Lamborghini Islero Reviews
In last of 1968, in Geneva took place a debut of Islero. It replaced the Lamborghini 400 GT. The model was named in memory of the famous fighting bull.
Islero was the improved version of the 400GT (2 +2). It was equipped with the chassis, almost identical to 400GT (2 +2) by design, but Islero was a little shorter and lighter. A body was worked up especially in a new way. The cabin sizes of a 2-door car became larger by increasing the space for the rear seats. There was still enough for four people inside of a car. Compared to predecessors the Islero exterior had rough and angular forms, folding headlights closed by flaps. The most obvious external changes included an enlarged air intake, a air fan behind the left window, the electrical heating of the rear window. The standard Islero 400GT was shipped magnesium alloy wheels of Campagnolo and fog lights located on the front spoiler. The air conditioning system became the common thing in the cabin.
The car had great speed and dynamic characteristics and could compete with the best front-engine Ferrari models. The VI2 engine was more powerful than the engine 400GT (2 +2) - 330 hp instead of 320 hp. The top speed was 265 km/h. The acceleration is from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. About 125 vehicles of this modification were produced for a year.
In the summer of 1969 another version Islero 400GTS was on sale. First of all, the capacity of a car was increased to 350 hp. The vehicle was supplied with the modified suspension and brakes. In addition, the interior was also changed. The dashboard was completely redesigned. The old handle on the passenger side was replaced by a glove drawer. The comfort was improved due to increasing of sizes of the front seats backrests and installing of a retractable center armrest for rear passengers.
According to some details, at the last 60`s Islero 400GTS became the private favorite car of the company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. For a year about hundred units were assembled during producing of this model. The last car left the plant in April, 15, 1970. Islero was replaced by Jarama.
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