Rare Rides: The Incredibly Rare 2014 Lamborghini 5-95, by Zagato

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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We’ve featured a number of Zagato-enhanced Rare Rides previously, the majority of which were from exotic European nameplates. The most recent example of the type was the Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder. Today’s Rare Ride is from a different Italian brand, one thus far unrepresented by Zagato edits.

Presenting the Lamborghini 5-95, from 2014.

Before it was altered by Zagato, the 5-95 was a Gallardo. An important car for the brand, the Gallardo slotted in under the Murciélago as the second Lamborghini developed under new Audi ownership and the brand’s entry-level car. Lamborghini hadn’t offered an entry-level model in some time (the brand was a mess for a couple of decades) so the Gallardo was the official successor to the Jalpa.

Audi purchased Lamborghini in 1998 from MegaTech (which had restructured as V’Power), the company that also occasionally built the Vector M12. We’ll have to cover the Lamborghini history story separately, as it’s interesting stuff.

The Gallardo’s initial shape was from 1995, a concept called Calà penned at Italdesign by Fabrizio Giugiaro. The production design was refined and finalized by VW’s main man Luc Donckerwolke.

Gallardo was a much more “affordable” model than its older Murciélago brother and used only 10 cylinders instead of 12. The debut engine was 5.0 liters in displacement and produced 493 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions included a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automated manual (paddle controlled) marketed as E-gear. Top speed of the coupe version was 192 miles per hour initially, with a time to 62 miles per hour of 4.2 seconds.

The Gallardo was updated in 2006 and earned a second generation in 2009, which modernized its looks and carried it until the end of its production for the 2014 model year. Second-gen models used a 5.2-liter V10 good for 552 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Gallardo was replaced by the Huracán.

At the end of the Gallardo’s run, Zagato was approached by a well-heeled customer, Albert Spiess. A resident of Switzerland, Speiss owned many Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo bespoke and limited-build models, and wanted to commission another. Zagato got to work, and debuted its 5-95 on the company’s 95th birthday.

Zagato applied its design philosophy, so-called functionalism and rationalism to the 5-95. Front and rear clips were changed substantially over the standard Gallardo and given more organic shapes. The standard car’s sharp edges were smoothed in every possible place, and the rear was given a new wrap-around windshield. The rear deck in general was very much transformed, with roof and side air intakes covered in matte plastic and glass, respectively. Based on photographs, changes to the interior were few. The exterior alterations took the Gallardo back toward its first-generation appearance. Your author initially assumed the 5-95 was a first-gen edit from early in the Gallardo’s run.

Underneath, the 5-95 was the Superleggera version of the Gallardo. It used a tuned version of the 5.2-liter V10, and offered 562 horsepower. That meant the 5-95 took 3.4 seconds to get to 62 and reached the halo top speed of over 200 miles per hour (202).

At a cost of over $1 million each, Zagato found more than one customer for the 5-95 after debut. Speiss’ example was represented by the matte orange one seen here. The company never released an official production figure, but judging by photos available online Zagato produced four or five 5-95 coupes. Zagato followed up with a Spyder version in 2018. There are none for sale presently.

[Images: Zagato]

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  • Astigmatism Astigmatism on Aug 11, 2021

    This looks like Buffalo Bill sewed together a super car suit from kidnapped Bugatti EB110s and stretched it over a Toyota MR2.

    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Aug 11, 2021

      And tacked on a McLaren rear. I know there were some engine upgrades, but I don't know why these boutique builders think that by adding some plastic on what was already an attractive design would make it better. This thing looks like it would melt in the sun.

  • Imagefont Imagefont on Aug 11, 2021

    What a hideous pile of crap, looks like a robot vacuum, only uglier. Why do all Lamborghini’s have to echo the Countach, also ridiculous and hideous? Why can’t all Lamborghini’s look more like the Muira, one of the most beautiful cars ever built???

    • Noble713 Noble713 on Aug 14, 2021

      If it wasn't for the Countach and Diablo, I never would have fallen in love with Lambos. That said.....this Zagato treatment looks TERRIBLE. The angular design language of modern Lambos just doesn't mesh well with Zagato's approach to styling, which is more befitting of Ferrari or Aston Martin curvy sheet metal.

  • Tassos SNAAB shot itself in the foot when it BASTARDIZED its unique brand by BADGE ENGINEERING its vehicles with GOD DAMNED GM, OPEL, CHEVY, LANCIA and who knows what other automotive RIFF RAFF. I know of no Saab Enthusiast (they do exist) who felt sorry when the stupid maker went BANKRUPT.
  • 28-Cars-Later Example is located in Coldwater Michigan, so..." needs work -- including new brakes."Brakes, brake lines, probably fuel lines. Probably should hit the master cylinder too unless there are seal only kits for it."It has an automatic transmission."Likely needs a new one of those as well."an exhaust leak"Add an exhaust to the list."an inaccurate speedo."Wow and TMU to boot!These days five to six bills isn't too horrible but this example could turn into a headache really quick due to parts availability. The right buyer for this is a small time tradesman, the HVAC guy who was just leaving my house is rolling a late P80 Volvo 850 sedan in manual which he treats like a truck. Said he'd love a wagon if he ever came across one... if you're local to Coldwater Michigan this is a nice work beater. Annual inspection/registration tax probably costs nearly as much as the car.
  • 2ACL Amazing price, but that's (IMO) a reflection of the interest in an old 2.0T repmobile made interesting only by being a wagon. The Epsilon 9-3 was a sanitized take on the Saab formula. That's not to say it lacks interesting variants, but this isn't one of them. If it had a stick, maybe. But this generation's automatics are sealed and known to become temperamental if not serviced. If the owner can't provide proof of regular servicing, run.
  • Tassos The 3 lt turbodiesel should be FAR, FAR more efficient than the 6.2. ANything that walks would be more efficient than the 6.2. Are you kidding me?The 3 lt turbodiesel in my 4,000 lb+, 208 HP, 400+ LBFT E320 Bluetecs is more efficient than even the 2.2 lt ICE with its meager 125 HP in my 1990, only 2,822 lbs, Accord Coupe 5 speed LX. 100%. I have the full detailed records to prove it beyond any doubt. I consistently get over 35 MPG HWY, which I never got with the Accord (usuallt 32-33 tops)The big question is, will GM ask $5k more for the diesel than for the gas version, as usual? Mercedes only asked $1k m ore for the diesel, $51k vs $50k for the gas back then, which you would recover in just ONE YEAR of average miles driven.
  • Cprescott Lucid has the right idea about building cars - I agree that these have a presence to them and certainly make all Teslas look like cheap golf carts with doors in comparison. I hope Lucid survives because they actually build luxurious products and not pretenders like Tesla.