When Designer Pietro Frua presented the Lamborghini Faena at the Turin Motor Show in 1978, the 5, 49 m car polarised the opinions of the visitors. Not everyone was to embrace the extravagant design. But auto journalist Max Stoop wrote impressivly: “Frua managed once more, to put a four-door, elongated Berlina on a Gran Turismo chassis and to equip them with four comfortable seats without having the shape of the car suffered.”
The sleek, impressively flat shape of this four-door sedan, despite the extremely comfortable space inside, loses none of its sporty lightness.
The Lamborghini 400 GTs Espada 4 p Faena is build on a Lamborghini Espada 2 with a series body by Bertone, which was green on its first delivery to Venezuela. 1978, the conversion to the hatchback Coupé with the new blue livery was performed by the Studio Technico Pietro Frua in Turin. The self-supporting monocoque car body with a platform frame was pressed from steel sheet metal, extended for 178 mm and equipped with additional reinforcements.
After a further presentation, this time on the 50th Geneva Motor Show in 1980, the luxurious Faena got an automatically adjustable driver’s seat and an electric sunroof in addition.
The sporty four-seater is powered by a crosways mounted, water-cooled V-12 4 liter engine Tipo L 403. The engine block and the head are made of cast aluminium. Two overhead, chain-driven camshafts control each a cylinder bank. 6 Weber Carburetors provide the fuel mixture. This way the engine has reached a performance gaining up to 350 HP at a joyful rotation of 7500 RPM.
At its time the Faena was with a top speed of 243 km / hour, the fastest shooting brake at all. Though he consumes between 16 and 18 liters per 100 kilometers. The high weight of 1835 kg (empty) takes its toll. Contrary to the tradition in the House of Lamborghini, to name the cars after famous fighting bulls, the creation of Pietro Frua was accordingly named Faena – the final burst of the Torrero.