Lamborghini’s CEO Stefan Winkelmann has recently revealed to be evaluating a third-model-line option, as previewed by the long forgotten Estoque saloon. This was reported by Autoweek, citing the words of the CEO “It [the Estoque] was placed on hold because of a number of reasons, including the lack of a suitable platform - he said during the 2012 Beijing Motor Show - We haven’t given up on the idea of a sedan entirely, but we see more potential in a sport-utility vehicle encapsulating typical Lamborghini attributes.” Following a careful marketing examination the Italian brand has created the prototype Urus, which is most likely to attract a wider range of customers than the Gallardo and Aventador.
We recall that the Estoque was presented during the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It measured 5.15m in length, 1.99m in width and 1.35m in height, with a 3m long wheelbase. It was powered by a 5.2-litre V10.
Apparently, a Lamborghini insider has somewhat confirmed that the much-rumored SUV has won the ballot with the coupe saloon project known as Estoque and will be the next production model to be featured in Lamborghini’s range. The indiscretion has been collected by reliable website Automotive News, that quotes ’senior source at Lamborghini’s parent company, Audi’ as saying : “I can’t comment in detail but the speculation in the press is largely correct“.
In this case, the model will become the first SUV from Lamborghini since the LM002 (pictured), that was produced from 1986 until 1993, and will go and join the Gallardo and Aventador as the third model of Lamborghini’s line up. Automotive News also predicts the appearance of the first concept version at the next Beijing Motor Show (April 23 - May 2), but no official confirmation is currently available on the subject.
The vehicle will be developed on the same MLB platform that will spawn the future upmarket SUVs for the VW Group (meaning Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Volkswagen) and will probably be powered by a 5.2-litre V10 and by an electric motor producing about 110 hp, which should provide the model with a combined output of approximately 660 hp. Rumor has it that the new Lamborghini SUV will be a 5 meters long 4-seater, and will enter the market in early 2016.
It’s one or the other for Lamborghini on the sedan or crossover front, according to reports. One of the vehicles will go into production, the other won’t and at this stage it seems that Lamborghini just has to choose which. The sedan model would go into competition with other supercar manufacturers, most notably with the recent Ferrari FF, and could be based on the Estoque concept previously seen in 2008.
Despite that, two prototypes are being built for evaluation, and one of these will subsequently be chosen for production as Lamborghini nears its 50th anniversary in a couple of years. While Lamborghini already has the Estoque sedan concept it could work with, reports are that the more favoured of the two is, in fact, the Lamborghini Crossover.
It would be based on the next generation Porsche Cayenne but could be a two-door SUV with a sloping roofline. Autoblog is saying that a sedan would make more sense as a flexible option that could be used for other future models like a grand touring Lamborghini, and a convertible. They’re running a poll if you want to have your say, and read that of others.
The Ferrari FF has beat Lamborghini to the family-friendly supercar scene with its four-door, all-wheel drive shooting brake and while the Lamborghini Estoque made it to concept, the company has since hedged its bets on whether to produce that model. So here is Car and Driver to the rescue with a rendering of what a Lamborghini Estoque shooting brake might look like to compete with the Ferrari FF.
The debate about whether these are the kinds of cars we want our supercar manufacturers to make got suddenly obsolete at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show when Ferrari unveiled its FF. And like the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera, we doubt that the Ferrari FF is just a passing fad. When a company like Ferrari invests, it doesn’t do so on a model that is trendy one year and gone the next.
So will Lamborghini follow suit? It’s highly likely that the raging bull company will consider something to compete with the FF and it’s already got its Estoque concept to work off. While a Lamborghini wagon might not be the supercar you see yourself in with the mistress, if Ferrari makes a sales run with this, we’ll be expecting Lamborghini to have a go, too. After all, there will be Lambo fans out there who will forego the FF for a future shooting brake of their own.
After the Lamborghini Aventador debuted to much glitter at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, attention has turned once again to the models possibly to appear in a future Lamborghini line-up. These are purely rumours at this stage, so we’ll take them as such to avoid disappoint.
According to the Team Speed forum the following Lamborghini product plan will happen:
2011: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder
2012: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster and top-ranging Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
2013: the new Lamborghini Gallardo, currently called the Cabrera (pure speculation here, too)
The next three years that follow will be busy as well with an onslaught of:
The future Audi A9 flagship sedan could come in three versions, according to AutoBild magazine. The sedan-coupé model to appear might turn up only later, after a 2014 debut of an Audi A9 coupe and A9 cabriolet. While we’re spoiled for choice in an ever-expanding Audi model range, these new versions will be designed to compete with the Mercedes CL and SL range, with prices starting at about €80,000.
