Lamborghini is the most famous car brand in the world, and probably one of the best— according to most people, anyway. The company is now owned by the Volkswagen group through their subsidiary, Audi, so it can all sound a little confusing. However, the carmakers are still one of a kind, and responsible for some of the most empowering and exhilarating automobiles in history.
The company was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini and was intended as a rival to Italy's other amazing car manufacturer, Ferrari. Lamborghini did just that and frightened the pants off Ferrari with their interesting and innovative designs. In 1966, the company shot to fame with the Miura sports car, which was the first to establish rear-mid engine mounting and rear-wheel drive as the primary layout for high-performance vehicles.
Over the next few decades, the company had some incredible highs and some incredible lows, mostly due to the economic context of the times. However, it has always plowed through and has remained one of the most dominant supercar builders in the industry. Of course, every high performing company has its drawbacks; there is no such thing as perfection, after all. That's right, Lamborghini sure has had some mistakes in its time, with the company renowned for some serious howlers. So, let's take a look at Lamborghini's 20 biggest goofs ever.
20 They Have Zero Space
One of the worst things about Lamborghini is the space in their cars, especially with regards to how many passengers it can squeeze in. That's right, forget about having friends, the Lamborghini is a real deal breaker when it comes to picking and choosing your best mates to ride with you. Furthermore, not only does it force you to choose your best friends, but it also limits you with respect to potential romantic partners. Think about it. Maybe you and your buddy are hanging out, with you behind the wheel and they the ever-abiding passenger. Then, maybe you catch the eye of someone cute, someone who might want to get to know you better. So, what do you do? You can't ditch your friend, can you?
19 Lamborghini LM002
The Lamborghini LM002, otherwise known as the "Rambo Lambo", is an off-road truck created by Lamborghini between 1986 and 1993. The truck was a strange departure for Lamborghini, who were—and still are—known for their exceptionally fast and high-performing vehicles. The LM002 wasn't received well and was often unfairly compared to its brothers and sisters. In fact, the truck was regularly labeled the "most ridiculous" Lamborghini of all time and left the Lambo company severely redfaced. That's right, a number of car enthusiasts worldwide told the supercar company to stick to what they know, with Lamborghini eventually deciding that they were right.
18 They Get Too Hot
Believe it or not, Lamborghinis can often be too hot to handle, and not in a good way. That's right, the cars have often been accused of getting too hot, with some exhausts known to have burst into flames. For instance, numerous videos worldwide have documented various Lamborghinis erupting into flames, especially after their owners have attempted to show off by revving the car in neutral. Furthermore, competing brands such as Ferrari and Porsche regularly recall their cars when it comes to engine fires. However, Lamborghini is not as keen to do so and has instead regularly ignored that they even happen at all.
17 They Can't Spell
In 2019, Lamborghini was left redfaced due to a spelling blunder that caused embarrassment worldwide. That's right, over in a Canada, one Lamborghini owner called upon the company with regards to the spelling of his car. The problem started when social media user, @torontocarnut, realized that his new Lambo Urus had changed the Lamborghini name to "Lanborghini" after a software update. The owner quickly returned his car back to the dealership, hoping for a swift name change. However, then the real problems started, with the car then undergoing a number of strange and bizarre electrical problems. Thankfully, the problem was eventually figured out, but the company still suffered as a result.
16 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
The Lamborghini Countach was a mid-engined sports car created by Lamborghini between 1974 and 1990. The car has become somewhat of an icon over the years, with car enthusiasts often applauding the vehicle as sensational. However, for the company's 25th anniversary, Lamborghini wanted to do something special, something to wow audiences worldwide. As a result, the Countach was chosen as the one to do something special with. That's right, the Countach was redesigned, without losing the original style and edge of the initial concept. Sadly, the car was a failure because it was nowhere near as good as the original.
