From the past: 1974 Lamborghini Bravo prototype

Concept Cars 25 May 2006
From the past: 1974 Lamborghini Bravo prototype

Designed by Bertone in 1974, the Bravo was supposed to be produced as a “baby-Miura”. The project was cancelled but many styling elements were adopted on later cars. Featuring a short video that describes its history.





1974 Lamborghini Bravo
1974 Lamborghini Bravo

The Lamborghini Bravo was unveiled by Bertone at the 1974 Turin Auto Show as a fully-functional concept vehicle.

Based on mechanical components from the P300 Urraco, the Bravo was supposed to go into production as a "baby-Miura" – as it was called in the preliminary project: for this reason it was extensively tested (more than 40.000 miles) before the launch.

In the tradition of the brand, the name "Bravo" came from a breed of Spanish fighting bulls.

Unfortunately, during those years Lamborghini ran into economical crisis. By 1974 Ferruccio Lamborghini had sold his shares and the Bravo project was finally cancelled.

Today the Lamborghini Bravo prototype is on display at Bertone’s private Museum.

1974 Lamborghini BravoDesign

The Bravo was known at Bertone as "Study 114", and its design process saw the partecipation of Marcello Gandini, who created the effect of continuity of the windshield and side windows by using dark glasses and hiding the A-pillars.

Other innovative stylistic elements were the rectangular air intakes featured on the front and rear hoods.

The Bravo proportions made it an extremely compact coupé: the total length was just 3775 mm and it was only 1000 mm high.

This caused the interior cabin to be too tight for tall people. The seats were finished in Alcatara cloth.

The magnesium wheels had an innovative design that would be adopted on the later Countach.

1974 Lamborghini Bravo
1974 Lamborghini Bravo

1974 Lamborghini Bravo

1974 Lamborghini Bravo

Lamborghini Bravo Technical Specifications

Dimensions

Overall Length
3775 mm
Overall Width
1900 mm
Overall Height
1050 mm
Wheelbase
2275 mm
Front Track
1488 mm
Rear Track
1555 mm
Weight
1085 kg
Fuel Tank
80 liters

Performances

Top speed
275 km/h
Acceleration
0-60mph in 7.3 sec

Structure

Chassis
Integral chassis/body
Body
Steel
Suspension
Independent, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers
Axle Ratio
14/35
Brakes
Girling ventilated discs

Engine

  • Type 90° Aluminum L240 V8
  • Transverse, Mid-Mounted
  • DOHC per bank
  • Valves 2 per cylinder
  • Bore/Stroke 86mm x 64.5mm
  • Capacity 2,996cc
  • Carburation 4 Twin-throat Webers
  • 40 DCNF
  • Max power 300bhp @ 7,800rpm
  • Torque 237 ft/lbs @ 4,000rpm
  • Compression 10:1

Wheels

  • Campagnolo cast magnesium 15 x8/15 x 11
  • Front Tires 195/50 VR 15 Michelin
  • Rear Tires 275/40 VR 15 Michelin

Transmission

Gearbox
5-speed + reverse – All-Syncromesh
Clutch
Single dry plate – hydraulically operated

1974 Lamborghini Bravo1974 Lamborghini Bravo Interiors

Resources on the Web

(Source: Lamborghini)

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