Lamborgini Car Engine – 350GT engine, 400GT, Islero

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The Famous Lamborgini V12 car engine was their first engine ever produced and A V12 engine is a V engine with 12 cylinders. Like a straight-6, this configuration has perfect primary and secondary balance no matter which V angle is used and therefore needs no balance shafts. A V12, with two banks of six cylinders angled at 60° or 180° from each other, has even firing with power pulses delivered twice as often per revolution as, and is smoother than a straight-6 because there is always positive net torque output, as with an engine with 7 or more cylinders. This allows for great refinement in a luxury car; in a racing car, the rotating parts can be made much lighter and thus more responsive, since there is no need to use counterweights on the crankshaft as is needed in a 90° V8 and less need for the inertial mass in a flywheel to smooth out the power delivery. In a large, heavy-duty engine, a V12 can run slower than smaller engines, prolonging engine life.

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The Lamborghini 350GT was the first production car by Lamborghini. The car featured a 3.5 litre quad-cam V-12 engine (hence its designation), independent rear suspension (while Ferrari still used live rear axles) and a controversial 2+1 semi-fastback body.

The Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 was a 2+2-seated sports car from the Italian manufacturer Lamborghini, successor to the 350GT. Compared to its predecessor the engine was enlarged to 3,929 ccm (240 c.i.), increasing the power to 320 bhp.

Lamborghini Islero is a sports car, it was the replacement for the 400GT and featured the Lamborghini V12 engine.

The Lamborghini Miura is a sports. Early Miuras, known internally as P400s, were powered by a 3.9 L version of the famous Lamborghini V12 engine mounted transversely and producing 350 hp (260 kW). The P400S Miura, also known as the Miura S, engine changes were good for an additional 20bhp on this model. The last and most famous Miura, the P400SV or Miura SV featured different cam timing and altered carbs. These gave the engine an additional 15 bhp, to 385. The last 50 SV engines included a limited slip differential which required a split sump. P400 Jota, SV/J, Roadster and SVJ Spider are a one-off Miura.

The Lamborghini Espada is a grand tourer, it was originally fitted with a 4L 325bhp V12 engine. 

The Espada also introduced one of the first automatic transmissions able to absorb the torque of a large sporting V-12. During its 10 year production the car underwent some changes, and three different models were produced. These were the S1 (1968-1970), the S2 (1970-1972) and the S3 (1972-1978). A single prototype was built, the LP500 (the 500 standing for the 5 L displacement of the engine which was intended to be used). A 4.0-liter production Countach LP400, LP400S, LP500S (5 liter engine) and the 5000QV engine was improved again, bored and stroked to 5.2 liters and given four valves per cylinder was producted.

Lamborghini Jarama is a sports coupé, the new car was built on a shortened version of the same platform as the Espada. Two different models were made, the original GT (1970-1973) model having 350 bhp V12, and the GTS (1973-1976) with its output upped to 365 bhp.

The Lamborghini Countach is a supercar, the rear wheels were driven by the traditional Lamborghini V12 engine mounted longitudinally in a version of mid-engined configuration. For better weight distribution, the engine is actually ‘backwards’; the output shaft is at the front, and the gearbox is in front of the engine, the driveshaft running back through the engine’s sump to a differential at the rear. Although originally planned as a 5 liter powerplant, the first production cars used the Lamborghini Miura’s 4 liter engine. Later advances increased the displacement to 5 liters and then (in the “Quattrovalvole” model) 5.2 L with four valves per cylinder.

The Lamborghini Diablo (which means “Devil” in Spanish) was a high-performance supercar. Power came from a 5.7-litre, 48-valve version of the legendary Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 492 hp (367 kW) and 427 ft·lbf (579 N·m) of torque. The vehicle could reach 60 mph in slightly over 4 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). The Diablo was originally rear-wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. Diablo VT (Ver. 1), 1993-1998 and Diablo VT Roadster (Ver. 1), 1995-1998, Diablo SE30, 1994 – 1995 and Diablo SE30 Jota, Diablo VT (Ver. 2) and VT Roadster (Ver. 2), Diablo SV (Ver. 2), Diablo GT, Diablo VT 6.0 (Diablo VT Ver. 3), 2000-2001 were also built.

The Lamborghini Murciélago is a supercar, a 6.2 L version of the legendary Lamborghini V12 engine, a six-speed manual or six-speed sequential automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. In 2006 the Murciélago’s engine was replaced by a stronger 6.5-litre engine and the car’s name was changed to Murciélago LP640. For the 2007 model year Lamborghini did the same with the roadster model, which is now called Murciélago LP640 Roadster. LP stands for Longitudinale Posteriore, referring to the longitudinally-mounted, 6.5 L V12 engine, capable of producing up to 640 bhp at 8000 rpm. Along with a new six-speed manual transmission, which can come in Lamborghini’s optional paddle shift “E-gear” package, the LP640 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds: 0.4 seconds quicker than the normal Murciélago. The LP640 is accommodated by an electronic launch-control device called “Thrust”.at Engines and Gear Boxes used, reconditioned or secondhand they are available to you.

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