August 26, 2005 Gizmag's sometime-scribe David Fox ventured down to the Concorso Italiano in Monterey last weekend and posted his report focussed on a dramatic new production Lamborghini seen in public for the first time. Back in February we showed the first images of Lamborghini’s Concept S. Drawing inspiration from the classic single-seat racing cars of the fifties, the modern-day open top car was based on the Gallardo as “an extreme and spectacular expression of the Lamborghini brand.” Created at the Centro Stile Lamborghini in Sant'Agata Bolognese by Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Lamborghini Design, the "Concept S" in production form has yet to be named, but Lamborghini gave the first production car a public outing this weekend at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey along with the news that it will produce the machine in limited quantities. It didn't stop there though, because people are posting us links of great photographic coverage of the event, so this article is now linking to an evolving list of Concorso pages. Other Concorso and Pebble Beach links welcome.
The production version of the Concept S will be powered by an upgraded 5.2-litre V10 that will also power the next Gallardo sibling and it will be available around 12 months from now for a price of around US$230,000. The stunning machine drew quite a crowd and is “the best looking Lambo since the LP400.” (Editor's Note: that's David’s LP400 is pictured in red in the picture gallery for the story.)
Donckerwolke (pictured kneeling in front of his creation) is leaving Lamborghini, after having styled the Murcielago, Gallardo and upcoming Gallardo Spyder so this could be the last Lambo from the pen of the Belgian, who is taking over the design team at Seat in Spain.
And one of my favourites of the day, was the beautiful 1956 Maserati Zagato - one of 18 built. Some recent pages we've been sent with beautiful piccies of the event:
LamboJack's Coverage of the 2005 Monterey Weekend. There's some great images of the Concept S in here too.