15 They Don't Do Winter
Lamborghinis and snow should not mix, with the luxury car brand somehow unable to build a car that can drive well in the winter weather. For instance, Lamborghinis are renowned for wheel spins and lots of skidding when riding on ice, with car control a big concern for drivers. That's right, it has been said that only the best of drivers can really control a Lamborghini in the winter seasons, with the car considered to be the worst in slippery conditions. However, that's not to say it is undrivable, it just better to stick to the summer seasons rather than risk destroying a million dollar vehicle.
14 Lamborghini Marzal Concept
The Lamborghini Marzal was a concept car during the late sixties. The vehicle was first displayed at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, with many bewildered by the interesting and strange design. Interestingly, the Marzal was Lamborghini's first real attempt at a four-seater, therefore it is a very historically significant vehicle. Sadly, it just didn't quite work, with the design said to cause all sorts of problems for the (then) inexperienced sports car brand. The car later ended up at the Bertone Design Study Museum for a number of years before being sold at auction for a whopping $2 million dollars.
13 They Go Too Fast
Supercars might be great fun and yes, they might attract a lot of attention, but sometimes the things that make them great can also be their downfalls. For instance, Lamborghinis have often been attributed as being some of the fastest supercars in the world. Sadly, this isn't always good, with some drivers unable to control the extremely fast vehicle. Yes, the cars are just too powerful, leaving owners across the world unable to use them the way in which they intended. Furthermore, a Lamborghini can be quite a pain to fix, so if the car crashes, you are looking at a rather expensive bill.
12 Lamborghini Sogna Concept
The Lamborghini Sogna is one of the strangest things to have ever come out of the Lambo garage and even today, it still looks a little odd. The car was first unveiled at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show and was the brainchild of little known Japanese designer, Ryoji Yamazaki. The vehicle was completely different to previous Lamborghini designs, leaving car enthusiasts across the world scratching their heads. Yamazaki had dreamed of making a supercar since the age of 8, so as he got older, he bought a Lamborghini Countach, painted it green, and showcased it worldwide. Sadly, nothing ever materialized but the car is now up for auction.
11 They Get Too Much Attention
People might think of getting attention for your expensive car is a good thing but it can sometimes get a little tiresome. Think about it. Everywhere you go, you get people staring at you while you do your very best to handle one of the most powerful cars in the world. Furthermore, no matter where you go, people are going to ask you questions; questions that you might know the answer to and questions that you might not, they are still going to ask you questions. And, if that wasn't bad enough, people are also going to assume you're a jerk because let's face it, supercars don't have the best reputation when it comes to their owners.
10 They Are Too Niche
Supercars, in general, have often been lamented as being too niche, with Lamborghini no stranger to all things specialized. In 2016, Lamborghini was accused of niche marketing in relation to their $2 million dollar Lamborghini Centenario Roadster. That's right, Lamborghini has long performed the "one-off" planning method, a car construction process that, in some ways, compares to the building methods of the past rather than the way cars are manufactured today. Sadly, although the concept might sound good, it seems this idea is only available to very rich, excluding the everyday man and woman on the street. Ah, capitalism, how we love you.
9 The Portofino
The Lamborghini Portofino was a concept car first introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1987. Interestingly, the car was designed by one of Chrysler's chief designers and was eventually built by Coggiola in Italy. The car was most definitely one of a kind and was famed for its dual scissor doors. Sadly, the vehicle never progressed but instead, influenced the way in which Chrysler cars would be designed for the next two decades. For instance, the open plan interior seen on the vehicle would become a staple in Chrysler design. Furthermore, the triangular headlights and dual notched rear indicators also made an appearance among the Chrysler fleet.
8 Lamborghini Jalpa
The Lamborghini Jalpa was a supercar created between 1981 and 1988. The car was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1981, alongside the heavily anticipated Lamborghini LM001 concept. The Jalpa was intended to be a more "affordable" vehicle, marketed at those who loved supercars but couldn't quite get their hands on one. Furthermore, the Jalpa was much easier to drive. Therefore, it was easier to handle in heavy traffic and a variety of terrains. Sadly, the car just didn't quite cut the mustard, with car enthusiasts missing the special elements that Lamborghinis usually had to offer.
