The 2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept That Teased Fans Worldwide

In 2006, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lamborghini lifted the covers on a modern Miura concept, sending fans into a frenzy.

Lamborghini Miura Concept
Image: Wouter Melissen

The original game-changing Miura was designed by Marcello Gandini and was first publicly presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show by Ferruccio Lamborghini and Nuccio Bertone. Today it is commonly regarded as the world’s first supercar, which brought a mid-engined layout to road cars and has been the subject of some incredible barn finds.

Ferruccio Lamborghini staring at a Miura in 1966
Ferruccio Lamborghini with a Miura in 1966.

The Miura concept unveiled in 2006 was the first vehicle designed under the direction of Walter de’ Silva – who led design until 2015 – and faithfully retained and enhanced the clean, simple lines and balanced proportions of the original Miura. Unfortunately for collectors like Jay Leno, who arrived to view the vehicle in his own ’69 Miura, then CEO Stefan Winklemann said the manufacturer had “zero” plans to put the vehicle into production.

Unveiling in 2006. Image: Wouter Melissen

The 2006 Miura concept was just a de’ Silva fantasy, without a running chassis, built not to tease a likely production model but to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the car that put Lamborghini on the map.

In 2006, Walter de’ Silva explained, “Over the last two years, I have often dreamed of redesigning the Miura. Now, thanks to my new position at the head of Lamborghini design, and the enthusiastic support of the Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, I have been able to turn that dream into a reality.”

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Understandably, the last 14 years has served up much gossip about a return of the Miura badge, with reports that it would fit in between the Huracan and Aventador and arrive after the production of Urus. Speaking at the 2017 Automotive News Europe Congress, shortly after his appointment as CEO, Stefano Domenicali expressed that he was open to a 21st century Miura if the Lamborghini higher-ups agree with the plan and said a 2+2 coupe was also considered “in the 2025 to 2030 horizon.” This prompted further rumour that the four-seater may inherit the nameplate.

The concept at the Museo Lamborghini.

Alongside endless speculation, a handful of designers have taken it upon themselves to imagine what a modern Miura may look like, including this faithful execution by Pedro Ruperto and another, awesome, hypermodern interpretation by Marco van Overbeeke.

Today the 2006 Miura concept resides at Lamborghini’s Museum and with still no word on the future of the iconic name or a new addition to the family, all we can do is join the rumour mill and salivate over Marco’s effort above.

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