The rivalry between Lamborghini and Ferrari is one of the world’s most storied and engaging battles. It ranks up there with the Red Sox and the Yankees, Apple and Microsoft, the Hatfields and McCoys. Both parties are widely considered to be at the top of their class, a tier above all others. The two both have their own styles: Ferrari strives for speed and overall performance on the track, while Lamborghini is driven toward producing unadulterated power. The two have engaged in what feels like an eternal struggle to determine the premier Italian supercar manufacturer. Most people know the origin story; explained by Máté Petrány in an article for Jalopnik, “(Ferruccio) Lamborghini started making cars using his tractor company money because Enzo Ferrari was rude to him.” Let’s look at a few of the cars that made the rivalry so great.
Like most Lamborghini models, the Gallardo name has a link to bullfighting. Gallardo is a breed of fighting bulls. The Gallardo lineage is rich, and its descendants include the Miura breed – the namesake for Lamborghini’s second car and the first real threat to the Ferrari Empire. The Gallardo received a warm reception as Lamborghini produced more than 14,000 Gallardos from 2003 to 2013, accounting for nearly half of all units ever produced by the company. According to a TopGear article by Vijay Pattni, the company rolled out about 250 cars per year from its inception in 1963 to the first Gallardo in 2003. “From 2003 to 2013, that figure skyrocketed to 2,000 cars per year.”
The design of the Gallardo was remarkable and remains iconic. The “Baby Lambo” concept featured an elongated hood and a mid-engine layout while still providing good all-around visibility. The aluminum body provided by parent company Audi helped minimize weight to improve overall performance.
The interior of the Gallardo was compact and as Barry Winfield wrote in a review for Car and Driver, “a space that is intimate but not claustrophobic.” Winfield mentioned that while the interior is spacious considering the vehicle, taller drivers may be inclined to choose the paddle-shifted transmission that was originally offered.
The first generation Gallardo came with a sweet sounding 5-liter V10 engine capable of a road-ripping 493 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. If you’re searching for the true zeitgeist of Lamborghini, you’re sure to find it in the Gallardo.
The successor to the wildly popular Murciélago is the Aventador. Relentless and determined like the bull it was named after, the Aventador features a more dynamic nose and additional carbon fiber components to improve performance and agility. The Aventador is still in production and available to fill that Lamborghini-sized hole in your life if you have the bravery and funds to purchase one.
The Aventador concept was a reprise of design elements of the Gallardo. From the front, it does not look much different than a Gallardo but there are a few changes unique to the Aventador. The headlights are slightly droopy and the air vents are now larger and more angular. The quad exhaust from the Gallardo has been lassoed in to a new diamond-shaped exhaust that screams louder than before with an ear-splitting 8,250 rpm.
The Aventador is one of the company’s fastest cars to date reaching a reported 217 mph according to Automobile magazine. It comes with an in-house-designed 6.5-liter V12 that produces a whopping 691 horsepower and 507 lb-ft of torque.
The Ferrari 360 received mixed reviews but that did not stop it from becoming the best-selling and most-produced car in company history. Some critics found the concept and design to be dated but Jalopnik’s David Tracy writes, “I’ve recently fallen in love with the shape that helped turn the 360 into the quintessential omnipresent supercar of the new millennium.” The 360 was ahead of not just the automobile industry but also the supercar subdivision with the first unibody constructed solely of aluminum. The new construction “provided 40% greater rigidity and a 28% weight saving compared to the F355 model which it replaced, despite being dimensionally 10% larger overall.” Additionally, the 360 remains popular due to its relatively low price tag and lower cost of maintenance. If you’re in the market for a Ferrari but are still looking to save, Supercar YouTuber Rob Ferreti says, “The 360 is still a strong recommendation from me for those shopping under $100,000 to buy these cars.”
The eponymous Enzo was only produced 400 times making it one of the most sought-after Ferrari models in history. The limited-edition model featured the best of both worlds like F1-style electrohydraulic shifting and carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic composite disc brakes while also offering features prohibited by F1 such as traction control. The car itself is 15 years removed from production but nearly every Ferrari lover in the world is after their own. Industry icons like seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher contributed to the design that made the Enzo one of the most track-oriented road cars produced at the time, further adding to the desirability. With its mid-mounted V12 engine, the Enzo produces 650 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque at 5500 rpm. According to a review by Car and Driver, the car topped out at 217 mph and posted a 0-60 mph time of just 3.14 seconds. The front end mimicked a traditional F1 car while the rear end manages to showcase the legendary Ferrari shape. The scissor doors and the exposed engine are brilliant additions to the overall look of the car. Since its release in 2004, albeit to only a few lucky people —one of them being Pope John Paul II—the Enzo has solidified itself in automotive history as one of the greatest performance cars ever built.
Lamborghini and Ferrari both produce outstanding cars that are a cut above the rest of the industry. Both carmakers consistently raise the bar for each other, trading knockout blows in the everlasting
championship for Italian supercar supremacy. Like any great debate, a compelling argument can be made for either manufacturer, but it’s essentially a matter of personal preference at the end of the day.
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