7 They Axed The Asterion
The Lamborghini Asterion was a concept car that first debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The car was immediately popular, mostly due to its unique design and features. In fact, the Asterion was supposed to be Lamborghini's first hybrid model. Furthermore, the Asterion also had a lot more storage space than the average Lamborghini and also showcased the new three driving modes, "Zero" (full electric mode), "Ibrido" (gasoline engine and electric motors) and "Termico" (only engine). Sadly, the car was shelved in favor of the Urus SUV, a decision that shocked audiences worldwide. Yes, car enthusiasts across the globe deeply saddened by the news, with the Asterion one of the most highly anticipated cars of the last century.
6 Lamborghini Pregunta Concept
Lamborghini is known for pushing the limits with regards to design and manufacturing. However, some of their concepts over the years have somewhat failed to spark the imagination. Take the Lamborghini Pregunta, for example, a car that not only failed at the first hurdle but ended up being a laughing stock across the globe. The car was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1998 and immediately got people talking. So what exactly was it? The Pregunta was a slightly modified Lamborghini Diablo, a feature that helped the vehicle but also hindered it. Yes, the car was extremely fast (with top speed of 207 mph), with some claiming that it was too fast. Yes, cars can be too fast.
5 Lamborghini Urraco
The Lamborghini Urraco was first introduced at the Turin Auto show in 1970 and was marketed as a more affordable supercar for the masses. That's right, rather than just being another supercar with unique features and exceptional design, the car was somewhat of an alternative. Sadly, the Urraco didn't quite work and in 1979, production of the vehicle ceased. Overall, just 791 Urracos had been built and they are now considered to be collectibles. In fact, the car often pops up on car restoration shows, with owners claiming to have found their gem abandoned in the middle of a forest or locked away in a derelict barn. Whatever the case, the vehicle sure is a beauty.
4 The Lamborghini Egoista
The Lamborghini Egoista was created to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary. The Egoista was initially based on the Gallardo and features a V10 engine. However, that's not to say that it isn't unique, with the Egoista showcasing its own one-seat cockpit similar to that of a modern fighter jet. No, seriously. That's right, the car looks like it should belong in the sky, never mind the road, making it one of the more interesting concepts to have come out of the Lamborghini garage. Interestingly, in Italian, "Egoista" means "selfish" and the model's designer claimed that the car represents hedonism taken to the extreme. You got that right.
3 They Have A Height Problem
If you are big and tall, good luck getting into any supercar and good luck getting into a Lamborghini, in particular. That's right, of all the supercars, Lamborghinis are the worst with regards to those who have a little extra leg. Take the Lamborghini Aventador for example, a car so popular that it is often considered to be one of the best Lamborghinis ever created. But that's only if you can fit inside. Yes, the Aventador has often been criticized for its lack of room, with tall people complaining of the small space and tiny interior. Furthermore, in 2015, one particularly tall valet found it extremely difficult to get into a guest's Aventador and was filmed desperately trying to fit inside.
2 They Are Too Expensive
These days, supercars are expected to be expensive, with potential buyers also expected to dig deep into their pockets. However, do they really need to be so expensive? Lamborghini has always been synonymous with fashion, style, and of course, wealth. The brand simply can't help itself when it comes to luxury and has been highly expensive ever since its conception in 1963. The car manufacturer is among the most expensive brands in the world, with Lamborghinis always the most expensive vehicles on the planet. Take the Veneno Roadster, for example, a car with a sale price of nearly $5 million dollars.
1 They Are Not Environmentally Friendly
Let's face it, most four-wheelers are bad for the environment, whatever the brand, with cars often ridiculed for destroying the planet. However, some are worse than others, with supercars often described as the very worst. Sadly, Lamborghini is the worst offender and has been voted the "least green car" a number of times. In fact, in 2010, the problem got extremely bad, with the director of Environmental Transport claiming, "With emissions five times worse than the greenest car, the Lamborghini is the bull in an environmental china shop. Thankfully, there are very few on the roads and there is an increasing choice of environmentally-sound cars."
Sources: The Telegraph, Flickr, and Wikipedia.