Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato at CnC

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It’s a given that if you show up to the monthly Scottsdale Cars and Coffee, you’re going to see some good stuff and probably a lot of it. Even on the rare days when the event is greeted by a rainy morning, there are people out there. I also generally expect something unexpected. Might be a supercar, a wild custom, an ultra-rare vintage Italian or just something I’ve never even heard of. Still, when it came to seeing the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato, just one of two built so far, at this weekend’s gathering, I was surprised.

I was running a little late and just managed to get some shots fired off before it scurried away, but it would be an understatement to say it caught my eye. Saying people’s opinions of the 5-95 Zagato are “mixed”, would be putting it very politely. While there are definitely some people that absolutely love the design, there seem to be many, many more people who passionately disagree. From people saying Zagato ruined a perfectly good car to comparisons to not-so-handsome creatures of the sea, there’s definitely a lot of venom out there when it comes to the 5-95.

Personally, I honestly don’t know. Admittedly I was taken aback when I first laid my eyes on it. Regardless of which way you lean, it’s safe to say it draws a reaction. Though it’s grown on me, the front end seems a bit disjointed to me. The smooth, rounded opening in the front fascia seems at odds with the rest of the design, which retains a bit of the hard angles that have become a staple in modern Lamborghini designs. The details to either side of that opening definitely draw immediate comparisons to Aston Martin’s One-77 and the positioning also churns up memories of the Ultimate Warrior in the heyday of the WWF. Sharp cuts and a spoiler at windshield’s cowl bring back memories of concept cars from the late-nineties and the blacked-out A, B and C-pillars create the appearance of a floating roof that also make me reminisce about such cars.

From the rear, things are a bit more focused and consistent. While I definitely see a little bit of Spyker in there, the design definitely shows some Zagato and strays from what you’d typically see in a modern Lamborghini. Lamborghini hasn’t put round lights on a car since the Diablo, for starters. I find the rear to not only be the best part of the car, but a strong design without any qualifiers.

Despite having four exhaust tips pointing straight out the rear, the 5-95 Zagato is probably the quietest Lamborghini I’ve ever heard. Something I find disappointing, given it IS still a Lamborghini. Two other areas I find very disappointing are the interior and wheels, which seem to be more-or-less standard Gallardo pieces (LP560-4 wheels in this case and Superleggera wheels in the case of the other, orange 5-95). It just seems to me that if you’re going to make a radically different coachbuilt body for a car, it probably shouldn’t blatantly share such significant pieces with its comparably dime-a-dozen base car.

None of this is meant to detract from the fact that I feel lucky to have seen this car, especially in this setting, and I always appreciate people bringing out such gems. Of course, the Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato wasn’t the only car out there, either. A black Ferrari Enzo, a McLaren 650S trio, home-built Toyota Celica GT Rally Car, a whole herd of Ducatis and so many others completely packed the parking lot and overflowed well beyond what has been thought of as the “event area” for the past seven years. With the weather cooling and word constantly spreading, the coming months are only going to be better, too. If you’re in the Phoenix Valley and are into cars, you need to be there.

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