Positive reaction to striking one-off Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato show car may encourage a limited production run

This Zagato-bodied Lamborghini Gallardo could make production in a limited run. Collector Albert Spiess originally commissioned the model as a one-off for the Villa D’Este Concours D’Elegance in Italy last week.

The model, known as the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, has been given the approval of Lamborghini and Volkswagen Group design director Walter Da Silva.

Its carbonfibre body is the work of Stephane Schwarz, designer of the original Nissan Qashqai, while the mechanical package is taken from the Gallardo LP570-4.

Zagato and Lamborghini have collaborated on several cars, dating back to 1965 when the Milanese brand conceived two examples of the Lamborghini 3500 GTZ, a shortened, rebodied version of the 350 GT.

Spiess, who has an enormous array of Italian exotica, commissioned the Milanese atelier to produce a modern collectible car.

Spiess said: “I always appreciated the ability of Zagato to create timeless lines with a forceful visual impact. I believe that a sensual design inspired by nature, together with the best technology, strike a perfect balance that is possible to achieve only in Italy. The 5-95 will be a fundamental piece of my collection.”

Zagato’s restyling of the Gallardo features a floating spoiler that takes inspiration from the Lamborghini Raptor Zagato, ending with a carbonfibre firewall that conceals the front air intakes.

The pillarless body is surrounded by continuous glass surfaces – a technical and stylistic theme launched by Zagato in the end of the 1940s and reapplied in the 1980s – which help to reduce noise and improve aerodynamics.

The side intakes, as with the Lamborghini Raptor, have been reduced in size, while an air scoop has been added to the roof and additional apertures are concealed in the glass surfaces. 

The air scoop is functionally integrated with the double bubble roof, a signature of Zagato design, directing the cooling to the intake manifold.

The Lamborghini’s tail has been truncated and mechanical components, such as tail lamps heat release, aerodynamic features and the active spoiler protrude from the rear.

Zagato designers and engineers aimed to press the rear towards the engine and increase the proportion of the front, to give the car an aggressive stance.

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29 May 2014
Looks like a frumpy Spyker. Not a fan. Find Zagato pinch designs from other cars nowadays. The last Aston Zagato had hints of 350/370Z and GTR to me.

29 May 2014
...but I can't be too critical of them because the scope they had was limited and this is all thanks to legislation. The older Zagatos designs were more creative because they were allowed to be.

30 May 2014
gaco1 wrote:
...but I can't be too critical of them because the scope they had was limited and this is all thanks to legislation. The older Zagatos designs were more creative because they were allowed to be.
You can't balme legislation for the way this car looks. There are plenty of good looking cars out there that compliant. Perhaps the constraints of the under-structure dictated the styling more than they would like or maybe the designer just has a very very different idea to what makes a car look good - to my view at least.

30 May 2014
Oktoberfest wrote:
gaco1 wrote:
...but I can't be too critical of them because the scope they had was limited and this is all thanks to legislation. The older Zagatos designs were more creative because they were allowed to be.
You can't balme legislation for the way this car looks. There are plenty of good looking cars out there that compliant. Perhaps the constraints of the under-structure dictated the styling more than they would like or maybe the designer just has a very very different idea to what makes a car look good - to my view at least.
Fair point, but why do you think the under structure of the car is the way it is? All be it VAG came up with the design of the under-structure, but it had to be in compliance with safety legislation. Zagato could have designed and produced the entire car, but this has rarely been their raison de etre, certainly not recently. In the past they would clothe the vehicle based on structures which were not produced in such a way as to dictate the shape of the car; the flexibility one would have using a 60's structure (i.e. see further the Muira) is arguably greater than one afforded by the latest models. Just one example you can see here; the A pillar, and this is due to legislation.

29 May 2014
Zagato's organic schtick really doesn't work here. It's horrid (especially the bulbous profile). Just add copper to Lambo's colour options. D'Elegance? Mais non.

30 May 2014
What dukebox said, looks like a Spyker after an accident. Quite like the rear end but the front end is U.G.L.Y. I know Zagato is traditionally challenging to look at but they always managed to at least make something balanced, cohesive. And that matt paint colour does it absolutely no favours.


30 May 2014
Echo of Chris Bangle's Fiat Coupe Turbo? The frontal treatment on the first photo has hints of the Coupe, the side profile also. Agree though that overall it lacks a certain je ne sais qouoi,

30 May 2014
Utterly repulsive.

30 May 2014
I see shades of the Renault 17, Fiat Coupe, Lancia Strato and Bricklin in this one-off. It isn't a pleasing mix to me but, then again, I don't have the money to even afford not to consider adding it to my collection.

31 May 2014
I looked at it well it will another 2 seater. Lamborghini had cancels their 4 door concept. Only if want a 4 seat you only have to wait on the SUV. Ferrari,Maserati, & mostly other sports Like Mercedes, BMW, Jaguars & Aston Martins many others always 2 & 4 seaters.

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