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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Last Fully Italian Lamborghini

In the automotive world, the high price would not be a problem for some billionaire collector. There are many rare cars are made ​​in limited quantities, and one of them is the Lamborghini Pregunta which is a concept car in 1998. If you've never heard of him, it is not surprising, because Pregunta was limited to only one unit and you can imagine that the chance to actually drive one is pretty rare.
1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: http://www.autodrome.fr/)
This particular prototype was designed by the French Carrosserie Heuliez. Many believe it to be the last fully Italian Lamborghini supercar. As we know, the take over of Lamborghini by Audi, at the end of 1998 translated in a brutal discontinuation of another exciting project such as the "Canto", then in the middle of its develoment, and that could also have become the "super-Lamborghini".
Front view of 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: http://www.autoblog.com/)
This supercar prototype was presented at the 1998 Paris Motor Show, followed shortly after by an appearance at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. While all the other models in Lamborghini's lineup were named after famous bulls, but this supercar concept got a simpler name: "pregunta" is the Spanish word for "question."
Front-left side view of 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: http://www.autodrome.fr/)
Designed with low ground clearance, Lamborghini Pregunta designed with F1 racing technology. And just like any other Lamborghini cars, this car can also speeding fast. Pregunta is made ​​based on Diablo chassis with a V12 engine capable of spewing power of 520 hp, and said to be capable of running up to 333 kph (206 mph) and make Pregunta faster than its donor, the Diablo which can reach a top speed of 322 kph (200 mph).
Rear-left side view of 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: http://www.autoblog.com/)
Also, when compared to the Diablo, the Pregunta features a lighter and more straight forward rear-wheel-drive structure, and the radiators have been moved to the front. The concept also uses technologies seen on Formula 1 cars, including: Dassault stealth external paintwork plus the dynamic air intakes (from the Dassault Rafale jet fighter). It was designed to be a convertible with the option to create a closed Berlinetta layout (Berlinetta means 'small sedan' or more precisely, 'coupe'). The exterior is finished in a silver paint job with a blue interior.
The Pregunta equipment uses the latest devices particularly the formula-1-type dashboard by Magnetti-Marelli, the Cristine navigational aid by BCI, the CD stereo equipment by Alpine who also supplies the screens for the rear view system, the 4-point self-winding seat belts by Schrott, the fibre optical atmospheric lighting by DGA and the steering wheel by Classic Board. According to recent news, this concept car will be sold at a price of € 1.6 million (about $ 2.1 million at the current exchange rate). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTODROME | AUTOBLOG]
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