Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato project is derived from an official partnership between Automobili Lamborghini and Zagato that aims to create a real contemporary collectible car.
Considered as the first Zagato-bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ was a "fuoriserie" derived from the 350 GT mechanics, as commissioned by Marquis Gerino Gerini in 1965. Around half a century later, one of the renowned Lamborghini collectors in the world -- Albert Spiess -- commissioned Zagato to transform the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 into a modern collectible car: the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.
Spiess is known for owning an extraordinary collection of vehicles like a number of one-off vehicles and Lamborghini’s first cars. Spiess also owns a number of Zagato collectibles like the Aston Martin V8 Zagato (1985), Alfa Romeo S.Z. (1990) and R.Z. (1993) and V12 Zagato (2012). Just as Zagato is celebrating its 95th anniversary, Spiess commissioned to convert the Gallardo LP570-4 – considered as Lamborghini’s best-selling car in its first 50 years – into a modern collectible car called as the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.
For the unprecedented project, Zagato managed to maintain all the technical constraints of the original car while re-interpreting in accordance to its philosophy that focuses on functionalism and rationalism. The project features a Zagato body that conveys the key attributes of an "instant classic" – rare, fascinating, offering a pure expression of the brand it represents. Interestingly, the 5-95 Zagato still features a number of active and passive safety systems on the Gallardo LP570-4.
Amazingly, the design of the 5-95 Zagato is defined by two "strong" themes. The first element is the volume of the front fender biting the bonnet, thereby integrating the functions of the lights and the secondary air intakes. The second revolves on the rear end starting from the center of the vehicle giving it a thrust.
Up front, the 5-95 Zagato is marked by a floating spoiler – as inspired by the Lamborghini Raptor Zagato – that extends to a carbon fiber firewall concealing the front air intakes. The pillar-less body of the new 5-95 Zagato is surrounded by continuous glass surfaces just like aeronautical cockpits, allowing for lower levels of noise and enhanced aerodynamics.
Just like in the Raptor Zagato, the side intakes of the 5-95 Zagato have been minimized after more intakes were added, as concealed in the glass surfaces, while an air scoop was installed on the roof. As a hallmark of Zagato design, this air scoop was functionally integrated with the double bubble roof to guide cooling air to the intake manifold.
Meanwhile, the tail of the Gallardo LP570-4 was truncated for the 5-95 Zagato – as per Zagato’s signature design -- thereby exposing the mechanical components sticking out from this section like the tail lamps heat release, active spoiler and aerodynamic features.
Interestingly, a Lamborghini has a lot in common with surfaces of the body of a Zagato – both are thin and athletic. These traits allow for a car that is both compact and efficient.
Designers and engineers at Zagato targeted to move the rear towards the engine as well as to increase the proportion of the front end, thereby giving the 5-95 Zagato dynamic volumes laden with fluid and organic surfaces. These volumes intersect each other to suggest a jump, making it seem that the central section of the front is forward of the fender.
Zagato accentuated these proportions by inserting a new wind deflector at the base of the windscreen. This doesn’t just make the bonnet appear longer, but also helped improve the wind flow in the windscreen wiper area. To highlight the perception of the leap, Zagato reduced the rear volume slightly and introduced a "coda tronca" (truncated tail).