The Audi A9 should prove to be Audi’s complete dive into the higher-end luxury realm, but we may have to wait until about 2015 for the sedan model which could be priced above €100,000. It will be even more luxurious than the current Audi A8 and should maintain the sedan-coupe look in keeping with the A5 Sportback and Audi A7.
The Audi A9 should get the W12 engine along with the new four-litre, twin-turbo V8 recently announced on the Bentley Continental GT and expected for the new Audi S6. The Lamborghini Estoque could be developed alongside the Audi A9, but more news on that later, as well as a new Audi model to slot between the Q5 and the Q7.
While Lamborghini had nothing on show at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, in an outside event, CEO Stephan Winkelmann revealed a few more details about the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador (as it’s currently known). Still no confirmations have taken place about the name and so the following details refer to what the company is still calling its Lamborghini 834 model. Replacing the Murcielago won’t be an easy task, but previous details indicate that Lambo is doing an excellent job with its new vehicle, and for those less concerned about technical prowess, the brand pulling power should generate a heap of interest once the new V12 finally gets released.
The style is said to be “revolutionary but recognisable”, inspired by the military (much like the Reventon), and will have scissor doors and large air intakes. The label that was previously launched of LP700-4 indicates all-wheel drive and that has since been confirmed. We’re not so convinced about Lamborghini’s claim to occupy the pinnacle of the weight-power battle as McLaren got there first with its all-carbon fibre, single shell body, but the new Lamborghini will have a full monocoque carbon-fibre chassis. Meanwhile, the company has also patented its own process known as the RTM (Resin Transfer Moulded) mode of using carbon fibre.
The Aventador will have a brand new 6.5-litre V12 which Lamborghini claims has 18 percent more power, but 20 percent less CO2 emissions than the Murcielago powertrain it replaces. The rest of the details, including the power and torque, and the new ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) transmission are all as previously mentioned. Apparently there will be five different shifting modes which adjust both the smoothness and time of gear change: Auto, Autostrada, Strada, Sport and Corsa. The last mode marks the sportiest of them, with a shift time of 50 milliseconds, compared to the 300 milliseconds of the more relaxed Autostrada mode.
You can read the rest of the details on Autoblog.com, but as a finally piece of info, communications director Raffaele Porro revealed that Lamborghini is considering the business case of both the Sesto Elemento and the Estoque. The latter will be a natural expansion of the Lamborghini range, rather than embarking on an SUV model, while if the Sesto Elemento gets produced, it will probably not be a homologated model.
A new luxury limousine model, the Audi A9, could soon be on the scene as reports say that the company will develop a new car to compete with rivals such as the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CL and the upcoming BMW GranCoupé concept. Autocar states that the Audi A9 would still be a coupé-like sedan and would be a mix of sports driving and luxury style.
Audi has apparently confirmed that a case is being made for the vehicle, both at business and engineering levels, the latter which could include some exciting developments including an aluminium space frame and what is known as MLB, or modular longitudinal architecture. The latter two could also provide a platform for the Lamborghini Estoque model, which has been in and out of production rumours a number of times since it first appeared.
The A9 would also use chassis components from the Audi A8 and creating a common platform across all three models could provide some significant savings, and make production for both the A9 and Estoque viable. Lamborghini boss Winkelmann has previously stated that producing the Estoque could only be done in collaboration with the Volkswagen Group due to the significant investments involved.
The Lamborghini and Audi will have different engines, with the A9 likely to receive a 4.0-litre V8 and a 6.3-litre W12, while the Estoque will probably get the Gallardo’s 5.2-litre V10. The Audi will be priced in line with the competitors mentioned above, while the Estoque will have a more upmarket playing field.
Source | Autocar
In interviews with Autocar, Lamborghini has revealed it will no longer go ahead with an SUV project (cue cheers from the Lambo purists of the world), but that a four-door Lamborghini much like the Estoque concept is still an option. CEO Stephan Winkelmann has said that there will be a third Lamborghini model and that he would prefer a four-door Estoque-like model above a SUV which would have succeeded the LM002 model.
Like many car models across different brands that lie outside of the traditional roots of a marque, the Lamborghini four-door model would be a kind of entry-level vehicle that would introduce new customers to the brand. Lamborghini has been enjoying good sales in China, and luxury limousine models are very popular in that market.
Winkelmann insists though, that any Lamborghini car would still be loyal to the brand’s core values, although a new model would likely be developed on an existing Volkswagen platform, due to production and investment costs. While he states that a Lamborghini model would always have that characteristic Lambo style, he does say:
We couldn’t approach a thought like this if we were outside the VW Group. It’d be very difficult to do something. The investments are so high that if you don’t have synergies, it’s financially impossible.