To compete with the Ferrari Dino, Maserati Merak and Porsche 911, Lamborghini needed a new, smaller and cheaper car in the beginning of the 1970s. The answer to this need was a completely new car model, which was named Urraco. It was designed by Marcello Gandini, who worked at Bertone at the time and had already designed the Lamborghini Miura and the Espada. It was designed to be more spacious than its competitors so the 2-door coupe got 2+2 seating configuration. And to provide better performance, a V8 engine was installed.