After assembling a strong team to build the GTV prototype, Ferruccio Lamborghini launched the production version of his grand tourer. The 350 benefited from wealth of talent including Giotto Bizzarrini, Gian Paolo Dallara and Franco Scaglione who worked both on the production and concept versions of the first Lamborghini.
|Lamborghini 350 GT|
|Manufacturer||Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A|
|Body style(s)||2 door coupé|
|Engine(s)||3,464 cc (Template:Convert/CID) 60° DOHC aluminium V12|
|Transmission(s)||5 speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,550 mm (100.4 in)|
|Length||4,640 mm (182.7 in)|
|Width||1,730 mm (68.1 in)|
|Height||1,280 mm (50.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,200 kg (2,646 lb)|
Like the concept 350 GTV, the production version had four-wheel independent suspension, a quad-cam V12 with a Scaglione-designed, aluminum body.
Refinements were made with development racing development shop, Neri & Bonacini with test driver Bob Wallace.
For production, the body underwent a number of revisions. Fixed headlights replaced the pop-up counterparts and manufacture of the bodies was entrusted to Touring of Milan. They used their patented Superleggera method of construction which fixed aluminum-alloy panels directly to a tubular structure.
The engine in the 350 was the intended Bizzarrini-designed V12. It was a very capable power plant that could reach 350 in top form. Unlike the GTV prototype, which experienced clearance problems, the 350 featured side-mounted carburetors to reduce the height of the engine.
Overall, the Lamborghini 350 was a success. Solid orders for the car ensured the companies' survival and paved the way for future models. From Ferrari's perspective, a new competitor had risen. One that used a wealth of talent within two years to produce a product that mirrored Ferrari performance.
engine Aluminum, 60 Degree, V12
position Front Longitudinal
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed 6 Twin-Barrel Weber 40 DCOE 2 Carburetors
displacement 3464 cc / 211.4 cu in
bore 77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke 62 mm / 2.44 in
power 201.3 kW / 270 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output 77.94 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 257.14 bhp per tonne
torque 344.4 nm / 254.0 ft·lbf @ 5700 rpm
body / frame Skinned Aluminium over steel skeleton
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 205/15
rear tires 205/15
front brakes Girling Discs w/Vacuum Assist
f brake size 280 mm / 11.0 in
rear brakes Girling Discs w/Vacuum Assist
r brake size 275 mm / 10.8 in
front wheels F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 in
steering Worm & Roller
f suspension Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bars
r suspension Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bars
weight 1050 kg / 2314 lbs
wheelbase 2550 mm / 100.4 in
front track 1380 mm / 54.3 in
rear track 1380 mm / 54.3 in
length 4640 mm / 182.7 in
width 1730 mm / 68.1 in
height 1220 mm / 48.0 in
transmission ZF 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.00:1, 1.71:1, 1.24:1, 1.00:1, 0.860:1, :1
final drive 3.31:1
top speed 244.6 km/h / 152.0 mph
0 - 60 mph 6.8 seconds
0 - 100 mph 17.0 seconds
0 - 1/4 mile 14.9 seconds
After producing 143 350 GTs, Lamborghini replaced it with the larger-engined 400 GT in 1966.