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Zagato - Raptor

The Zagato Raptor, sometimes referred to as the Lamborghini Raptor, is a concept car design created in 1996 by Zagato in partnership with Alain Wicki for Lamborghini. The body features the Zagato "double bubble" design and an innovative door design where the whole middle section of the car swivels up and forward. The chassis is borrowed from a 4WD  Lamborghini Diablo. The design was completed and a sample vehicle displayed at the Geneva Auto Show in 1996. At the time of showing, it was believed that the car was ready for production.

Utilizing the drive train and 492 hp (367 kW) V12 engine from the Diablo, but eliminating the ABS and traction control system, as well as the extensive use of carbon fiber for the body work made the vehicle significantly lighter than the Diablo, thus potentially faster. To make up for the lack of ABS and the higher potential speeds, an upgrade from the Diablo's braking system was used.

Most media sources speculated that it would have been an excellent car to bridge the gap between the Diablo and its successor, then called the Canto, but Lamborghini did not produce the Raptor. Alain Wicki briefly tried to develop it on his own with Zagato's help, but nothing became of his efforts. He owned the only prototype until 2000, when it was auctioned at the Geneva Auto Show and bought by a private car collector

source: Wikipedia

Engine & performance:

Position: mid-engined

Type: V12, DOHC

Capacity: 5700 cc

Power: 492 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque: 580 Nm @ 5200 rpm

Drive: 4WD

Top speed: 330+ km/h

Dimensions:

Length: 4380 mm

Width: 2020 mm

Height: 1095 mm

Wheelbase: 2650 mm

Weight: 1350 kg

 

Shows

1996  Geneva

Door types

Canopy
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