December 16, 2013
Lamborghini Songa: A One-Of-A-Kind Ride
To own an exotic sports car is a dream to the average person. You see these supercars driven by professional athletes, actors, lawyers, or anyone who can shell out hundreds of thousands of hard-earned dollars to have one sitting in their driveway. Sometimes these cars will even hit your wallet for millions.
One of these million dollar cars is the Lamborghini Songa. Well, it’s not actually a Lamborghini, but it is based on the Lamborghini Countach. I came across this car on the Top Speed website. I felt it had kind of a unique look and decided to share it with you.
The Songa model was built by a Japanese company called Art & Tech. It began as dream of a 13-year-old named Ryoji Yamazaki’ego. Then in 1989, when he was 41, Yamazaki started his own company, Art & Tech. The name “Songa” is actually the Italian word for “dream,” so the name fits the car.
The car itself was unveiled at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show as a concept vehicle, with Art & Tech planning to produce a limited number of units. The price per vehicle was $1.6 million, which is around $4 million according to today’s market.
A 5.2-liter, 455 hp dual overhead cam 12-cylinder mid-engine was used. It had four valves per cylinder and was connected to a five-speed manual transmission. The Songa had a 96.5 inch wheelbase and weighed 3086 pounds.
Although Art & Tech claimed it would reach a top speed of 201 mph, the actual top speed was only 186 mph and the estimated 0-60 time was 4.5 seconds, which was actually quick for the era. It was produced as a 1994 model with an aluminum body and scissor styled doors.
The unique design of the Songa fits with the style of the 1980s supercars. The front nose was sloped almost to a point with indented areas that contained cooling vents. Looking at the front nose with the way the indentions and vents were positioned, it almost looks like the car has a smile.
The rear of the Songa had a more futuristic look, similar to the supercars of today. Four exhaust pipes sticking through rear and a raised engine lid added to the uniqueness of the Songa. The wheels used matched the ones that were mounted on the Countach.
Art & Tech was only able to acquire an engine for one vehicle, so the plans for producing the car were reduced to two vehicles. One with an engine, the other is engineless and displayed at a museum in France. The Songa that has the engine under the hood is now available for sale at a price tag of $3.3 million.
Image Credit: TopSpeed.com