Lamborghini Miura in the flesh

Apparently things are happening in the world other than the L.A. auto show and CES. We lifted our heads for a moment and realized that yesterday Lamborghini released images of the Miura Concept car that will be shown in Detroit next week.

Penned by Walter de’ Silva, head of Lamborghini Design, the Miura Concept is definitely retro but also very pure in form. It pay homage to the original and represents a departure for Lamborghini, whose current lineup has a more edgy and creased look.

The press release from Lambo clearly states this a concept and that no firm date has been set for production. There's no news on what powers the Miura Concept (if anything) or where the car would be positioned in Lamborghini's line up. We’ll bring back more info from Detroit on the Miura Concept in a few days.

[Too many people to thank for the tip, so we’ll credit the first – EurocarBlog]

Follow the jump for more pics and the full press release…

The House of the Raging Bull has brought back a legendary historical name with the introduction of its Lamborghini Miura Concept car.

The Lamborghini Miura Concept will be the first Lamborghini vehicle to be conjured from the pen of Walter de’ Silva, Head of Lamborghini Design. De Silva’s other responsibilities include serving as Head of Design of Audi Group. The talented designer’s idea for the new concept was simple: a retro-inspired look heralding back to one of the auto world’s most famous icons, the legendary Lamborghini Miura.

Automobili Lamborghini eagerly begins the New Year with the much anticipated unveiling of the Lamborghini Miura Concept, a modern interpretation of the Lamborghini Miura. Currently celebrating its fortieth anniversary, the Miura was originally designed by Marcello Gandini and first publicly presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show by Ferruccio Lamborghini and Nuccio Bertone.

To this day the Miura is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful cars ever created.

The new concept model which, as of now, is strictly a concept with no firm date set for its production launch, is the inspired creation of de’ Silva, the world-famous Italian designer. He has redesigned every aspect of the car while remaining absolutely faithful to the original form.

The new car retains the extraordinary purity of line, characteristic of the original Miura: the designer’s intervention has been defined by refining the contours and eliminating any superfluous detail, in order to enhance the clean, simple lines and perfectly balanced proportions of the original that so impassioned enthusiasts.

The restyling of the lower part of the body takes the car’s structural strength and aerodynamic performance to new heights, without disturbing the delicate aesthetic equilibrium.

Even the touches of contemporary styling applied to the interior, the lights and the wheels have been carefully measured to achieve a homogenous design that is both timeless and immediately recognisable.

So a true design icon is born.

"Over the last two years," explains Walter de’ Silva, "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."

The Lamborghini Miura Concept will be on show at the Lamborghini stand at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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