The bonkers bull behind the name of Lamborghini’s new supercar

The successor to Lamborghini's iconic Aventador flagship is here – and it's named after a particularly terrifying Spanish fighting bull (or a popular breakfast dish, depending on who you ask).

Lamborghini has officially unveiled its new V12 supercar and first-ever plug-in hybrid model, the Lamborghini Revuelto.

But while the Revuelto's eye-catching design and jaw-dropping performance stats are worth noting, the backstory of its name is just as intriguing.

Pronounced 'REY-WEL-TOE', the word 'revuelto' directly translates to 'scrambled' or 'mixed up' in Spanish, a clever nod to the car's hybrid powertrain which combines a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine with three electric motors.

Hilariously, Spaniards also use the term to refer to scrambled eggs, which has prompted plenty of discussion – and ridicule – on social media.

Like most Lamborghini models, the Revuelto is actually named after a Spanish fighting bull, in keeping with the brand's 'raging bull' logo.

According to Lamborghini, the Revuelto's namesake was a particularly chaotic creature that stormed around the arenas of Barcelona in the 1880s.

A celebrity of the bullfighting world, Revuelto was said to have jumped into the stands eight times throughout the course of his career – undoubtedly causing some serious injuries.

“Revuelto. It’s the name of a fighting bull, in the best Lamborghini tradition,” Lamborghini president Stephan Winkelmann confirmed to CarSales.

“It fought in the arena of Barcelona in 1880. He was a wild fighting bull and jumped into the alley eight times in his time. There are 12 very thick books of bullfighting history. I’ve read the stories of all of them."

Revuelto was named for his 'unruly' nature and was apparently considered something of a revolution in the sport back in his heyday.

As such, he seems the perfect namesake for Lambo's newest model, which Head of Design Mitja Borkert described as "adrenaline made visible".

The Revuelto will serve as the successor to Lamborghini's long-serving Aventador flagship, which ended its production run in September last year after an 11-year model lifespan.

The supercar is said to be even faster than the Aventador, with its engine and motors developing a combined 747kW, making the Revuelto the most powerful Lamborghini ever.

Lamborghini has borrowed the names of Spanish fighting bulls for several other models – each of them with their own fascinating backstory.

The Aventador was named after a bull that fought in Spain's 'Plaza de toros de Zaragoza' in 1993, and was presented with an award for 'outstanding courage'.

The first Lamborghini model to receive a bull-inspired name was the Miura back in 1966, named for a particularly ferocious and large breed of bulls which was, in turn, named for the surname of their breeder, Antonio Miura.

The Lamborghini Murcielago, meanwhile, was named after a bull from the late 1800s that allegedly survived 24 jabs from a matador and fought so valiantly its life was spared.

Legend has it Murcielago was then gifted to the aforementioned breeder Antonio Miura, who brought his ferocious genetics into the already impressive Miura lineage.

Finally, the 1990 Lamborghini Diablo's namesake was a bull that survived for hours in an epic bullfight in Madrid in 1869.

The list of other Lambos named after fighting bulls is long, and includes models like the Islero, the Espada, the Jarama, the Gallardo and the Urus.

As for why Lamborghini has such a staunch focus on bulls, the reason goes beyond the brand's logo to the birth date of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Mr Lamborghini was born the son of farmers on April 28, 1916, meaning his zodiac sign is Taurus, or the bull.

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Susannah Guthrie

Susannah Guthrie has been a journalist for over a decade. Previously, she has been the digital director of both Harper's Bazaar and Elle, a senior editor at The New Daily, the host of 'A Taste of Travel' on Channel Ten and a motoring columnist for CarSales. Susannah holds a Bachelor in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and cut her teeth as an intern for Time Inc in New York City. She has also completed a television presenting course with the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and her son.

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