When the upper middle management at Hooniverse asked for turkeys, I immediately thought of the Lamborghini Urraco. Why? Because of the 2005 Top Gear UK challenge of 10,000 pound Italian supercars (which I have embedded at the end of this post). James May chose a black Urraco in the episode and delivered my favorite line ever: Philistines!
To be fair, a neglected 30 year old Italian car is going to have problems. So I dug up a September 1975 review of a new Urraco, originally published in Motor magazine. What’s the verdict? Make the jump to find out.
First, let’s go over the vital stats. The P300 is the most powerful of the Urraco variants, with a 2997cc mid-mounted V8. It has a top speed of 158 mph, does 0 to 60 in 7.6 seconds, and the quarter mile in 15.6 seconds at 94 mph.
The car was designed by Gandini while he was working for Bertone. It was meant to be an affordable supercar, with its competitors being the Maserati Merak and Ferrari Dino. At 10,545 pounds, it cost more than the Alfa Romeo Montreal (6,299), the DeTomaso Pantera (8,026), Ferrari Dino 308 (9,217), and the Porsche Carrera (9,996).
And to be fair and balanced, this is what Motor magazine liked about the Urraco:
- Docile in town, refined at 150 mph.
- Best Lamborghini ever (this is before they tested the Countach).
- Anti-social exhaust note.
- Respectable 13.6 mpg in mixed driving.
- Great brakes.
And this is what Motor magazine found to be lacking in the new Urraco:
- Tach and speedometer placed at opposite ends of the dash, beyond one’s peripheral vision.
- Gas and brake pedals so close, impossible not to step on both simultaneously.
- Back seat so lacking in leg- and headroom, reviewer suggests rear passenger sit sideways.
- If steering wheel is right distance, legs get cramped. If legs are comfortable, steering wheel is too far away.
- Static seatbelt cuts across neck.
- Rear view would be better if engine bay slats were edge-on with driver’s line of vision.
- Impossible to point air/AC vents directly in face, which is an issue as slanted front windshield produces greenhouse effect.
- When the speedometer shows the car traveling at 100 mph, it is actually going 90.
- Handbrake does not hold the car even on slightest slope.
- Dim headlights.
- “The Incident”: Bracket holding rear driver’s side strut failed, “the possible consequences of which don’t need elaborating”.
- Poor steering response.
- Understeers too much.
- Nose hops if it hits bumps mid-corner.
- The review described the car as having a soft clutch, and four paragraphs later, a heavy clutch.
- The gearbox whines when cold.
- Contents in trunk heat up as exhaust pipes are right below.
- Car comes with speakers and antenna, but no radio.
What a turkey, amirite?
Here, for your Thanksgiving holiday enjoyment, is the Top Gear challenge.
Images source: RM Auctions.