Islero S 100 units
Total 225 units
PredecessorLamborghini 400GT
SuccessorLamborghini Jarama
Car classificationSports car
Car body style2+2 Coupe
Automobile platformtubular steel frame
riveted aluminium body panels
Internal combustion engine3929 cc 60° V12
Transmission (mechanics)five-speed, reverse manual all-synchromesh
Curb weight1,315 kg (2,899 lb)[1]
Automotive designMario Marazzi (ex-touring)

The Lamborghini Islero is a Sports car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1968 and 1969. It was the replacement for the 400GT and featured the Lamborghini V12 engine. The car debuted at the 1968 Salon International de l'Auto.

The Islero (pronounced "eez-LEHR-oh") was named after a Miura (bull breeders) bull that killed famed matador Manuel Rodriguez "Manolete" on August 28, 1947 (Lamborghini also produced a car named the Miura, from 1966 to 1973).

Since Carrozzeria Touring, the company that designed Lamborghini's chassis, was bankrupt, Carrozzeria Marazzi was the next logical choice as it was funded by Mario Marazzi, an old employee of Touring. The design was essentially a rebody of the 400GT, but the track was altered to allow for wider tires and while the Islero's body suffered from a lack of proper fit between the panels, its good outward visibility, roomier interior, and much improved soundproofing made it an improvement over previous models. It had a 325 brake horsepower (Convert/kW PS) 4.0 L (3929 cc) V12 engine, a five-speed transmission, fully independent suspension, and disc brakes. Its top speed was rated at 154 mph (248 km/h) and acceleration from zero to 60 mph took 6.4 seconds.[2] Only 125 Isleros were built.

An updated Islero, dubbed the Islero S, was released in 1969. The engine in this model was tuned to 350 brake horsepower (Convert/kW PS), but the torque remained the same. There were quite a few styling changes, including brightwork blind slots on the front fenders, an enlarged hood scoop (which supplied air to the interior of the car, not the engine), slightly flared fendered, tinted windows, round side-marker lights (instead of teardrops on the original), and a fixed section in the door windows. Various other changes included larger brake discs, revised rear suspension and revamped dashboard and interior. The top speed of the S improved to 161 mph (259 km/h) and acceleration from zero to 60 mph 6.2 seconds.[3] Only 100 examples of the Islero S were built, bringing the production total of the Islero nameplate to 225 cars. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself drove an Islero during that era. The car is also famous for its appearance in the Roger Moore thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself.

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