Lamborghini Rolls Out An Everyday Sports CarPosted on: 02 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
See photos and a video of the new Lamborghini Estoque.
Lamborghini have finally unveiled the prototype of a four-door sedan that could become the third line in its product range of super sports cars.
On the eve of the Paris Motor Show (3rd October – 19th October), the Italian super car giant showed off the Estoque, designed to be driven on a more regular basis than either the Gallardo or Murcielago, both of which spend more time in private showrooms than on the road.
Named after the rapier used by a matador in a bullfight, the car was billed as the “everyday sports car”, seating four and has room for luggage in the back – a novelty for Lamborghini whose other two models have only room for two people and a monster of an engine.
Estoque's engine would be more to the front and would be similar to the one fitted in the Gallardo and the new model looks like a potential rival to the Gran Turismo cars made by Ferrari or Maserati, both part of the Fiat group.
Lamborghini’s chief executive Stephan Winkelmann said it would cost about the same as a Gallardo: roughly 160,000 Euros (£125,000) and upwards before tax. He also went on to say that the Lamborghini brand had matured enough to come out with a third model line and that Lamborghini didn’t need another super sports car because the Murcielago and Gallardo were doing the job just fine.
But Winkelmann insisted the Estoque was still just an idea. One reason why Lamborghini had yet to go ahead with the idea was because it would mean making a big investment to increase production capacity by a third.
To cut costs, it would have to look at taking advantage of being part of the Volkswagen group, which also includes Lamborghini's parent, Audi, he says.
"We would look at every possibility coming out of the Volkswagen group in everything," Winkelmann says.
Although it already shared up to 10% of parts like electronic platforms with other brands in the group, Lamborghini would never compromise on the design or the engine of any of its cars, he says.
Winkelmann finished by saying, "It has to maintain the DNA of Lamborghini. Otherwise you would destroy the value of the brand.”
Based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, Lamborghini keeps the brand exclusive by producing fewer cars than the market demands. In the first nine months of the year, it sold just over 1,900 cars.
See the video of the new Lamborghini in full below.
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