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Monday, May 10, 2021

Lamborghini-powered Genesis minivan concept by Bertone

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. or what we know as Lamborghini is one of the Italian automotive companies that has produced many exotic sports cars since it was first founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963. Even recently, the raging-bull logoed automotive company has succeeded diversifying by launching a premium SUV model called Lamborghini Urus officially in December 2017.
Lastly the Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone shown to the public at the 2020 Rétromobile held in Paris. (Picture from: Autoblog)
But did you know since the 1980s that the car premium manufacturer based in Sant'Agata, Bolognese has diversified when it introduced its first SUV named LM002 followed by making the Lambo's motorbike, and even in 1988 they also unveiled a unique minivan concept.
Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone is a design study of Lamborghini's minivan concept and debuted at the Turin Auto Show 1988. (Picture from: Motor1)
Well, thirty-three years ago, the raging-bull logoed premium automotive company together with Bertone, one of the Italian renowned design houses once unveiled the Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone, a design study of Lamborghini's minivan concept at the Turin Auto Show 1988 (which was one of the biggest and most significant auto shows in Europe in the 1980s).
Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone has a unique appearence as the futuristic minivan features with butterfly styled doors as a access to the fronts and sliding doors at rear. (Picture from: Autoblog)
That's commonplace and nothing special, as those two Italian companies have been collaborating for decades in the creation of many vehicles, and the results usually cause awe from the world's automotive community. But this time was look a little different, through its shape of the unusual minivan has managed to amaze the automotive community, including the media at the time and become one of the attention centers of the crowd during the show. Yeah, it's only a minivan not a supercar.
Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone also features with a futuristic-styled steering wheel and dashboard layout. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Well, to achieve all these things, it requires hard work and high dedication from all parties involved in the process. As quoted of the Autoblog, it was stated that the Bertone's team had to spend a total of approximately 30,000 hours in order to make the Genesis minivan concept look more futuristic, of course much more sporty and attractive than the general minivan model existed in the 1980s that's used to take children to school.
Interior sketch of the Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone with five seats layout. (Picture from: Motor1)
The unique Genesis minivan concept vehicle is powered by a V12 5.2-liter engine taken of the Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole. The mid-mounted engine is capable of spraying up to 455 horsepower, then channeling to its rear-wheel drive system through the three-speed automatic transmission of Chrysler whose the Lamborghini's owner at the time.
Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone has funky cabin with two forward-facing seats positioned over the rear wheels, and one seat that can be set to face the rear is attached in the mid of the interior. (Picture from: Autoblog)
In addition, there are sliding doors that give the passengers access to the rear and the more 'unusual' inside its funky cabin are two forward-facing seats positioned over the rear wheels, and one seat that can be set to face the rear is attached in the mid of the interior. While the front passengers face forward, as usual, but they can also move the seats to see and interact to the passengers whose sit in the back.
Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone has funky cabin with two forward-facing seats positioned over the rear wheels, and one seat that can be set to face the rear is attached in the mid of the interior. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The Lamborghini Genesis Concept, which was introduced in 1988, is also arguably ahead of its time, because appears as a round-designed minivan. Besides that it should be acknowledged as a very bold step of Bertone by the pinning of a Lamborghini's V12 engine on a minivan and also applying the unique butterfly styled doors as a access to the fronts.
Lamborghini Genesis Concept by Bertone is powered by a V12 5.2-liter engine taken of the Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole. (Picture from: Autoblog)
It was greeted with enthusiasm as a form of future transportation, then its design quickly transformed into a common form of vehicle milling about on the streets starting in the early 1990s. Although in the end the Genesis Concept remained as a minivan prototype which never be produced by Lamborghini.
At the last time, the Lamborghini's iconic minivan concept was presented to the public was at the 2020 Rétromobile in Paris. And in that event, the iconic minivan concept was still able to show its charisma which was able to make thousands of visitors take selfies while exploring the unique parts of the vehicle. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | MOTOR1 ]
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