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Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Last Fully Italian Lamborghini

not The END - In the dynamic realm of automotive excellence, where high prices are often just a minor inconvenience for the elite, the pursuit of rare and limited-edition cars becomes a passion for the privileged few. One such marvel that graced the automotive stage in 1998 was the Lamborghini Pregunta, a concept car that exudes exclusivity and innovation. Unveiled at the 1998 Paris Motor Show and later showcased at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Pregunta remains a testament to automotive ingenuity.
1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: Autodrome.fr)
Crafted as a one-of-a-kind prototype by the renowned French Carrosserie Heuliez, the Pregunta is often hailed as the last bastion of a fully Italian Lamborghini supercar. The late 1998 takeover of Lamborghini by Audi led to the abrupt discontinuation of several exciting projects, including the tantalizing Canto, leaving the Pregunta as a poignant reminder of what could have been.
1998 Lamborghini Pregunta posed along with Dassault Rafale jet fighter. (Picture from: Autodrome.fr)
Unlike its Lamborghini counterparts named after formidable bulls, the Pregunta dons a simpler yet intriguing name. "Pregunta," Spanish for "question," beckons enthusiasts to explore the mysteries and wonders encapsulated within its unique design. With its low ground clearance and infusion of Formula 1 racing technology, the Pregunta stands as a symbol of avant-garde engineering.
Front view of 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Built on the Diablo chassis, the Pregunta houses a formidable V12 engine generating an impressive 520 horsepower. Its velocity is awe-inspiring, reaching a top speed of 333 kph (206 mph), surpassing its predecessor, the Diablo, which clocks in at 322 kph (200 mph). The design not only prioritizes speed but also boasts a lighter and more straightforward rear-wheel-drive structure, with radiators strategically relocated to the front.
Front-left side view of 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: http://www.autodrome.fr/)
The Pregunta's exterior showcases a silver paint job, complemented by a distinctive blue interior. Designed as a convertible, it offers the option to transition into a closed Berlinetta (means 'small sedan' or more precisely, 'coupe'). Noteworthy features include the Dassault stealth external paintwork and dynamic air intakes inspired by the Dassault Rafale jet fighter, embodying cutting-edge technology reminiscent of Formula 1.
Rear-left side view of 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta. (Picture from: http://www.autoblog.com/)
Step inside the Pregunta, and you'll encounter a showcase of the latest devices and innovations. A Formula 1-style dashboard by Magnetti-Marelli, the Cristine navigational aid by BCI, and a CD stereo system by Alpine, which also supplies screens for the rearview system, epitomize the fusion of luxury and technology. Other features include 4-point self-winding seat belts by Schrott, fiber optic atmospheric lighting by DGA, and a steering wheel by Classic Board.
Recent reports suggest that this automotive masterpiece is slated for sale at a staggering price of €1.6 million (approximately $2.1 million), making it not just a car but a coveted piece of automotive history. The Lamborghini Pregunta, with its fusion of speed, innovation, and exclusivity, invites aficionados to embark on a journey where every drive is a question waiting to be answered. *** [EKA (06012014) | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTODROME.FR | AUTOBLOG ]
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