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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Calà, a Lambo that has never saw the light of day

In the late 1980s and towards the 1990s, Lamborghini was incessantly looking for designs that would replace their old model Jalpa. The aim is to produce cars that have competitive prices and can be produced in larger quantities.
Lamborghini Calà concept was built on the previous Gandini-styled P140 prototype by Italdesign. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WrtCJZ)
Then in 1989, the design of the car was given the code name Lamborghini P140 was born. A few years later, Bertone's concept car inspired another Italian coachbuilder named ItalDesign to build a new body for the model but with a softer design called the Lamborghini Calà. Yes, Calà was built on the previous Gandini-styled P140 prototype.
Interior view of Lamborghini Calà prototype by Italdesign. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2KVDDcX)
Cal Lamborghini (also known as Cal Italdesign) is a concept car designed for Lamborghini by Italdesign. It was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show 1995. It was a fully functional prototype that was never successfully produced. The name comes from the Piedmont dialect in northern Italy and means "look, there!"

Calà was imagined by Italdesign to meet Lamborghini's needs for Jalpa's replacement, which stopped production in 1988 at the request of the then owner of the company, Chrysler. When Chrysler sold Lamborghini to an Indonesian firm, Megatech in 1994😯, Cala's design began to take shape, but when Megatech sold Lamborghini to the Volkswagen Group in 1998, the concept was canceled. Finally, Jalpa is replaced in 2003 by Gallardo that said to use the principles of Calà as inspiration.
Lamborghini Calà concept is powered by a mid-mounted V10 engine, which produces a maximum power output of 400 PS and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WrtCJZ)
Calà is powered by a mid-mounted V10 engine, which produces a maximum power output of 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp). It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels, with an aluminum chassis and a handmade carbon-fiber body. Just one Calà was ever made and shown as a concept car at the 1995 Geneva International Motor Show😭, and it’s long since been forgotten by just about everyone.
Its exterior appearance is seen borrowing elements from several other Lamborghini iconic production vehicles, such as the headlamps from Miura and the Countach's widescreen. The highest speed is estimated at 291 kph (181 mph), while the acceleration time of 0–97 kph (0–60 mph) is under 5 seconds. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOTRADER]
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