Lamborghini gets a special feature that car lovers all over the world find fascinating: its distinctive scissor doors. These doors are unlike conventional doors as they open upwards instead of swinging out. They got their name because of the way they move, resembling the action of a pair of scissors opening and closing.
Who invented scissor doors?
Although scissor doors are also known as Lambo doors due to their iconic use in Lamborghini vehicles, they were first used on the Alfa Romeo Carabo concept car in 1968. The design was created by Marcello Gandini, who was working for the Bertone design house at the time.
Here is a list of all the Lamborghini cars equipped with scissor doors.
Lamborghini Countach (1974-1990)
Let’s start this list with the iconic Countach. Launched in 1974, the Countach revolutionized the car design landscape by introducing scissor doors, often called “Lambo doors,” by fans. With its daring silhouette and doors that opened upwards, the Countach created a new visual language in the auto world. It masterfully combined aesthetics with practicality – its doors facilitated easier entry and exit in cramped parking spaces while crafting a signature look still admired today.
Lamborghini Diablo (1990-2001)
The awe-inspiring Lamborghini Diablo, a supercar that dominated the 90s with its formidable speed and striking design, it was the fastest production car in 1991 with a top speed of 202mph (325 km/h). Upholding the tradition of scissor doors were carried over to the Countach successor.
Lamborghini Murciélago (2001-2010)
The quest for the legacy of Lamborghini’s scissor doors leads us to the Lamborghini Murciélago. This model held on to the scissor doors, further engraving them into Lamborghini’s design DNA. The practical benefits of these doors were not forgotten – they enhanced driving experiences, especially on Europe’s narrow, winding streets. Aesthetically, the doors accentuated the Murciélago’s aggressive, bat-like stance.
Lamborghini Aventador (2011-2022)
Without mentioning the stunning Lamborghini Aventador, no list of Lamborghini’s scissor doors would be complete. This model contemporized the scissor doors legacy with a fresh design approach. More than paying homage to Lamborghini’s heritage, the Aventador’s scissor doors epitomize the brand’s commitment to preserving its unique identity amidst a standardized industry. The door is still a scissor door but they also open slightly outward (see photo above).
Lamborghini Aventador J (2012)
Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Aventador J concept incorporates several features of the Aventador but with a focus on open-top driving. Like other Lamborghini models, it proudly boasts the iconic scissor doors. The doors, hinged at the front, open upward rather than outward, giving drivers a more immersive experience.
Lamborghini Sian FKP37 (2020-2022)
Finally, we spotlight the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, marking Lamborghini’s initial venture into hybrid technology. Launched in 2020, the Sian continues the tradition of scissor doors, paying respect to the brand’s design history. However, the Sian is not merely about the past but a daring leap into the future. By marrying a V12 engine with a 48-volt electric motor, the Sian pushes the supercar design and performance boundaries.
Lamborghini Revuelto (2023-)
Lamborghini’s recently unveiled their newest flagship vehicle, the Revuelto, in 2023. This model marks the company’s inaugural foray into hybrid technology for its mainstream lineup, all while maintaining the iconic scissor doors that have become a Lamborghini signature. The Revuelto succeeds the Aventador, offering a revolutionary design paired with a hybrid powertrain. Its aesthetics incorporate elements inspired by another model in the Lamborghini family, the Sian.
What is the difference between scissors and butterfly doors?
While both door types open in an upward direction, scissor doors operate vertically with minimal or no outward angle, as the name suggests. Conversely, butterfly doors unfold upward and expand akin to the wings of a butterfly.
Which Lamborghini models feature scissor doors?
Historically, Lamborghini has included scissor doors in their V12 models, such as the Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Aventador, and some limited edition models. However, the V10 models, like the Gallardo and Huracan and the Urus SUV, do not feature scissor doors.
Can you add scissor doors to a Lamborghini that doesn’t originally have them?
Yes, it’s technically possible to modify a Lamborghini or any other car to include scissor doors using an aftermarket modification kit. However, it’s crucial to understand that this could potentially affect the car’s structural integrity, safety, and warranty. Additionally, it’s recommended to have such modifications performed by a professional to ensure correct installation.
Do scissor doors affect the safety of the car?
Scissor doors are designed and thoroughly tested to meet safety standards, just like conventional car doors. In certain types of accidents, scissor doors might even be easier to open due to their upward motion. However, in other scenarios, such as a rollover, they could potentially pose more of a challenge. Lamborghini vehicles equipped with scissor doors also include safety measures to break the doors open in the event of a rollover.