This undertaking depends on an official cooperation between Automobili Lamborghini and Zagato, with the motivation behind making a genuine contemporary collectible auto. In 1965 Marquis Gerino Gerini was the promoter of the main Zagato-bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ, a “fuoriserie” in view of the 350 GT mechanics. Almost 50 years after the fact Albert Spiess, a standout amongst the most noteworthy Lamborghini overall authorities, allowed Zagato to dress the best model ever in the Bull’s organization history, keeping in mind the end goal to make a cutting edge collectible auto is the Lamborghini 5-95.
Two “strong” themes define the design in its whole: the volume of the front fender that bites the bonnet – integrating the functions of the lights and the secondary air intakes – and the rear end starting from the center of the car that gives it a thrust.On the front end a floating spoiler takes inspiration from the Lamborghini Raptor Zagato, coming to a firewall in carbon fiber that conceals the front air intakes.
Continuous glass surfaces a technical and stylistic theme launched by Zagato in the end of the 40s on the Panoramic bodies and re-applied in the 80s surround the pillar-less body and, similarly to aeronautical cockpits, reduce noise and improve aerodynamics. The side intakes, following the Lamborghini Raptor, have been visually reduced to the minimum thanks to an air scoop on the roof as well as additional apertures concealed in the glass surfaces. The air scoop is functionally integrated with the double bubble roof, a signature of Zagato design, directing the cooling to the intake manifold.
The monolithic rear volume is chopped off by the typical truncated tail and reveals the brutality of mechanical components protruding from the area such as tail lamps heat release, aerodynamic features and the active spoiler. There isn’t a sole gram of fat in a Lamborghini. It is thin and athletic, having a lot in common with the surfaces of a Zagato body, true to the rule that a car is as much efficient as it is compact. Zagato designers and engineers aimed to press the rear towards the engine and to increase the proportion of the front. As a result, the 5-95 Zagato’s volumes express a sense of energy through fluid and organic surfaces that recall an animal’s muscles as it is ready to leap forward.
The volumes intersect each other and suggest a jump, as if the central part of the front is ahead of the fender. To accentuate these proportions some solutions were introduced: in fact a new wind deflector was inserted at the base of the windscreen in order to increase the perceived length of the bonnet – this has a very precise aeronautical function because it improves the wind flow in the windscreen wiper area. In the same way, the rear volume has been slightly reduced introducing a “coda tronca” (truncated tail) to emphasize the perception of the leap.
One of the most prominent design characteristics of the 5-95 Zagato is the completely reworked front section, specifically the round front fender that eliminated the two air intakes the Gallardo had. The intakes are still there, but in a different configuration than what we’re used to. Likewise, the integrated headlights draw similarities from the Gallardo, except that the 5-95 does look like it has a more elaborate lighting set-up.
A floating spoiler on the front section is also a new addition, something Zagato described as taking inspiration from another Zagato-built Lamborghini we saw back in 2009: the Raptor.Notice also those side intakes, which normally are bigger than what they are now. Zagato reduced those intakes by adding an air scoop on the roof to help in the cooling chores to the intake manifold. The rear section of the 5-95 Zagato is a complete departure from the design of the Gallardo, and it’s not just those round taillights that looks completely out of place on a Lamborghini.
On the flip side, there are various elements to the rear that really stands out, particularly the use of a truncated tail to emphasize how front-focused depth of the car’s design. It’s a subtle design cue that changes the supercar’s stance, making it more agile and athletic than it probably otherwise would have been.
Lamborghini Zagato 5-95 2014 Design Interior Exterior