Amadou Ndiaye, an industrial design student at the University
of Montreal is obviously a big fan of the Lamborghini
brand as the Toro LA 690-4 is the second independent proposal
he's created for the company in a short space of time.
The previous model was the Lamborghini
Furia concept which was based on the Gallardo platform.
The Toro LA 690-4 is a modern interpretation
of the Espada
The Lamborghini Toro LA 690-4 was conceived as a modern
interpretation of the Lamborghini Espada. However unlike
many other retro designs which emulate their predecessors
to the point of being unoriginal, the Toro LA 690-4 has
its own distinct shape and defining features. The sharp
angular lines help it fit in neatly with Lamborghini's
current lineup of cars.
The name LA 690-4 stands for "Longituinale Anteriore"
which means "Front Longitudinal" in English
and describes the location of the engine, 690 advertises
the horsepower output, while the 4 stands for four-wheel-drive.
The front-mid engine layout and GT capabilities would
make the Toro LA 690-4 a competitor to vehicles like the
Ferrari 599, Mercedes McLaren SLR, Aston Martin One 77
and the Lexus LFA.
For the drivetrain Ndiaye envisages an all-new V12 engine
mated to a 7-speed double clutch transmission. The engine
would feature direct fuel injection, flex-fuel capabilities
(petrol and biofuel), and a cylinder shut down system
which would reduce the number of cylinders in operation
for times when the full V12 power was unnecessary. This
range of technologies would mean a reduction in emissions
during regular driving, but all the drama and performance
of a Lamborghini V12 when required.
To reduce weight and improve fuel economy the Toro LA
690-4 features lightweight materials like carbon fiber
and magnesium for the chassis and bodywork.
Similar and related vehicles:
Lamborghini Concept S
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