2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept
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The Lamborghini Miura Concept is a retro styled concept car introduced by Lamborghini in 2006 and built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the original Miura concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966.
Codenamed "Concept M" internally, the project began in October 2003 and was the first design to be led by Lamborghini's then new design chief, Walter de'Silva.
The show car emulates the design of the original Miura, while its underpinnings are that of the more modern Murciélago. The car was first presented at the Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio, on 5 January 2006. The unveiling coincided with the Los Angeles Auto Show though it was not present at the show itself. It made its official début at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit two weeks later.
Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann stated that the concept would not mark the Miura's return to production, saying that "the Miura was a celebration of our history, but Lamborghini is about the future. Retro design is not what we are here for. So we won’t do the Miura."
The Miura concept was on display at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, when I report it among the others!
For a while, it even seemed like they might revive it: in 2006 the model celebrated it’s fiftieth anniversary, and to mark the occasion, a “new Miura” appeared - a perfectly made show car – interpreted by the then design chief of Audi and Lamborghini, Walter de Silva.
The car received a rapturous reception for its ability to bring together the magical, original design of Marcello Gandini with the needs and rules of the moment. In fact, the restyling of the lower part of the body takes the structural strength and aerodynamic performance of the car to a whole different level, without disturbing its delicate aesthetic balance.