In March 1971, the Lamborghini Miura SV, being the last evolution of the highly successful P400 project, made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show’s Lamborghini stand. In the same event, Carrozzeria Bertone additionally unveiled their concept car for future production: the Countach LP 500.  

It was initially expected that the Miura SV would accompany the S version, but after the enormous success that it enjoyed, the SV replaced the S version. 

The Miura SV is the most coveted production vehicle ever to be produced by Lamborghini, considered by many to be the best representation of the ‘supercar’ concept of its time.

The creators of the Miura and Miura S, Giampaolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani have affirmed that the SV profited from all the experience and lessons they discovered in the first five years of the Miura production. 

The engine of the SV delivered increased power, producing 385 HP at 7850 rpm. Handling was also improved due to its improved torque (40.7kgm at 5750 rpm) with the four type 40IDL3C Weber triple barrel carburetors also receiving a new setting.

A hugely significant technical improvement, implemented while the SV was already in production, was introducing a separate lubrication system between the engine and gearbox.

mid-engine vehicle

Compared to the other Miuras, the P 400 and P400 S, the Miura SV sets itself apart technically and stylistically. 

While preserving the general layout with a 4-liter 12-cylinder transversely mounted rear-mid engine, the SV was supplied with a stiffer chassis with some strategic reinforcements. The SV had an almost 130mm wide track and a revised rear suspension system with different anchor points and arms.

front and rear tires different sizes

The tires of the front and rear of the Miura SV are different sizes, with the rear wheels increased from 7 to 9 inches and equipped with 255-section tires. Even the rims’ design was improved to deliver a sportier look, with many SV customers ordering the rims with the striking gold finish. 

The Miura SV’s technical modifications also meant an update on the exterior was needed, handing the responsibility to the very person who oversaw

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The Stunning Lamborghini Miura SV Turns 50
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Published Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:45:04 +0000

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